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Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3  
User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 19445 times:

Welcome to the 3rd sequel to the very successful Nigeria Aviation Thread !

There are reports that the state government of booming Cross River is finalizing plans to launch a brand new airport project for the state capital Calabar, in a joint partnership with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). This is to improve the state's infrastructure in anticipation of a boom in tourist arrivals following completion of various projects (including http://www.tinapa.com).

The new airport might cost up to N13 billion (USD 100 million) according to press releases.

Does anyone have a link to the press release?

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User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 19442 times:

Here is the Aviation in Nigeria archive:

Aviation In Nigeria: Overview And Update (by KL577 Nov 6 2006 in Civil Aviation)
Aviation In Nigeria II (2007) (by ENU Jan 2 2007 in Civil Aviation)


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 19403 times:

Gentlemen!

The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation. The NCAA director was quoted last week as saying that 6 x 737-400s of undisclosed airline(s) have been inspected abroad and ready for import. Perhps they belong to Chanchangi?

From the Guardian:

Airlines seek shift in deadline to recapitalise
There are indications that a number of domestic airlines operators may not meet the April 30, 2007 deadline given to them by the Federal Government to recapitalise and acquire new aircraft for their operations. Some of the operators, who spoke to The Guardian, said the requirements for capitalisation were huge and described the scheme as not feasible due to the short notice given them to comply with such a serious issue. The Federal Government had last week issued a circular on recapitalisation in the aviation industry, detailing the new measures. Reacting to the development, the airlines said the requirements by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) were not such that an airline could meet up with within a year, not to talk of the one-month period contained in the circular. The airlines particularly cited the requirements that airlines wishing to operate within Nigeria must have a minimum of two new generation aircraft. Put together they said, the cost of leasing aircraft and other assets would translate to a total of N500 million.



More from http://www.guardiannews.com



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User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 19377 times:

VK is starting LOS-PHG (=NAF Base) flights from the 19th of March till July, 4 times a day with a Fokker 50.
It's very profitable route only served by Aero and (more or less) Arik until now, it seems VK wants their part of the cake. I assume these flights influence load factors to Owerri...
No official confirmation yet, but the statement in the newspapers last week by Arik Air's HC also makes more sense now.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
NCAA director was quoted last week as saying that 6 x 737-400s of undisclosed airline(s) have been inspected abroad and ready for import. Perhps they belong to Chanchangi?

Do they have enough capital at their disposal to make such an investment? Would be a nice surprise, if it appears to be Bellview...


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 19357 times:

Quoting ENU (Reply 3):
VK is starting LOS-PHG (=NAF Base) flights from the 19th of March till July, 4 times a day with a Fokker 50.
It's very profitable route only served by Aero and (more or less) Arik until now, it seems VK wants their part of the cake. I assume these flights influence load factors to Owerri...

Is this the Denim Air Fokker 50 that Arik Air had also planned to lease?

What will happen after PHC opens again? Do you expect the DH8 and F50 to stick around and open some new smaller destinations for W3 AND VK such as Ilorin, Katsina, maybe even a far away but not so busy destination such as Yola?


User currently offlineAfricawings From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 19328 times:

Fellow A.netters, when will our Nigerian friends learn?

The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank to form and finance a brand new domestic carrier with a brand new all Boeing 737 fleet (736,737,738, and 739s) serving the country and expanding into part of Africa.

It's really not that hard. Ethiopian Airlines did it, Kenya Airways did it, Bangladesh Airways (Biman) just did it!

Business school types who are fans of airliners.net can help set up and run this thing. Me? yes I'm one of them but, I'm staying on the sidelines till they blow everything up then, I'm calling on all of you to come in and help set this new airline up (sorry, can't reveal more of my business plan just yet Smile.

Until that happens we are going to see more scams and rubbish domestic carriers that can't keep up with demand. When our so called business leaders go out and by used 737-400s or the like that are a few hundred cycles away from a "D" check what are we doing?

As you know, when it come to a "D" check you know Nigerians won't pay for the service because the business owner would not have seen their ROI before the "D" check comes due and will want his (or her) planes in the air for as long as possible. And, because the plane does not fly outside Nigeria no one will care or be the wiser. Then it's only a matter of time before the next crash.

When will we learn indeed!


User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19312 times:

Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank to form and finance a brand new domestic carrier with a brand new all Boeing 737 fleet (736,737,738, and 739s) serving the country and expanding into part of Africa.

Please forgive me, but you sound like you are out of touch with aviation developments in Nigeria. Nigeria does not need a brand new carrier because it already has two new entrants, relatively well-capitalized and are being run to international standards (Virgin Nigeria and Arik Air, which has taken delivery of 4 CRJ-900s and is about to place an order for B737NGs.

Add to that the growing Aerocontractors, taking delivery of brand new Dash 8-300s and older Boeing 737-400s. But what about the 737-400 and -300 series? They are still operated globally and aren't exactly refered to as 'geriatric' aircraft. It's all about economics, and let's not forget there is a general shortage of brand new aircraft to lease worldwide.

I will agree with you that airlines in Nigeria have traditionally failed the flying customers, with unreliable flight schedules, outdated and under-maintained aircraft, but if you actually look closer during the past 2 years, there are encouraging signs everywhere. I suggest you read the previous posts about Nigerian aviation (scroll up for the links).

Cheers!


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 19297 times:

Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
Fellow A.netters, when will our Nigerian friends learn?



Quoting AsoRock (Reply 6):
Please forgive me, but you sound like you are out of touch with aviation developments in Nigeria.

Yes, a lot has been happening in Nigerian avation lately. W3, VK and AJ fly modern fleets comparable in age to any major US or EU carrier. Aircraft finances might have indeed been a problem in the past, but with the (last year) reorganized banking sector this isn't a problem any longer. Indeed read the past two avation threads on NG to get better updated!


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 19291 times:

Arik Air will possibly get their two CRJ200's soon, they are stored in Canada right now, former Independence Air aircraft (N695BR and N697BR).


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I'm just wondering where they need all these small aircraft for, as they leased the Dash 8's for a term of one year, it cannot be a substitution for them (or the planning is poor).
Are the CRJ900's competitive with VK's B733's on the major routes? They definitely need more B73NG of something equivalent to expand in West Africa.

Source: http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=AIK&al_op=1

Quoting KL577 (Reply 4):
Is this the Denim Air Fokker 50 that Arik Air had also planned to lease?

I assume not (although the lessor could be Denim Air too), but I hope to let you know soon.

[Edited 2007-03-13 17:02:23]

User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 19280 times:

Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
Does anyone have a link to the press release?

Here you go: http://www.crossriverstate.com/state%20news%20page_acaa44.htm


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 19275 times:

Quoting ENU (Reply 8):
I'm just wondering where they need all these small aircraft for, as they leased the Dash 8's for a term of one year, it cannot be a substitution for them (or the planning is poor).

I think I read somewhere that they expect to get B738 or B737-700 soon for international operations. The same article announced Kano and Sokoto as the next domestic destinations for Arik. But why would they start destinations VK already serves? Why not try Maiduguri, Yola or Jos first and establish yourself locally as the preferred carrier?

I think some close international destinations could be considered as well with the CRJs, maybe NIM, NDJ or NSI. But I doubt loads to these destinations are gonna justify even a CRJ. Aero's flight to Bamako has been suspended following the maintenance of their B734, but I doubt whether it will come back, loads were reportedly very poor. Same way NIM, NDJ, NSI might not be attractive (unless you let them connect with a cheap flight to CDG).


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 19264 times:
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Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank

The issue with Airlines in Nigeria is not Exim Bank finance or financing from a consortium of local banks. The problem is that Airlines in Nigeria are all still privately owned entities including Virgin Nigeria. Virgin Nigeria and Aero could easily raise capital in the hot Nigerian capital markets (26 companies raised an average of US$500 million each in 2006). ADC Airlines did do an IPO but only as a last desperate attempt to save a moribund Airline. That offering was eventually squelched by the ADC crash in Abuja. Mr Otedola the sole owner of Bellview has consistently refused to offer shares to the investing public or interested Institutional investors and has preferred to be the sole and out right owner of Bellview. It is too late now for him to go public because Bellview is now clearly ailing. Without fresh injection of capital, Bellviews goal of fleet renewal is a pipe dream.

Many African business people would rather destroy their businesses due to lack of capital than to share ownership. Virgin Nigeria is a work in progress. It is hoped that a big IPO (Initial Public Offering) will take place in 2008 to supplement or pay off the $100 million 24 month Eurodollar Bond they are about to issue. Aero is in the firm grip of the Ibru family of Nigeria, the family from Holland (I have forgotten their name - owners of Aero Contractors) and Oceanic Bank Group (another Ibru entity but a public company). I do not see any IPO in future from them. With the exception of KQ, ET, SAA and VK, most Sub Saharan African Airlines are totally under capitalized or supported directly by Government funds as is the case with TAAG.

Another example of under capitalization is Slok Air. Slok Air was founded by Nigeria businessman and current Governor of Abia State in South East Nigeria. It has been alledged that he looted State funds to set up Slok between 2003 and 2005. At it's peak in 2005 Slok had 6 very old 732s. After Mr Kalu fell out with President Obasanjo in 2005, Slok was forced to move bases to The Gambia. As EFCC's investigations into corruption in Nigeria intensified from 2005, Slok's fortunes dwindled. It is now a faint shadow of it's old self with only one operational 732. The rest are abandoned at Banjul Airport. Arik Air is also starting to show serious financial distress. Which is in line with the falling fortunes of it's secret owner.

Ken.



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User currently offlineFemialpha From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 19253 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 11):
Many African business people would rather destroy their businesses due to lack of capital than to share ownership.

You hit the nail on the head. It makes perfect economic sense for a couple of these operators to pull resources together and maybe go public and run a single airline with 9 or so planes rather than 6 airines with 1.5 planes! Pride and egos have stood in the way of not just the aviation industry but all industries in Nigeria as a whole. Showing off comes first for most Nigerian businessmen and public officials. Until that mentality is resolved, not much is going to change in that place.


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 19145 times:

Virgin Nigeria has delayed its first commercial 767-300 flight from April 6 to May 2nd. Sources are hinting this action was taken bearing in mind Nigeria's upcoming elections in mid April and the sensitive political situation expected... VK is as cautious as ever.

On the domestic front, VK will be operating an additional second daily flight to Calabar (VK83) on April 1/2/3 to coincide with the inauguration of Tinapa Business Resort (http://www.tinapa.com). Separately, and according to speedwings, the airline is looking to wet lease a DASH-8-300 on ACMI basis for a period of 1 year. This aircraft would service the PHC (NAF) route, now on high demand especially that FAAN announced PHC would not reopen before October 2007.



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User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 19144 times:

Quote:

19 March 07

VIRGIN NIGERIA RESUMES FLIGHT OPERATIONS ON LAGOS - PORT HARCOURT ROUTE

Lagos, Nigeria: 19 March 2007: Virgin Nigeria Airways Limited will on Wednesday 21 March 2007 resume flight operations to Port Harcourt operating a Fokker 50 aircraft into the Nigeria Air Force Base (NAF Base) Port Harcourt.



Source and further information: http://www.virginnigeria.com/en/ng/press/pr2007-3-19.html

Origin and registration of the used aircraft still unknown to me.

EDIT: EurostarVA, you beat me by 8 seconds! To add some more info: VK also increased the frequency to Sokoto to three times a week.

[Edited 2007-03-19 22:15:08]

User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 19110 times:

VK's Fokker 50 is also wet-leased from Denim Air, it's PH-JXK according to Skyliner (PH-JXJ is with Arik).


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User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 19086 times:

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 13):
FAAN announced PHC would not reopen before October 2007.

But have they started the work by now?

Arik Air has completed their ticket counter in Kano, expect to see operations soon (although I won't see it since I am getting out of the country to avoid any political unrest around the elections).


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 19058 times:
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Quoting KL577 (Reply 16):
(although I won't see it since I am getting out of the country to avoid any political unrest around the elections).

O ye of little faith!!  biggrin  In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.



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User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 19051 times:

VK's F50 pictured in Palma. I wonder why is VK still painting its aircraft using the old logo and fontface? The new one is much more contemporary-looking.



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 17):
O ye of little faith!! In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.

I totally agree, in fact I could not agree more, especially with the reference to instability with respect to the French elections!



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User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 19043 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 17):
O ye of little faith!! In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.

Many told me, and I believed the elections would be generally quiet, nevertheless political riots between ANPP and PDP supporters did brake out last week in a suburb of Kano and to be honest I am not so sure anymore it will all be peaceful. Anyway, when I had to plan my holiday this year, it thought it to be convenient to avoid both the election days and the hot season in Kano.

Anyway let's hope indeed a professional aviation minister will start the job after May 29th!


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 19031 times:

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation.

Fresh Air acquired a former TranSky B737. Not really an impressive 'merger'...

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=3600


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19013 times:

Quoting ENU (Reply 20):
Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation.

Fresh Air acquired a former TranSky B737. Not really an impressive 'merger'...

This is from the Guardian today:

"The NCAA chief noted that big carriers like Chanchangi, Bellview, Arik, Aero Contractors and Virgin Nigeria had already complied with the stipulated criteria, adding that the problem was with the smaller carriers."

http://www.guardiannewsngr.com/news/article03

I guess they only mean that these have met the new capital requirements, not the reuiqrement of replacing old aircraft.


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19004 times:

The "new aircraft" policy is vague. Specific criteria should be used including any combination of the following: Age of airframe, number of cycles, flight hours, etc. I'm sure Demuren is working on this. Thumbs up to this man.


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User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19002 times:

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 18):
I wonder why is VK still painting its aircraft using the old logo and frontface? The new one is much more contemporary-looking.

I'm not sure if this will happen anyway, VS's aircraft only have a slightly changed tail logo as well (as VK's B737 compared to the A340).
I hope these stickers are well stuck! The A330 has new stickers after the original ones fell off just after one day.


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19001 times:

woops. posted same message twice.

[Edited 2007-03-20 15:48:14]


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25 Post contains links EurostarVA : Oceanair of Brazil announces its plans to operate daily flights to Lagos beginning May 2007: http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/news.php?ID=3031
26 Post contains images Debonair : " target=_blank>http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/view...=3600 but the a/c looks really FRESH!!!
27 Post contains links Viasa : Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government. http://www.aeroworldnews.com.br/foto_detalhe.php?codigo=1552
28 EurostarVA : Charming! It's becoming a fashion for Nigerian states to purchase their own executive jets. It's kind of ironic because most Nigerian states lack fun
29 ENU : The aircraft is titled 'Yankari', perhaps it will be used to ferry tourists to Bauchi (Yankari Game Reserve)?
30 Alibo5NGN : Bauchi State Government has been fighting for years to regain control of Yankari Game Reserve which could easily be a huge tourism draw for the State
31 EurostarVA : Doesn't Overland fly to Bauchi from Abuja? Is this service still active? Yankari National Park is not far from Bauchi, besides I doubt Yankari has an
32 ENU : Not according the schedule on their website. Yankari has no airstrip (and website unfortunately), but you could travel to Bauchi or Jos.
33 Alibo5NGN : I went to school in Jos and was aware at that time (many eons ago) that there was an airstrip at Yankari. Not unlike those in the outback in Australi
34 RobK : What's it doing in a field?! I don't see any runway/taxyway/hard core going on there. R
35 EurostarVA : Onitsha does have an airstrip as well, but its serviceability today is in question. I recall it was served by an FH-227 operator, Concord Airlines if
36 KL577 : I think the Overland service has indeed been suspended. There is an airstrip in Yankari, in Wikki Camp just behind the chalets, it is used by an airc
37 ENU : I stand corrected, I only recall the baboons... Looks that they are upgrading the airstrip at Wikki Camp instead of Bauchi Azare Airstrip (from The T
38 KL577 : Which is one of the main reasons of getting there anyway! In fact herds of elephant usually migrate from the Yankari river towards the higher parts o
39 ENU : I am aware of that, but I incorrectly assumed that Azare is closer to Yankari than Bauchi (city). Has Bauchi Airport been upgraded? Can it handle B73
40 Post contains images KL577 : Not that I am aware of. Indeed off topic , but that's a pity. I have been there a couple of times and saw lots of elephants every time and lion, buff
41 EurostarVA : Remains to be seen whether this will be a commercial undertaking! IMO It's not such a wild idea to run this plane on daily tourist charters from LOS,
42 ENU : Virgin Nigeria may get right for Lagos-New York route this week! According to Sir Richard Branson, who was in Nigeria on Wednesday, talks with America
43 KL577 : That is good news! US authorities making another U-turn for the Virgin group in a matter of days!
44 EurostarVA : Great news today... Branson confirms to us Virgin Nigeria was a victim of US-UK aeropolitics. Now that Virgin America is cleared, we can expect the US
45 Post contains links ENU : Fresh Air also acquired a former Dasab B737-200: Picture and source: http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=3604 Judging their w
46 Post contains links KL577 : Okada's possible resurrection was mentioned in one of the previous posts, well, here's another one: "Albarkar airline is preparing to begin flight ope
47 Post contains links AMSSFO : Apparently, the NCAA changed their minds about Arik Air. Arik Air was fined for bringing into the country a Fokker 50 without the approval of the the
48 Post contains links ENU : Is this all Yar'adua and Goodluck can afford? I hope it doesn't fall from the sky... Odili would have done better with his E-135! http://www.skyliner-
49 EurostarVA : Speaking of rumors, Denim's F50 might not be the official aircraft to be assigned to the VK contract PH (NAF Base) route. Denim might deploy a DASH-8-
50 Alibo5NGN : It is nice to see these PDP candidates showing some fiscal prudence in advance. Yar Adua is well known for being frugal. He would have sent a wrong s
51 Post contains links and images Debonair : Thanks again to skyliner, the next new Nigerian EMBRAER for PDP: http://skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=&picid=3613 Btw.: something important
52 KL577 : To replace their F28? Wow, I didn't notice it yet. Interesting to see if they get it fying before April 21.
53 EurostarVA : According to ch-aviation.ch, Bauchi State Govt. is due to take delivery of 2 x EMB-135: S/N 14500987 0 NEW ERJ Legacy 600 (E135 BJ) 5N- S/N 14500984 0
54 ENU : It's all speculation, but you can imagine that IRS operates and maintains the aircraft for Bauchi State, just as Aero does for Rivers State (the AW13
55 EurostarVA : Something is fishy here. There is just no way Bauchi state Govt. can afford 2 brand-new Emb-135 Legacies. The state's federal allocation is negligeab
56 Post contains links KL577 : When you follow the link below, you will see some pictures of the construction of Jalingo Airport in Taraba State: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showt
57 ENU : Aero will take delivery of their second B737-400 (to be registered 5N-BJA and ex US Air, N446US) this week, according to Skyliner. Will they return th
58 Post contains links ENU : Two interesting stories in the papers today: FG to Ground Airlines over Recapitalisation: http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=73890 Remarkably,
59 KL577 : That's strange. The guardian published the following a week or two ago: Or maybe AJ has met the criteria for operating domestic flights but not for i
60 EurostarVA : I wouldn't worry too much about Aero. This is probably an omission on the journalist's part. The Ibru family and CHC are powerful entities in their r
61 Post contains links and images ENU : And the purchase of a second B737-400, seen here on it's delivery flight: View Large View MediumPhoto © Trevor Mulkerrins
62 EurostarVA : I see they haven't rebranded as planned, disappointing! "AERO" is a rather generic name and if Aerocontractors is keen on highlighting the independent
63 ENU : Are the plans to re-brand already fully developed and scheduled? I never heard about it in detail. I think it just takes time to put such changes thr
64 KL577 : It seems Afriqiyah Airways (8U) is ending its bi-weekly service from Tripoli to Kano effective May 1.
65 Eurostarva : Eventually, Virgin Nigeria ought to offer some European-bound flights from Kano. 2 weekly ABV-KAN-LGW, surely will be a money spinner?
66 EurostarVA : I've heard it from a source who works at Ghana International, which codeshares with AJ. It's not official, so for now this remains a realistic rumor
67 KL577 : ABV-LGW will certainly make money for VK, not too sure about Kano. In fact KLM is (still) in Kano for cargo. Each KLM's three flights a week takes on
68 Post contains links and images RobK : A 737-700 has just rolled out of the paint shop at Renton in full c/s!! Arik Air 737-700 Rolls Out At Renton In Full C/s! (by RobK Mar 28 2007 in Civi
69 Post contains links EurostarVA : Virgin Nigeria Airways Signs $15 Million OnPoint Solutions Service Agreement with GE http://www.just4airlines.com/j4_dox/...l/rss.html?./rss.mv?story_
70 ENU : Nice! Will be a nice journey on an A320 with a transfer at Tripoli... They also offer flights to Lagos.
71 RobK : Do any of you well informed chaps know what the ICAO 3-letter identifier is for Arik Air please? R
72 ENU : Should be ARA. Thanks for the picture btw!
73 Post contains images RobK : Are you sure? This is already allocated to Aerobeira, Sociedade de Transportes Aereos Lda, Portugal R
74 EurostarVA : To the best of my knowledge, dual allocation is permitted in some cases, so long as the nature of the 2 operators is different (cargo vs. pax or chart
75 RobK : Yes, you are wrong I'm afraid. ICAO identifiers can only be allocated to one operator. R
76 EurostarVA : I stand corrected.
77 KL577 : Schedules for Virgin Nigeria's proposed flights LOS-Abidjan (ABJ) and LOS-Monrovia (ROB) have been removed again from Amadeus. It seems the start of t
78 Post contains links ENU : Aero Contractors seem to have returned the leased aircraft from JAT, they are now operating their own 2 B733's and 2 734's (5N-BHY, 5N-BHZ, 5N-BIZ, an
79 KL577 : This airline seems to be dead indeed
80 EurostarVA : They were operating scheduled charters to London via France, using a wet leased Air Italy 767. Ops have since been suspended. OK but is AJ back to it
81 ENU : Not yet according to their website, but perhaps not surprising as they received 5N-BJA only this week. And 5N-BHZ was returned this week too, after a
82 Impacto : OK, so what about the 737-300s and the CRJ 200s? I think the CRJ 200s were suppose to have arrived earlier on around the same time with the 900s. Cor
83 ENU : I have no clue about the 737-300's (5n-mja and 5n-mjb). Were they returned last year due to technical problems? Have they actually returned in servic
84 EurostarVA : The CRJ-200 deliveries have been pushed to May '07. This might be related to crewing problems, since they opted for wet-leased DASH-8 and F50 equipme
85 KL577 : A couple of weeks ago in Lagos I saw an Arik aircraft-tail, which was definitely not a CRJ and looked like a 737. I wasn't in the right position to l
86 EurostarVA : The 733s of Arik are operating!
87 Post contains links ENU : ATDB mentions that Bellview operates a 2nd B737-300, but no other sources confirm this. If true, I assume it's leased from JAT. How is the work on LOS
88 EurostarVA : Proceeding with considerable pace. The owners announced last week that president Obasanjo would "commission" the new building April 1st (Fool's Day j
89 Post contains links EurostarVA : Much legal jargon and technical aviation law terms found below. In plain English this development implies that Nigerian carriers will (effective Octob
90 Impacto : This is a sure sign that we should not expect to see those anticipated A320s any time soon. By the way, any news on the commencement of Bellview's LO
91 ENU : Ok, I've to take back this suggestion. Bellview has actually returned the leased B733 (YU-AND) to JAT, which means that they only operate 4 B732's (t
92 ENU : Arik Air's website has been updated (and upgraded), and the first new destinations appear to be Kano and Jos! However, it's not clear when these fligh
93 Eurostarva : According to a Bellview press release dated April 3, 2007, they are increasing their LHR flights to x4 weekly nonstops from LOS effective April 15. Al
94 Post contains links ENU : Has OBJ actually commissioned the new terminal at LOS last Saturday? http://www.mma2lagos.net/news01.html#
95 Post contains links ENU : The go-ahead from the FG is there, but the pace of development will probably depend on the outcome of the elections: Source: http://allafrica.com/sto
96 Femialpha : Yes he commissioned an incomplete facility, Nigerian style! His name will be on the wall somewhere as the one that commissioned it so he must be quit
97 EurostarVA : According to a ThisDay journalist I'm in touch with, the consortium's CEO disclosed to her that the building is supposed to be open to commercial traf
98 EurostarVA : According to a ThisDay journalist I'm in touch with, the consortium's CEO disclosed to her that the building is supposed to be open to commercial traf
99 EurostarVA : Here's a video taken from the cockpit of Arik Air CRJ-900 5N-JEC while on finals and landing at Calabar (CBQ):
100 ENU : There was an incident with a VK aircraft yesterday. As I understand from ThisDay the plane returned to LOS because of a technical problem, meanwhile t
101 Post contains links ENU : A Bellview B737 made an emergency landing at LOS yesterday, after an engine failure. http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=75383
102 Post contains links ENU : The second Arik Air B737-700: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/457753235_91778bbfc5_o.jpg Accra and Abidjan will be their first destinations outside
103 Post contains links EurostarVA : Airlines Threaten to Boycott New Terminal over High Tariff By Chinedu Eze, 04.17.2007 THISDAYONLINE.COM http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=7571
104 Post contains links and images ENU : Yes, it's flying in Europe for JAT again, but still in Bellview colours. View Large View MediumPhoto © Nik Deblauwe There is also an Arik Air CR
105 Post contains links ENU : Ok, this took me by surprise: ATI: Arik(Nigeria) Order 777/787 (by 2wingtips Apr 18 2007 in Civil Aviation) They were undecided a month ago, doubting
106 Post contains links ENU : Source: http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=75810 Does this report give rise to any worries? The B737-300's of Virgin Nigeria are relatively ol
107 Post contains links EurostarVA : Given that VK operated over 5000 flights during the 6 months in question, I hardly think 15 air/taxi returns are a reason to panick. The airline's te
108 Post contains links ENU : Governor Saraki was re-elected, so there is a good chance that they will meet the schedule. But the Zimbabwean farmers are not yet ready to export ag
109 EurostarVA : I read the white farmer's progress report for March 2007 and it seems that they will receive the pledged financing at last! If the project finally ta
110 AsoRock : I would beg to differ, as my own, high-school calculation yields a staggering 0.3 % air return rate whish is INDEED alarming. What I would ask for is
111 EurostarVA : According to a Vanguard article, half of the "returns" were actually taxi returns and not air return-to-base. This means VK recorded approx. 7 air re
112 Post contains links EurostarVA : The consequence of media leaks: more hysterical headlines! FG declares Virgin Nigeria planes unsafe
113 Post contains links EurostarVA : The consequence of media leaks: more hysterical headlines! FG declares Virgin Nigeria planes unsafe
114 Femialpha : " target=_blank>http://www.ilorinairport.com/airport....html Is that terminal building really functional? If it is that is real progress for that part
115 Post contains links and images ENU : Got a scoop. Virgin Nigeria's fist B767, still without titles, pictured at Montreal! Source of the pictures A navy helicopter went down on Friday near
116 Post contains images EurostarVA : Yes, it was commissioned in 2006. Kwara state is doing a good job at airport infrastructure. The rest of the story is up to the private sector! And w
117 Viasa : For sure... The two B767 were leased from Lat Charter.
118 Post contains links and images ENU : The tail somehow confuses me. It's in the new Virgin colours (without the blue or green edge), but the old rather than the new font is used. Compare
119 EurostarVA : Right on. At first I thought they wanted to match the font used on the 737s for consistency, but I checked the 737 tail livery and it uses the new "v
120 ENU : Nigerian consistency! Personally I prefer the green edge on the tail. It gives the aircraft a clearer Nigerian (and VK corporate) identity. Off topic,
121 EurostarVA : What's even more alarming is that the EU's elections monitoring team will most probably declare the elections (both state and presidential) as a fail
122 Post contains links ENU : I doubt if Ken Nnamani has the authority to form a interim government. A re-run would be a good solution indeed. Inec appears to be very incompetent.
123 EurostarVA : Amadeus system showing up new Virgin Nigeria flights to Libreville as follows: VK0823 ----5-- 12:30 16:50 1 stop (DLA) VK0823 1------ 08:45 11:35 1 st
124 Post contains links and images ENU : This link was posted elsewhere: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...into-nigerias-largest-carrier.html An interview with the McTighe of Arik Air, a
125 Post contains links EurostarVA : "New Nigerian" newspaper reports that Virgin Nigeria in particular and Nigeria in general have been given FAA clearance to operate to the US direct! T
126 ENU : That's good news indeed. I am just wondering if the current fleet of long-range aircraft is adequate. I suppose the BMI A330 will be returned shortly
127 EurostarVA : I've approached some insiders. Will report back later. For the moment and going by previous press releases+inside info, they are getting the 2 767-30
128 Post contains links and images ENU : Here you go: View Large View MediumPhoto © Youri Thonon - Contrails Aviation Photography
129 EurostarVA : Old font? I'm officially confused!
130 Post contains images EurostarVA : Artist impression of Arik Air's 787/777s:
131 Post contains links ENU : Nice! Hopefully Arik Air will survive the current change of power. Although setting up a airline doesn't justify the alleged abuse of public funds. I
132 Post contains links EurostarVA : Well, now that the PDP has won the "s"election (as expected), the prospect of a bright future for Arik Air is much higher. I think that wherever Arum
133 DL777LAX : About Arik, I was looking in the timetables, and it seems that its next routes are LOS-Sokoto/Kano/Jos, as well as port harcourt-Calabar, however, the
134 Post contains images AsoRock : I expect Arik to initially serve the Sokoto / Jos markets with a single daily frequency to be operated by the CRJ-200 (3 of them to be delivered next
135 Impacto : ADC once operated this route if you remember. Don't get carried away just yet on those big deliveries. Although securing new equipment is major step
136 EurostarVA : AERO is now serving this route twice weekly I believe. I generally agree with you about VK's priorities. By hook or crook, the crew shortage problem
137 Post contains links ENU : Wet-leasing would aircraft solve this problem partly, if the NCAA does its work properly. How is the overall situation with regard to recruitment? Do
138 Alibo5NGN : The three guys in front are members of the Nigerian Legion. A type of civilian guard made up of discharged or retired members of the Nigerian Armed F
139 EurostarVA : Ken, we look forward to your trip report. It's always nice to see your writeups/photos. Both VK and W3 are sponsoring a dozen pilot(cadets) each at N
140 Post contains links ENU : First news about the recapitalisation deadline. Reportedly, ten airlines made it of which Chanchangi, Aero Contractors, Arik, Bellview, Virgin Nigeria
141 EurostarVA : I didn't know Capital is still flying. Whatever happened to their Synergy Group affiliation? And where do Associated and Capital fly anyway, and what
142 Post contains links ENU : Me neither. And they don't have a website, as far as I know. But I think they have some EMB 120's. Associated has a B727F and two ex-Skywest EMB-120'
143 Post contains links ENU : This is the final list of approved airliners: Aero Contractors Airlines, Afrijet Airlines, Allied Airlines, Associated Airlines, Bellview Airlines, Ch
144 AsoRock : I don't think you can regard this latest development as a disappointment. Consolidation takes time, and although most of the carriers made it through
145 KL577 : Hi you all, I came back to Nigeria last night. Noticed that IRS was operating as usual from Kano last night, so I had already expected them to be in
146 EurostarVA : Kabo has had over 25 years to modernize its operations but sadly, has no intentions of doing so. Their tradition of scavenging Mojave-junk is still t
147 Post contains images KL577 : You are completely right. Irregular power supply is a problem, the biggest problem in Kano is the total absence of political will to build the city/s
148 Post contains links and images Alibo5NGN : DANA is on the list of airlines that made it. Skypower Express is leasing 1 or 2 of their EMB 110 to Antrak Air of Ghana. He was a Nigeria Airways DC
149 Post contains links ENU : It's getting long, therefore I opened a new thread. Please continue here: Aviation In Nigeria IV (by ENU May 2 2007 in Civil Aviation)
150 AsoRock : Thanks ENU. But it would be better to retain the title format, which is: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 4 Is it possible for you to edit the header? T
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