L-1011-500 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 368 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1032 times:
Why is Nigeria Airways' fleet of A310s practically nonexistent (with the exception of 5N-AUF, which is on thin ice)? Why are many of the airline's aircraft unairworthy? And why is a 24 year old DC-10 (5N-ANN) still airworthy and 16 year old A310s parked at Lagos, ready to be dealt the same fate as the rusting away TITANIC????
When the above photo was taken, it was 12/97. The planes are only 13 years old yet they look like this? Nigeria may have financial troubles, but couldn't they have at least tried to save the newer A310s over the DC-10? Please correct me if I am wrong?
Also, what airlines have recently shown interest in buying Nigeria Airways? I heard that SAA and BA have interests?
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11102 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1010 times:
The BA aircraft has been repainted (in Union Flag colours, I´ve seen it a few weeks ago with "Dreamflight"-titles) and returned to normal BA service after Nigeria Airways´ DC-10 has been refurbished. There are rumours that South African will use a B747 in a joint-venture.
The A310 you show is in a very sorry state. But there a lot of wrecked planes rusting in Nigeria. Okada Air of Benin City (they even had a very attractive B747-146 in the early 90s) for example is almost non-existent. And just a few weeks ago the Government cancelled a lot of registations of these parked "ghost" planes.
Shamrock105 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1001 times:
Nigeria Airways recently concluded an agreement with South African Airways whereby SA operate a JNB - lagos - JFK run with B747-300's. Ghana Airways also competed for the award but lost out to SA. On the London - Lagos run, Nigeria Airways use their DC 10 ON THE Heathrow route once a week.
British Airways operate a daily service to Heathrow using B747-400s (used to be the B747-200 in Nigeria colours) code sgaring with Nigeria Airways.