LatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 16 Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3379 times:
Virgin Nigeria applied with the US DOT to offer four weekly flights between LOS and EWR or JFK with a wet-leased A-340-300 from Virgin Atlantic, given Nigeria's Category 1 status with the FAA IASA program.
If the DOT approves this, I would imagine it would be contigent on Nigerian authorities approving CO's application for EWR-LOS.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4653 posts, RR: 42 Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3218 times:
CO can work out a mutually beneficial agreement with VN by letting the latter fly 4 weekly to daily flights on a "codeshared" basis to its EWR hub from LOS using its own A 343s since its own cabin crew fear staying in LOS due to security problems.
In this way, CO can gain access to the all important Ghana and Nigerian markets via LOS where as VN can gain access to all major U.S. cities popular with Africans by interlining on key CO domestic routes from EWR.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3132 times:
Quite honestly, for all the codesharing that CO does, I don't think they'd be satisfied with letting VN just take all of the EWR-LOS pax. UA and AA might be interested in doing that with LH and BA, respectively, in Europe, but CO just doesn't sit around and let everyone go on KL through AMS. They like to fly to places with their own metal.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4653 posts, RR: 42 Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2919 times:
Quoting Soups (Reply 5): i heard here in ACC that CO is no more interested in ACC
You are right because of the political and the economic stability of ACC compared to LOS...plus COs crew dont mind spending the night in ACC hotels but they do in LOS due to the law & order situation being worse there.
They were going to fly a daily EWR-ACC-LOS-ACC-EWR with B 762ER but since USA Govt didnt recognize VK as a Nigerian airline due to the VS links, the LOS Govt in return banned USA airlines from Nigeria until this gets resolved. This happened around 3-4 months back.
Klwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1949 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 2): Yeah, but would CO still be interested in the route? I thought that since EWR-LOS fell through, IAH-EZE was started instead (which apparently has been doing fantastic so far) with the 762.
No, I don't believe the two are related. CO's proposed LOS service fell apart along ways back. Just a few months ago, DL woke up to UA's unused 7 EZE frequencies for a proposed JFK-EZE route. This got CO's attention and they realized they better submit a competing application, or else they'd likely wait years for another chance to go to Argentina. Now, it could be CO was eyeing the unused frequencies at the same time DL was, and the timing of their application was just a coincidence. But I believe the former explanation is the correct one!
And given the chance, I bet they would still be interested in LOS, as long as certain concerns be resolved.
F27XXX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2741 times:
And will all this be before or after they think of a way to fill all the gigantic potholes in the runway there -- and erect some kind of fences to keep the cows and natives off the runways?
Isn't/Wasn't Murtallah Muhammed Intl Airport in LOS on the 'DONT GO THERE' posters we all read in the airports advising us of security concerns?
Suddenly its a safe place to operate ? About the only thing right now making Nigeria any safer is that they did ground all those creepy fly by night airlines that sprung up that kept crashing (Like Chingchingblingbling and Bobolicious, or whatever their names were). So Nigeria is safer in one way right now - - you have less of a likelihood of having a 737 or DC9 in a ball of flames crashing on you now!
Quoting Behramjee (Reply 3): In this way, CO can gain access to the all important Ghana and Nigerian markets
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2640 times:
According to VK's 67-page application filed on Dec. 22, (which I have started to skim through last night!!!) G-VSUN is supposed to join the fleet in December 2005 (ex-Virgin Atlantic A340). Can anyone confirm this?
FS27XXX: Pot holes are no longer a problem since Runway 19R in Lagos has been finally commissioned (following total resurfacing). But you are right, LOS has a number of other operational issues to fix before they are taken seriously by FAA or any other serious regulatory agency.
In other good news, LOS is getting a brand-new, modern domestic terminal complete with aviobridges and computer-run systems in Feb 2006.