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Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 11  
User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 10082 times:

A thread for all issues related to aviation in Nigeria. Part 10 can no longer be accessed so here is Part 11.

The archives contain Parts 1 - 10.


Airlines currently active in Nigeria:

Aero Contractors - http://www.flyaero.com
Afrijet Airlines - http://www.flyafrijet.com
Allied Airlines - http://www.alliedaircargo.com
Arik Air - http://www.arikair.com
Associated Airlines - http://www.flyassociated.com
Bellview Airlines - http://www.flybellviewair.com
Capital Airlines - http://www.capitalairnigeria.com
Chanchangi Airlines - http://www.chanchangi.com
Dana Air - http://www.flydanaair.com
IRS Airlines - http://www.flyirsairlines.com
Kabo Air - http://www.kaboair.com
Overland Airways - http://www.overland.aero
Virgin Nigeria - http://www.virginnigeria.com

Announced airlines:

Air Midwest - http://www.airmidwestng.com
Red 1 Xpress - http://www.red1x.com


I heard from the grapevine that Afrijet was unable to secure the necessary licenses to resume operations in Nigeria and is in the process of selling it's two MD-83s. Can someone confirm this.

Regards Ken.


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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2135 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9857 times:

What is going on with Virgin Nigeria? Are they holding on to the name?

User currently offlineFlitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9717 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.


User currently offlineCRJ900X From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8200 times:

Any idea when the Q400's will join the fleet of Arik Air?

Also, according to the Arik Air page from Wikipedia, they ordered another 3 CRJ900's. If this order is correct, any idea of the delivery schedule for these planes?


User currently offlineBahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1757 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7980 times:

I saw two Arik Air 737s (700s?) sitting on the north side of Boeing paint hangars in KBFI yesterday.. Are they not being delivered?


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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8488 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7976 times:
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Quoting Flitemax (Reply 2):
They've hired a reputable international company (forgot the name but it's the same firm that rebranded Thai, Mexicana, TUI, etc.).

that is really unfortunate , before the recent rebrandings both TG and MX used to have really classy liveries and images , now they both look cheap and nasty .



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User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7691 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'. scratchchin 

Quote:

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.


http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=150523

Speaking of Enugu airport, does anybody know if this airport is renovated by now and if, in theory, it can handle international flights?

And what's the latest on Akwa Ibom and Asaba aiports?


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7620 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?

Not yet.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 6):
Akwa Ibom

Dead for now.

Quoting KL577 (Reply 6):
Asaba aiport

Asphalt has been laid on 3.5km runway. Terminal almost ready. Flight tests in September and grand opening scheduled for December 2009.



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7146 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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User currently offlineVincewy From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7146 times:

Any update(s) on Arik Air's new long haul destinations? IAH and GRU come into mind, Nigeria needs connections with those cities badly, it's long overdue.

User currently offlineSsublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6846 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.

User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2135 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6692 times:



Quoting Vincewy (Reply 9):
Any update(s) on Arik Air's new long haul destinations? IAH and GRU come into mind, Nigeria needs connections with those cities badly, it's long overdue.

Why would Arik put GRU near the top of destinations? It is completely unserved and and unknown, and couldn't feed anything via LOS. Certainly more stations in the US make more sense than GRU.


User currently offlineFlitemax From Spain, joined Aug 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6024 times:

Bellview has ceased operations, at least on the long haul routes.

its two 767s were quitely repossessed in early Aug, although there are rumors that Bellview will take an ex-GF 767-300ER soon (don't hold your breath).

Is it Adieu Bellview? 16 years of operations and now this...


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