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Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 13  
User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 23394 times:

Welcome the 13th thread for all issues relating to aviation in Nigeria !

The archives contain Parts 1 - 12.


Airlines currently active in Nigeria:

Aero Contractors - http://www.flyaero.com
Air Midwest - http://www.airmidwestng.com (Nearing launch)
Allied Airlines - http://www.alliedaircargo.com
Arik Air - http://www.arikair.com (Largest commercial airline in Nigeria)
Associated Airlines - http://www.flyassociated.com
Bellview Airlines - http://www.flybellviewair.com - (Relaunch on 18 December 2009)
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 (Plans relaunch of domestic flights shortly).
Nigerian Eagle Airlines - http://www.virginnigeria.com - Still using VK URL
Overland Airways - http://www.overland.aero


Announced airlines:


Red 1 Xpress - http://www.red1x.com - (Plans appear on hold now)

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User currently onlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 23374 times:

http://airflightdisaster.com/?p=7339


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George Hatcher's Air Flight Disaster site reported that a Bristow Helicopter Nigeria Sikorsky Helicopter ditched into the sea near Agbami offshore oil field in Nigeria. All 18 passengers and two crew survived and were rescued.



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User currently offlineMandingoBoy From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 23346 times:

Happy to learn that everybody survived. What could be the possible cause of the crash?

User currently offlineSsublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 23273 times:



Quote:

a single aircraft operation (1 ERJ-145) could jeopardize flight punctuality in case of maintenance, incidents, delays, etc).

From previous thread, I was under the impression there was a minimum number of aircrafts the NCAA would permit in order to begin commercial air services?

Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
Bellview Airlines - http://www.flybellviewair.com - (Relaunch on 18 December 2009)

Hopefully Belleview is looking to provide better service to it's customers. Lately it's been rather dissapointing.


User currently onlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 23258 times:

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...tr_42mp-to-nigerian-air-force.html

Nigeria Air Force is planning it's first ever Air Show in April 2010. Also it took delivery of it's first Maritime Air Patrol/Search and Rescue aircraft. An ATR-42MP.

For those living abroad and would like to attend, please let me know by instant msg. I have a friend who runs a travel agency. I will ask him to work on developing a reasonably price package including local airfares and hotel accommodation. My guess is that the airshow will either take place in Lagos or Makurdi.



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User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 23201 times:

Hmm...If it will be held in Abuja, and the price is right, I might attend  Smile

The ATRMP is a good idea. Hopefully a/c wreckages will be found instantly in the future, and help to those who need it also delivered instantly! I wonder if this a/c will also do reconaissance missions?

Can anyone list here the official and active fleet of the Nigerian Air Force?



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User currently onlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 23134 times:



Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 5):
Can anyone list here the official and active fleet of the Nigerian Air Force?

The only reason why there is so much secrecy about the Nigeria Air Force is that 90% of their aircraft are out of commission due to lack of maintenance and the embezzlement of funds needed to maintain the aircraft. Of course most of these travesties happened during the Babangida/Abacha regimes. Both these dictators were so paranoid about airborne lead coups against them that they let the Air Force deteriorate to the point where it could not constitute a threat.

Now that the Nigerian Democracy is 12 years old and the threat from the military is receding, National pride is now rising. The Air Force is an asset to channel that pride. At some point a Civilian Minister of Defense and Air Force top brass are going to be tired of attending other countries air shows and say to themselves it is high time I did one at home. Lol.

There is a direct analogy between the State owned Nigeria Airways and the Nigeria Air force of the 80's and 90's. They died at the same time. Obasanjo's contract to Alenia for the refurbishment of Nigeria Air Force G-222s in 2004 was the first step in the awakening of the Nigeria Air Force. The second was triggered by the ongoing training of 4 Nigerian infantry and mechanized battalions for peace keeping duties. This glaringly revealed Nigeria's total inability to transport it's troops and provide aerial support.



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User currently offlineBeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 22976 times:



Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):

Air Midwest - http://www.airmidwestng.com (Nearing launch)

Any news on their launch


User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 22916 times:

There is a new blog exclusively devoted to discussions on Arik Air!

http://www.arikmetics.wordpress.com


User currently offlineSsublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 22837 times:

Read on a blog somewhere Arik plans the following routes (not in any particular order): Togo, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Egypt. Any truth to this? How likely? Personally I think Angola and Equatorial Guinea would be a good additions to their route map, perhaps Egypt, but not so sure about Lome though?

User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 22783 times:



Quoting Ssublyme (Reply 9):
I think Angola and Equatorial Guinea would be a good additions to their route map, perhaps Egypt, but not so sure about Lome though?

Lome could work provided they assign the right capacity (CRJ-900) and offer onward connections to Johannesburg, London and new Central African destinations. I suspect Ethiopian Airlines might be the only operator on the LOS-LFW route ?

Instead of Cairo, I would think Beirut would be a more promising destinations. Middle East Airlines (MEA) had suspended flights to many destinations in West Africa in the 1990s like Montrovia, Freetown and Dakar, leaving the Lebanese communities there no choice but to fly via Paris with Air France. If Arik can provide flight connections from West African to Beirut, at affordable cost (note MEA has been monopolizing the Lebanese community in West Africa for a long time!) it would work really well !

I think the 737-800 can operate the Lagos-Beirut route.


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 22771 times:

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 10):
Instead of Cairo, I would think Beirut would be a more promising destinations. Middle East Airlines (MEA) had suspended flights to many destinations in West Africa in the 1990s like Montrovia, Freetown and Dakar, leaving the Lebanese communities there no choice but to fly via Paris with Air France. If Arik can provide flight connections from West African to Beirut, at affordable cost (note MEA has been monopolizing the Lebanese community in West Africa for a long time!) it would work really well !

I think the 737-800 can operate the Lagos-Beirut route

I second that. I also think this route could become even more profitable with a stop in Abuja (2 weekly) and another 2 weeklies routing via Kano, which still hosts a significant Lebanese community albeit much smaller than during the 70-90s. Most Lebanese I know in Nigeria now live in or around Abuja, so I think an Abuja-Beirut flight would be a hit...

I agree 100% that the success of the flights would depend on onward connection possibilities ON THE SAME DAY to at least 5 other African cities. Not sure how the transfer connections can work in Lagos though, given Arik does not operate a decent lounge yet.

PS. Biggest competitors on the route would be: ME, TK, and to a certain degree AF should is the darling of the Lebanese.

[Edited 2009-12-18 02:01:18]


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 22671 times:

Abuja is a destination that MEA has been looking at serving. They've also looked at resuming Dakar.

Here are MEA's present West Africa services, all operated on A330-200s:

Mon: BEY-LOS-ABJ-LOS-BEY
Tue: BEY-KAN-ACC-ABJ-ACC-KAN-BEY
Thu: BEY-LOS-ACC-ABJ-LOS-BEY
Sat: BEY-LOS-ABJ-ACC-LOS-BEY



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User currently onlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 22458 times:

Asky announces it's routes including Lome - Lagos - Kinshasa. Lome - Asaba - Kinshasa or Lome - Enugu - Kinshasa may be more successful. Linking Nigerian traders in Lome with Onitsha and Nnewi where many of them are from and where some source their goods. If priced right, the main loser would be ABC Transport Limited which operates luxury coaches from Onitsha through Lagos to Cotonou, Lome and Accra. A 10 hour journey. Congolese merchants would have access to the largest market in Africa - Onitsha. Rumor has it than you can find spare parts for An 12s at Onitsha main market. rotfl  rotfl 

There is more air traffic between Lagos and Cotonou than Lome because of the cultural ties between Benin Republic and Nigeria - the Yoruba ethnic group straddles both countries.



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User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 22439 times:



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 13):
Asky announces it's routes including Lome - Lagos - Kinshasa. Lome - Asaba - Kinshasa or Lome - Enugu - Kinshasa may be more successful

Last I checked there were no flights between Lagos and Kinshasa, unless there's a weekly Hewa Bora flight or another DRC airline. I would imagine a thrice weekly between LOS and FIH would only benefit both cities which are the commercial hubs of their respective countries.

This is good for intra-african connectivity. Perhaps Arik can jump to serve the routes you mentioned? Is the Yamousoukro Agreement implemented by DRC ? It appears to be in force in West Africa these days.


User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 22382 times:

Nigerian Eagle is apparently attempting to raise fresh capital in the tune of USD 200+ million, either through a private placement or equity funding which might involve a Middle Eastern investor taking over 51% of the company.


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I'm somewhat skeptical of any chance to raise USD 200 million in the current business climate and considering their huge debt portfolio.

However, I'm sure with significant capital, fresh faces and a reinvigorated fleet of E-170s and E-190s, NEA stands a good chance to survive and even flourish on the middle/long run

Source:

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...ks-funds-after-virgin-rebrand.html


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 22366 times:

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 15):
I'm somewhat skeptical of any chance to raise USD 200 million in the current business climate and considering their huge debt portfolio.

Well, I disagree. Middle Eastern corporations are always looking for African investment opportunities especially in light of the global financial crisis which is coming to an end anyway. That's because Africa offers a REAL growth promise. Middle class populations in Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, etc. are bound to increase and these people need to fly around. Let's be optimistic. Besides, Kuwaiti, UAE and even some Saudi pvt. equity firms have been searching for the African "promised land" for well over a decade now. Etisalat in Nigeria is UAE-owned. MTC was Kuwaiti backed. It would only make sense for an airline like EK or QR to come and identify Nigeria as a high-growth market and recognize NEA as a viable investment in the long run. NEA would feed their flights well.

PS. A prominent Nigerian economist, Bismark Rewane, expects an economic recovery in Nigeria by Q2 2010.

[Edited 2009-12-22 07:34:21]

[Edited 2009-12-22 07:50:55]


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User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 22209 times:

According to Lateef Lawal, aviation correspondent on Nigeria MastersWeb:

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Makurdi airport, Benue State, is to be re-opened to civilian traffic early next year. The article says that NAF had restricted civilian traffic to the ops of Nigeria Airways, which suspended the route in '89.
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I was under the impression that Association Aviation flies 5 weekly flights to MDI from Abuja in EMB-120. At least their timetable suggests so...

Can anyone confirm MDI is either closed or open to civil traffic?

I see Arik Air plying this route very soon, and wouldn't be surprised if they are behind lobbying activities to have it re-opened.



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User currently onlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 22189 times:



Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 17):
Makurdi airport, Benue State, is to be re-opened to civilian traffic early next year. The article says that NAF had restricted civilian traffic to the ops of Nigeria Airways, which suspended the route in '89.
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I was under the impression that Association Aviation flies 5 weekly flights to MDI from Abuja in EMB-120. At least their timetable suggests so...


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Makurdi Airport is open to Civilian aircraft. In August I flew to Benin City on an Associated EMB-120 that was heading to Makurdi. Half the passengers stopped at Benin City while the rest were headed to Makurdi. By the way the flight was full. I had to fly associated as Arik and Aero flights to Benin City were full on that day. I took the cockpit photo as the crew prepared for the Makurdi leg.



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User currently offlineSsublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 22173 times:



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 18):
By the way the flight was full. I had to fly associated as Arik and Aero flights to Benin City were full on that day.

Makes me wonder why VK pulled out of Benin? Looks like the traffic is there.

On a side note, "Virgin Nigeria" is wishing everyone seasons greetings and a happy new year. Whoever is maintaining their website obviously didn't get the memo.


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 22156 times:



Quoting Ssublyme (Reply 19):

On a side note, "Virgin Nigeria" is wishing everyone seasons greetings and a happy new year. Whoever is maintaining their website obviously didn't get the memo.

LOL - It's quite probable that they haven't paid Interbrand the last installment, so can't legally use the NEA identity on their website. However the livery is applied to 4 aircraft so not sure what is holding them up...In any case it appears unprofessional and contrary to Dapo's own TV interview revelation that the website would be updated "within 2 weeks". The interview took place 3 months ago.



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User currently offlineI380North From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 22142 times:

In the interview, the NEA CEO said....

{ Ideally Olumide is looking to convert the order to a lease arrangement, and if unsuccessful may tap rock-bottom prices to grow its Boeing 737-300 fleet. Nigerian Eagle is looking to operate a fleet of around 20 aircraft by 2011, he says, adding: "If the talks with Embraer fall apart, we will go with 20 geriatric 737-300s." }

Wow, some GERIATRIC 733 birds?? If all you think of is old stuff, no wonder he couldn't update the website. Could someone tell Mr. Olumide that the website is NEA front face to the world just in case he forgot. For a fraction of the amount of money spent flying around cutting deals with the likes of DL, ET, KQ, I could have updated the site over a weekend for him.

Talk of rebranding and unfinished business.....when will the VK code be replaced??

BTW, shouldn't NEA merge with AeroContractors? Such an LCC will give W3 a run for their money.

This news on Arik : http://www.arikair.com/arikair/racin...Chief-Executive&id_sessionlangue=2

Isn't Arik get top heavy management as in " too many chiefs and no indians"? (no pun intended)


User currently offlineSsublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 21919 times:

I'm sure everyone has heard the story of the Nigerian who (originated from LOS) attempted to blow up a DL flight from AMS - DTW.

How do you see changes if any to the LOS - JFK, ATL - LOS & JFK - DKR - LOS routes?

Personally I wouldn't expect any specific changes to these flights. Any changes would be across the board, all airlines flying to US. DHS did thoroughly audit security at LOS before granting W3 access on the LOS - JFK route so I'm assuming they didn't see anything or reason to be concerned with security at LOS.


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7194 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 21904 times:

My concern about LOS was a statement by the Nigerian Information Minister.

She seemed to be saying that he entered Nigeria illegally, and then left (illegally?) later the same day. In that case they let him slip twice.

It also seems that his father specifically warned Nigerian Intelligence as well as the US Embassy in Abuja.


User currently offlineSsublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 21546 times:

Arik Air achieves 4M passengers carried, this after achieving 3.5M 2 months ago.

75,687 passengers carried during the period December 21, 2009 and January 3, 2010, 42% increase over same period last year.

Arik expects to gain 66% market share by end of 2010 and carry 6M passengers.

Heard rumors of plans to start IAH and possibly CDG this year. IAH, obviously makes sense to most people, CDG could also be a good second European destination considering the number of French speaking west African countries already in it's network.


25 AF022 : Local traffic is very little I think. I flew LOS-CDG once on AF and I was the only passenger at the baggage carousel in CDG picking up luggage!
26 Post contains links EurostarVA : Akwa Ibom had earlier backtracked on subsidizing Arik's flights to Uyo, explaining the sudden suspension of the route. However the State Govt. appears
27 BRJ : Can anyone familiar with MMIA explain how the gate numbering was laid out when built? There are only 2 concourses but they are designated as D and E.
28 Ssublyme : The blueprint matched that of AMS when built. There has been no expansion since being built in the 70's. Perhaps the current day AMS might give some c
29 EurostarVA : Has IRS Airlines ceased operations for good? Air Midwest took deilvery of a 737-500 back in Nov. (5N-PVA) - will they start operating soon and why the
30 MandingoBoy : The banking crisis has really put a damper on the airline industry in Nigeria at the moment.
31 AF022 : How is ARIK doing with their operations out of Niamey? I haven't heard anything about this anywhere.
32 Post contains links AsoRock : Arik Air published the first edition of its inflight magazine, Wings. Very impressive indeed! It's fully available for online viewing/download here: h
33 Alibo5NGN : Asaba Airport is now scheduled to open in April or May 2010. Runway is completed. Work is progressing on the Terminal, ATC and ILS systems.
34 Post contains links Ssublyme : Dana Air launches daily flights from Lagos & Abuja to Uyo. This will be their 6th destination. Could this be as a result of Arik pulling out? Not yet
35 EurostarVA : I believe this is the result of Dana Air "outbidding" Arik Air in its subsidy requirements. The load factors are still very low, according to reports
36 Airlittoralguy : Is IRS airlines still around ?
37 Alibo5NGN : Yes but in a semi active state. Saw one of their aircraft takeoff from LOS on a flight to Abuja on the 9th of January 2010.
38 EurostarVA : Skyliner website is speculating that NEA's ERJ-170 slated for delivery last month is officially NTU. Embraer 170 AR 170.00278 PT-TQE Embraer ferried 1
39 AF022 : What is NTU?
40 AsoRock : Not taken up (going to another airline or stored)
41 Viasa : The plane is now in Bahrain (BAH) in full Gulf Air colors.
42 777way : Jade Cargo have dropped Lagos according to their new schedules.
43 Alibo5NGN : According to Aviation In Nigeria blog, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has revoked the AOCs of Bellview Airlines, Afrijet Airlines and Cap
44 Post contains links ENU : Sad to see them go. Interestingly, Bellview Airlines is still recruiting: http://ngcareers.com/tag/bellview-airline/ as "it has embarked on a major f
45 Alibo5NGN : Improvement of aviation infrastructure is pushed by the presence of healthy and profitable locally based airlines. The presence of these airlines boo
46 777way : Saudia Cargo have dropped Lagos.
47 AsoRock : I'm too skeptical about government expenditure being transparent that I think this is a waste of public funds. I think it's better for the government
48 Alibo5NGN : Long term and cheap capital (Share offerings, direct foreign investments, long term bonds and private placements) are very difficult to come by for m
49 ENU : Just read that Arik Air owes more than 10 Billion Naira to the NCAA, NAMA, NIMET, FAAN, SAHCOL and fuel suppliers. Are these organisations charging t
50 AF022 : Can anyone confirm this? They haven't been in this market very long have they?
51 Alibo5NGN : Amentum Capital, a Dublin based Irish full service lessor has announced that it has leased a relatively new A330-200 (MSN 1002) to Arik Air. This airc
52 ssublyme : Hope this comes in time for the world cup.
53 AF022 : Is this adding yet another aircraft type to Arik's fleet? What is their fleet composition like now?
54 Alibo5NGN : In addition to Boeing 737s, CRJ 900s and Dash 8-400Qs, Arik Air has two A345s in it's fleet. As you are aware, A340s and A330s share a lot in common.
55 ssublyme : Enugu airport will be closing for 1yr to allow for runway maintenance. Hopefully this doesn't end up like the previous closure of PHC for maintenance.
56 ENU : I think it's new as Air Comet never took delivery of the aircraft and it has been stored since. Aero also increased frequencies and opened Abuja-Ower
57 AsoRock : 2 rumors about Virgin Nigeria (NEA): 1- The 2 ERJs will be leased out to KQ very soon. 2- 737-300s 5N-VNF/VNG have just be repossessed by GECAS. Can a
58 Post contains links and images Asiaflyer : A bit out of topic, but Airbus 1000th A330/340 was delivered to TG in July 2009. MSN 1035 IIRC. http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre...7_30_1000th_a3
59 Bennett123 : I have just been looking at port Harcourt Airport on Google and noticed the following; At the North end of the Runway, there is an object in the grass
60 Bennett123 : I have now taken a closer look. The aircraft at the South End of the Runway has no right wing and could be BAC 111 5N-AOT of Okada, see below
61 Post contains links and images ssublyme : Arik Air A330-200. They will be replacing the B738 with this plane on the LOS-JNB route upon delivery.
62 BRJ : Has this been confirmed? Is NEA flying any routes?
63 ssublyme : Arik took delivery of their 4th 738 on feb 20th. This aircraft is to be used for increasing some routes and to open up new regional routes. Any though
64 Alibo5NGN : Nigeria Air Force day will now take place from May 11 to 14, 2010 at Kaduna in North Central Nigeria. Kaduna is about 3 to 4 hours drive from Abuja. T
65 AsoRock : What would those be?
66 Alibo5NGN : Chengdu F7 Fighters (21st Century MiG 21s), two ATR-42s for martime patrol, Mi 24 Helicopters, Augusta 109 Helicopters, Trainers aircraft, refurbished
67 BRJ : Are Bellview and Nigerian Eagle still running scheduled flights to Accra or have these been suspended?
68 ssublyme : Nigerian Eagle still operates flights to Accra, however they have drastically cut down their domestic service. They are now down to four domestic dest
69 femialpha : Have the F-7's been delivered and where are they based? I recall watching an airshow in 1983/84 at the Ilorin airport. Mostly boring maneuvers by C13
70 Post contains links KL577 : I read in the Dutch press todat that Denim Air was declared bankrupt. One of the reasons for the bankruptcy was that Arik Air failed to pay some of th
71 Alibo5NGN : Is that not a small amount to go bankrupt on?
72 KL577 : Yes I would think so, certainly in aviation business. The article states that next to problems with payments from Nigeria, Denim Air lost their contr
73 ssublyme : Afrijet has had it's AOC revoked by NCAA. The reason cited was inability to fly for over 90 days. Is Afrijet the only airline guilty of this?
74 Alibo5NGN : Of all the Nigerian airlines in crisis, Afrijet is the only one with no aircraft. Bellview has a wholly owned B732 in temporary storage which is air
75 Alibo5NGN : Any news on United's plans to fly IAD - LOS?
76 Alibo5NGN : According to "Aviation in Nigeria" blog, Bellview Airlines' recently acquired Boeing B763ER has been repossessed by Lessor - Automatic Leasing and fer
77 Alibo5NGN : Some news reported by Aviation in Nigeria Blog: Nigeria Air Force has taken delivery of it's second maritime patrol aircraft from Alenia Aeronautica.
78 ssublyme : Nigerian Aviation continues to grow. Reports are out that 12.5M passengers across all airports, with last quarters figures being 3,576,656 as against
79 Alibo5NGN : Aviation in Nigeria blog and The Tribune Newspaper are reporting that a man broke through the gate at the Air Force base in Margret Ekpo International
80 Alibo5NGN : The man who broke through two gates and drove his rickety Audi 3 under an Arik Air Boeing 737 (5N-BJJ - City of Benin) has claimed that he is Jesus Ch
81 Post contains links ssublyme : Issue 2 (Mar - May) of Arik's Wings Magazine is now available at http://www.arikwings.com/ Sneak preview of Issue 3 also available on the website.
82 ssublyme : Looks like Arik will be placing the A330-200 on the LOS-JNB route starting 5/1/2010, in time for the world cup.
83 Alibo5NGN : Mrs Fidelia Njeze, previously Minister of Agriculture and Defense has been appointed as the new Minister of Aviation. She more of a technocrat than a
84 ssublyme : Arik Air has added the option to purchase tickets in 3 new currencies on their website, namely South African Rand, Lesotho Loti & Namibian Dollar.
85 Post contains links AF022 : Nigerian Eagle Airline to Sell Stock, Reorganize Debt (Update1) http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...tock-reorganize-debt-update1-.html How is Niger
86 Alibo5NGN : Current fleet size of active Nigerian Scheduled Airlines. Source: Aviation in Nigeria Blog. Arik Air 21 (two - 5N-MJC and 5N-MJJ are in Southend under
87 ETinCaribe : How is Arik Air doing financially? And how is their reputation in the country? Are the considered the preferred carrier by most, among all (foreign a
88 AF022 : Despite all the wonderful press, it sounds like things have been rocky lately. Arik Niger didn't work, I heard, and they pulled out of ACC-BJL. Any o
89 Alibo5NGN : Arik Air is the largest and best equipped Airline in West and Central Africa. Like most airlines worldwide it is feeling the impact of the Global rec
90 Post contains links Alibo5NGN : Another blow to Aviation in Nigeria. http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=171962 According to Thisday Newspaper, Captain Dapo Olumide, the CEO of
91 kiwiandrew : I noticed this in the news a few minutes ago , I was under the impression that he was more or less that last person left at VK in whom anyone had any
92 Post contains images ssublyme : His resignation seems to have preempted his dismissal. From a couple of articles on the subject it seems he would not have been left in place had he w
93 ETinCaribe : Did Mr Ibrahim have to assume some $250 mill in debt to take control of NEA? Seems to be a huge amount; perhaps tens of millions of Dollars of additi
94 MandingoBoy : Virgin Nigeria appoints new chief executive Ethiopian Aviation expert, Mr. Kinfa Fekado has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Nigeria,
95 kiwiandrew : Hmmmm , perhaps ET are planning to get VK and Asky working together in West Africa ? I suppose this depends on whether Mr Fekado took this position o
96 MandingoBoy : The transition has been pretty smooth and the hiring of Mr. Fekado so quickly suggests the possibility of a codeshare or merger sometime down the road
97 AF022 : I saw from another source that he was already at VK.
98 Alibo5NGN : Wrong info. Current COO of NEA - Mr Kinfe Kahssaye was appointed to replace Capt Dapo Olumide as CEO. According to Aviation in Nigeria blog, Aero has
99 AF022 : Why was it pulled? Where did it go?
100 ETinCaribe : Not sure how much stomach ET has to make this work, but putting in the needed resources and dancing around political and other hurdles. if this is no
101 kiwiandrew : It depends what you mean by "A* miles" - as most members have their own programmes so there is not really such a thing as "A* miles" To give a compar
102 ssublyme : VK already has their loyalty program called "Eagle Flyer". I doubt changing it to Sheba Miles or dropping Eagle Flyer for Sheba Miles would fly, no pu
103 EurostarVA : There has been reports that Jimoh Ibrahim has cancelled the technical agreement with ET and instead directed all maintenance work to go back to Luftha
104 Alibo5NGN : Yes. Thisday and Vanguard Newspapers reported this on Monday. Jimoh Ibrahim's first act in taking over NEA was to direct that all tech and maintenanc
105 EurostarVA : There has been reports that Jimoh Ibrahim has cancelled the technical agreement with ET and instead directed all This goes against Dapo's philosophy o
106 ssublyme : Aviation in Nigeria blog is reporting Jimoh Ibrahim will be unveiling the new name of NEA next week.
107 ETinCaribe : Indeed, this is all very hypothetical, pie in the sky typa thinking... Anyway, the scenario you have outlined is interesting, are there any reciproca
108 Post contains links kiwiandrew : Supposedly it will take 'less than two years' to turn around VK ... or it will take 'one year' ... depending on whether you go by the headline or the
109 Alibo5NGN : The first Nigerian Air Force Airshow and Expo in 26 years begins today at Kaduna Airport in North Central Nigeria. Anyone attending? It will run from
110 ssublyme : VK - Two weeks and unless I missed it, Nigerian Eagle's new name has not been made known. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come with VK (unkep
111 I380North : Being wondering that myself. Is the credit crunch taking a toll? Had a friend with glowing praise for W3 service. Said much better inflight service c
112 Alibo5NGN : Aviation in Nigeria blog is reporting that Arik Air will introduce it's new A330-200 on the LOS - JNB route starting June 1, 2010. The A345 used in t
113 Post contains links BRJ : Does anyone know if this site is actually maintained? http://www.faannigeria.org/index.php If you click on the airport links and get flight status, it
114 ssublyme : It is updated, but not frequently or comprehensively. For instance the ACI brochure was recently added, but as you mentioned, flight times/destination
115 EurostarVA : I wonder how long will it take Nigerian civil aviation to recover from the calamity of 2009. Not a single airline in the country has added any aircraf
116 Post contains links ssublyme : Overall Nigerian aviation experienced double digit increases in 2009 passengers over 2008, 15%. The airports witnessing negative or zero growth were a
117 ETinCaribe : Is it owned or leased by NEA? Is a name/brand change from NEA to something else something the new owner is seriously considering?
118 Post contains links EurostarVA : Central Bank of Nigeria to offer $3 bn in relief credit to airlines? This sounds too good to be true but alas, a new administration in Nigeria serious
119 Post contains links Bennett123 : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/10198207.stm BBC seem to have the same/similar story.
120 Post contains links ssublyme : Nigerian Eagle rebrands as Air Nigeria: http://www.flightglobal.com/airspace...555.5N_2D00_VND.jpg_2D00_760x0.jpg
121 Alibo5NGN : According to Aviation in Nigeria blog, it will continue to use NEA livery and logos. Other Nigerian aviation news provided by Aviation in Nigeria blo
122 ssublyme : Any idea what prompted this move? Were they getting better than expected loads or perhaps the opposite in the 752 wasn't drawing passengers? What impa
123 MandingoBoy : The 752 was quite unpopular. i'll be surprised if the loads on that route pick up as the connections from JFK are quite limited.
124 Post contains links na : Another photo of the renamed airline´s 737: http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=6509 I thought Nigerian Eagle was a coo
125 Post contains images ETinCaribe : IMHO, NEA was a better name...
126 viasa : Let's wait until they change the name to Nigeria Airlines...
127 Alibo5NGN : Aviation in Nigeria blog provided this short update today: The CEO of Air Nigeria, Kinfe Kahssaye, announced that the carrier is in the process of lea
128 AF022 : LOS-LHR with B738? In summer? The buzz of ARIK seems positive but the facts don't seem to be as strong.
129 ETinCaribe : but can get away with it due to lack of viable local competitors...
130 ssublyme : When does Arik start receiving their own widebodies? I would think there would be delays/issues in receiving those as well. Is this a fleet planning i
131 AF022 : Yes, local competitors, but surely BA and VS are primed to take advantage of the situation. Even on other interational routes, I think ARIK faces com
132 ssublyme : Nigerian Federal Government threatens to withdraw Emirates' operating licence in protest to UAE's seeming unwillingness to extradite former govenor Ja
133 Alibo5NGN : According to Aviation in Nigeria blog and leading Nigerian papers, the Federal Government has canceled the $420 million second runway project at Nnamd
134 Bennett123 : Why is Nigeria so keen to send him here.
135 Alibo5NGN : Post from Aviation in Nigeria blog: Air Nigeria announced that it will resume flights to Benin City and Owerri in July 2010. Arik Air has finally take
136 Post contains links ssublyme : Ariks new A330 will seat 283 passengers (24 business & 259 Economy). Nice they fitted it with a large number of seats. I expect once they receive
137 eurostarva : Good news from Air Nigeria but heard that staff have not been paid their May salaries and that JI is insisting that the company existing funds cover s
138 I380North : Sounds like the 332 is higher density than the 345. I hope the interior got a face lift than the original Air comet ship? Hey Ken, you got some pictu
139 Alibo5NGN : Continental Airlines (United?) to launch Houston to Lagos in November 2011 with a B787. Quoting Aviation in Nigeria Blog: "Continental Airlines announ
140 Post contains links ssublyme : Arik Air is seeking the assistance from the Ghanian govt in reviving Ghana Airways. Is this another Arik Niger type of venture or perhaps they are pro
141 ivo : Arik Air's A330
142 Post contains links and images ivo : Sorry, link din't work View Large View MediumPhoto © A J Best
143 Alibo5NGN : According to Aviation in Nigeria blog, Air Nigeria will be resuming the lucrative Lagos - Benin service starting on July 1, 2010. They plan to fly onc
144 Post contains links Alibo5NGN : http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/hajj-carriers-2010/ According to Aviation In Nigeria blog, the following airlines have been selected
145 Post contains links ssublyme : Arumemi-Johnson has stated Arik Air has concluded plans to establish a $500m Aviation Training Academy in Edo state. $150 will be used for buildings,
146 Alibo5NGN : I find this hard to believe. Mr Arumeni-Johnson is from Delta State and hails from the Ukwani (lowland) Igbo ethnic group. He made his fortune throug
147 Post contains links ssublyme : Arik Air has obtained AOC to fly NG - US on it's own metal pending Nigeria attaining Cat 1. http://www.businessdayonline.com/ind...-us-&catid=1:la
148 AF022 : Amadeus is showing BZV-COO service on VK. Is this new?
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