EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12423 times:
I think it looks great! But the green tone could have been darker, grayer, to flow more smoothly with the red.
This is the first A320 LZ-BHD which is on wet-lease from Balkan Holiday Airlines (BH Air), a second one will follow shortly from the same source. For further fleet requirements, Virgin Nigeria is negotiating with Airbus and Boeing for medium/long term requirements and an order may be expected soon.
The media has reported today that Virgin Nigeria would commence commercial flights on April 18th, 2005 with flights to Port Harcourt from its Lagos hub. I don't know if this would be possible as the airline will need to get a confirmation of its provisional IATA code . This can be confirmed by IATA following the release of an Airline Operating Certificate by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) if the proving flight goes well in Lagos. Flight schedules will also need to be uploaded to the CRS, etc.
The airline has recently announced more vacancies, including Captains and First Officers, and these can be found at:
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11541 times:
The Nigerian government has officially designated Virgin Nigeria flag carrier status. In fact, they granted the new carrier exclusive route rights on some international lucrative routes for seven years. This means, no other Nigerian carrier will be allowed to operate alongside Virgin Nigeria on the lucrative routes. This was a measure to attract a foreign strategic investor more easily. The routes on which they will enjoy a Nigerian monopoly are:
- Lagos - London
- Lagos - Johannesburg
- Lagos - Jeddah
- Lagos - Dubai
- Lagos - New York
Domestically, there are roughly a dozen or so established and privately-owned carriers which will have a tough time competing with Virgin Nigeria. They have been operating in a harsh environment, with little access to capital (funding), technology, etc. Some of these airlines are:
- Bellview Airlines (737, 767), flies international routes as well
- Aero (737-300), flies international routes as well: www.acn.aero
- ADC Airlines (737), flies international routes as well www.adcairlines.com
- Sosoliso Airlines (MD80, DC-9) www.sosolisoairline.com
- IRS Airlines (Fokker 100)
- Chanchangi (727, 737) www.chanchangi-airlines.com
- Dasab Airlines (727)
- SpaceWorld (737-200)
- EAS Airlines (737-200)
- Albaraka (727)
Most of the airlines listed above are not IATA members and don't publish their flight schedules with OAG or Amadeus.
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 11317 times:
Virgin Nigeria is a private-sector investment initiative promoted by the Nigerian government. Virgin Atlantic was selected last year as strategic investor in this new Nigerian flag carrier, after competing with a bid from South African Airways.
Virgin Atlantic Airways holds a 49% stake while the rest was distributed in a private placement to various Nigerian institutional investors including banks, insurance and other companies. Shortly after launch, institutional investors will be required to sell half their shares to the public via an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
The airline is now hiring a second wave of recruits and its first commercial flight may take off next week according to media reports published today. They will start with domestic/regional flights (with routes to Abuja, Accra, Port Harcourt) and grow with time to cover long haul routes to Europe, US and the Middle East (Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, etc)
More information is available at the airline's preliminary website which is now more of a facts sheet: www.virginnigeria.com
WAH64D From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 966 posts, RR: 14 Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9605 times:
Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 3): This can be confirmed by IATA following the release of an Airline Operating Certificate by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) if the proving flight goes well in Lagos. Flight schedules will also need to be uploaded to the CRS, etc.
Can't Virgin Nigeria fly under Virgin Atlantic's AOC? I remember Air Scotland operated under the AOC of Air Holland.
KL911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5064 posts, RR: 13 Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9383 times:
I wish we would get a Virgin France soon............ There is so much room for other carriers here and there are only 2 main operators, AF and EZY.... and trains here are always packed, cramped and way to hot..
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6748 times:
Quoting WAH64D (Reply 13): Can't Virgin Nigeria fly under Virgin Atlantic's AOC? I remember Air Scotland operated under the AOC of Air Holland.
I doubt that very much as I don't think NCAA regulations would allow a Nigerian carrier flying on a foreign airline's AOC.
Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 18): What ever happened to that silver bird on the front of the fuselage? It was on the A320 on the homepage of Virgin Nigeria, but in the photo, it's not there.
Yes, I would have liked to see this eagle on the fuselage as well as it adds more Nigerian character to the livery (which by the way SHOULD reflect the Virgin identity as the airline in using the Virgin brand afterall)
Northwest 777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 224 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6077 times:
So obviously their using 320's for their initial routes which are all in western africa, but are they going to be using the 320s on all other African routes as well? What about planned services to Europe, Middle East, and the US? All but the latter could *theoretically* use 320s but obviously the US is going to be different? Has the future fleet been announced?thanks
EZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5990 times:
[quote=EurostarVA,reply=9]ADC Airlines (737), flies international routes as well [/quote
Sorry to get slightly off, but regarding ADC, on their website they apparently only fly Internationally to LBV. Last Year I spoke with Captain Omame, CEO of ADC airlines and he told me that they were expecting to be able to fly LOS-ACC "pretty soon". This was last April, so would you know if there have been any developments regarding this?
regarding the Virgin Nigeria pic, I honestly think it looks awful. That green with the red just don't combine properly ... maybe leaving the tail white with "virgin" in green?
Mrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5954 times:
Can someone explain me why Nigeria has failed to establish an efficient flag carrier of its own? Sad, the resources seem theoretically tb available. I am just astonished that they need a partner like Virgin for their operations, keeping in mind that their national flag carrier is kind of foreign owned (and profits going to Branson).. I hope this is not a global trend