Aussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1967 times:
Apparently this is the aircraft that operates the MAN-MCO flight at the moment. They will have Air Atlanta crew onboard but also 2 Virgin crew representing the company. Its certainly a market that Virgin can get into but of course will they be able to handle all the problems that other airlines have in Lagos??????
VC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3719 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1927 times:
I don't know it is the same today but I do know that BCal had problems. Due to restrictions on how much currency you can take out of the country, people were booking tickets from Lagos - LGW - JFK - LGW - Lagos. However when they got to LGW they would cash in the JFK sector(s) thus getting more money out, but leaving BCal to pick up the tab. Before BCal went down it had over £12 million stuck in Nigeria that it couldn't get out.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
In 1988, the Nigerian government impounded an Air India aircraft (Airbus A310 VT-EJJ) for almost 6 months stating that it was forfeit as part of a drug smuggling operation. Evidently a passenger on the BOM-NBO-LOS flight had been arrested for transporting narcotics.
Additionally, they arrested and sentenced to death 3 Air India employees as accessories to the transaction. These were the Inflight Supervisor (Ashim Chakravarty - a family friend of ours), the Purser who had served the zone that the passenger was seated (N. Kalidasan) and the NBO based flight dispatcher who flew the weekly NBO-LOS-NBO leg with the aircraft (cant remember his name).
After lengthy negotiations at the highest level, the Indian government succeeded in obtaining their release as well as that of the aircraft. However, many airlines (including AI) pulled out of LOS as a result of this incident.