EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3540 times:
Actually Nigerian Global is using this A310-300 only until such a time the Nigerian aviation authorities issue an Airline Operating Certificate.
Their immediate plans are to deliver 8 aircraft consisting of:
1 A340, 2 A330s, 2 A320's, 2 A318's, and an A300F.
Again, it seems they are operating this A310 only temporarily to see if the reelected Nigerian government keeps its promises to facilitate the takeoff of this essentially foreign investment. Nigerian Global is 60% owned by Triaton AG of Switzerland and 40% of Nigerian govt (contributing BASA route rights and NOT cash). This young company has also promised to hire as much ex-Nigeria Airways qualified staff as possible following the long-awaited collapse and liquidation of that joke of a national carrier.
The initial route network will see the Airbuses deployed to the traditional long-haul routes: London Heathrow (first to be inaugurated) followed by Jeddah, New York, Frankfurt, and Johannesburg. Later on West/East African routes as well as domestic points will be added using the narrow-bodies.
I personally question their ability to secure financing for this relatively large and young Airbus fleet (in African standards), yet alone confront the huge political and inconsistent regulation problems at home and the possibility of ex-Nigeria Airways creditors finding enough legal cover to seize their assets (given that the Nigerian govt. itself was the sole owner of Nigeria Airways, as could be held liable).