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Desert Air is a fully licenced Namibian-based air charter company operating strictly according to the regulations of Namibia’s Civil Aviation Authority.

Operational approvals:

Part 135 Air Operator Certificate (AOC/009/2013)

Part 141 Aviation Training Organisation Approval (ATO/009/10)

We specialise in personalised tailor-made aviation services…
Ultimately helping you spread your wings

At Desert Air we work to high safety standards conducted and maintained through our internal safety and quality control system. We adhere to all multinational standards by external and internal safety- and quality-assurance audits.

Over two decades of experience in the professional flying industry, Desert Air offer private fly-in safaris, luxury guided flights, scenic tours, corporate flights and emergency evacuation services if required. Desert Air operates popular scenic flights from a private airstrip at Sossusvlei Lodge. We are a fully licenced flight school; we train our aircrew to the highest standards and offer pilot training to the public.

At Desert Air we rely on our extensive experience and knowledge to satisfy the needs of every traveller. We pride ourselves in efficient professional service, focusing on the safety and comfort of our passengers.

Lean back and let our highly experienced aircrew guide you through this majestic country and its neighbours abroad.


Thys Rall, the founder of the company, embarked on his flying career in 1975. He now boasts close to 8 000 flying hours.

Desert Air has grown from humble beginnings in 1996 to a major player in the highly competitive tourism and charter market today. In July 2011, Desert Air opened its own aircraft maintenance organisation in order to perform all the maintenance required on their own aircrafts. In January 2017, the company inaugurated its own flight school.

Desert Air has also expanded its services to the tourism industry, offering complete personalised tailor-made travel packages through our Desert Air Africa Safaris division.


Matthys Rall

Owner & Managing Director

Rene van der Colff

Accountable Manager AMO

Alta Annandale

Finance Manager, Administration, Human Resource Manager

Anja Parker

Ground Operations & Quality Assurance Manager

Marius Hugo

Responsible for Flight Operations & Maintenance. Pilot

Roedolf Minnaar

Safety Officer & Pilot

Jessica Wellman

Instructor, Flight Crew Training, Pilot

Carien Swanepoel

Marketing & Fly-In Safaris

Mari Du Preez

Safari Co-ordinator & Consultant

Antoinette Van Wyk

Senior Charter Co-ordinator

Anuscka van Wyk

Junior Charter Co-ordinator

Norman Brown

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer & Workshop Manager

Norman Ndhlovu

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer & Assistant Quality Assurance

Valencia Nimrod

Administrator & Storekeeper AMO

Ricus Botha


Simone Huhle


Mikhail Mannetti


Berto Miller


Ruan Oosthuizen


Diederick Rautenbach


Johanco Steenkamp


Dico Theunissen


Wayne Van Der Westhuyzen


Jannie Lombard

Aircraft Maintenance

Andre Hanekom

Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice

Junius Uupindi

General Worker Desert Air

Benhard Uupindi

General Worker Desert Air

Tangeni Ipinge

General Worker Desert Air

Matheus Kaviva

General Worker AMO

Melkisedek Hamutoko

Technical Assistant AMO & Trainee Pilot