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Aviation In Nigeria: Overview And Update  
User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 22273 times:

With the ICAO-team nearly on the ground for the audit of the Nigerian aviation sector, I though to give them some help (what else can you do on a Sunday in Kano  cheerful  ) and give an overview of Nigeria's complicated aviation sector. Below is a list (as accurate as possible) on the status of all airlines in Nigeria and some of their airports. Enjoy reading!

Airlines:
ADC Airlines - www.adcairlines.com
Was supposedly the first airline in Nigeria to pass the IATA Operational Safety Audit before the end of the year. Just completed an IPO through a major Nigerian bank, to finance expansion plans in West Africa and the purchase or lease of B737-300. Were/are looking for an international partner to use their traffic rights to Brussels. Operated B737-200 to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar and was the only airline to serve Yola and Sokoto. Started and suspended service to Libreville last year.

Aerocontractors - www.acn.aero
The preferred choice for many foreigners. Stronghold in the oil sector and operates a helicopter fleet for the offshore sector. Operates scheduled services with B737-300 and DHC-8 to Warri, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Benin City, Lagos, Abuja and Obudu (only airline). Operates international services to Malabo, Accra and Bamako. Is expected to start services to Sao Tome shortly.

Afrijet - www.afrijetairlines.com, www.afrijet.net, www.afrijet.com
Cargo operator is now gearing up for scheduled international flights. They have an MD-83 on the ground in Lagos and are expected to start services to Douala, Kinshasa and Luanda shortly. Is backed by a Nigerian bank and expects to operate a fleet of 30 aircraft in 10 years. Stories keep appearing about a supposed start to Madrid, Lyon and London with a leased A330.

Albarka Air - albarkaair.net (website not active)
Had their fleet of B727's grounded last year after the Sosoliso crash. Used to serve Lagos, Abuja and Maiduguri. According to a press report a while ago, the management is considering a new strategy.

Arik Air - www.arikair.com
The love-baby of the former Nigerian aviation minister. Starting up with new CRJ-900's and slightly older CRJ-200s while B737 are going to be used for cargo operations. Started service to Lagos, Abuja and Kano last week, Is expected to launch Enugu, Benin City, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Kaduna, Jos and Yola soon. Traffic rights have been secured to Port-of-Spain, Rio de Janeiro, Atlanta, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Paris and others.

Associated Aviation (no website)
Not sure if they still operate, used to serve Lagos and ???

Bellview Airlines - www.flybellviewair.com
Still major player. Operates B737-200, B737-300 and B767. Is getting A320 soon to replace B737-200. Flies Kano, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. Regional destinations are Dakar, Banjul, Conakry, Freetown, Monrovia, Abidjan, Accra, Douala and Libreville. Suspended services to Mumbai due to poor loads. Flies to London Heathrow and Johannesburg as Bellview Sierra Leone. Is supposed to start services to Newark from Lagos in December.

Capital Airlines (no website)
Operates EMB-120 to Lagos and Benin City. Is affiliated with Ocean Air of Brazil (and hence Synergy/Avianca). They claim getting a F-100 from Brazil to operate more flights/new destinations.

Chanchangi Airlines - www.chanchangiair.com
Flies B727 and B737 to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kaduna (only airline). Started and suspended services to Kano and Accra this year.

Fresh Air (no website)
Flies a B737-200 to Lagos, Abuja, Calabar and Maiduguri (only operator).

IRS Airlines - www.irs-airlines.com
Used to fly F100, but plane has been parked with maintenance issues in Lagos for a year now. Operates F28 to Kano, Lagos, Abuja. It frequently hires a plane from Spaceworld or Fresh Air. Holds traffic rights to serve Beirut, but seems to have no intention of using them.

Kabo Air - www.kaboair.com
Main business is the Umrah and Hajj. Used to be a major player in the domestic market. Operates two B747-200 on a semi-scheduled service to Jeddah. Holds traffic rights for Nairobi, Ndjamena, Niamey, Rome and Frankfurt, but seems to have no intention of using them.

Nicon Airways, formerly EAS Airlines - www.niconairways.com
Nicon holding took over EAS. They operate B737 to Abuja, Lagos and are the only airline to serve Jos. They intend to grow such that "Queen Elizabeth can see Nicon, the pride of the nation, land in London".

Overland Airways - www.overland.aero
Operates ATR-42 and Beechcraft from Abuja to Calabar, Ilorin (only airline), Ibadan (only airline). Briefly operated to Bauchi and announced service to Katsina a year ago.

Sosoliso - www.sosolisoairline.com
Mentions the public on its website that last years' crash was a natural disaster. Operates MD-80 equipment to Lagos, Enugu, Owerri (only operator), Port Harcourt and Abuja. Is supposed to be a partner in setting up a new national airline in Liberia.

Spaceworld Airlines (no website)
Operates a B737 between Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

Transky (no website)
Airline with a B737-200 that never came of the ground.

Virgin Nigeria - www.virginnigeria.com
The other preferred choice for foreigners. Expansion seems to have stalled before it properly began. Operates B737, A320 and A340 to Port Harcourt, Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Dakar, Douala, Accra, Gatwick and Johannesburg. Services to Douala, Dakar and Kano have seen reductions. Service to Dubai was started and suspended this year.

Miscellaneous
An American group of businessmen is looking for funds to start up a company called West Coast Airlines Inc., with the aim of starting direct flights between the US and Abuja/Lagos

New on foreign airlines:
Qatar Airways and China Southern will start service to Lagos in January. Air France is increasing flights to Port Harcourt (is picking up former VS passengers?), which are now temporarily routed to Lagos. KLM will bring the A330 to Kano and Abuja in February. Royal Air Maroc is supposed to start service to Casablanca soon. Ocean air intends to start services somewhere next year.

Airports
Lagos has indeed improved a lot (international) terminal-wise, its runways though are still giving major problems due to the poor drainage. The construction of the domestic terminal is taking forever. No delivery date is yet known.

Port Harcourt airport was closed suddenly in August, and nothing has happened since, according to the papers. Renovation of the run and taxiways has yet to start and the airport is not likely to reopen before next year. Air France diverts its flights to Lagos, Lufthansa to Abuja, while many domestic operators temporarily serve nearby Owerri. Rumours were that Air France tried to secure landing rights at Owerri, to be served with their A319 Dedicate.

Abuja's airport international terminal is fairly good, but does not always get basic maintenance.

Kano's international airport is sub-standard and the domestic terminal is a barn.

Of all Nigerian airports the following do not have scheduled service:
Minna, Katsina, Zaria, Makurdi, Akure, Bauchi.

Plans were presented recently to upgrade Katsina's airport, such that it can be used for Hajj flights to and from Jeddah.

Under construction are the following airports:

Gombe (Gombe State)
Airport is largely finished, but will it ever see scheduled service?

Birnin Kebbi (Kebbi State)
Airport is largely finished, same story as Gombe airport.

Akwa Ibom Cargo Airport - www.akianigeria.com/akwaibom/home/info
Airport to house maintenance facilities and to facilitate agricultural cargo exports.

Ogun State Cargo Airport - www.ogsgcargoairport.com (website not active)
Same set up as Akwa Ibom, though very close to Lagos.

Frequently the Nigerian press mentions intentions, sometimes the start and later abandoning of construction of new passenger airports in the following places: Jalingo (Taraba State), Gusau (Zamfara State) and an airport somewhere in Osun State.

So what did I forget?
 tired 

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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 22241 times:
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Excellent work KL577. You covered everything. As bad as things may appear, aviation in Nigeria is experiencing a major leap forward. More has been done in the last 3 years than the previous 15 years when Babangida and later Abacha did everythiing possible to let the economy and the aviation sector deteriorate. It is easy to break a leg. Mending it is another story.

Quoting KL577 (Thread starter):
So what did I forget?

I am trying to get Delta State (my home state), to build a General Aviation/Cargo/Passenger airport at Asaba the State capital. Delta is one of the few States with a good road network and is central. Asaba would be an excellent hub/maintenance base/warehousing base for such entities as the UN and Asian manufacturers and would create jobs. Asaba lies between Benin City and Enugu, relatively safe and stable and is next door to Onitsha home to the largest market and indigeneous import businesses in Nigeria.

My hope is that the Government will build the runways, control tower, lighting and communications while various cargo and passenger terminals will be built by the private sector via build, operate and transfer (BOT).

My upload of a photo of the new domestic terminal at Lagos was rejected this morning because of a tiny speck (2 pixels) in the sky over the terminal. I had informed the screener that this was the first photo of the terminal on any database. I guess that advice was ignored. I have another photo which does not cover the entire building as the rejected photo did. I will attempt to upload that one next week.

Finally, IMHO it would be nice if AsoRock and KL577 would provide their first names to make communicating with them easier.

Ken.  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 22239 times:

I wrote a whole bunch of things here but unfortunately clicked on a link by accident, then hit "back" only to see my typing erased...20-minutes of typing gone, oufff!

Here it is again (well almost!):

The new Lagos domestic terminal looks awfully small to me, considering the likely growth in the coming few years...

Here's are my comments re the airlines:

ADC Airlines: Had their AOC revoked and is unlikely to ever recover again. Poor investors (and mourning families).

Arik Air: Is using their 737-300s in passenger congif on Abuja and Kano routes (you can verify this on airwise.com or amadeus.com flight schedules).

Virgin Nigeria: Will be adding 2 x 737-800s soon with a crew base in Johannesburg, probably to lure more pilots to join them.

Overland Airways: I guess they are trying to focus on their Ibadan / Ilorin / Calabar routes until they are profitable before developing Akure/Bauchi/Katsina, etc. In a nutshell their growth has been slower than anticipated.

Re Abuja Airport have u used the new domestic terminal? It is supposed to be comfortable and modern. Whatever happened to ACSA's bid to run Abuja Airport on concession basis? This appears to have frozen...

[Edited 2006-11-06 20:49:39]


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User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 22197 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 5):
Hi Hani. How was I to know that you are EurostarVA? Go ahead use the image.

Check my last e-mail  Smile

Here the nice photo again of the New Domestic Terminal @ Lagos Airport:
(credit: Ken Iwelumu)

Big version: Width: 889 Height: 374 File size: 125kb


I guess it's no CDG or Incheon but still this small, private terminal is taking Nigeria places through international-standard design (but I still think it's too small to handle traffic next year, let alone future growth projections...).



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 22148 times:

Thanks for posting this comprehensive overview. Regarding Kabo Air: are you sure they still operate 2 747s to jeddah? As much as I heard was that they were wfu early this year (they apparently couldn´t serve this year´s Hadj) after Nigeria banned 30+ year old aircraft.

User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 22132 times:
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Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 6):
(but I still think it's too small to handle traffic next year, let alone future growth projections...).

The new domestic terminal looks small from a frontal perspective, but it is actually huge inside. It has ample room for shops, restaurants, multistory car park and other services we take for granted in Western and Asian terminals. As for the few air bridges, the air tugs will be kept busy moving aircraft back and forth.



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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4002 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 22109 times:

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Quoting KL577 (Thread starter):
Bellview Airlines - www.flybellviewair.com
Is supposed to start services to Newark from Lagos in December.



Quoting KL577 (Thread starter):
Arik Air - www.arikair.com
Traffic rights have been secured to Port-of-Spain, Rio de Janeiro, Atlanta,

Well we have EWR, ATL....? but no IAH!?

Thomas



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User currently offlineMontenegro From Italy, joined May 1999, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 22081 times:

I was reading and looking of what you have said, and than I noticed a F100 on the photo of the new Terminal, which plane is that?

Thanks.

Savo


User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 22047 times:

Quoting Montenegro (Reply 10):
I was reading and looking of what you have said, and than I noticed a F100 on the photo of the new Terminal, which plane is that?

It belongs to IRS Airlines.



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User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 22023 times:

is that Allied Air cargo 727 flying? Seems to be rarely photographed.

User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 22003 times:

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 12):
is that Allied Air cargo 727 flying? Seems to be rarely photographed.

This 727 appears to have been parked in that spot for ages.

Perhaps KL577 or EurostarVA can give us an update on this carrier? Last I checked this airline flew scheduled cargo services from Lagos to Dubai.

Cheers,

Sami


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 21993 times:

Just on a related note... Nigeria's corruption ranking has improved tremendously and has just been revised to 18th most corrupt country in the world. Still more needs to be done obviously. However the rampage against corrupt politicians seems to have paid off, for now.

http://www.tribune.com.ng/07112006/news/news6.html

This must be good for business, as Nigeria's perception in the international community is finally taking a turn for the better.



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User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 21969 times:

Quoting NA (Reply 7):
Thanks for posting this comprehensive overview. Regarding Kabo Air: are you sure they still operate 2 747s to jeddah? As much as I heard was that they were wfu early this year (they apparently couldn´t serve this year´s Hadj) after Nigeria banned 30+ year old aircraft.

They still fly, they climb out of Kano painstakingly slow then to pass my house very low with the most incredible noise. Their flights to Jeddah are on Wednesday and Sunday nights, at the same time as KLM leaves for Amsterdam, that's usually complete chaos! Their flight attendants look in fact 'pretty' professional (unlike their planes). And last year in Yola I came across a group of Chinese engineers who appeared to be working for Kabo.

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 11):
Quoting Montenegro (Reply 10):
I was reading and looking of what you have said, and than I noticed a F100 on the photo of the new Terminal, which plane is that?

It belongs to IRS Airlines.

Indeed the F100 which has been parked for a year now. I flew it twice, was well maintained (at that time) with a Scottish pilot (I guessed from his accent). They boost themselves of having the only aircraft in Nigeria with inflight entertainment, and indeed the F100 has video screens displaying not so interesting information.

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 13):
Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 12):
is that Allied Air cargo 727 flying? Seems to be rarely photographed.

This 727 appears to have been parked in that spot for ages.

Perhaps KL577 or EurostarVA can give us an update on this carrier? Last I checked this airline flew scheduled cargo services from Lagos to Dubai.

Cheers,

Sami

In fact I don't know anything about this operator.


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 21962 times:
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Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 9):
Well we have EWR, ATL....? but no IAH!?

Continental Airlines had planned a IAH-EWR-LOS service last year. They may still do this in the near future, but for now they are busy making sure that Virgin Nigeria does not fly into JFK and exacting revenge on the Nigerian Government for the hard time they got when they first applied for the LOS route. Ironically Houston has one of the largest concentration of Nigerians after New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago, Maryland and Atlanta.  flamed 



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User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 21952 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 1):
Asaba would be an excellent hub/maintenance base/warehousing base for such entities as the UN and Asian manufacturers and would create jobs.

It all sounds great but all depends on the state and federal economies and whether the current economic growth can be sustained beyond next year's elections, to ensure private investments in such an airport can actually turn a profit.

I'm not so sure about the maintenance proposition since Akwa Ibom is already building a new airport with an MRO facility to be run by the private sector. Another is now being run by Arik Air in Lagos.

Perhaps your recommendations to the government can be refined through hiring a consultant like KPMG to prepare a more detailed feasiblity study.


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 21922 times:

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 17):
Perhaps your recommendations to the government can be refined through hiring a consultant like KPMG to prepare a more detailed feasiblity study.

Do you have any idea how much such a study would cost? :O



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 21868 times:

Quoting KL577 (Reply 15):
They still fly, they climb out of Kano painstakingly slow then to pass my house very low with the most incredible noise.

Can you tell what registrations these two 747s have?
In 2001 they got 5 or 6 747-200 from Virgin and BA.
I guess 5N-PDP (long time ago, in 1974, it started its life as VH-EBH for Qantas) is among them, it was reported flying in January this year. The other must be 5N-NNN (built 1975), also reported flying for Kabo back in January.


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 21859 times:

Wouldn't that be in breach of the 23-years age limit on Nigerian airliners?
Oops I forgot, the operators "dash" their way around...  Smile



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 21855 times:

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 20):
Wouldn't that be in breach of the 23-years age limit on Nigerian airliners?
Oops I forgot, the operators "dash" their way around...  

Nigeria lifts bans, sets new ones, lifts them again, who knows. Look at their politics regarding importing cars, changes every year, and if you don´t fulfil the rules, there is indeed always someone to bribe, Abasanjo can say what he wants on CNN, its sadly still true. In Nigeria you can "buy" anything. With money and connections you can even send someone you don´t like to life imprisonment.


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 21840 times:

Quoting NA (Reply 19):

Can you tell what registrations these two 747s have?

I'll have to check that when they come over (or when I am at the airport). I got the figure of 2 B747 from a newspaper article last month, where they mentioned that one was undergoing maintenance in Singapore (anybody seen it in SIN????), but their website states:

"Click here to make enquiries about our charter flights
(We operate with four 747 aircrafts fully owned by the company) "

So maybe there are even four airworthy? I will try to find out.

Quoting NA (Reply 21):
Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 20):
Wouldn't that be in breach of the 23-years age limit on Nigerian airliners?
Oops I forgot, the operators "dash" their way around...

Nigeria lifts bans, sets new ones, lifts them again, who knows. Look at their politics regarding importing cars, changes every year, and if you don´t fulfil the rules, there is indeed always someone to bribe, Abasanjo can say what he wants on CNN, its sadly still true. In Nigeria you can "buy" anything. With money and connections you can even send someone you don´t like to life imprisonment.

Yes, and Kabo Air is a special type of operator due to the religious nature of their operations. Somebody told me they don't pay fees for their operations at KAN, but don't know if this is really true.


User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2162 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 21814 times:

Does anyone know what is going on with Bellview?

Do they still operate to London via Freetown? There is nothing on Amadeus, and perhaps BMed is taking all their traffic on this route.

Since they dropped Bombay, where are they using the B767s?


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 21800 times:

Quoting AF022 (Reply 23):
Do they still operate to London via Freetown? There is nothing on Amadeus, and perhaps BMed is taking all their traffic on this route.

They have been banned in the EEU due to latter's blacklisting of all Sierra Leonian operators (citing inability of Sierra Leone to audit their airlines).



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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2162 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 21732 times:

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 24):
They have been banned in the EEU due to latter's blacklisting of all Sierra Leonian operators (citing inability of Sierra Leone to audit their airlines).

What is left for Bellview - only intra-African? Maybe they would have more success with an all-narrowbody fleet as intercontinental is getting too competitive.


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 21717 times:

Quoting AF022 (Reply 25):
What is left for Bellview - only intra-African? Maybe they would have more success with an all-narrowbody fleet as intercontinental is getting too competitive.


We discussed Bellview's future in another thread recently.

RE: Bellview (B3) Starts Johannesburg Flights (by Alibo5NGN Nov 5 2006 in Civil Aviation)

Anyway, it seems they only fly LOS-FNA and FNA-DLA-JNB with their B767.

Quoting KL577 (Thread starter):
Nicon Airways, formerly EAS Airlines - www.niconairways.com
Nicon holding took over EAS. They operate B737 to Abuja, Lagos and are the only airline to serve Jos. They intend to grow such that "Queen Elizabeth can see Nicon, the pride of the nation, land in London".

Nicon has completely revamped their website. Not onty do they display an A380 in Nicon Airways colors (Taking up the cancellations from Fedex?  Silly), you can now book online flights from Bangkok to Pnomh Penh! That's an impressive expansion for a Nigerian Airline.


User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 21716 times:

that Nicon Airways paintschem is hot though

Not the best angle but here's a shot:

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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Michael Fabry



Maybe it's old news, but I've never seen it before

About the Allied Cargo, 727 for some reason I've been able to find pics of the other two, but that one there which was the first one, I can't find a pic for it. I saw it when it got painted at MIA last year.


25 Post contains links and images Leezyjet : Here is a link to my pics that I took whilst I was in LOS earlier in the year. Some of you may have seen them before, as I made a thread a few months
26 Post contains images AMSSFO : A second Fokker 100 is being readied at JNB. It's also a former US F100, that has been stored for a long time at JNB. It was recently seen in full IR
27 PRM : The Allied Cargo 727 occassionally subs for the DHL 727 on the LOS-ACC-ABJ sectors, and I've seen it several times in Accra. Likewise the Associated C
28 SA006 : Yeh saw her at JNB recently. Was right up next to her. She still doesn't look worthy to go yet , could still be a month or two , perhaps longer. Shes
29 AsoRock : Is IRS Airlines even flying right now? I hear their services to the North of Nigeria were very reliable at some point (KAN and KAD?)
30 KL577 : They were serving KAN last week. Arik air in the meantime does not have started service to KAN yet, flights to Kano and Enugu have been removed from
31 AF022 : I'm out of the loop a little, but has ARIK started at all? If so, where are they flying and are the loads ok?
32 KL577 : According to the papers they now fly between Lagos and Abuja, but I have yet to come accross somebody who has actually flown them.
33 AsoRock : I believe they also started Calabar and Benin, with Enugu and Kano coming online starting November 13th.
34 Bennett123 : Leezyjet The pictures were great, I remember the thread that you refer to. Is there any further reports of the old Nigeria Airways fleet. David
35 AsoRock : The 6th Boeing 737-300 to be delivered, 5N-VNF, has been idle on the tarmac in Budapest since months ago, with the airline unable to take delivery du
36 KL577 : That's very good news!
37 EurostarVA : Virgin Nigeria is trying to source younger, eager expatriate first officers from Canada and elsewhere. They've reduced entry requirements to 500 hours
38 KL577 : Afrijet has updated its website as well: "Two international destinations in Europe namely, Lyon (France) and Madrid (Spain) have been approved for Af
39 Post contains links Viasa : Never seen a photo of this aircraft. What's the registration and MSN of this aircraft? All flights would now be served by the MD-83: http://www.afrij
40 Post contains links KL577 : A (small) picture of the MD-83 is on their website: http://www.afrijetairlines.com/information.htm It was delivered to Lagos a few weeks ago. Don't k
41 VC-10 : When I was out there at the end of last month, there was a 310 & a DC10 parked in what can be best described as a field out near the cargo terminal.
42 KL577 : It seems Air Italy provides a B757 to Afrijet to start European Operations. According to their website the B757 will fly LOS-LYS-LGW three times a we
43 EurostarVA : Nigeria Update! Abound rumours that ARIK AIR has bought 2 x 737-800s and 2 x A330-300s. The 737s will be delivered fresh (!?) from Boeing plant in Jan
44 NA : What about Kabo Air and its old 747s?
45 Post contains links Viasa : Very interessting. But I'm little bit surprised about IRS. The is nothing at www.ministryofaviationng.org - where have you this information from?
46 ENU : More rumours about Arik Air. Can anyone confirm that they signed an agreement with MAS to buy two B747-400's (for their flights to the US presumably)?
47 EurostarVA : I have big doubts about Arik Air. They barely started with CRJ-900s, better learn to walk before running! Moreover their American flights will not tak
48 MIAMIx707 : I know one of those was painted in Miami, but it wasn't there this weekend. I wonder where it could be getting fixed? That baby has been painted in M
49 EurostarVA : ICAO just concluded its assessment. Hopefully something good will come out in the next few months. Reasons include NCAA autonomy (passed into law day
50 AsoRock : Virgin Nigeria is likely to confirm shortly, new flights to Cross River state capital Calabar (CBQ), in Nigeria. The flight schedule has been made ava
51 MIAMIx707 : let me CORRECT myself here, Arik's 737 were never in MIA my bad.. I thought I saw a pix there, it was actually painted in the UK. It's an ex UA aircr
52 Post contains links ENU : They spend money like water. It would really be sad, if all these investments were in vain. I hope they will be more professional/fortunate in furthe
53 AsoRock : I believe the developers have taken future expansion into account. It's probably a good idea to wait until next year's elections before committing mo
54 Post contains links and images ENU : Associated Aviation is now operating a B727 as freighter: View Large View MediumPhoto © Paul Morley Moreover, this website claims that Associated
55 EurostarVA : Interesting link. Thanks ENU. A flight school in Lagos would certainly break the monopoly currently enjoyed by NCAT in Zaria. If South West Flight Sch
56 B747-437B : Aero plans to rebrand its scheduled service product next year. Virgin has some ambitious domestic expansion plans that will be driven nicely when the
57 ENU : Sounds logical to me. From what I understood, the main problem hampering their expansion is a shortage of flight crew (5N-VNF is still waiting at BUD
58 EurostarVA : I also heard this from some insiders. However, I didn't get any details on the number of EMB-175 to be delivered (and if an aircraft order will be pl
59 Post contains images KL577 : Kabo Air currently has two B747 flying out of Kano, registrations are 5N-OOO (pic) and 5N-PDP. Maybe their other aircraft are stored at other fields
60 EurostarVA : Is that a Concord Airlines FH-227 on Ibadan ramp? Last time I checked this airline went out of business in 1994, following the demise of the late Mosh
61 KL577 : No, it's Nexus Aviation. In fact they towed the aircraft to a far side of the airport last week. It had been parked at this spot for years indeed.
62 EurostarVA : What an eyesore. Perhaps it's parked there for...decor reasons! To give an illusion to the Overland pax that it's a busy airport! I say incinerate it.
63 AF022 : Wow! Has anyone else heard this?
64 NA : Thanks for that!
65 Alibo5NGN : According to a friend of mine who is on the Virgin Nigeria Board, Virgin Nigeria would prefer to wet lease the EMB 175 at least in the begining. They
66 RobK : Excellent thread and reading! Keep it up chaps! R
67 Post contains images AMSSFO : So despite their name IRS still survives. Would have been weird to fully paint a Fokker 100 at JNB after two years of doing nothing and then not be a
68 EurostarVA : Unfortunate but accurate reflection on politics in Nigeria in general. Intimidation and criminal behavior creeping its way into the airline business.
69 Post contains links and images ENU : If this is true, the future of Arik might depend on the outcome of the elections next year. Anyway, both OBJ and Odili seem to have a weakness for ai
70 Post contains images AsoRock : I believe Earth Airlines, which operated for a while, was grounded at one point by the NCAA for operating a single aircraft (this is amongst the new
71 EurostarVA : Earth's 737-200 was the oldest in Nigeria (something like 30 years old). In other news, there are strong indications that Sosoliso Airlines is grounde
72 Post contains links AsoRock : http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=64336 This is utter nonsense. Such groups will only take advantange of the crashes in order to intimidate t
73 Post contains links ENU : VK missed a chance on brand new ERJ’s, as another carrier leased them already. Regarding the replacement of their A343’s, they are still in discu
74 Post contains links ENU : Perhaps a bit off-topic: Gaddafi in Nigeria airport drama 'Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been involved in a diplomatic incident as he arri
75 B747-437B : This group has been around for a couple of years and constantly claims responsibility for anything and everything negative. The US State Department i
76 Post contains links AsoRock : Guardian Newspaper reports today that Nigeria will be officially notified shortly that it has passed the recent bi-yearly ICAO audit. Could this enabl
77 EurostarVA : Other airlines keen to start the US routes include Virgin Nigeria (indeed), Continental, and Delta. Attaining CAT1 status and the "domestication" of I
78 KL577 : Well, if true this would be very good news. But I fail to understand why... Last week I flew from Southern Nigeria to Kano on a small private plane.
79 Post contains links AsoRock : Looks like Nigeria really passed the ICAO audit with a grade of 93.1% but hopefully ICAO itself will make a statement on this soon. http://www.busines
80 KL577 : Good news! In addition Kano gets another flight, so now back to six weekly flights. About the grounded airlines, I am not really sure which airlines
81 Soups : rumours that Kaduna airport was/is shut down temporary
82 EurostarVA : The runway is getting its potholes filled, prior to the Hajj flights which start next week.
83 Post contains links ENU : OceanAir to fly to Africa OceanAir (Brazil) (Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont) is planning to acquire Boeing 767-300s and launch international flights to
84 Soups : Only in Naija
85 EurostarVA : Re OCEANAIR... That would be a pitty, I've always been a fan of their name!
86 Post contains links ENU : The new aviation minister of Nigeria, Femi Fani-Kayode, gave a remarkable interview to ThisDay, yesterday. He doesn't appear as well-up in his field o
87 EurostarVA : In theory, Lufthansa might be (illegally) enjoying 5th freedom rights between Abuja and Lagos. But as an aviation minister Mr. Kayode should know that
88 AF022 : My contacts in Lagos say the new minister is crazier than the last one.
89 Post contains images Alibo5NGN : Unfortunately yes!! His need appear loyal and to carry out his master's wishes is making him do stupid things. Thank God April 2007 is around the cor
90 KL577 : Amazing they can still find ministers, who are even worse than their predecessors. Just when you thought you hit the bottom..... On a side news the H
91 ENU : I enjoy your on-the-spot reporting! Keep it up.
92 Post contains links KL577 : Checked on http://trijets.net/tristar/page/fleet.html, and found that Orient Thai no longer operates L1011, so I guess it must be Orient Air from Syr
93 Post contains links ENU : Is Arik Air in trouble? Unconfirmed reports are saying that: the EFCC raided the headquarters of Arik Airline in Lagos and carted away documents relat
94 Soups : Kabo air 747s are banned from KSA during the Hajj season cause the A/C is more than 20years old. remember last year saga when no1 from nigeria went t
95 KL577 : I am not aware of Saudi-Arabia banning old aircraft (I think some of SV's B747 are pretty old). There was talk in Nigeria of banning 20 year old airc
96 Alibo5NGN : Yes a source in Lagos has confirmed to me that EFCC raided the offices of Arik Air. However he said that the raid had more to do with politics and th
97 ENU : Interesting politics! If you assume that OBJ has interests in Arik, whom does the EFCC serve? Or is it really such an independent and powerful instit
98 ENU : Virgin Nigeria AW will take delivery of their 7th B733 (5N-VNG) today. There are rumours that they will add two B738's to their fleet early next year,
99 EurostarVA : Sure thing, EFCC has always been accused of being biased in favor of Obasanjo and his supporters. Now that Obasanjo's administration is nearing its ex
100 Post contains images Alibo5NGN :
101 Post contains links EurostarVA : In the news: The Hajj passengers have a reason to smile, at last! The Hajj 2006 operation is very successful (so far so good). Flight ops are on time
102 Post contains links ENU : KL577, do you have any info about the operations of Medrian and Knight Air? Thanks! Seems to me that Odili has fallen out of favour with OBJ and that
103 KL577 : Sorry, no (t yet). Nicon Airways resumed services today, after they were cleared again by the NCAA. It seems IRS airlines was never grounded in the f
104 AMSSFO : That's nice for them. Did they receive their second Fokker 100 already? great thread, BTW!
105 KL577 : According to adverts in Nigerian papers, Arik Air will very soon launch flights from Lagos (LOS) to Enugu (ENU) (twice daily) and from Lagos to Benin
106 KL577 : One of them uses a Pegasus Airlines B737-800.
107 Eurostarva : There is no mention of Arik services to Enugu or Benin on their website or any flight schedules website. Furthermore, their 737-300s ops are in jeopar
108 Post contains links and images ENU : Must be Meridian, I think. As Knight Airliners were operating three wet-leased aircraft: - Logistic Air Boeing 747-200 5U-ACE - Orient Air Lockheed 1
109 Debonair : If you l@@k at the link, you will figure out, that the name is "knightS air" Any news? On heir web-page: "Two international destinations in Europe na
110 ENU : Well, it actually reads "Knights Airlines"! That is their official name, but usually they are referred to as "Knight Airlines" (even on Skyliner). Ne
111 Post contains links EurostarVA : In light of the US DoT denying of Virgin America's application for start-up in the US, I think it's safe enough now to predict VK's application to ser
112 KL577 : Interesting news. But is the Buraq DC-10 airworthy? Wonder what they plan to do with this fleet. Anyway this year's Hajj has been a big success, it s
113 Post contains images Electech6299 : Pretty ridiculous to hijack this informative thread with opinions like that. I suppose any business startup with the name Virgin will be banned by th
114 EurostarVA : If this is how you've oversimplified the issue, then I must conclude that you are lacking information (let alone insight)my friend. VK's application
115 Post contains links and images ENU : I don't know. It doesn't look airworthy, anyway. I'm not sure if it even made a single flight for Knights Airlines. Both the DC-10 and the B742 were
116 Viasa : I've found two pictures of one CRJ900 of Arik Air at Cologne (LH Technics) on Planepictures.net. (Date: 27-December-2006) Could it be, that Arik Air h
117 Post contains images Electech6299 : I certainly don't have all the information, and I freely admit it. Sorry I came across so strongly. But suggesting a long application period has anyt
118 ENU : Their B737's aren't in use at the moment, because of technical problems and some issue with spare parts. There are rumours that they have been/will b
119 ENU : According to Skyliner-aviation.de:
120 CRJ900X : Does anyone know when the CRJ-200 will be introduced into the Arik Air fleet? Or have they decided to only operate the higher capacity CRJ-900 for reg
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