Air Namibia is the national airline of Namibia. It operates scheduled domestic, regional, and international passenger and cargo services, having its international hub in Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport. As of December 2013, the carrier is wholly owned by the Namibian government.
The origins of the airline trace back to 1946, when South West Air Transport (SWAT) was established. This carrier started operations in 1949 linking Windhoek with Grootfontein. Charter and cargo flights were also undertaken. In 1959, SWAT merged with Oryx Aviation —a small passenger airline established three years earlier— to form South West Airways.
Namibair, set up as a charter airline in 1963, became a subsidiary company of South West Airways in 1966. South West merged into Namib Air in 1978. The South-West African government became the major shareholder in 1982. Following the creation of the South-West Africa National Transport Corporation in 1986, Namib Air took over all air transport operations in the country. The airline was designated as the country’s flag carrier in 1987. Following the independence of the country, the company was re-christened again, adopting the current name of Air Namibia in 1991.