Flitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8185 times:
Quoting AF022 (Reply 1): What is going on with Virgin Nigeria? Are they holding on to the name?
They're rebranding. They've hired a reputable international company (forgot the name but it's the same firm that rebranded Thai, Mexicana, TUI, etc.). I guess we should hear something during August or early September. The CEO said it would be a gradual exercise.
Apart frmo this they took delivery of a second ERJ-190 (5N-VNI) and it's already deployed, boosting frequencies to destinations like Abuja, Accra, Port Harcourt, Kano, etc. They hope to take a third ERJ before 2010.
KL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 750 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6159 times:
Well, with the mayhem in northern Nigeria and some of my friends in the middle of it, I started following the Nigerian papers again:
Came across this really minor incident, in which 28 passengers 'escaped death'.
Twenty-eight passengers of an Embraer 120 aircraft, with registration number 5N BLN owned by Capital Airlines escaped death
when the pilot started the engine, “the ground staff immediately signalled to the pilot to shut down the engines when they noticed unusual amount of smoke from the exhaust of the right engine”.
The passengers disembarked from the aircraft and their fares were refunded.
Alibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 772 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6088 times:
Quoting KL577 (Reply 6): Came across this really minor incident, in which 28 passengers 'escaped death'
Shows how ignorant reporters for Nigeria's tabloid newspapers are. They blow minor aviation incidents totally out of proportion. Even an engine back fire will be reported as a death escaping incident. I guess they will grow out of it in time. According to a friend of mine in the aviation industry, over 75% of Nigerian aviation reporters have never been on a plane.
Quoting KL577 (Reply 6): Speaking of Enugu airport, does anybody know if this airport is renovated by now and if, in theory, it can handle international flights?
Alibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 772 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5614 times:
The odds are now in favor of Virgin Nigeria being re branded as Nigerian Eagle Airlines. Now for the difficult part - paying off the huge debt it accumulated while acting as SRB's pocket change account, raising fresh working capital and generating cash flow from current and future routes. The odds do not favor Virgin Nigeria's survival but miracles do happen and Goldilocks isn't dead yet. It's new E190s are critical here. Ken.
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Ssublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 503 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5314 times:
Also, any updates on the Category 1 designation sought by Nigeria? Last I heard, the minister or some other high ranking aviation official was claiming the approval was imminent. That's been a while though.