ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7 Posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2300 times:
It appears that diplomatic missions in Nigeria, as well as international businesses and organizations are instructing their staff to fly with Virgin Nigeria and Aero Contracors following the recent events ...
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
The article fails to speculate or even touch upon the issue of capacity at Virgin Nigeria.
The current fleet consists of 2 wet-leased A320s and 1 dry-leased 737-300 (which, according to my sources, is yet to be introduced due to regulatory glitches). Even if VK intended to boost Abuja and Port Harcourt services, they simply don't have the planes to make that possible. Also, their PR and growth tactics have been very shy and un-Virgin like. They are very cautious even to talk about growth these days and I think that is a big pitty, especially given the vacuum created by grounding the other major airlines (who were recently re-permitted to operate).
Aerocontractors, on the other hand, has confirmed it will order 2 additional 737-300s and a DASH-8-300Q costing it $64 million. I've nothing but admiration to this airline! They are both focused and ambitious.