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Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 6  
User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 31764 times:

Aviation in Nigeria VI


The 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)
Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3 (by AsoRock Mar 12 2007 in Civil Aviation)
Aviation In Nigeria IV (by ENU May 2 2007 in Civil Aviation)
Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 5 (by EurostarVA Sep 5 2007 in Civil Aviation)


Airlines currently active in Nigeria:
Aero Contractors - http://www.flyaero.com
Allied Airlines - http://www.alliedaircargo.com
Arik Air - http://www.arikair.com
Associated Airlines - http://www.associatedaviationlimited.com
Bellview Airlines - http://www.flybellviewair.com
Capital Airlines -
Chanchangi Airlines - http://www.chanchangi-airlines.com and http://www.chanchangi.com
IRS Airlines - http://www.irs-airlines.com and http://www.irsairlines.net
Kabo Air - http://www.kaboair.com
Overland Airways - http://www.overland.aero
Virgin Nigeria - http://www.virginnigeria.com


Starting operations next year:
Dana Air -- http://www.flydanaair.com

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User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 31772 times:

Some airline news:

Arik Air
- Will decide on ordering A380's or B748's after initial talks with Airbus...
- An additional three CRJ-900's were ordered (confirmed, but not yet announced)
- Will receive two more B737-700's next month (from SkyEurope, OM-NGQ and OM-NGR). The first one is currently at MIA for interior outfit
- Flights to the UK/US are definitely postponed till next year, however some more domestic destinations (Yola, Maiduguri and Sokoto) will be served shortly.

Virgin Nigeria
- All five remaining B737-300's will be withdrawn next year and are destined for bmibaby. Remarkably, VK is still recruiting pilots for the B737's.
- Will wet-lease a B767 from Flyglobespan for the winter, but perhaps the fact that they lost their ETOPS-certification will affect this contract, assuming that the aircraft will be employed on direct flights to the US. Or will it replace one of the Latcharter B767's? There were some rumours that Air Baltic would lease a B767 from Latcharter a few weeks ago (?)
- VK expands its regional operations, adding Cotonou (3x weekly) from the 12th of November onwards
- Still no official confirmation of the 10 EMB-170/190 order

Aero
- Will receive another Dash 8-Q300 (currently being painted at EIN)
- Reduced flights from/to Owerri

Chanchangi
- Their B727 (5N-BDG) was re-certified by the NCAA after an emergency landing some weeks ago
- Operating charter flights to Sudan
- Reportedly ordered some new aircraft, but are experiencing some serious problems: Who Will Knock Chanchangi to Order?

Bellview
- Apart from the two A320's (ex-AF) that will arrive next year, no news

Overland
- Commenced flights to Ilorin (from/to Abuja and Lagos) on week days




Sosoliso
- Their MD-82 (5N-BII) was flown from LOS to SAT recently. Probably sold, as the FAAN will remove all grounded aircraft from the airports soon


That's it for now, I think.

[Edited 2007-10-26 17:08:32]

User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 31696 times:

Thanks again for the new thread!

Quoting ENU (Reply 1):
- All five remaining B737-300's will be withdrawn next year and are destined for bmibaby. Remarkably, VK is still recruiting pilots for the B737's.

So what are they going to fly then domestically. The rumour was that the E-jets would come in the second half of 2008. Does this seem to coincide with the phasing out of the 737s?

Quoting ENU (Reply 1):
Overland
- Commenced flights to Ilorin (from/to Abuja and Lagos) on week days

I was under the impression that they already served Ilorin?

Quoting ENU (Reply 1):
- Reportedly ordered some new aircraft, but are experiencing some serious problems: Who Will Knock Chanchangi to Order?

To quote from the article:

"That is why whenever a plane is about to take off in Nigeria, all passengers, including election riggers and murderers, would start muttering words of faith to their creators. The Muslims take out their beads while the Christians start declaring the "Blood of Jesus". Others, in fact, start praying in unknown tongues. Air travel in Nigeria has become a very serious business. While such prayers should be encouraged, airline owners should play their own part. Cutting corners can only lead to hellfire in the here and now!"

 checkmark  , Yep, this is flying in Nigeria. In fact that's why I stopped flying Bellview and IRS. I found the deep silence before take off, combined with the sound of rolling beads very disturbing myself as well. I feel a bit more comfortable on board VK and AJ. But on a more serious note, if true, this should be enough reason to ground the operations of Chanchangi completely:

"Negligence and obsolescent aircraft are not the only problems of the airline. There is also the issue of recklessness of the airlines with the souls on board. Within the last one week, Chanchangi has landed twice at the old Kaduna airport well after 7pm, when it had become dark. The main Kaduna airport has been shut for sometime and aircraft now land at the old airport; the rule there is that they must land before 5pm because there are no facilities for night landing."

Then some other (open) questions:

- Do you guys have more info on Hajj flights? Kabo's remaining 747s have been actively flying around the last days, but what about the other operators?
- I saw a Sudan Airways A310 flying low over Kano town the other day. Apparently they still serve Kano, but what about Lagos?
- What about Ocean air's proposed service to LOS?
- Has DL obtained the necessary approvals for the ATL services?

Some other small newsbits:
- PHC airport is still due to open in the first quarter of 2008.
- Air France will launch a weekly freighter service to Lagos, starting this IATA winter timetable


User currently offlineAC747 From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 277 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 31687 times:

Hi. Sorry if this has been discussed in any previous thread - I heard that VK are planning some services from LOS-DUB over the New Year and are also working on semi-regular flights between the two cities in the near future.
Is there any confirmation in Nigeria about this, or any word on flights at all?

Thanks.



Haven't we been here before ?
User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 31696 times:

Quoting AC747 (Reply 3):
Hi. Sorry if this has been discussed in any previous thread - I heard that VK are planning some services from LOS-DUB over the New Year and are also working on semi-regular flights between the two cities in the near future.
Is there any confirmation in Nigeria about this, or any word on flights at all?

Thanks.

No, this hasn't been discussed, neither have I seen any news on this in Nigeria. Is there a market for flights from LOS to DUB?


User currently offlineFlitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 31707 times:

Thank you guys for the news items....

Quoting AC747 (Reply 3):
I heard that VK are planning some services from LOS-DUB

Do you mean Dublin or Dubai (DXB) ?


User currently offlineAC747 From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 277 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 31673 times:

Quoting KL577 (Reply 4):
No, this hasn't been discussed, neither have I seen any news on this in Nigeria. Is there a market for flights from LOS to DUB?

I don't have facts and figures but there is a very healthy sized Nigerian ex-pat population in Ireland, which I have often thought would appreciate a service back to the homeland.
There are a few posts on the latest Irish Aviation thread on A.net about these flights. It seems that VK plan to run New Year flights and then guage the demand after that and possibly operate seasonal services to DUB.
Just like you, KL577, I have seen no other word on this, but certainly thought it would be an interesting link for VK to run.
I guess it's early days for this rumour, but it's one that certainly caught my attention.



Haven't we been here before ?
User currently offlineAC747 From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 277 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 31667 times:

Quoting Flitemax (Reply 5):
Do you mean Dublin or Dubai (DXB) ?

Dublin.



Haven't we been here before ?
User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 31666 times:

Quoting AC747 (Reply 3):
I heard that VK are planning some services from LOS-DUB over the New Year and are also working on semi-regular flights between the two cities in the near future.

This makes sense, because VK wet-leased a third B767. No official announcement yet. The latest news was that:

Quote:
It will add a third 767 on wet lease to expand its long-haul network. Code-share operations with North American Airlines to New York are underway, and next year, when the third 767 arrives, Virgin Nigeria will fly to New York independently. Services to China and Dubai also are in the near-term plan, as are several African destinations.



Quoting KL577 (Reply 2):
Does this seem to coincide with the phasing out of the 737s?

I think so. The first Embraers are scheduled to arrive in September 2008. Are VK actually leasing one or two F50's?

Quoting KL577 (Reply 2):
I was under the impression that they already served Ilorin?

I'm not sure. Overland has a new schedule on its website anyway (daily flights between Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Ilorin).

Source: http://www.kwarastate.gov.ng/pixcom.html

Quote:
Kwara State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Barr. Razak Atunwa in a handshake with Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Richard Aisuebeogun, during the flagoff of Overland Airways Ilorin/Lagos route. yesterday 3rd October, 2007, in Ilorin.



Quoting KL577 (Reply 2):
Kabo's remaining 747s have been actively flying around the last days, but what about the other operators?

I read somewhere that Kabo employs two 747's. Med-View Airlines will carry 10.000 pilgrims, but no information yet about aircraft to be used.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200710221379.html

Quoting KL577 (Reply 2):
What about Ocean air's proposed service to LOS?

Was postponed repeatedly.

Airport news:
- Tracon Not Yet in Use At Airport - NATCA: http://allafrica.com/stories/200710221330.html
- The Ogun State Government has signed a contract with Dar-Al Hadassah of Dubai, United Arab, Emirates, for the construction of its planned Agro Cargo Airport - http://www.ogsgcargoairport.com/index2.htm
- Akwa Ibom state signed a new MoU with DynCorp to finish the construction of AKIA in the first half of next year.
- Any news about the new Calabar airport?


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 31581 times:

Quoting KL577 (Reply 2):
- I saw a Sudan Airways A310 flying low over Kano town the other day. Apparently they still serve Kano, but what about Lagos?

According to their website, they only serve Kano on Saturdays.


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 31577 times:

Quoting ENU (Reply 9):
According to their website, they only serve Kano on Saturdays.

I saw them flying over Kano on a wednesday. Last time I was in Lagos the arrival screen indicated the arrival of a SD flight from KRT, and that was on a saturday. I guess their website is a bit out of date.

Quoting AC747 (Reply 6):
There are a few posts on the latest Irish Aviation thread on A.net about these flights. It seems that VK plan to run New Year flights and then guage the demand after that and possibly operate seasonal services to DUB.



Quoting ENU (Reply 8):
This makes sense, because VK wet-leased a third B767. No official announcement yet. The latest news was that:

Somehow a bit strange, as I had expected them to go to places like JED, CAI or BEY first. But then again, why try to establish routes head on with your competitors. In that regard it makes sense to try places like DUB, which might support healthy yields. I guess this is why they choose to start services to Cotonou instead of ROB or ABJ.

Quoting ENU (Reply 8):
I'm not sure. Overland has a new schedule on its website anyway (daily flights between Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Ilorin).

Source: http://www.kwarastate.gov.ng/pixcom.html

That's strange; I would have sworn to already served Ilorin for years. But I guess I was wrong then.


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 31587 times:

Quoting ENU (Reply 8):
I'm not sure. Overland has a new schedule on its website anyway (daily flights between Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Ilorin).

OK, I see they have stopped service from ABV to CBQ as well. I guess all this means the ATR42 is gone?


User currently offlineFlitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 31561 times:

Quoting KL577 (Reply 10):
That's strange; I would have sworn to already served Ilorin for years.

Well, according to OAG and Amadeus they have been serving ILR for years, yes! I suspect that Overland has introduced Lagos-Ilorin-Lagos flights and that's new... I think the Ilorin-Abuja runs have been running for some time.

Does anyone know what happened to their ATR42?


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 31532 times:

Quoting Flitemax (Reply 12):
Quoting KL577 (Reply 10):
That's strange; I would have sworn to already served Ilorin for years.

Well, according to OAG and Amadeus they have been serving ILR for years, yes! I suspect that Overland has introduced Lagos-Ilorin-Lagos flights and that's new... I think the Ilorin-Abuja runs have been running for some time.

Or a restart of flights between ILR and LOS?

Quoting Flitemax (Reply 12):
Does anyone know what happened to their ATR42?

Still active with Overland. It made an emergency landing a few weeks ago at LOS and was pictured by Ken this summer:

http://www.airliners.net/uf/536921005/1188907964sel93r.jpg


User currently offlineFlitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 31534 times:

Whose SAAB 340 is that?

User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 31495 times:

Quoting Flitemax (Reply 14):

Acquired by Fresh Air, but thought to belong to Overland Airways now.


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 31386 times:

MMA2 Acquires state of the art buses
In line with its philosophy to provide world class services to customers, Bi- Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the world class, Murtala Mohammed Airport terminal 2 (MMA2) has acquired four cobus 3000 buses. The cobus 3000 is a low- floor airport bus with capacity for 112 passengers (14 seated and 98 standing). This is more than the capacity of two city buses. The Cobus, which is state of the art, is to convey passengers from the terminal to the arrival point for easy access to their luggage.

More news on MMA2's not so functional website: http://www.mma2lagos.com/



Archive picture from the net.

Hopefully, they will also arrange transport from MMA 1 to MMA 2.


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 31142 times:

Quote:
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has intensified its upgrade of the nation's 21 airport facilities as part of efforts aimed at raising them to international standard.
Presently the runways of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport - 18L -36R- and Port Harcourt International Airport are undergoing resurfacing and reconstruction. These include upgrading their airfield lighting to CAT III status. The rehabilitation of the Lagos runway is about 70 per cent, including improvement to the profile. The latter ensures more safety and proper upgrading of the facility to international standard.

Source and more information: http://allafrica.com/stories/200710290590.html


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 30988 times:

Arik Air’s first anniversary!!!

Operating 65 domestic flights to 8 destinations daily: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt NAF Base, Enugu, Benin City, Kano, Calabar, Warri. Maiduguri, Yola and Sokoto will be added to the network soon. Regional flights to West and Central African destinations will start in a few months time. Intercontinental flights have been postponed for the time being due to regulatory problems.

Fleet currently consists of 18 aircraft: 2x B737-300, 4x B737-700, 4x CRJ-900, 3x CRJ-200, 3x Dash 8-Q300 (wet-lease), 2x F50 (wet-lease).

Arik has a total of 29 aircraft on order: 4x Dash 8-Q400, 3x CRJ-900, 10x B737-800; 2x B777-200LR, 3x B777-300ER, 7x B787-9.

Congratulations with this quite impressive and ambitious start! Though some critical remarks should be made about the funding of the acquisitions and poor customer services. Nevertheless, I hope that Arik Air - Wings of Nigeria - will prove a reliable and respected international airline in the near future!


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In this news report about Arik Air’s anniversary, McTighe states that they have 36 aircraft on order. If correct, this would entail an undisclosed order of 7 aircraft in addition to those listed above.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200710291359.html

So far for Arik Air - it will actually become boring if they stop ordering new aircraft.


Other news:

Following series of near-mishaps involving the fleet of Chanchagi Airline in the last few weeks, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority is commencing the audit of the Boeing 727 aircrafts.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200710291271.html and http://allafrica.com/stories/200710291128.html

It was one year ago yesterday that a B737 of ADC Airlines crashed near Abuja (mentioned by KL577 in another thread too).

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200710291111.html


User currently offlineFlitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 30863 times:

I read today that works on the PHC runway by Julius Berger PLC are in advanced stage and will be complete before the end of the year.

I want your predictions: Will the NCAA and FAAN reopen PHC to traffic before the apron + terminal expansions/renovations are complete? I personally think so...The inconveniences of operating at the NAF are substantial (short runway, small apron+terminal space, etc.). But I think airlines like Arik and other powerful forces will try to delay the inevitable for obvious strategic reasons. If Bellview, Chanchangi, Aero, and VK operate to PHC in full swing Arik will have much to lose....


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 30719 times:

Quoting Flitemax (Reply 19):

I would say wait till all construction and renovation work is completed before re-opening. I can't judge how much influence the airlines (especially the link between Arik and the current Rivers State Government is unclear) have on the decisions of the NCAA/FAAN. The NAF base is the rationale for Arik's LOS-ABV-Garden City-triangle flights, but they can anticipate on what is coming.

This is actually McTigh's answer to the question:

Quote:
Well, we wish it is completed early enough because we are going to operate regional and international flight operations from there. Port-Harcourt would be a big hub, Lagos is a big hub, Abuja is a big hub, and we are a little bit ready. Port-Harcourt just had a new modern facility and we will take advantage of the negative and turn it to positive.

Some other interesting statements from an otherwise poor interview in the Punch:

Quote:
As for funding, we get support from Nigerian banks and some other international financial institutions.

When we come up with a plan on what we want to do and how we want to do it, I think the strength and depth of the business plan is very crucial, that might be the motivating force. The more you plan, the less likely you are going to fail. When you are talking to multi national corporations, you talk about big banks, not just banks in Nigeria, these guys are very crucial, they are not ready to part with their money so you have to convince them very well before you get their attention.

We've looked ahead, we've looked at the market for flying aircraft, and we've looked at what we'll need to do over the years as leverage. We have got the Boeing, the Airbus and the Bombardier, and we have made more orders for aircraft. We've got new aircraft planned for 2017. That's the depth of the plan we are talking about.

So today, we have facilities that are very modern, and got highly skilled technicians and modern aircraft. And we are going forward with a bigger hangar that will contain bigger aircraft and more workshops for ourselves. That will be in the long term. To me it is almost criminal to have to send Nigerian aircraft to England for checks, why? We should be able to do it here. We've got to keep that money in Nigeria, invest it back and try to create jobs and the money will go round.

But the airports need to match up to that as well, because if you come in with a new aircraft there is a lot of potential, we just need to help rebuilding.

So they will have to change some of their regulations to stay in line with modern aviation. I think if we can do that, then the NCAA will be very effective. And I think the industry has to help NCAA and we have to help them more.

It was only recently that the NCAA installed an e-mail system, sometimes people outside the country asked the e-mail of NCAA, but they didn't have one, they need a turn around to help them move from maintaining old aircraft to today's aircraft.

Have you settled your rift with Skypower Aviation Handling Company over your damaged aircraft?

I won't go too much detail into that because we are still talking about the issues. We had an understanding which we respect. Although, that aircraft was badly damaged, I should say we have reached some compromise.

First of all with international routes, the first international route is the Lagos-Heathrow direct and we would soon be in position to do that, we also have the right to fly to the United States, and we have to find a category one airline operating on our behalf, which is all about international flights.

For the regional flights we are very close to concluding arrangements on that and we have also decided to build a very strong domestic airline for all Nigerians. And that's the bedrock upon which we will soon launch a regional multinational service and very soon there will be a launching, that's what we are trying to do. The beautiful thing is that we have got new aircraft.

Please excuse me for the long quotation, but I can't link directly to the article. It can be found in today's Punch: www.punchng.com .

Does he actually suggest that they ordered Airbus aircraft?


User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 30727 times:

Quoting ENU (Reply 20):
Does he actually suggest that they ordered Airbus aircraft?

That's what it looks like, but it can be a mistake of the journalist as well. If they indeed order A380s that would be the shock of the year. Nevertheless I would like to hear the financial performance, and how they are going to improve their very unrealiable schedules. Have they moved to the new domestic terminal in Lagos by now?

Quoting ENU (Reply 20):
-Harcourt would be a big hub, Lagos is a big hub, Abuja is a big hub, and we are a little bit ready.

What does he mean by this: are they going to operate three hubs, with a hub and spoke operation?


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 30705 times:

Quoting KL577 (Reply 21):
Have they moved to the new domestic terminal in Lagos by now?

I think so, it was reported a couple of weeks ago.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 21):
Nevertheless I would like to hear the financial performance

McTighe: "As a matter of policy, we do not have to divulge how much we have invested. We think that if we put a number on the table, people get hooked up on the number and not actually how much we have achieved. In terms of financials, we are not to talk about numbers, rather we want to talk about practical achievements."

Quoting KL577 (Reply 21):
how they are going to improve their very unreliable schedules

Again McTighe: "We want to buy brand new aircraft, we are just looking out for efficient ways to carry out our services."

Quoting KL577 (Reply 21):
are they going to operate three hubs, with a hub and spoke operation?

They are clearly trying to establish a very strong domestic network. I think he just means that they will operate regional/international flights from these three airports. Not a bad strategy, considering that none of the airports has the capacity to facilitate their future fleet.


User currently offlineFlitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 30646 times:

Quoting ENU (Reply 20):
Does he actually suggest that they ordered Airbus aircraft?

Keep an eye at the Dubai Airshow. Arik and Airbus *might* make an announcement, but don't hold it against me if it doesn't materialize. Inside scoop  Smile


User currently offlineFlitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 30638 times:

Quoting KL577 (Reply 21):
What does he mean by this: are they going to operate three hubs, with a hub and spoke operation?

It would seam so. Already they have consolidated LOS and ABV as seperate hubs. LOS has up to 18 flights and Abuja has 12. Both cities have a minimum of 5 destinations on offer. McTeighe is suggesting that with the reopening of PHC they have big plans there: Flights to the North and other zones, regional and intercon flights as quoted, etc.

Quoting ENU (Reply 22):
Not a bad strategy, considering that none of the airports has the capacity to facilitate their future fleet.

A very costly strategy I might add! Three different hubs within 1 hour flight of eachother, if this is not insane given today's commercial realities I don't know what is. Just imagine how many personel will have to duplicated, how many catering units built, etc. to sustain 3 "hubs". I personally don't think McTeighe meant 3 hubs in the American or Europe sense of a hub, but more of a reference to a significant amount of flights at the mentioned airports along with regular aircraft layovers.

[Edited 2007-10-31 08:30:35]

[Edited 2007-10-31 08:35:54]

25 Alibo5NGN : The short and easy access to LHR and LGW from DUB precludes any direct links between LOS and DUB. If there was a potential, Aer Lingus would have exp
26 KL577 : Indeed, and given the already high operating costs, it doesn't make much sense. But indeed: Connecting in Lagos will remain a hassle for the time bei
27 NA : Kabo Air is leasing former 747-251B N636US. That aircraft, a late-built 742, is from 1986 which makes it a youngster compared to what Kabo Air uses ot
28 Flitemax : speaking of Kabo Air, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they plan on resuming domestic scheduled flights after the 07/08 Hajj season. However f
29 Post contains images KL577 : And they were rumoured to start using their route authorities to NBO and FCO, last year; that never materialized. The story here in Kano goes that ne
30 Post contains links KL577 : Speaking of Kabo, here's another ghost from the past: http://dailytrust.com/index.php?opti...ontent&task=view&id=4050&Itemid=39
31 Post contains links and images ENU : I attach little value to these recurrent 'come back stories': Okada Air, ADC, Afrijet and Albarka have been making similar statements in the past mon
32 GLAGAZ : The 2 LOS-DUB charters: 2 charters - using LatCharter 767 19 DEC -- VK 299 LGW DUB 0750 0920 LOS 09JAN -- VK 298 LOS DUB 0555 0730 LGW Gaz
33 AC747 : Thanks for that GLAGAZ. I must post these times on the Irish thread - they'll be delighted with this info. Cheers !
34 Flitemax : I have a feeling these are positioning flights. Perhaps some maintenance in Dublin is involved?
35 ENU : It will still take some time before Chanchangi will fly newer aircraft (four new B733's): Source: The Punch[Edited 2007-11-05 12:37:20]
36 ENU : This deal seems to be cancelled.
37 Flitemax : Source please? Pitty, would have been nice to see VK add some extra capacity (additional flights, charter flights, etc.) to boost its revenue base.
38 Post contains links FlyingTouareg : Akwa Ibom releases N4.6 billion for aiport project ABOUT N3 billion was released to contractors handling the construction of Ibom International Airpor
39 Post contains links ENU : According to CH Aviation G-CEOD is now with Air India again, but some other internet sources are giving contradictory information. Anyway, I think it
40 KL577 : It seems that it has been officially announced now in Dubai: 10 firm orders and 14 options!
41 ENU : Good news! No statement yet on Embraer's website. Can you provide a link with more information?
42 KL577 : It's announced by Panam_DC10 in the thread "Dubai 2007: other manufacturers" (somehow I can't copy the link here). Indeed I don't see any info yet on
43 Post contains links ENU : Thanks. The announcement was already mentioned here. I'm just very keen on more information. Good to see that VK can make such a big order, especially
44 Post contains links ENU : First order for Dana Air: Source: http://www.ameinfo.com/137899.html I wonder if they will make an order for their passenger operations too.
45 Post contains links ENU : More info: Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/200711...irshow-embraer-virgin-7318940.html
46 Post contains links KL577 : It's on the Embraer website as well, with some more info: http://www.embraer.com.br/institucio...-VPC-Virgin_Nigeria_EJets-I-07.pdf
47 Flitemax : Interesting! All VK Embraer seats will be equipped with Thales IFE digital system. First class seats in both a/c types will also feature laptop power
48 DL777LAX : If VK can get pilots. Are they still having the pilot shortage that they were a few months back?
49 AsoRock : Yes their pilot shortage problem is ongoing, and their flight crew are stretched to the limit. It's possible that Embraer will provide flight crew in
50 Post contains links ENU : A few more interesting details about VK's deal: Source: http://www.atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=10768 - If they employ all eight 170's on the
51 Evan767 : Non-aviation but an appropriate thread: Is Lagos safe for an average backpacker? What's the airport like? Is there anything to do in the city? How eas
52 Post contains links ENU : A second order for Dana Air (two Phenom 100 and one Phenom 300 executive jets): Source: http://www.embraer.com.br/institucio...2_128-Com-VAE-DANA_Phen
53 KL577 : " target=_blank>www.oyibosonline.com Well, what to say. Lagos is a vibrant city with lots of energy, interesting cultural life and some exciting nigh
54 ENU : According to african-aviation.com: "The Nigerian Minister of Transportation, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke,has directed the contractors carrying out th
55 Flitemax : Not yet. However, it became official yesterday (through contract signature) that the existing airport will be linked to Calabar and Tinapa through a
56 KL577 : I spoke to a pilot yesterday and the information he got (from Port Harcourt ATC, who are based at PHC) is that an opening is highly unlikely before A
57 Post contains links and images ENU : They better finish the job completely before reopening. Some older information from deleted replies: I believe the following to be correct (Arik's tw
58 Flitemax : Granted the Enugu state economy is improving slowly. However, am I alone in questioning the viability of premature international traffic? I can think
59 ENU : Completely true, but it's an important prestige issue. ENU will be the first international airport in Igboland. I don't expect any scheduled internat
60 KL577 : Well, maybe, but how many cargo flights does Ilorin get? Even Kaduna, Sokoto and Maiduguri have had "international" status for years. Except for Hajj
61 Post contains links KL577 : New tunisian airline is rumoured to be interested in serving Lagos, with connections to other European cities: SBA Airlines, A New Tunisian Airline! (
62 Post contains links ENU : I have the same doubts about the economic need and significance of this upgrade, but it was a political decision not to grant Enugu an international
63 Flitemax : Actually it's not a rumour but a stated plan, according to their website. This should bring even more competition in the Nigeria-Europe market. Poten
64 KL577 : I had an interesting experience on Virgin Nigeria this morning: I was supposed to fly to Lagos from Kano and had reserved my flight online and paid at
65 Post contains links ENU : I hope they at least reimbursed your ticket. VK should really keep up their customer services to make a difference. Some information on Virgin Nigeri
66 KL577 : The travel agent reimbursed the ticket, but they were very annoyed (with VK) and said they didn't make any mistakes. They were going to follow up wit
67 RobK : Do any of you chaps know anything about a new Kabo 747 ? I've just heard "Kabo 2115" with New York on HF flying between the mainland and Bermuda VOR.
68 Post contains images Alibo5NGN : According to my friend and Chief Pilot for Arik Air - Captain Victor Egonu, 5N-MJD was scheduled to be delivered and in Lagos this past Wednesday - N
69 Alibo5NGN : For some reason, since October 17th, I have been having problems uploading shots from my profile. To view this shot, please visit my profile. Cheers
70 KL577 : I have the same problem, but that terminal really looks fine! So Bellview, IRS and some of the Arik operations are still in the old domestic terminal
71 Post contains images Femialpha : Lucky you! I travelled from Lagos to Abuja on Arik in October and when i started taking pictures on climb out, the passengers freaked out. They consi
72 ENU : Nice terminal indeed! They also updated their website. Impacto pointed out a mistake in a deleted post, it must be: 2401 34761 B737-7GL WIN. N737AV -
73 Post contains links Flitemax : Some good news for DAS Air Cargo employees: DAS Air saved by CAS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23-N
74 Post contains images Alibo5NGN : Yes. Not yet. It is still being worked on. New terminals need to be run for at least 6 months to work out the bugs before serious flying can begin. I
75 Impacto : Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. Terminal looks splendid. It means that most people still haven't adopted to online booking and prefer
76 Post contains images KL577 : Yes, I now believe 100% that is was VK staff who cancelled my reservation and sold the seats to somebody else. I did get a reimbursed, but am still f
77 Alibo5NGN : Give all of them a second chance! Things can only improve. The Nigeria factor is gradually being tamed. Rich Nigerians and Expats will do anything to
78 FlyingTouareg : KL 577, how is Arik doing on the Kano Route? Is Bellview also still servicing Kano?
79 KL577 : Don't know about Arik, haven't spoken to somebody who took them for a long time, most of my colleagues usually fly VK. Bellview still flies to Kano,
80 FlyingTouareg : thanks KL 577 for the update. I am sure there is also a frenzy now with the Hajj Ops!
81 ENU : I thought that the privatisation of ABV was cancelled, but: Source: The Punch
82 Post contains images ENU : An issue discussed earlier, but this picture clearly shows that the space between the fingers of the double jetways of the new domestic terminal is wi
83 Alibo5NGN : I have successfully uploaded some interesting shots that may be of interest to you. They include the check in area of MMA2, aerial view of runway 18R,
84 RobK : Has the delivery of 5N-MJE been confirmed? I am of the opinion that it hasn't yet delivered at all and is still at Miami. The fact that N737AV is sti
85 Flitemax : Lovely photos as usual Ken. It's apparent that the terminal is coming blossoming with commercial activities, etc Would you have an idea about a possi
86 ENU : Very interesting indeed! Thanks! No, but the aircraft should be delivered this month. Please, keep us informed. Don't forget Associated Airlines! Aer
87 Alibo5NGN : I am trying to get in touch with Arik Air's Chief Pilot to confirm delivery. No date yet. Bi-Courtney is still focusing on getting hold outs Arik Air
88 RobK : Ken, some external pics of the Arik 737-700s would be nice please, as there are still none to be found of 5N-MJC/5N-MJD anywhere (apart from under US-
89 Post contains links ENU : FAAN orders Maevis, Unisys to stop work A N7-billion ($53million) project designed to ease air passengers travel formalties at the nation’s busiest
90 Post contains images Femialpha : Their website claims the terminal can hold 4000 people. I don't think i would want to be in there with that many people. Its already getting busy wit
91 Post contains links ENU : Thanks! You posted the first picture of an Arik B737NG with winglets on the net! Arik Air reveals its unidentified orders! Two Boeing 737-800 to arri
92 Post contains links FlyingTouareg : Bristow Nigeria Signs $109m Contract Renegotiation Bristow Group Inc. a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry has an
93 RobK : Sorry, no not yet. The first I knew about their first one (5N-MJC) was when it was snapped on the ramp at Renton in full Arik colours and I only foun
94 Post contains links ENU : We'll wait and see. I have no idea which airline has -800's on order and would be willing to sell some before delivery. "Virgin Nigeria, Nigeria's pr
95 Alibo5NGN : Arik Air Chief Pilot, Capt. Victor Egonu has confirmed to me by email that 5N-MJE arrived Lagos this morning - Wednesday Nov 28th, 2007. 5N-MJF is ar
96 Post contains links ENU : Excuse me for posting the same news for a second time, but the website was experiencing some problems. Just one question about Arik: does this move ha
97 KL577 : Yes, that's why I'm wondering about as well. They do mention the possibility of local flights in Niger. But maybe they are indeed planning internatio
98 Impacto : A very interesting strategy by Arik. After having a firm grip on the Nigerian domestic market, they are trying to dominate the West African market as
99 Post contains links ENU : I would expect they mean via LOS. What about the branding? Will the aircraft flying in Niger sport a Nigerian flag? Perhaps they could better create
100 Post contains images KL577 : I have no idea, but given the enormous amounts of noise produced, I guess it could have been one of Kabo's ancient 747s. See the runway and the airpo
101 Impacto : Or they can put both flags. Example is SASs A340/A330 have the flags of Denmark, Sweden and Norway on them. Thanks for that info. Pictures are great.
102 Post contains links NA : A picture of Kabo Air´s "new" 747, registered 5N-MAD: http://nauticalmiles.blogspot.com/20.../hajj-2007-nigeria-captulo-ii.html
103 Post contains links and images RobK : Arik's next 737NG is on delivery! http://blog.seattle-deliveries.com/search/label/34762 Rob
104 Post contains links ENU : Thanks for the link! What VIP-aircraft with an American flag on the tail is that on the first picture? Two more 737's are said to follow in April 200
105 ENU : Arik Air will start flights from LOS/ABV to Yola and Maiduguri next week, frequencies still unknown.
106 Flitemax : I'm not sure if this is official yet...according to FAAN's new website, VK has added a daily flight to Lagos-Enugu (flight numbers VK020/021). Both OA
107 Post contains links FlyingTouareg : Gatwick:Wind Disrupts Virgin Nigeria Flight Operations Following damage to the nose cowl of Virgin Nigeria operating aircraft whilst parked at London
108 Post contains links and images AsoRock : Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the national carrier of Morrocco, has announced Lagos (LOS) as its newest African destination, to be served thrice weekly direc
109 FlyingTouareg : Kano will be a good market for Royal Maroc.I wonder why they did not include Kano
110 KL577 : Kano is hardly a good market for anybody, even Afriqiyah pulled out because of low loads. Unless you offer direct or semi-direct flights to JED or BE
111 Post contains links Flitemax : Schedule details for the Arik services to Maiduguri and Yola via Abuja: LOS-ABV 4:45 PM 6:00 PM W3 803 737-700 ABV-MIU 6:45 PM 8:00 PM W3 804 737-700
112 KL577 : No by road I guess we can say goodbye to IRS. Good to have some more services back to Yola. Could mean a lot for developing tourism in this remote an
113 Flitemax : True. The new flights could promote the Sukur region (quite far, by bus from either Yola or Maiduguri)). In any case, the American University of Nige
114 KL577 : The new road from Yola to Mubi should be completed by now. When I was there, 1.5 years ago, the road was a disaster and it took hours to get from Suk
115 Post contains links and images ENU : I always wonder why VK doesn't serve ENU. There is relatively much traffic and the facilities are ok; they had a good opportunity after Sosoliso was
116 Post contains links and images ENU : Med-View Airline has leased ex-ATA Lockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar from Bourtuqalieh Air (Jordan) for Hajj pilgrimage flights. Source: http://www.jetph
117 Post contains links FlyingTouareg : FG Re-opens Port Harcourt Airport ...To resume operations Dec 18 Federal Government yesterday gave order for the re-opening of the Port Harcourt Inter
118 Bambicruz : The manager of African operations at RAM stated that KANO and BANJUL will probably be added to the Network in the first half of 2008 as well. However
119 Post contains images Flitemax : Two bits of info: 1- Virgin Nigeria seems to be operating its 2 additional frequencies (for a total of 6/daily) to Port Harcourt using an ATR42-320. i
120 Post contains links ENU : Denim Air only has F50's and Dash-8's. Could it be Overland's ATR? VK increased flights to some other destinations too. Source: www.virginnigeria.com
121 Post contains links Flitemax : Very revealing! Although FAAN should certainly take some of the blame, and act to rectify deficiencies: Apron too small? Tell us something we didn't k
122 Post contains links AsoRock : DANA AIR, Nigeria's latest start-up carrier and billed to be Nigeria's first low-fare airline, appears to be targeting summer 2008 for its inaugural f
123 ENU : According to rumours VK acquired three ATR-42's, but I couldn't find any reliable confirmation. As far as I know, they are only operating one F50 tur
124 Flitemax : You have a point. Given the Nigerian environment is very expensive and leaves little room to trim off excess fat in the operational equation, I can o
125 Post contains links Impacto : Two of Arik Air's 737 grounded in two days. http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=97912 Virgin Nigeria and Arik will finally move to the new domes
126 Pbb152 : Does anyone have any recent updates on Arik Air's proposed service to IAH? Are they still actively seeking A345's to serve the route in the short term
127 Bennett123 : Arik have been very unlucky. Hopefully the damage to the B737-300 is not serious, but either they are being very cautious or ....
128 Post contains links and images KL577 : It seems Primaris Airlines from the United States are doing Hajj flights. I saw this aircraft yesterday night in Kano, preparing for a flight to Jedda
129 ENU : According to their press release: "Though the damage was not so severe, Arik Air has decided to ground the aircraft because of its adherence to high
130 Post contains links and images ENU : Kabo Air to Purchase Four More Aircraft Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200712170363.html More old B747's?
131 NA : Thanks for the post. But I doubt that all 4 "new" aircraft will be 747s as the article particularly mentions domestic operations covering all parts o
132 Flitemax : My bet is on older 737-300s
133 Africawings : When will someone take a bold step and really develop a world class airline for Nigeria? The wet and dry leasing of really used aircraft drives me cra
134 Pbb152 : It seems as if Arik Air is trying to become the World Class airline that Nigeria desperately needs and deserves. They have placed a signifigant order
135 Post contains links ENU : You're right. I was just joking. It's not that easy. The problem is not only the age and type of aircraft, but perhaps more important are the infrast
136 Femialpha : You are right about this. It's much easier for an established airline like Delta to assign already existing aircraft to a new route like LOS than it
137 AsoRock : Arik Air and Virgin Nigeria Delta's flights so far have been quite full and bookings for the months ahead look very, very healthy. This is one route w
138 Post contains images Impacto : True. Well, that wouldn't be a surprise, as they've been sitting idle at the Arik Air hangar for what seems like an eternity. Opinion wise however, t
139 Post contains links Femialpha : Looks like DL upgraded LOS to a T7 to keep up with passengers and cargo. See thread below. DL50 ATL-LOS Operating With A B772 Today! (by OOer Dec 20 2
140 Post contains links ENU : Arik, Virgin Nigeria Begin Flights to US Next Year according to Demuren... http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=98583 Air passengers cheat death
141 AlexEU : Are there any BAC 1-11 flying in Nigeria?
142 Flitemax : Not since the type was banned a few years ago. You see there was a fatal crash in Kano involving a BAC 1-11 operated by EAS Airlines. Today, many BAC
143 Post contains links ENU : First flight to PHC was operated by Arik Air (CRJ900). McTighe promised that Arik Air will operate two flights daily to the airport. I'm not sure when
144 ENU : Arik Air returned the two leased F50's to Denim Air according to CH Aviation (there were a lot of complaints about Denim's inexperienced pilots in the
145 Post contains links ENU : All from www.thetidenews.com - still no international flights to PHC for the time being.
146 Post contains links ENU : MMA2 Meets All Standards Operators of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited have described as false
147 Flitemax : IATA's unofficial criticism of MMA2 comes as no surprise. In my opinion the inauguration and commissioning phases were badly managed. No buses link it
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