Gaborone - The state-owned Air Botswana has taken possession of the first of two Embraer 170 expected. This is the first jet delivered to the African carrier since 2015.
Based in Gaborone-Sir Seretse Khama Airport, Botswana's flag carrier published photos of the arrival of its first Embraer 170 on the last day of 2018. Registered as A2-ABM, the new Embraer jet of the company was previously owned by Southern Aircraft Consultancy and registered as N734A.
The configuration of the aircraft has not been revealed yet, but it will be put in service between Gaborone and Cape Town in South Africa, a route suspended for several months and re-launched on December 16.
Air Botswana has also received two brand-new ATR 72-600 in the last two months, which can accommodate 70 passengers in two classes. The new Embraer E170 and the ATR 72-600s carry the new livery of the airline.
The new livery replaces a zebra stripe motif on the tail with three blue and black rounded triangles.
The largest jets in the Air Botswana's fleet were a Boeing 737-200 (ZS-SGX) delivered in 2009 and a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (ZS-TRI) that was leased from Africa Charter Airline in 2015 for a year.
The current fleet of Botswana's national airline includes one Embraer E170, two ATR 72-600 and three ATR 42-500.