April 2015 – Wilderness Air Botswana is delighted to announce that the first of its new G8 Airvans, A2 - RNO Tshukudu, has entered into service, with the inaugural flight taking place on April 19. This aircraft forms part of a fleet of seven brand new Airvans secured by Wilderness Air Botswana, all of which are expected to be operational within the next 18 months.
Wilderness Air Botswana’s A2-RNO Tshukudu takes to the skies
“We selected the Airvan based on how well it performs in the Okavango Delta environment, as well as its favourable capacity in terms of passenger numbers. This exciting acquisition forms part of our fleet renewal plan, and ensures that we uphold the extremely high levels of safety and comfort that guests have come to expect from Wilderness Air”, says Derek de la Harpe, Commercial Director of Wilderness Holdings.
The GA8 Airvan is designed and manufactured in Australia and has been specifically engineered to meet the latest international safety standards, as well as the demands of remote operations. While the aircraft takes a maximum of seven passengers, Wilderness Air will only transport between five and six passengers at any given time.
“The Airvan design allows for easy cabin access, quick loading and unloading processes, and also offers excellent visibility for both the pilot and passengers. We are thrilled to welcome passengers on board this new aircraft as we transport them in and around Botswana’s pristine wilderness areas”, adds de la Harpe.
As the rest of the Airvan fleet enters service, so Wilderness Air’s Cessna 206s, which have formed the backbone of the its flying service in Botswana, will be moved to Namibia. Here they will replace the older Cessna 210s on the shorter ‘bumblebee’ routes between Doro Nawas, Damaraland Camp, Desert Rhino Camp, Hoanib Skeleton Coast and Möwe Bay.