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Topic: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: AsoRock
Posted 2007-03-12 16:12:03 and read 18619 times.

Welcome to the 3rd sequel to the very successful Nigeria Aviation Thread !

There are reports that the state government of booming Cross River is finalizing plans to launch a brand new airport project for the state capital Calabar, in a joint partnership with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). This is to improve the state's infrastructure in anticipation of a boom in tourist arrivals following completion of various projects (including http://www.tinapa.com).

The new airport might cost up to N13 billion (USD 100 million) according to press releases.

Does anyone have a link to the press release?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-12 16:27:50 and read 18616 times.

Here is the Aviation in Nigeria archive:

Aviation In Nigeria: Overview And Update (by KL577 Nov 6 2006 in Civil Aviation)
Aviation In Nigeria II (2007) (by ENU Jan 2 2007 in Civil Aviation)

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-12 20:03:28 and read 18577 times.

Gentlemen!

The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation. The NCAA director was quoted last week as saying that 6 x 737-400s of undisclosed airline(s) have been inspected abroad and ready for import. Perhps they belong to Chanchangi?

From the Guardian:

Airlines seek shift in deadline to recapitalise
There are indications that a number of domestic airlines operators may not meet the April 30, 2007 deadline given to them by the Federal Government to recapitalise and acquire new aircraft for their operations. Some of the operators, who spoke to The Guardian, said the requirements for capitalisation were huge and described the scheme as not feasible due to the short notice given them to comply with such a serious issue. The Federal Government had last week issued a circular on recapitalisation in the aviation industry, detailing the new measures. Reacting to the development, the airlines said the requirements by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) were not such that an airline could meet up with within a year, not to talk of the one-month period contained in the circular. The airlines particularly cited the requirements that airlines wishing to operate within Nigeria must have a minimum of two new generation aircraft. Put together they said, the cost of leasing aircraft and other assets would translate to a total of N500 million.



More from http://www.guardiannews.com

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-13 01:28:47 and read 18551 times.

VK is starting LOS-PHG (=NAF Base) flights from the 19th of March till July, 4 times a day with a Fokker 50.
It's very profitable route only served by Aero and (more or less) Arik until now, it seems VK wants their part of the cake. I assume these flights influence load factors to Owerri...
No official confirmation yet, but the statement in the newspapers last week by Arik Air's HC also makes more sense now.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
NCAA director was quoted last week as saying that 6 x 737-400s of undisclosed airline(s) have been inspected abroad and ready for import. Perhps they belong to Chanchangi?

Do they have enough capital at their disposal to make such an investment? Would be a nice surprise, if it appears to be Bellview...

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-13 10:02:41 and read 18531 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 3):
VK is starting LOS-PHG (=NAF Base) flights from the 19th of March till July, 4 times a day with a Fokker 50.
It's very profitable route only served by Aero and (more or less) Arik until now, it seems VK wants their part of the cake. I assume these flights influence load factors to Owerri...

Is this the Denim Air Fokker 50 that Arik Air had also planned to lease?

What will happen after PHC opens again? Do you expect the DH8 and F50 to stick around and open some new smaller destinations for W3 AND VK such as Ilorin, Katsina, maybe even a far away but not so busy destination such as Yola?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Africawings
Posted 2007-03-13 13:34:30 and read 18502 times.

Fellow A.netters, when will our Nigerian friends learn?

The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank to form and finance a brand new domestic carrier with a brand new all Boeing 737 fleet (736,737,738, and 739s) serving the country and expanding into part of Africa.

It's really not that hard. Ethiopian Airlines did it, Kenya Airways did it, Bangladesh Airways (Biman) just did it!

Business school types who are fans of airliners.net can help set up and run this thing. Me? yes I'm one of them but, I'm staying on the sidelines till they blow everything up then, I'm calling on all of you to come in and help set this new airline up (sorry, can't reveal more of my business plan just yet Smile.

Until that happens we are going to see more scams and rubbish domestic carriers that can't keep up with demand. When our so called business leaders go out and by used 737-400s or the like that are a few hundred cycles away from a "D" check what are we doing?

As you know, when it come to a "D" check you know Nigerians won't pay for the service because the business owner would not have seen their ROI before the "D" check comes due and will want his (or her) planes in the air for as long as possible. And, because the plane does not fly outside Nigeria no one will care or be the wiser. Then it's only a matter of time before the next crash.

When will we learn indeed!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: AsoRock
Posted 2007-03-13 15:39:39 and read 18486 times.

Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank to form and finance a brand new domestic carrier with a brand new all Boeing 737 fleet (736,737,738, and 739s) serving the country and expanding into part of Africa.

Please forgive me, but you sound like you are out of touch with aviation developments in Nigeria. Nigeria does not need a brand new carrier because it already has two new entrants, relatively well-capitalized and are being run to international standards (Virgin Nigeria and Arik Air, which has taken delivery of 4 CRJ-900s and is about to place an order for B737NGs.

Add to that the growing Aerocontractors, taking delivery of brand new Dash 8-300s and older Boeing 737-400s. But what about the 737-400 and -300 series? They are still operated globally and aren't exactly refered to as 'geriatric' aircraft. It's all about economics, and let's not forget there is a general shortage of brand new aircraft to lease worldwide.

I will agree with you that airlines in Nigeria have traditionally failed the flying customers, with unreliable flight schedules, outdated and under-maintained aircraft, but if you actually look closer during the past 2 years, there are encouraging signs everywhere. I suggest you read the previous posts about Nigerian aviation (scroll up for the links).

Cheers!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-13 16:21:09 and read 18471 times.

Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
Fellow A.netters, when will our Nigerian friends learn?



Quoting AsoRock (Reply 6):
Please forgive me, but you sound like you are out of touch with aviation developments in Nigeria.

Yes, a lot has been happening in Nigerian avation lately. W3, VK and AJ fly modern fleets comparable in age to any major US or EU carrier. Aircraft finances might have indeed been a problem in the past, but with the (last year) reorganized banking sector this isn't a problem any longer. Indeed read the past two avation threads on NG to get better updated!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-13 16:59:23 and read 18465 times.

Arik Air will possibly get their two CRJ200's soon, they are stored in Canada right now, former Independence Air aircraft (N695BR and N697BR).


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I'm just wondering where they need all these small aircraft for, as they leased the Dash 8's for a term of one year, it cannot be a substitution for them (or the planning is poor).
Are the CRJ900's competitive with VK's B733's on the major routes? They definitely need more B73NG of something equivalent to expand in West Africa.

Source: http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=AIK&al_op=1

Quoting KL577 (Reply 4):
Is this the Denim Air Fokker 50 that Arik Air had also planned to lease?

I assume not (although the lessor could be Denim Air too), but I hope to let you know soon.

[Edited 2007-03-13 17:02:23]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-13 17:11:01 and read 18454 times.

Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
Does anyone have a link to the press release?

Here you go: http://www.crossriverstate.com/state%20news%20page_acaa44.htm

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-13 17:18:17 and read 18449 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 8):
I'm just wondering where they need all these small aircraft for, as they leased the Dash 8's for a term of one year, it cannot be a substitution for them (or the planning is poor).

I think I read somewhere that they expect to get B738 or B737-700 soon for international operations. The same article announced Kano and Sokoto as the next domestic destinations for Arik. But why would they start destinations VK already serves? Why not try Maiduguri, Yola or Jos first and establish yourself locally as the preferred carrier?

I think some close international destinations could be considered as well with the CRJs, maybe NIM, NDJ or NSI. But I doubt loads to these destinations are gonna justify even a CRJ. Aero's flight to Bamako has been suspended following the maintenance of their B734, but I doubt whether it will come back, loads were reportedly very poor. Same way NIM, NDJ, NSI might not be attractive (unless you let them connect with a cheap flight to CDG).

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Alibo5NGN
Posted 2007-03-13 17:27:15 and read 18438 times.

Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank

The issue with Airlines in Nigeria is not Exim Bank finance or financing from a consortium of local banks. The problem is that Airlines in Nigeria are all still privately owned entities including Virgin Nigeria. Virgin Nigeria and Aero could easily raise capital in the hot Nigerian capital markets (26 companies raised an average of US$500 million each in 2006). ADC Airlines did do an IPO but only as a last desperate attempt to save a moribund Airline. That offering was eventually squelched by the ADC crash in Abuja. Mr Otedola the sole owner of Bellview has consistently refused to offer shares to the investing public or interested Institutional investors and has preferred to be the sole and out right owner of Bellview. It is too late now for him to go public because Bellview is now clearly ailing. Without fresh injection of capital, Bellviews goal of fleet renewal is a pipe dream.

Many African business people would rather destroy their businesses due to lack of capital than to share ownership. Virgin Nigeria is a work in progress. It is hoped that a big IPO (Initial Public Offering) will take place in 2008 to supplement or pay off the $100 million 24 month Eurodollar Bond they are about to issue. Aero is in the firm grip of the Ibru family of Nigeria, the family from Holland (I have forgotten their name - owners of Aero Contractors) and Oceanic Bank Group (another Ibru entity but a public company). I do not see any IPO in future from them. With the exception of KQ, ET, SAA and VK, most Sub Saharan African Airlines are totally under capitalized or supported directly by Government funds as is the case with TAAG.

Another example of under capitalization is Slok Air. Slok Air was founded by Nigeria businessman and current Governor of Abia State in South East Nigeria. It has been alledged that he looted State funds to set up Slok between 2003 and 2005. At it's peak in 2005 Slok had 6 very old 732s. After Mr Kalu fell out with President Obasanjo in 2005, Slok was forced to move bases to The Gambia. As EFCC's investigations into corruption in Nigeria intensified from 2005, Slok's fortunes dwindled. It is now a faint shadow of it's old self with only one operational 732. The rest are abandoned at Banjul Airport. Arik Air is also starting to show serious financial distress. Which is in line with the falling fortunes of it's secret owner.

Ken.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Femialpha
Posted 2007-03-13 17:54:23 and read 18427 times.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 11):
Many African business people would rather destroy their businesses due to lack of capital than to share ownership.

You hit the nail on the head. It makes perfect economic sense for a couple of these operators to pull resources together and maybe go public and run a single airline with 9 or so planes rather than 6 airines with 1.5 planes! Pride and egos have stood in the way of not just the aviation industry but all industries in Nigeria as a whole. Showing off comes first for most Nigerian businessmen and public officials. Until that mentality is resolved, not much is going to change in that place.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-19 22:09:55 and read 18319 times.

Virgin Nigeria has delayed its first commercial 767-300 flight from April 6 to May 2nd. Sources are hinting this action was taken bearing in mind Nigeria's upcoming elections in mid April and the sensitive political situation expected... VK is as cautious as ever.

On the domestic front, VK will be operating an additional second daily flight to Calabar (VK83) on April 1/2/3 to coincide with the inauguration of Tinapa Business Resort (http://www.tinapa.com). Separately, and according to speedwings, the airline is looking to wet lease a DASH-8-300 on ACMI basis for a period of 1 year. This aircraft would service the PHC (NAF) route, now on high demand especially that FAAN announced PHC would not reopen before October 2007.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-19 22:10:03 and read 18318 times.

Quote:

19 March 07

VIRGIN NIGERIA RESUMES FLIGHT OPERATIONS ON LAGOS - PORT HARCOURT ROUTE

Lagos, Nigeria: 19 March 2007: Virgin Nigeria Airways Limited will on Wednesday 21 March 2007 resume flight operations to Port Harcourt operating a Fokker 50 aircraft into the Nigeria Air Force Base (NAF Base) Port Harcourt.



Source and further information: http://www.virginnigeria.com/en/ng/press/pr2007-3-19.html

Origin and registration of the used aircraft still unknown to me.

EDIT: EurostarVA, you beat me by 8 seconds! To add some more info: VK also increased the frequency to Sokoto to three times a week.

[Edited 2007-03-19 22:15:08]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-20 01:17:45 and read 18284 times.

VK's Fokker 50 is also wet-leased from Denim Air, it's PH-JXK according to Skyliner (PH-JXJ is with Arik).


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Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-20 10:46:51 and read 18260 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 13):
FAAN announced PHC would not reopen before October 2007.

But have they started the work by now?

Arik Air has completed their ticket counter in Kano, expect to see operations soon (although I won't see it since I am getting out of the country to avoid any political unrest around the elections).

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Alibo5NGN
Posted 2007-03-20 13:37:34 and read 18232 times.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 16):
(although I won't see it since I am getting out of the country to avoid any political unrest around the elections).

O ye of little faith!!  biggrin  In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-20 13:57:24 and read 18225 times.

VK's F50 pictured in Palma. I wonder why is VK still painting its aircraft using the old logo and fontface? The new one is much more contemporary-looking.



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 17):
O ye of little faith!! In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.

I totally agree, in fact I could not agree more, especially with the reference to instability with respect to the French elections!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-20 14:18:31 and read 18217 times.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 17):
O ye of little faith!! In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.

Many told me, and I believed the elections would be generally quiet, nevertheless political riots between ANPP and PDP supporters did brake out last week in a suburb of Kano and to be honest I am not so sure anymore it will all be peaceful. Anyway, when I had to plan my holiday this year, it thought it to be convenient to avoid both the election days and the hot season in Kano.

Anyway let's hope indeed a professional aviation minister will start the job after May 29th!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-20 14:48:31 and read 18205 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation.

Fresh Air acquired a former TranSky B737. Not really an impressive 'merger'...

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=3600

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-20 15:21:15 and read 18187 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 20):
Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation.

Fresh Air acquired a former TranSky B737. Not really an impressive 'merger'...

This is from the Guardian today:

"The NCAA chief noted that big carriers like Chanchangi, Bellview, Arik, Aero Contractors and Virgin Nigeria had already complied with the stipulated criteria, adding that the problem was with the smaller carriers."

http://www.guardiannewsngr.com/news/article03

I guess they only mean that these have met the new capital requirements, not the reuiqrement of replacing old aircraft.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-20 15:36:13 and read 18178 times.

The "new aircraft" policy is vague. Specific criteria should be used including any combination of the following: Age of airframe, number of cycles, flight hours, etc. I'm sure Demuren is working on this. Thumbs up to this man.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-20 15:46:45 and read 18176 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 18):
I wonder why is VK still painting its aircraft using the old logo and frontface? The new one is much more contemporary-looking.

I'm not sure if this will happen anyway, VS's aircraft only have a slightly changed tail logo as well (as VK's B737 compared to the A340).
I hope these stickers are well stuck! The A330 has new stickers after the original ones fell off just after one day.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-20 15:46:50 and read 18175 times.

woops. posted same message twice.

[Edited 2007-03-20 15:48:14]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-20 16:22:49 and read 18158 times.

Oceanair of Brazil announces its plans to operate daily flights to Lagos beginning May 2007:

http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/news.php?ID=3031

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Debonair
Posted 2007-03-20 19:26:07 and read 18212 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 20):
Fresh Air acquired a former TranSky B737. Not really an impressive 'merger'...

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/view...=3600

but the a/c looks really FRESH!!!  duck   duck   duck 

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Viasa
Posted 2007-03-20 19:31:24 and read 18217 times.

Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government.

http://www.aeroworldnews.com.br/foto_detalhe.php?codigo=1552

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-20 19:49:30 and read 18202 times.

Quoting Viasa (Reply 27):
Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government.

Charming! It's becoming a fashion for Nigerian states to purchase their own executive jets. It's kind of ironic because most Nigerian states lack functional hospitals, roads, and power. On a positive note, I hope Bauchi Govt. (which is one of the least corrupt in Nigeria, in contrast to Rivers Govt.) will put the aircraft to good use, accelerating foreign direct investment, etc.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-20 20:43:58 and read 18190 times.

The aircraft is titled 'Yankari', perhaps it will be used to ferry tourists to Bauchi (Yankari Game Reserve)?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Alibo5NGN
Posted 2007-03-20 21:56:13 and read 18156 times.

Quoting Viasa (Reply 27):
Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government

Bauchi State Government has been fighting for years to regain control of Yankari Game Reserve which could easily be a huge tourism draw for the State. Yankari Game Reserve has declined over the years and has never lived up to it's fantastic potentials (as in Serengeti, Etosha, Masi Mara, Kruger etc) largely due to neglect from the Federal Government. I won't be surprised if this is Bauchi State's attempt to start an airlink between Lagos/Abuja and Yankari Game Reserve. States like Cross Rivers, Lagos, Niger and Bauchi are just beginning to realize their tourism potentials. Bauchi State should immediately partner with experienced private sector tour operators instead of going it alone.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-20 22:34:01 and read 18146 times.

Doesn't Overland fly to Bauchi from Abuja? Is this service still active? Yankari National Park is not far from Bauchi, besides I doubt Yankari has an airfield of its own anyway?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-20 22:58:44 and read 18139 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 31):
Doesn't Overland fly to Bauchi from Abuja? Is this service still active? Yankari National Park is not far from Bauchi, besides I doubt Yankari has an airfield of its own anyway?

Not according the schedule on their website. Yankari has no airstrip (and website unfortunately), but you could travel to Bauchi or Jos.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Alibo5NGN
Posted 2007-03-21 06:18:06 and read 18109 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 31):
I doubt Yankari has an airfield of its own anyway?

I went to school in Jos and was aware at that time (many eons ago) that there was an airstrip at Yankari. Not unlike those in the outback in Australia. Several States including Delta (Asaba) and Akwa Ibom (Uyo) have recently awarded contracts for the construction of International Cargo/Passenger Airports. The Asaba International Airport in Delta was awarded to a Chinese Construction Company. The start of construction was shifted from February 2007 to the end of March 2007 to enable the Chinese engineers to change the original designs to allow for B747 type aircraft. I was one of those who lobbied for the Asaba Airport. It fills an important gap between Benin City and Enugu (300 km). It is also only 10 miles from the largest market town in Africa - Onitsha in Anambra State.

Onitsha traders are the largest importers of vehicle spare parts and finished consumer electrical goods by air freight from Asia. Flying goods into Asaba would reduce transit time from Lagos to Onitsha by 2 to 3 days from date of arrival as well as reduce the loss of goods along the bad roads. Anambra State started its own airport at Oba. The ongoing political crisis in that State has ground construction to a halt. The roads between Oba and Onitsha are also in a very bad shape.

So I would not be surprised if Bauchi decides to build an airport or converts the Yankari Airstrip into a local airport.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: RobK
Posted 2007-03-21 07:38:16 and read 18097 times.

Quoting Viasa (Reply 27):
Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government.

What's it doing in a field?! I don't see any runway/taxyway/hard core going on there.

R

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-21 07:54:14 and read 18097 times.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 33):
It is also only 10 miles from the largest market town in Africa - Onitsha in Anambra State.

Onitsha does have an airstrip as well, but its serviceability today is in question. I recall it was served by an FH-227 operator, Concord Airlines if memory serves me well. That was ... ages ago!

I agree that Nigeria needs airports, but I think 36 states will ultimately have to cooperate and the smaller ones should share small but high-quality + international standard airfields (and I mean fully equipped safety-wise as well as full passenger amenities). To demonstrate my point, look what Uyo and Calabar are doing, both want to build airports at astaggering cost of $100m and above yet they are only about 50 kms apart! In an ideal situation this overlap would be avoided and Akwa Ibom could for example build a world-class port facility linked by rail to Calabar (Maiduguri-Calabar axis). What we see on the ground is Cross River dredging its port using federal govt. money. Nobody can blame them because CR is perhaps Nigeria's fastest developing state, but you get my point!

To sum the above, I think that airport development should tie into Nigeria's transport master plan which was prepared a few years back. This would optimize use of resources and would serve development at large, rather than serve political and pride purposes.

[Edited 2007-03-21 07:56:15]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-21 08:03:36 and read 18090 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 32):
Not according the schedule on their website. Yankari has no airstrip (and website unfortunately), but you could travel to Bauchi or Jos.

I think the Overland service has indeed been suspended. There is an airstrip in Yankari, in Wikki Camp just behind the chalets, it is used by an aircraft for anti-poaching patrol. I hope they won't develop the airstrip inside the park for commercial flights, as this would ruin the atmosphere in the place. Better to make sure that Bauchi airport is upgraded.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-21 10:04:03 and read 18077 times.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 36):
There is an airstrip in Yankari, in Wikki Camp just behind the chalets, it is used by an aircraft for anti-poaching patrol.

I stand corrected, I only recall the baboons...

Looks that they are upgrading the airstrip at Wikki Camp instead of Bauchi Azare Airstrip (from The Tide Online):

Quote:
The Yankari project will be carried out in two phases.

The first phase will involve the construction, improvement and renovation of existing facilities, while the second phase will consist of additional facilities such as golf course, lodges and an air strip.

Already, the administration says it has secured a donation of 270 species of wildlife from the Namibian government as part of efforts to boost the State's tourism potential.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-21 13:02:17 and read 18049 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 37):
I stand corrected, I only recall the baboons...

Which is one of the main reasons of getting there anyway! In fact herds of elephant usually migrate from the Yankari river towards the higher parts of the reserve thereby crossing the airstrip in the late afternoon (or vice versa early in the morning), so it's a good spot to observe elephants!

Quoting ENU (Reply 37):
Looks that they are upgrading the airstrip at Wikki Camp instead of Bauchi Azare Airstrip (from The Tide Online):

Bauchi and Azare are two different towns. Bauchi has a paved runway. Azare is a dusty town in Northern Bauchi state, halfway between Kano and Maiduguri. It had an airstrip once, but was converted into farm land by local farmers. The same for Potiskum's airfield. In fact both fields haven't been used for a long time, and when our company's pilot flew from Maiduguri to Kano some months ago, FAAN officials asked him to fly low over both towns to check if the airstrips were still there.

[Edited 2007-03-21 13:34:18]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-21 13:25:47 and read 18042 times.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 38):
Bauchi and Azare are two different towns.

I am aware of that, but I incorrectly assumed that Azare is closer to Yankari than Bauchi (city). Has Bauchi Airport been upgraded? Can it handle B737's now?

A bit off topic, but Yankari was neglected at the time I was there, and unlucky enough the wildlife decided to hide itself mostly during our stay. A bit disappointing, however, if you find a chance, visit The Pendjari National Park (in neighbouring Benin)!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-21 17:54:45 and read 18001 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 39):
I am aware of that, but I incorrectly assumed that Azare is closer to Yankari than Bauchi (city). Has Bauchi Airport been upgraded? Can it handle B737's now?

Not that I am aware of.

Quoting ENU (Reply 39):
A bit off topic, but Yankari was neglected at the time I was there, and unlucky enough the wildlife decided to hide itself mostly during our stay.

Indeed off topic  Smile, but that's a pity. I have been there a couple of times and saw lots of elephants every time and lion, buffalos, crocodiles and lots of deer, duiker etc. If only they improved on the accomodation... (and maybe some flights from to Bauchi on that E-135  Wink )

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-21 20:26:28 and read 17973 times.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 40):
and maybe some flights from to Bauchi on that E-135

Remains to be seen whether this will be a commercial undertaking! IMO It's not such a wild idea to run this plane on daily tourist charters from LOS, PHC, and ABV. Sustaining losses for the first year or two but in the process developing the Yankari product and route. Amazing what tourism can do!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-22 09:30:31 and read 17918 times.

Virgin Nigeria may get right for Lagos-New York route this week!

According to Sir Richard Branson, who was in Nigeria on Wednesday, talks with American authorities were beginning to yield positive results. Saying that within the next two or three days, the airline will be permitted by the American authorities to begin a direct flight to the country from Nigeria.
Branson, who described his airline's adventure into the Nigerian market as highly successful, however, credited it to the people in the company.

No link yet, and hopefully more good news later this month!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-22 10:06:43 and read 17901 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 42):
Virgin Nigeria may get right for Lagos-New York route this week!

According to Sir Richard Branson, who was in Nigeria on Wednesday, talks with American authorities were beginning to yield positive results. Saying that within the next two or three days, the airline will be permitted by the American authorities to begin a direct flight to the country from Nigeria.

That is good news! US authorities making another U-turn for the Virgin group in a matter of days!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-22 11:28:31 and read 17889 times.

Great news today... Branson confirms to us Virgin Nigeria was a victim of US-UK aeropolitics. Now that Virgin America is cleared, we can expect the US DoT to announce a "provisional" clearance to VK perhaps, subject to FAA clearance of Nigerian airports in April....

Hopefully these developments will encourage VK to source for more widebodies...

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-22 12:27:09 and read 17868 times.

Fresh Air also acquired a former Dasab B737-200:

Picture and source: http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=3604

Judging their website, they look not to be focusing on scheduled services: http://www.freshairline.com/home.htm

Quote:
Though Fresh Air is licensed to operate both passenger and cargo flights within and outside Nigeria, our main services include:

Trader flights between Lagos, Sao Tome, Kinshasa, Freetown, Luanda.
Overnight Mail and Parcel Delivery.
Security Charter Flights for Currencies and Instruments.
Group Charters like Pilgrimage Flight.
Tourist Flight Within and Outside Nigeria
Charter Flights for Airlines in West and Central Africa.
Trader Flights between Dubai, Kano, Port-Harcourt and Lagos.
Low Flying Aerial Photography.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-23 08:34:04 and read 17788 times.

Okada's possible resurrection was mentioned in one of the previous posts, well, here's another one:



"Albarkar airline is preparing to begin flight operations any moment from now.The airline was grounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), along with some others in 2006 when the nations recorded continuous crashes.

It was alleged to have failed to carry out C-checks, an important safety check on its fleet of Boeing aircraft.

But sources at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, said the airline has placed orders for 3 B737-400 aircraft and is planning to dispose off the existing B727 and 737 in its fleet.

The source said that the airline would have begun operations immediately but for the re-certification process it has to go through with the NCAA.

The process will take another three months.

The media manager, Biodun Odunuga, confirmed the development and described the move as a good one."

http://www.independentngonline.com/?c=83&a=23314

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: AMSSFO
Posted 2007-03-23 09:32:01 and read 17781 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 15):
VK's Fokker 50 is also wet-leased from Denim Air, it's PH-JXK according to Skyliner (PH-JXJ is with Arik).



Quoting KL577 (Reply 21):
"The NCAA chief noted that big carriers like Chanchangi, Bellview, Arik, Aero Contractors and Virgin Nigeria had already complied with the stipulated criteria

Apparently, the NCAA changed their minds about Arik Air. Arik Air was fined for bringing into the country a Fokker 50 without the approval of the the NCAA.
http://www.businessdayonline.com/?c=44&a=11696
"A Fokker 50 airplane recently brought into the country by Arik Air has been impounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for lacking needed regulatory approvals."

http://www.businessdayonline.com/?c=132&a=11778
"Arik Air yesterday returned the Fokker 50 aircraft it leased from The Netherlands and brought into the country without official approval. This is in compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

It would be recalled that the NCAA had wielded the big stick Tuesday, as it fined the airline $20, 000 for bringing in the aircraft without the agency�s approval, as well as ordering its being taken out of the country immediately."

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-23 10:43:01 and read 17765 times.

Is this all Yar'adua and Goodluck can afford? I hope it doesn't fall from the sky... Odili would have done better with his E-135!

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=3613

Quoting AMSSFO (Reply 47):
Apparently, the NCAA changed their minds about Arik Air. Arik Air was fined for bringing into the country a Fokker 50 without the approval of the the NCAA.

It's still not clear to me what went wrong, but anyway there was another interesting statement in the second link:

Quote:
We wish to reassure our esteemed passengers that none of our aircraft is grounded. In fact, plans have reached an advanced stage to acquire two brand new Boeing 737-700 in April 2007. In addition, our route network will soon include Kano and Sokoto.

There is a rumour going that the E135 of the Bauchi State government will be leased to IRS for commercial ends.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-23 12:59:50 and read 17737 times.

Speaking of rumors, Denim's F50 might not be the official aircraft to be assigned to the VK contract PH (NAF Base) route. Denim might deploy a DASH-8-300 for the purpose as soon as an aircraft is available... This would explain the white tail + engines.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Alibo5NGN
Posted 2007-03-23 17:38:31 and read 17702 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 48):
Is this all Yar'adua and Goodluck can afford? I hope it doesn't fall from the sky... Odili would have done better with his E-135

It is nice to see these PDP candidates showing some fiscal prudence in advance. Yar Adua is well known for being frugal. He would have sent a wrong signal to the electorate and his detractors if he flew around in a better plane.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Debonair
Posted 2007-03-23 19:41:20 and read 17705 times.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 50):
It is nice to see these PDP candidates

Thanks again to skyliner, the next new Nigerian EMBRAER for PDP: http://skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=&picid=3613

Btw.: something important is missing, I guess...  duck 

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-23 20:30:06 and read 17679 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 48):
There is a rumour going that the E135 of the Bauchi State government will be leased to IRS for commercial ends.

To replace their F28?

Quoting Debonair (Reply 51):
Btw.: something important is missing, I guess...

Wow, I didn't notice it yet. Interesting to see if they get it fying before April 21.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-24 09:02:06 and read 17641 times.

According to ch-aviation.ch, Bauchi State Govt. is due to take delivery of 2 x EMB-135:

S/N 14500987 0 NEW ERJ Legacy 600 (E135 BJ) 5N-
S/N 14500984 0 NEW ERJ Legacy 600 (E135 BJ) 5N-BJM (to be delivered)

Both appear to be in BJ configuration. I don't see how IRS could make much use of them?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-24 11:06:04 and read 17628 times.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 52):
To replace their F28?



Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 53):
I don't see how IRS could make much use of them?

It's all speculation, but you can imagine that IRS operates and maintains the aircraft for Bauchi State, just as Aero does for Rivers State (the AW139). Not a felicitous choice, however, I still hope that they will be used to ferry tourists from the international airports to Bauchi. What other justification can be given for the purchase of two biz-jets by a state government?

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 50):
It is nice to see these PDP candidates showing some fiscal prudence in advance. Yar Adua is well known for being frugal. He would have sent a wrong signal to the electorate and his detractors if he flew around in a better plane.

It was meant to be an ironic question... I guess I'm cynical, but the signal the size of the aircraft gives to the electorate, is not going to decide the outcome of the forthcoming elections in anyway.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-24 13:49:55 and read 17610 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 54):
What other justification can be given for the purchase of two biz-jets by a state government?

Something is fishy here. There is just no way Bauchi state Govt. can afford 2 brand-new Emb-135 Legacies. The state's federal allocation is negligeable compared to that of Rivers. With no major industrial or economic activities, it's hard to imagine substantial income from taxes. My guess is that someone is using Bauchi Govt. as a cover to make huge capital purchases like this one! (speculation). As Ken said earlier, Governor Muazu is one of the least corrupt (if not un-corrupt) governors. I doubt he personally endorsed such reckless expenditure, espcially given that he won't be in office come May 29.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-25 12:30:38 and read 17538 times.

When you follow the link below, you will see some pictures of the construction of Jalingo Airport in Taraba State:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=368540&page=15

So how many airports are currently being constructed in Nigeria? Is the following list complete?

- Akwa Ibom Cargo Airport
- Ogun State Cargo Airport
- Jalingo Airport
- Asaba Airport
- Onitsha-Oba Airport
- New Calabar Aiport (proposed)
- Kebbi Airport (completed)
- Gombe Airport (completed)

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-25 23:55:53 and read 17468 times.

Aero will take delivery of their second B737-400 (to be registered 5N-BJA and ex US Air, N446US) this week, according to Skyliner. Will they return the leased 737 to JAT? They are still running a down scaled schedule.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 53):
According to ch-aviation.ch, Bauchi State Govt. is due to take delivery of 2 x EMB-135

Embraer's website mentions only one EMB-145.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-26 15:36:08 and read 17414 times.

Two interesting stories in the papers today:

FG to Ground Airlines over Recapitalisation:
http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=73890

Remarkably, this article states that only VK, B3 and W3 have met the target. What about AJ?

Virgin Nigeria upgrades terminal (Abuja):
http://www.businessdayonline.com/?c=44&a=12180

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-26 15:55:50 and read 17407 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 58):

FG to Ground Airlines over Recapitalisation:
http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=73890

Remarkably, this article states that only VK, B3 and W3 have met the target. What about AJ?

That's strange. The guardian published the following a week or two ago:

Quoting KL577 (Reply 21):
This is from the Guardian today:

"The NCAA chief noted that big carriers like Chanchangi, Bellview, Arik, Aero Contractors and Virgin Nigeria had already complied with the stipulated criteria, adding that the problem was with the smaller carriers."

Or maybe AJ has met the criteria for operating domestic flights but not for international flights? Or journalists are just guessing?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-26 16:30:58 and read 17398 times.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 59):
Or maybe AJ has met the criteria for operating domestic flights but not for international flights? Or journalists are just guessing?

I wouldn't worry too much about Aero. This is probably an omission on the journalist's part. The Ibru family and CHC are powerful entities in their respective markets so the issue of capitalization surely must be taken care of. Let's not forget that Aero was the first indigenous airline to acquire a 737-300 back in 2003, a testimony of its financial strength.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-26 17:45:50 and read 17381 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 60):
The Ibru family and CHC are powerful entities in their respective markets so the issue of capitalization surely must be taken care of. Let's not forget that Aero was the first indigenous airline to acquire a 737-300 back in 2003, a testimony of its financial strength.

And the purchase of a second B737-400, seen here on it's delivery flight:


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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Trevor Mulkerrins

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-26 17:52:50 and read 17378 times.

I see they haven't rebranded as planned, disappointing! "AERO" is a rather generic name and if Aerocontractors is keen on highlighting the independent nature of its airline division then this is definitely not the way to do it. Plus the international exposure requires a more catchy brand, away from the dated "S"chreiner image. They could keep the orange shade though, it's neat.

Why is it so controversial to rebrand simply as "Aero Nigeria"?

[Edited 2007-03-26 18:02:03]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-26 18:56:59 and read 17355 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 62):
I see they haven't rebranded as planned, disappointing!

Are the plans to re-brand already fully developed and scheduled? I never heard about it in detail.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 62):
Why is it so controversial to rebrand simply as "Aero Nigeria"?

I think it just takes time to put such changes through. They have to change the company structure first, and I guess there are a lot of legal barriers too. Furthermore, I think the livery will not be changed until all is settled.
But indeed, the 'S' needs a trendy successor. The name Schreiner disappeared in The Netherlands, after Schreiner Northsea Helicopters was bought over by CHC.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-27 20:31:16 and read 17281 times.

It seems Afriqiyah Airways (8U) is ending its bi-weekly service from Tripoli to Kano effective May 1.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Eurostarva
Posted 2007-03-27 20:55:49 and read 17284 times.

Eventually, Virgin Nigeria ought to offer some European-bound flights from Kano. 2 weekly ABV-KAN-LGW, surely will be a money spinner?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-27 21:07:31 and read 17280 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 63):
Are the plans to re-brand already fully developed and scheduled?

I've heard it from a source who works at Ghana International, which codeshares with AJ. It's not official, so for now this remains a realistic rumor which makes a lot of sense. Aero is a generic brand.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-27 21:53:27 and read 17272 times.

Quoting Eurostarva (Reply 65):
2 weekly ABV-KAN-LGW, surely will be a money spinner?

ABV-LGW will certainly make money for VK, not too sure about Kano. In fact KLM is (still) in Kano for cargo. Each KLM's three flights a week takes on average 20-30 passengers out of KAN, the other 100-200 passengers board in ABV. Hence the reason for maintaining Kano is the pallets of cargo they load and unload there.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: RobK
Posted 2007-03-28 02:08:29 and read 17249 times.

A 737-700 has just rolled out of the paint shop at Renton in full c/s!!

Arik Air 737-700 Rolls Out At Renton In Full C/s! (by RobK Mar 28 2007 in Civil Aviation)

 Wow!

R

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-28 09:42:39 and read 17235 times.

Virgin Nigeria Airways Signs $15 Million OnPoint Solutions Service Agreement with GE

http://www.just4airlines.com/j4_dox/...l/rss.html?./rss.mv?story_id=29306

Interestingly, and with indications that work on VK's own maintenance hangar project came to a halt for now, VK might have went down the path of pragmatism. The press release doesn't say if GE personnel will be in Nigeria to repair potentially faulty engines, nor is it clear how the Lufthansa technik contract relates to it.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-28 11:00:45 and read 17221 times.

Quoting RobK (Reply 68):
A 737-700 has just rolled out of the paint shop at Renton in full c/s!!

Nice!

Quoting KL577 (Reply 64):
It seems Afriqiyah Airways (8U) is ending its bi-weekly service from Tripoli to Kano effective May 1.

Will be a nice journey on an A320 with a transfer at Tripoli... They also offer flights to Lagos.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: RobK
Posted 2007-03-28 13:53:11 and read 17192 times.

Do any of you well informed chaps know what the ICAO 3-letter identifier is for Arik Air please?

R

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-28 13:55:02 and read 17191 times.

Quoting RobK (Reply 71):
Do any of you well informed chaps know what the ICAO 3-letter identifier is for Arik Air please?

Should be ARA. Thanks for the picture btw!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: RobK
Posted 2007-03-28 14:54:11 and read 17165 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 72):
Should be ARA. Thanks for the picture btw!

Are you sure? This is already allocated to

Aerobeira, Sociedade de Transportes Aereos Lda, Portugal

 confused 

R

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-28 16:18:15 and read 17144 times.

To the best of my knowledge, dual allocation is permitted in some cases, so long as the nature of the 2 operators is different (cargo vs. pax or charter, etc.) but i could be wrong because IATA code rules differ from those of ICAO.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: RobK
Posted 2007-03-28 16:25:50 and read 17141 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 74):
To the best of my knowledge, dual allocation is permitted in some cases, so long as the nature of the 2 operators is different (cargo vs. pax or charter, etc.) but i could be wrong because IATA code rules differ from those of ICAO.

Yes, you are wrong I'm afraid. ICAO identifiers can only be allocated to one operator.

R

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-28 16:47:31 and read 17146 times.

Quoting RobK (Reply 75):
Yes, you are wrong I'm afraid. ICAO identifiers can only be allocated to one operator.

I stand corrected.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-30 17:34:41 and read 17068 times.

Schedules for Virgin Nigeria's proposed flights LOS-Abidjan (ABJ) and LOS-Monrovia (ROB) have been removed again from Amadeus. It seems the start of these services is postponed.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-30 19:33:27 and read 17055 times.

Aero Contractors seem to have returned the leased aircraft from JAT, they are now operating their own 2 B733's and 2 734's (5N-BHY, 5N-BHZ, 5N-BIZ, and 5N-BJA).

Arik Air will receive a second B737-700 in April ( http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2007/q1/070328g_nr.html ).

The 4th CRJ-900 will soon be delivered, probably next week. Nice expansion of their fleet, but I hope they will announce more destinations, other than Kano and Sokoto (already served by VK).

They gave the following statement on their website (which is not very functional btw):

Quote:

Quote:
An investment of circa $130m in the first half of 2007 will increase the Arik Air fleet to sixteen aircraft by June, making the airline the largest commercial airline in Nigeria. McTighe also announced plans to construct the largest technical and maintenance hangar in West Africa, capable of housing the biggest and longest aircraft in operation worldwide today: the airbus A380 and Boeing 747-800.

I still think Arik's ICAO code is ARA...

Forgot to mention, the leased F50 by Arik Air seems to be cleared and available now.

Afrijet Airlines ambitious plans never materialised, did they?

[Edited 2007-03-30 19:48:24]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-30 20:19:04 and read 17035 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 78):
Afrijet Airlines ambitious plans never materialised, did they?

This airline seems to be dead indeed

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-30 21:21:30 and read 17015 times.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 79):
This airline seems to be dead indeed

They were operating scheduled charters to London via France, using a wet leased Air Italy 767. Ops have since been suspended.

Quoting ENU (Reply 78):
Aero Contractors seem to have returned the leased aircraft from JAT, they are now operating their own 2 B733's and 2 734's (5N-BHY, 5N-BHZ, 5N-BIZ, and 5N-BJA).

OK but is AJ back to its normal flight schedule? At one point both 5N- registered 737s were in Europe for maintenance, until the first 737-400 was delivered.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-30 22:44:05 and read 17005 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 80):
OK but is AJ back to its normal flight schedule?

Not yet according to their website, but perhaps not surprising as they received 5N-BJA only this week. And 5N-BHZ was returned this week too, after an overhaul. I'm not completely sure about 5N-BHY, but I thought it was in service again already.

Over all, I think the grounding of the smaller companies has been well met by the recent and announced influx of new aircraft.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Impacto
Posted 2007-03-30 22:54:29 and read 17003 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 78):

Arik Air will receive a second B737-700 in April ( http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2007/q1/070328g_nr.html ).

OK, so what about the 737-300s and the CRJ 200s? I think the CRJ 200s were suppose to have arrived earlier on around the same time with the 900s. Correct me if I am wrong PLS.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-30 22:58:47 and read 17001 times.

Quoting Impacto (Reply 82):
OK, so what about the 737-300s and the CRJ 200s? I think the CRJ 200s were suppose to have arrived earlier on around the same time with the 900s. Correct me if I am wrong PLS.

I have no clue about the 737-300's (5n-mja and 5n-mjb). Were they returned last year due to technical problems? Have they actually returned in service? That was a bad buy anyway.
The CRJ 200's are still stored in Canada. No idea when they will arrive (see reply 8 above).

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-31 07:08:03 and read 16955 times.

Quoting Impacto (Reply 82):
OK, so what about the 737-300s and the CRJ 200s? I think the CRJ 200s were suppose to have arrived earlier on around the same time with the 900s. Correct me if I am wrong PLS.

The CRJ-200 deliveries have been pushed to May '07. This might be related to crewing problems, since they opted for wet-leased DASH-8 and F50 equipment which they might keep for a while.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-03-31 10:18:07 and read 16947 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 83):
I have no clue about the 737-300's (5n-mja and 5n-mjb). Were they returned last year due to technical problems? Have they actually returned in service? That was a bad buy anyway.
The CRJ 200's are still stored in Canada. No idea when they will arrive (see reply 8 above).

A couple of weeks ago in Lagos I saw an Arik aircraft-tail, which was definitely not a CRJ and looked like a 737. I wasn't in the right position to look at it, and when I came back to the same position (i.e. departure deck at MMA, where you can view the right pier) it was gone. Could it be that the 737-300s did/do operate? I haven't seen it though afterwards in LOS or ABV.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-31 11:03:27 and read 16942 times.

The 733s of Arik are operating!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-03-31 19:30:49 and read 16884 times.

ATDB mentions that Bellview operates a 2nd B737-300, but no other sources confirm this. If true, I assume it's leased from JAT.

How is the work on LOS terminal 2 proceeding? I learnt that the work on PHC is halted once again, because of outstanding debts to JB.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 86):
The 733s of Arik are operating!

Good to hear! Some pics of one of the leased Dash 8's on the net:

http://bp3.blogger.com/_nyhJWuhlSCQ/...AEM/3AHqX8_BjUI/s1600-h/arik29.JPG
http://bp2.blogger.com/_nyhJWuhlSCQ/...AAAEc/mBiLk0MS2G4/s1600-h/arik.jpg
http://bp0.blogger.com/_nyhJWuhlSCQ/...AAEU/O7fQ6DxkzaM/s1600-h/arik2.jpg

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-31 21:51:55 and read 16859 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 87):
How is the work on LOS terminal 2 proceeding? I learnt that the work on PHC is halted once again, because of outstanding debts to JB.

Proceeding with considerable pace. The owners announced last week that president Obasanjo would "commission" the new building April 1st (Fool's Day joke? probably!) as the ramp is not finished and basically the building appeared as of Jan 29 (Ken's photo shoot) to be at least 5 months away from completion. Obasanjo's "commissioning" of Terminal 2 will most probably be symbolic in nature and I personally believe that the first passengers will use the facility not before June.

In other very interesing news, Zenith Bank led a consortium offering a further $150,000,000 loan facility for Bi-Courtney to finance the completion of Terminal 2, Hotel, Conference Hall, and lay the foundations of the future sister terminals to the south... This is good news and indicates the confidence which Nigerian banks have in the aviation industry and the economy as a whole, even before elections...

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-03-31 22:37:37 and read 16855 times.

Much legal jargon and technical aviation law terms found below. In plain English this development implies that Nigerian carriers will (effective October 2007) be eligible to receive favorable terms on Boeing and Airbus new aircraft deals. Nigeria is moving ahead rapidly...


Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol – Nigerian declarations

On 26 March 2007, the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria notified UNIDROIT of the withdrawal of its declaration under Article 54(2) of the Cape Town Convention. This withdrawal will take effect on 1 October 2007. Also on 26 March 2007, the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria notified UNIDROIT of subsequent declarations under Articles 39(1)(a), 40, 53 and 54(2) of the Convention and Articles XXX(1), XXX(2) and XXX(3) of the Protocol. These subsequent declarations will take effect on 1 October 2007. Further details about the Convention and Aircraft Protocol are available at http://www.unidroit.org/english/conventions/mobile-equipment/main.htm.


More from Unidroit's website:
http://www.unidroit.org/english/news/main.htm

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Impacto
Posted 2007-04-01 20:02:12 and read 16793 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 87):
ATDB mentions that Bellview operates a 2nd B737-300, but no other sources confirm this. If true, I assume it's leased from JAT.

This is a sure sign that we should not expect to see those anticipated A320s any time soon. By the way, any news on the commencement of Bellview's LOS-LHR flights?

Quoting ENU (Reply 87):
I learnt that the work on PHC is halted once again, because of outstanding debts to JB.

I have been wondering how AF and LH are going to have to cope with these delays. AF has been diverting all its PHC flights to LOS since August. Surely this trend can't go on for too long.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 88):

In other very interesing news, Zenith Bank led a consortium offering a further $150,000,000 loan facility for Bi-Courtney to finance the completion of Terminal 2, Hotel, Conference Hall, and lay the foundations of the future sister terminals to the south... This is good news and indicates the confidence which Nigerian banks have in the aviation industry and the economy as a whole, even before elections...

This is very good news indeed!!! But you have to believe that the outcome of the elections will still have an impact on this deal.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-02 23:25:00 and read 16706 times.

Quoting Impacto (Reply 90):
Quoting ENU (Reply 87):
ATDB mentions that Bellview operates a 2nd B737-300, but no other sources confirm this. If true, I assume it's leased from JAT.

This is a sure sign that we should not expect to see those anticipated A320s any time soon. By the way, any news on the commencement of Bellview's LOS-LHR flights?

Ok, I've to take back this suggestion. Bellview has actually returned the leased B733 (YU-AND) to JAT, which means that they only operate 4 B732's (the one hit by an Afrijet aircraft last year is fixed) and the two B767's right now.

Bellview's website does mention LOS-LHR flights...

Arik Air has announced to start serving West-African destinations by June. What could be possible destinations? More flights to Accra?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-03 21:44:44 and read 16657 times.

Arik Air's website has been updated (and upgraded), and the first new destinations appear to be Kano and Jos! However, it's not clear when these flights will commence. Furthermore, the F50 seems to be substituted by a third Dash 8.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Eurostarva
Posted 2007-04-04 11:40:25 and read 16594 times.

According to a Bellview press release dated April 3, 2007, they are increasing their LHR flights to x4 weekly nonstops from LOS effective April 15. All 767 ops through FNA have been suspended, and FNA pax will be routed via LOS instead.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-09 13:37:55 and read 16430 times.

Has OBJ actually commissioned the new terminal at LOS last Saturday?

http://www.mma2lagos.net/news01.html#

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-09 16:04:28 and read 16410 times.

Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
There are reports that the state government of booming Cross River is finalizing plans to launch a brand new airport project for the state capital Calabar, in a joint partnership with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The go-ahead from the FG is there, but the pace of development will probably depend on the outcome of the elections:

Quote:
Impressed by the vision and economic potentials which abound in the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, President Olusegun Obasanjo has approved the building of a new international airport in Odukpani local government area (LGA) of Cross River State to facilitate the movement of goods and tourists to and from the resort.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200704030095.html

Tinapa has opened its doors: http://www.tinapa.com/

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Femialpha
Posted 2007-04-09 20:58:24 and read 16367 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 94):
Has OBJ actually commissioned the new terminal at LOS last Saturday?

Yes he commissioned an incomplete facility, Nigerian style! His name will be on the wall somewhere as the one that commissioned it so he must be quite happy. I just hope this project does not fall behind any further due to the elections.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-09 21:59:40 and read 16357 times.

According to a ThisDay journalist I'm in touch with, the consortium's CEO disclosed to her that the building is supposed to be open to commercial traffic by the end of this month. Realistically speaking it could be used for commercial purposes around June 1st if the ramp is poured quickly and provisions on the ground by the different airlines for a "temporary" operation mode (perhaps the use of the aviobridges can come later, etc.). I see Aerocontractors and Bellview among the first to move in, while VK is probably in no hurry.

I think we've got to remember that since this is a private project, the terminal's owners are keen on starting to generate income even if the facility is not yet 100% complete. Business is business and in their shoes I would've done the same.
I hear the parking facility is in use now being used by the airport's staff, contractor, etc. and it's automated.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-09 22:00:31 and read 16356 times.

According to a ThisDay journalist I'm in touch with, the consortium's CEO disclosed to her that the building is supposed to be open to commercial traffic by the end of this month. Realistically speaking it could be used for commercial purposes around June 1st if the ramp is poured quickly and provisions on the ground by the different airlines for a "temporary" operation mode (perhaps the use of the aviobridges can come later, etc.). I see Aerocontractors and Bellview among the first to move in, while VK is probably in no hurry.

I think we've got to remember that since this is a private project, the terminal's owners are keen on starting to generate income even if the facility is not yet 100% complete. Business is business and in their shoes I would've done the same.
I hear the parking facility is in use now being used by the airport's staff, contractor, etc. and it's automated.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-11 08:37:56 and read 16287 times.

Here's a video taken from the cockpit of Arik Air CRJ-900 5N-JEC while on finals and landing at Calabar (CBQ):

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-12 09:06:46 and read 16192 times.

There was an incident with a VK aircraft yesterday. As I understand from ThisDay the plane returned to LOS because of a technical problem, meanwhile the passengers panicked for some reason or the other, resulting in a stampede in which two were injured.

Information from CH Aviation about VK's B767's:

Quote:
357 24952 NEW B767-3Y0(ER) YL-LCY opb Lat Charter / Stored Lat Charter C-GGFJ Aer Lingus
386 25000 NEW B767-3Y0(ER) YL-LCZ opb Lat Charter / Stored Lat Charter C-GHPA Spanair

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-13 09:53:35 and read 16141 times.

A Bellview B737 made an emergency landing at LOS yesterday, after an engine failure.

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=75383

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-16 22:47:15 and read 16059 times.

The second Arik Air B737-700:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/457753235_91778bbfc5_o.jpg

Accra and Abidjan will be their first destinations outside Nigeria. However, they seem to have returned one of the Dash-8's.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-17 07:41:08 and read 16024 times.

Airlines Threaten to Boycott New Terminal over High Tariff
By Chinedu Eze, 04.17.2007 THISDAYONLINE.COM

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=75719


Has Bellview returned its sole B737-300? They are behaving like an airline on its way out.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-17 23:28:20 and read 15977 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 103):
Has Bellview returned its sole B737-300?

Yes, it's flying in Europe for JAT again, but still in Bellview colours.


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There is also an Arik Air CRJ900 landing at LOS on YouTube

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-18 01:23:13 and read 15970 times.

Ok, this took me by surprise:

ATI: Arik(Nigeria) Order 777/787 (by 2wingtips Apr 18 2007 in Civil Aviation)

They were undecided a month ago, doubting between A340 and B777 to service Houston. However Arik announced they will start flights to LHR in June, so they will still have to find a temporarily solution.

[Edited 2007-04-18 01:34:16]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-18 10:20:57 and read 15929 times.

Quote:
The Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) yesterday disclosed that Virgin Nigeria Airline had 15 air returns back to the originating terminals due mainly to malfunctions in the last six months.

Source: http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=75810

Does this report give rise to any worries? The B737-300's of Virgin Nigeria are relatively old, but that should not be the problem if they are well maintained. Perhaps VK are more cautious than the other carriers...

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-18 14:16:35 and read 15909 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 106):
Does this report give rise to any worries? The B737-300's of Virgin Nigeria are relatively old, but that should not be the problem if they are well maintained. Perhaps VK are more cautious than the other carriers...

Given that VK operated over 5000 flights during the 6 months in question, I hardly think 15 air/taxi returns are a reason to panick. The airline's terminal return rate is therefore 0.002%. Given Nigeria's infrastructural challenges and the incessant VIP traffic annoyance, I feel the minister should retract his comments appologize to VK! These matters are best discussed behind closed doors anyway.


In other news, the cargo terminal construction is underway at Ilorin Airport, which also published a nice informative website:

http://www.ilorinairport.com/airportinformation.html

[Edited 2007-04-18 14:36:14]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-18 15:06:56 and read 15901 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 107):
In other news, the cargo terminal construction is underway at Ilorin Airport, which also published a nice informative website:

Governor Saraki was re-elected, so there is a good chance that they will meet the schedule. But the Zimbabwean farmers are not yet ready to export agricultural products: http://www.kwaraproject.com/

Hopefully the new governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers state will push the building/renovation of the airports in their states.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-18 16:19:09 and read 15886 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 108):
But the Zimbabwean farmers are not yet ready to export agricultural products:

I read the white farmer's progress report for March 2007 and it seems that they will receive the pledged financing at last! If the project finally takes off, Ilorin Airport is likely to benefit from significant cargo traffic, generating income, etc. I can imagine 3 or 4 Europe-bound plane-loads of pinapple and groundnuts daily. Virgin Nigeria, MK, and DAS could join the party. Speaking of VK, I recall they had plans to operate freighters.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: AsoRock
Posted 2007-04-18 17:23:32 and read 15870 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 107):
Given that VK operated over 5000 flights during the 6 months in question, I hardly think 15 air/taxi returns are a reason to panick. The terminal return rate is therefore 0.002%.

I would beg to differ, as my own, high-school calculation yields a staggering 0.3 % air return rate whish is INDEED alarming.

What I would ask for is the specific list of all air returns, their dates and their circumstances. I only recall 2-3 air returns discussed in the media in the past 6 months, so the ministry could shed some light on its efforts to needlessly embarass Virgin Nigeria.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-18 18:21:30 and read 15862 times.

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 110):
What I would ask for is the specific list of all air returns, their dates and their circumstances.

According to a Vanguard article, half of the "returns" were actually taxi returns and not air return-to-base. This means VK recorded approx. 7 air returns out of 5,000 departures. While any air return is unfortunate, we have to reconsider that an air return rate of 7/5000 is not a reason to leak out this info to the media in an unprofessional manner. I'm not against transparency but the NCAA's job is to regulate aviation activities not to threaten any airline with grounding, and through the media!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-18 18:32:57 and read 15861 times.

The consequence of media leaks: more hysterical headlines!

FG declares Virgin Nigeria planes unsafe <--- huh?
With 15 recorded cases of technical and logistic problems in less than five months, Virgin Nigeria planes are no longer safe for passengers, Minister of State for Air Transport, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, declared yesterday.

He said the recurrent cases of Virgin planes’ near accident and aborting of flights mid-air between 6th of November, 2006 and 11th of April, 2007, is “worrisome and unsafe for the aviation passengers flying the Nigerian skies...
More: http://www.dailytrust.com/news1.htm

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-18 18:40:15 and read 15861 times.

The consequence of media leaks: more hysterical headlines!

FG declares Virgin Nigeria planes unsafe <--- huh?
With 15 recorded cases of technical and logistic problems in less than five months, Virgin Nigeria planes are no longer safe for passengers, Minister of State for Air Transport, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, declared yesterday.

He said the recurrent cases of Virgin planes’ near accident and aborting of flights mid-air between 6th of November, 2006 and 11th of April, 2007, is “worrisome and unsafe for the aviation passengers flying the Nigerian skies...

More: http://www.dailytrust.com/news1.htm

Is it just me or is the minister of aviation out to ruin VK before his exit from office? Perhaps they didn't send him a brown envelope? Oh well hopefully the future govt. will learn to seperate politics from aviation and above all keep regulation in NCAA's hand.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Femialpha
Posted 2007-04-19 00:33:02 and read 15832 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 107):
In other news, the cargo terminal construction is underway at Ilorin Airport, which also published a nice informative website:

http://www.ilorinairport.com/airport....html

Is that terminal building really functional? If it is that is real progress for that part of the country. When i flew there on Overland airways in 2004, there was no sign of any improvement there.

[Edited 2007-04-19 00:33:59]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-22 17:40:49 and read 15719 times.

Got a scoop. Virgin Nigeria's fist B767, still without titles, pictured at Montreal!

First VK B767-300


First VK B767-300


Source of the pictures

A navy helicopter went down on Friday near Owerri. The source doesn't mention the type (hopefully not one of the new AW-139's): http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=76106

I am looking forward to the delivery of the B737-700's to Arik Air and probable the announcement of a B777 and B787 order on Thursday, 26th of April.

[Edited 2007-04-22 17:43:46]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-22 19:43:57 and read 15691 times.

Quoting Femialpha (Reply 114):
Is that terminal building really functional?

Yes, it was commissioned in 2006. Kwara state is doing a good job at airport infrastructure. The rest of the story is up to the private sector!

Quoting ENU (Reply 115):
Got a scoop. Virgin Nigeria's fist B767, still without titles, pictured at Montreal!

And what a scoop. Nice catch, I see you're back in action  Wink
Paintjob looking good. I hope the "virgin nigeria" titles will be applied with a generous font.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Viasa
Posted 2007-04-22 20:28:49 and read 15682 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 116):
I hope the "virgin nigeria" titles will be applied with a generous font.

For sure... The two B767 were leased from Lat Charter.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-22 21:15:31 and read 15668 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 116):
Paintjob looking good.

The tail somehow confuses me. It's in the new Virgin colours (without the blue or green edge), but the old rather than the new font is used. Compare this tail:


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Btw, the credits are of course for the guy who posted the pictures on the net.

Quoting Viasa (Reply 117):
The two B767 were leased from Lat Charter.

Correct, ex-Air Canada. But will be re-registered in Latvia

Quoting ENU (Reply 100):
Information from CH Aviation about VK's B767's:

Quote:
357 24952 NEW B767-3Y0(ER) YL-LCY opb Lat Charter / Stored Lat Charter C-GGFJ Aer Lingus
386 25000 NEW B767-3Y0(ER) YL-LCZ opb Lat Charter / Stored Lat Charter C-GHPA Spanair

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-22 22:21:49 and read 15644 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 118):
The tail somehow confuses me. It's in the new Virgin colours (without the blue or green edge), but the old rather than the new font is used. Compare this tail:

Right on. At first I thought they wanted to match the font used on the 737s for consistency, but I checked the 737 tail livery and it uses the new "virgin" font adopted by Virgin Atlantic + Virgin America.
This continues the VK livery inconsistency tradition. I recall the same old tail font was used on the A330. Frustrating!

[Edited 2007-04-22 22:26:28]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-22 22:57:40 and read 15631 times.

Nigerian consistency! Personally I prefer the green edge on the tail. It gives the aircraft a clearer Nigerian (and VK corporate) identity.

Off topic, I just heard that the opposition rejected the outcome of the presidential election beforehand. I hope a prudent solution can be find for the follow up of the 'my rigging is better than yours' struggle...

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-22 23:19:39 and read 15622 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 120):
Off topic, I just heard that the opposition rejected the outcome of the presidential election beforehand. I hope a prudent solution can be find for the follow up of the 'my rigging is better than yours' struggle...

What's even more alarming is that the EU's elections monitoring team will most probably declare the elections (both state and presidential) as a failure, tomorrow mid-day at the latest. Add to this quagmire FG's accusation of the senate speaker that he's plotting a coup (ING government) and you have a recipe for disaster!

The next 24 hours are decisive for Nigeria and of course its aviation industry which is just emerging from decades of neglect. I really hope and expect the govt. to do the right thing, and that is accept INEC as an embarrassing failure and announce a rerun sometime around mid-May. Oh and fire that dumb INEC chairman while they are cleaning up.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-22 23:33:36 and read 15613 times.

I doubt if Ken Nnamani has the authority to form a interim government. A re-run would be a good solution indeed. Inec appears to be very incompetent. I'm also 'disappointed' in OBJ. Rigging the elections is one thing, but doing it in such blatant and 'unprofessional' way is a shame.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 121):
The next 24 hours are decisive for Nigeria and of course its aviation industry which is just emerging from decades of neglect.

At least the websites of the aviation regulatory bodies are now active:
http://www.faannigeria.org/
http://www.ncaa.gov.ng/
http://www.nama.gov.ng/

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-23 15:13:01 and read 15562 times.

Amadeus system showing up new Virgin Nigeria flights to Libreville as follows:

VK0823 ----5-- 12:30 16:50 1 stop (DLA)
VK0823 1------ 08:45 11:35 1 stop (DLA)

Let's hope the ongoing constitutional crisis and political turmoil in the country passes peacefully. I believe Umaru Yar'Adua is the best candidate for VK to grow and prosper because another PDP president is most likely to continue govt. friendliness to VK.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-24 10:34:06 and read 15504 times.

This link was posted elsewhere: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...into-nigerias-largest-carrier.html

An interview with the McTighe of Arik Air, announcing the order of three 787-900s, two 777-300ERs and two 777-200LRs to be delivered in 2011 and 2014.

Further destinations:

Quote:
Arik is not even waiting seven months to expand into long-haul routes. It aims to launch in August a daily service to London, its first-long-haul route, with a wet-leased Airbus A330-200. Arik won access to Heathrow in December as part of a new UK-Nigeria bilateral. McTighe says Arik also seeks to launch flights to Houston before the end of this year using a wet-leased A340-500 and flights to the Middle East and South Africa in 2008 with a second wet-leased A330-200.

The two 737-700s will be used in June to launch Arik's first international services, to Accra, Dakar and Duala in western Africa. Over the next three years, Arik plans to add up to another seven regional international routes within Africa. Its business plan also envisions 737-800s operating thin long-haul routes to destinations in continental Europe such as Brussels, Madrid and Milan. Domestically, Arik's network will expand from eight to 12 destinations in May, with the newly acquired CRJ200s opening up thin domestic routes.

Quite exciting news! Hopefully they can fulfill the promises.

Another picture of the VK's B767 from the database:


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Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 123):
Let's hope the ongoing constitutional crisis and political turmoil in the country passes peacefully.

In spite of the 70% victory, things seem to be relatively calm...

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-24 18:35:30 and read 15458 times.

"New Nigerian" newspaper reports that Virgin Nigeria in particular and Nigeria in general have been given FAA clearance to operate to the US direct! The same article quotes Conrad Clifford, who gave a press conference yesterday, directly!

VIRGIN AIRLINE BEGINS DIRECT FLIGHT TO N/YORK
24-04-2007
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VIRGIN Nigeria is to commence direct flight operations between Lagos and New York in the United States, its Managing Director Conrad Clifford has said.
He said in Lagos that the contentious issues raised by the American government on the airlines ownership and management operations in Nigeria has been relaxed.


http://www.newnigeriannews.com/aviation.htm

Excellent news! This means Bellview's application at DoT is probably approved as well.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-24 21:05:01 and read 15441 times.

That's good news indeed. I am just wondering if the current fleet of long-range aircraft is adequate. I suppose the BMI A330 will be returned shortly when the B767's arrive. What about the A340, I thought it would be returned this summer too? Are there any rumours about VK leasing/ordering aircraft?

This counts even more for Bellview.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-24 21:20:41 and read 15434 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 126):
Are there any rumours about VK leasing/ordering aircraft?

I've approached some insiders. Will report back later. For the moment and going by previous press releases+inside info, they are getting the 2 767-300ERs to replace their 1 x A330 and 1 x A340.

Quoting ENU (Reply 126):
This counts even more for Bellview.

Sure does...An american route will give them a new lease of life, because they are clearly stagnating, with the exception of London Heathrow market where they face acute punctuality problems!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-26 18:12:14 and read 15337 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 116):
I hope the "virgin nigeria" titles will be applied with a generous font.

Here you go:


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Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-26 21:38:53 and read 15322 times.

Old font? I'm officially confused!

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-27 08:11:27 and read 15275 times.

Artist impression of Arik Air's 787/777s:

Big version: Width: 450 Height: 360 File size: 32kb

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-27 16:36:15 and read 15230 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 130):
Artist impression of Arik Air's 787/777s:

Nice! Hopefully Arik Air will survive the current change of power. Although setting up a airline doesn't justify the alleged abuse of public funds.

I think Arik Air will soon dominate Nigerian aviation. With the smaller aircraft arriving soon, they will be able to undercut other operators on smaller destinations and solve the 50% load factor problem. I am just wondering how Virgin Nigeria will respond to this development with their fleet of B737's. They will perhaps need more than the leased F50's. However VK is still strong on the regional market and the intercontinental routes, and we'll have to wait and see how Arik will solve the need for long haul aircraft.
The small operators, NICON, IRS, Chanchangi and probably Bellview, have seen better days. It has been quiet with Aero for some time, but they must be able to give Arik and Virgin Nigeria strong competition on the domestic market. In the end, Nigerians will be better off with at least three major operators.


Finally, http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=76389 reports that:

Quote:
The concession of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to Abuja Gateway Consortium (AGC) under a 25-year lease agreement has hit the rocks over disagreements among consortium members.


[Edited 2007-04-27 16:48:08]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-27 21:12:36 and read 15180 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 131):
Nice! Hopefully Arik Air will survive the current change of power. Although setting up a airline doesn't justify the alleged abuse of public funds.

I think Arik Air will soon dominate Nigerian aviation. With the smaller aircraft arriving soon, they will be able to undercut other operators on smaller destinations and solve the 50% load factor problem. I am just wondering how Virgin Nigeria will respond to this development with their fleet of B737's. They will perhaps need more than the leased F50's. However VK is still strong on the regional market and the intercontinental routes, and we'll have to wait and see how Arik will solve the need for long haul aircraft.
The small operators, NICON, IRS, Chanchangi and probably Bellview, have seen better days. It has been quiet with Aero for some time, but they must be able to give Arik and Virgin Nigeria strong competition on the domestic market. In the end, Nigerians will be better off with at least three major operators.

Well, now that the PDP has won the "s"election (as expected), the prospect of a bright future for Arik Air is much higher. I think that wherever Arumemi Johnson's money came from, it's a step in the right direction for Nigerian capital to be employed locally, for the benefit of the economy at large. Moreover, such gigantic investment signals a new era of enhanced confidence in a stable, prosperous Nigeria.

According to sources, VK is potentially headed to a MAJOR embarassing situation in the HR and pilot department. The pilot licenses of the 8 contract pilots need revalidation but the NCAA is dragging feet on the issue. In fact it takes upto 4-5 weeks to renew them when Arik Air's revalidation process takes a mere 2 days. Watch for either a showdown (and trimmed operations) or VK "dashing" NCAA inspectors+officers.

Other VK troubles....The main obstacle at Virgin Nigeria is under-capitalization. Their objective of profitability before 2008 is unrealistic, in my opinion. They should focus on raising more funds to secure brand new aircraft with deliveries in 2008 and beyond. Now that Arik is delivering 73Gs, VK can't afford to cross its arms and watch. Nigerian passengers aren't as gullible as they used to be, and the media is seemingly much more aware of the ongoing regulatory and financial-sector reforms and the need for that to reflect positively on airline services.

With the rise of 3 major airlines in Nigeria, I see the rest of the birds (Chanchangi, IRS, Bellview, Nicon, etc.) either merging or trimming down their ops to modernized, specialized operators.

You mentioned IRS. I see them delivering EMB-135/145 (leased from Bauchi govt at attractive rates) and developing niche markets such as Jos, Bauchi, Maiduguri, and Yola (generally North Eastern Nigeria) from Lagos and Abuja. They could even partner with tour operators to package "get-away Yankari weekends" for Nigerians and expatriates alike. The tourism-theme could help them boost load factors.

Here are pictures of Arik's 73G delivery ceremony. You just got to love the way Demuren and Fani Kayode are being pampered by Arik. Their hotel, expenses, and bonuses are all paid in advance, I imagine! Raises some serious ethical questions, but hey, TIA (This is Africa!).

http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...%22&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-454&c=images

[Edited 2007-04-27 21:28:00]

[Edited 2007-04-27 21:30:09]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: DL777LAX
Posted 2007-04-28 02:31:02 and read 15156 times.

About Arik, I was looking in the timetables, and it seems that its next routes are LOS-Sokoto/Kano/Jos, as well as port harcourt-Calabar, however, the timetables did not list any frequencies. What are the frequencies going to be on these routes?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: AsoRock
Posted 2007-04-28 06:04:54 and read 15145 times.

Quoting DL777LAX (Reply 133):
About Arik, I was looking in the timetables, and it seems that its next routes are LOS-Sokoto/Kano/Jos, as well as port harcourt-Calabar, however, the timetables did not list any frequencies. What are the frequencies going to be on these routes?

I expect Arik to initially serve the Sokoto / Jos markets with a single daily frequency to be operated by the CRJ-200 (3 of them to be delivered next month). The small capacity of the aircraft will allow them to offer this daily frequency, thus competing against other carriers offering limited service.

As for Kano, either a daily 737 service or twice daily CRJ-900 (the latter would make more sense initially). I never knew they planned a Port Harcourt - Calabar service, which is a very short flight!

Look out for the final schedules in the next week or two.

Cheers Big grin

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Impacto
Posted 2007-04-28 07:33:38 and read 15134 times.

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 134):
I never knew they planned a Port Harcourt - Calabar service, which is a very short flight!

ADC once operated this route if you remember.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 132):
Other VK troubles....The main obstacle at Virgin Nigeria is under-capitalization. Their objective of profitability before 2008 is unrealistic, in my opinion. They should focus on raising more funds to secure brand new aircraft with deliveries in 2008 and beyond. Now that Arik is delivering 73Gs, VK can't afford to cross its arms and watch. Nigerian passengers aren't as gullible as they used to be, and the media is seemingly much more aware of the ongoing regulatory and financial-sector reforms and the need for that to reflect positively on airline services.

Don't get carried away just yet on those big deliveries. Although securing new equipment is major step in the development of an airline, I think VK still has some hurdles to jump such as crew shortage and under-capitalization as mentioned. Acquiring new aircrafts at this moment will not solve VK's problems. If you ask me (in my opinion that is), I think Arik is becoming fiercely aggressive in acquiring new aircrafts for an airline that is barely a year old. But heck, an airline has to adopt that nature in the Nigerian market and this in fact is a good sign of what we should expect in the near future, which looks very bright for Arik at the moment. As for VK, I think they need to strive and solve those minor issues such as the crew factor before considering new orders. Meanwhile, I am sure Arik would benefit from this for a period of time.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-28 08:23:08 and read 15130 times.

Quoting Impacto (Reply 135):
ADC once operated this route if you remember.

AERO is now serving this route twice weekly I believe.

Quoting Impacto (Reply 135):
As for VK, I think they need to strive and solve those minor issues such as the crew factor before considering new orders. Meanwhile, I am sure Arik would benefit from this for a period of time.

I generally agree with you about VK's priorities. By hook or crook, the crew shortage problem must be solved. It just seems that the NCAA and aviation ministry is hell bent on frustrating VK in any way they can.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-30 00:11:11 and read 15002 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 132):
According to sources, VK is potentially headed to a MAJOR embarassing situation in the HR and pilot department.

Wet-leasing would aircraft solve this problem partly, if the NCAA does its work properly. How is the overall situation with regard to recruitment? Do VK and Arik train local pilots or are they rather focusing on recruiting expats?

Quoting Impacto (Reply 135):
As for VK, I think they need to strive and solve those minor issues such as the crew factor before considering new orders.

Well it takes years for deliveries to take place. And you should expect be some long-term strategy and vision (40 aircraft by 2010, isn't it?).

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 132):
With the rise of 3 major airlines in Nigeria, I see the rest of the birds (Chanchangi, IRS, Bellview, Nicon, etc.) either merging or trimming down their ops to modernized, specialized operators.

Yes, niche markets. But they have to act quickly before the market is dominated by W3, AJ and VK, making it difficult to get a share of the cake.

BTW, an Arik pilot posted some nice pictures on the net: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8017285@N03/

Apparently, OBJ has a new chopper (registered NAF 541): http://www.flickr.com/photos/carnage4life/476766816/
Off topic: This picture was posted by one of his sons, check his other pictures (he exposes his dad's secret security men). Funny, although it makes me feel a voyeur.

[Edited 2007-04-30 00:19:32]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Alibo5NGN
Posted 2007-04-30 00:45:04 and read 14982 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 136):
(he exposes his dad's secret security men)

The three guys in front are members of the Nigerian Legion. A type of civilian guard made up of discharged or retired members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.They carrry no arms but provide security during emergencies.or special events. In the back are members of MOPOL - Mobile Police who are armed and have no qualms using them.

I still haven't gotten around to do a trip report on my visit to the new domestic terminal building on April 2, 2007. I am shooting for Wednesday with at least 10 nice photos.You will find the pictures interesting. Nigeria always seems to pull off surprises just as you are about to give up on her.

Ken.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-30 07:05:44 and read 14949 times.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 138):
I still haven't gotten around to do a trip report on my visit to the new domestic terminal building on April 2, 2007. I am shooting for Wednesday with at least 10 nice photos.You will find the pictures interesting. Nigeria always seems to pull off surprises just as you are about to give up on her.

Ken, we look forward to your trip report. It's always nice to see your writeups/photos.

Quoting ENU (Reply 137):
Wet-leasing would aircraft solve this problem partly, if the NCAA does its work properly. How is the overall situation with regard to recruitment? Do VK and Arik train local pilots or are they rather focusing on recruiting expats?

Both VK and W3 are sponsoring a dozen pilot(cadets) each at NCAT Zaria, but they aren't expected to graduate before mid/late 2008. The expected growth of these carriers is such that supply of local pilots will fall short of demand, and by far. Each aircraft (say 737) needs about 6-8 cockpit crew in order to roster adequately. Given the above, the wet-leasing strategy is inevitable for at least a few more years to come. Problem is, expats are expensive because their salaries are much higher, and they're reluctant to travel and work in Nigeria because of the negative image painted in the media (kidnappings, robberies, corruption, etc.). Arik seems to pay a little premium for their expat crews, and going by internal VK reports, many pilots are switching to Arik.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 138):
BTW, an Arik pilot posted some nice pictures on the net:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8017285@N03/

Nice!

Quoting ENU (Reply 137):
This picture was posted by one of his sons, check his other pictures (he exposes his dad's secret security men). Funny, although it makes me feel a voyeur.

More offtopics: Just how many wives does Obasanjo have besides the late Stella?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-30 10:43:10 and read 14924 times.

First news about the recapitalisation deadline. Reportedly, ten airlines made it of which Chanchangi, Aero Contractors, Arik, Bellview, Virgin Nigeria, Overland Airways, Associated Airlines, and Capital are named. Fresh Air, IRS and Nicon could belong to the remaining two.

However, I don't see how some of them met the requirements:

Quote:
Under the NCAA requirements to the operators as approved by Federal Executive Council (FEC), airlines wishing to operate locally must have minimum requirement of new generation aircraft not lower than B737-300 or its equivalent and not more than eight years. Operators willing to operate regionally within Africa must have a minimum requirement of four new generation aircraft made up of the cost of leasing aircraft and other assets translating to a total of minimum capitalization of N1billion, while those operating on international routes beyond the continent must have a minimum of two B767-300 aircraft or its equivalent with the cost of leasing aircraft and other assets which translates to N2billion and those operating domestic routes must have to raise their capital to N500 million.

And I am not sure if the requirements also count for cargo and charter operators, such as Kabo and Allied.

Source: http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=76804

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 138):
You will find the pictures interesting.

Indeed, we are!

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 139):
Just how many wives does Obasanjo have besides the late Stella?

One was shot by robbers in the eighties, but I once learnt he had more than ten spouses.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-04-30 11:06:36 and read 14919 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 140):
First news about the recapitalisation deadline. Reportedly, ten airlines made it of which Chanchangi, Aero Contractors, Arik, Bellview, Virgin Nigeria, Overland Airways, Associated Airlines, and Capital are named. Fresh Air, IRS and Nicon could belong to the remaining two.

I didn't know Capital is still flying. Whatever happened to their Synergy Group affiliation? And where do Associated and Capital fly anyway, and what kind of fleets do they have? I last noticed some EMB-120 Brasilias.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-04-30 11:34:50 and read 14908 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 140):
I didn't know Capital is still flying.

Me neither. And they don't have a website, as far as I know. But I think they have some EMB 120's.

Associated has a B727F and two ex-Skywest EMB-120's, but the Shorts are gone. According to their website they operate scheduled flights between Lagos and Benin: http://www.associatedaviationlimited.com/index1.ihtml

The article also names King Airlines, a charter operator. Although I'm not sure if the details given on their website are all correct: http://www.kingairlines.net/home.htm

However, ADC, Sosoliso and Afrijet seem to have dropped out of the picture, as well as Dornier (DANA), Skypower Express and Wings Aviation.

[Edited 2007-04-30 11:36:32]

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-05-01 11:36:24 and read 14839 times.

This is the final list of approved airliners:

Aero Contractors Airlines, Afrijet Airlines, Allied Airlines, Associated Airlines, Bellview Airlines, Chanchangi Airlines, Dornier Aviation Nigeria Limited, NICON Airways, IRS Airlines, Overland Airways, Air Midwest, Arik Airlines and Virgin Nigeria.

Air Midwest is an unknown newcomer. Anyone heard of them?

Banned companies are Aviation Development Company, Sosoliso Airlines, Fresh Airlines, Albarka Airlines, Chrome Airlines, Dasab Airlines and Space World Airlines

Overall, disappointing as almost everyone made it. In fact only the airliners that weren't active anymore didn't make it, except for Fresh Air. I doubt if this exercise will make any difference to Nigerian aviation.

Any idea why charter companies are not included, such as Kabo Air?

Source: http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=76904

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 132):
just got to love the way Demuren and Fani Kayode are being pampered by Arik.

Demuren is a former VK pilot, isn't it?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: AsoRock
Posted 2007-05-01 12:02:10 and read 14831 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 143):
Overall, disappointing as almost everyone made it. In fact only the airliners that weren't active anymore didn't make it, except for Fresh Air.

I don't think you can regard this latest development as a disappointment. Consolidation takes time, and although most of the carriers made it through, this doesnt necessarily mean these airlines will continue flying this year. Highly capitalized carriers like Arik Air or to a smaller extent, Virgin Nigeria, will continue to overshadow other airlines, ultimately in my opinion, causing their demise.

The new reality in Nigeria is that the days of one-man shows or ethnically-affiliated carriers are over.

I expect 4 major carriers in Nigeria to be around 12 months from now: Aero, Arik, Virgin and perhaps Bellview. I don't even expect Associated or Capital to be around as their niche markets are also being targeted by Arik and soon, Virgin.

Cheers:D

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-05-01 13:00:53 and read 14819 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 143):
This is the final list of approved airliners:

Aero Contractors Airlines, Afrijet Airlines, Allied Airlines, Associated Airlines, Bellview Airlines, Chanchangi Airlines, Dornier Aviation Nigeria Limited, NICON Airways, IRS Airlines, Overland Airways, Air Midwest, Arik Airlines and Virgin Nigeria.

Hi you all, I came back to Nigeria last night. Noticed that IRS was operating as usual from Kano last night, so I had already expected them to be in this list. But indeed nothing seems to be really changing with this list. Although the list does contain two airlines currently not operating any air services, i.e. Afrijet and DANA.

ADC, Sosoliso and Albarka seem to be written off finally, but indeed where is Kabo (and the other newly founded Hajj-operators such as Mangal and Knights)?

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: EurostarVA
Posted 2007-05-01 14:21:42 and read 14803 times.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 144):
but indeed where is Kabo (and the other newly founded Hajj-operators such as Mangal and Knights)?

Kabo has had over 25 years to modernize its operations but sadly, has no intentions of doing so. Their tradition of scavenging Mojave-junk is still the order of the day. To make matters worse Alhaji Dan Kabo died 4 years ago and there was an internal family feud for the airline some years back.

Apparently everything based in Kano is going bankrupt. In 1999, Kano had 800 industries. Today it's down to approximately 60. The main culprit is unreliable power supply but also a general lack of ambition and enthusiasm to join the 21st century in that part of Nigeria. I apologize if anyone is offended by my comments!

I look forward to the day that Virgin Nigeria and Arik takeover Hajj operations and approach them with an impartial way, free of corner-cutting and petty ethnic politics. Malaysia and Indonesia did that (politics-free Hajj commissions) and it paid off.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: KL577
Posted 2007-05-01 14:59:02 and read 14795 times.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 146):
Apparently everything based in Kano is going bankrupt. In 1999, Kano had 800 industries. Today it's down to approximately 60. The main culprit is unreliable power supply but also a general lack of ambition and enthusiasm to join the 21st century in that part of Nigeria. I apologize if anyone is offended by my comments!

 checkmark 

You are completely right. Irregular power supply is a problem, the biggest problem in Kano is the total absence of political will to build the city/state. The elections in Kano state are an interesting example. PDP didn't bring a serious contender to Shekarau, hence his easy re-election. Amazing since Shekarau's government has done absolutely nothing to improve facilities for citizens and businesses in the state. They found Danish companies last year to build small hydropower plants near Kano's dams to improve the power supply in the city. Then the Danish cartoon issue came aloing and the contracts were suspended with no plan to revive them. At the same time the secretary of Kano State organized a public meeting to burn Danish flags in public. Can you imagine?

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 146):
Malaysia and Indonesia did that (politics-free Hajj commissions) and it paid off.

I just spent three weeks in Malaysia and Singapore. Both are fine examples of how things can change relatively quickly... I hope Nigeria's days will come soon.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: Alibo5NGN
Posted 2007-05-01 18:38:46 and read 14758 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 142):
as well as Dornier (DANA), Skypower Express

DANA is on the list of airlines that made it. Skypower Express is leasing 1 or 2 of their EMB 110 to Antrak Air of Ghana.

Quoting ENU (Reply 143):
Demuren is a former VK pilot, isn't it

He was a Nigeria Airways DC-10/A310 Captain.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 145):
Noticed that IRS was operating as usual from Kano last night


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IRS Airlines is still alive and kicking. I took this shot of an IRS (this is not a self plug!!) flight from Abuja on April 9, 2007 at Lagos Domestic Airport with the help of IRS ground staff.  footinmouth 
I guess with new planes courtsey of the Bauchi State Government and niche markets in thin areas like Overland Airways strategy, they may survive.

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: ENU
Posted 2007-05-02 01:21:19 and read 14706 times.

It's getting long, therefore I opened a new thread. Please continue here: Aviation In Nigeria IV (by ENU May 2 2007 in Civil Aviation)

Topic: RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3
Username: AsoRock
Posted 2007-05-02 05:56:52 and read 14690 times.

Quoting ENU (Reply 149):
It's getting long, therefore I opened a new thread. Please continue here: Aviation In Nigeria IV (by ENU May 2 2007 in Civil Aviation)

Thanks ENU.

But it would be better to retain the title format, which is: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 4 Is it possible for you to edit the header?

Thanks!


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