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Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17  
User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15413 times:

Welcome the 17th thread for all issues relating to aviation in Nigeria !

The archives contain Parts 1 - 16.


Airlines currently active in Nigeria:

Aero Contractors - http://www.flyaero.com
Air Nigeria - http://http://www.myairnigeria.com/en/ng/index.aspx (Suspended all domestic & regional operations)
Allied Air Cargo - http://www.alliedaircargo.com
Arik Air - http://www.arikair.com (Largest commercial airline in Nigeria)
Associated Airlines - http://www.flyassociated.com
Chanchangi Airlines - http://www.chanchangi.com (Suspended all operations)
Dana Air - http://www.flydanaair.com (Suspended all operations)
First Nation Airways - http://www.flyfirstnation.com (Now active)
IRS Airlines - http://www.flyirsairlines.com
Kabo Air - http://www.kaboair.com
Overland Airways - http://www.overland.aero
Prime Air Services - http://primeairservices.com/company.html (Corporate Charter)


Air Nigeria appears to be in serious trouble. Ever since the pilot strikes, then the NCAA grounding them, now reports of GECAS reposessing 4 of their 737's. This does not look good for them. Alot of folks had their doubts about Jimoh Ibrahim when he took over from Nigerian Eagle and rebranded Air Nigeria, it seems their reservations are coming to bear.

Is it possible Air Nigeria can come back from this? I would say the odds are not in their favor. Can Arik or even Aero capitalize on Air Nigeria's current struggles?

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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15398 times:
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A Diamond DA42 MPP twin prop aircraft (5N-BKS) belonging to the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security - PICOMSS belly landed at Benin City airport today. The two occupants left the aircraft unhurt. PICOMSS is a Federal agency made up of the military, Nigerian maritime authorities, Nigeria Customs and relevant departments of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and is partly funded by the US Government.



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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2397 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15277 times:

Do you know if all three First Nation A320s are back in service?


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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 15006 times:
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Aviation News from Nigeria June to July 2012.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...-aviation-to-acquire-four-emb145s/
Associated Airlines plans to acquire 4 Emb 145s presumably to replace its very old Emb 120s.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...ir-signs-new-maintenance-contract/
Max Air, a major Nigerian Haj Charter operator signed a maintenance agreement with Asalam Aircraft Co, Saudi Arabia that would ensure that it is compliant with Saudi laws.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co.../aero-to-commence-abuja-uyo-route/
Aero is starting an Abuja to Uyo service.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...ommence-lagos-abu-dhabi-on-1-july/
Etihad begins its 6 times weekly flight between Lagos and Abu Dhabi on July 1st, 2012.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...-nigeria-loses-aircraft-to-lessor/
GECAS has repossessed 4 of the old B737s it leased to Air Nigeria.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...-adds-flights-to-asaba-and-ilorin/
Overland is increasing its frequency between Lagos and ABB - Asaba International to two flights a day.



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14828 times:
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An Arik Air B737-700 (5N-MJI) clipped the left wing of a parked Nigeria Air Force C-130H transport aircraft. Both aircraft suffered damages to their wings.

http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/...wingtip-of-lockheed-c130-hercules/



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User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14795 times:

According to this article, it would seem Arik will be consolidating all their routes/flights out of the new GAT being built. Is it safe to say this is really Arik's terminal being built?

Quote:
Passengers transferring domestically can utilize the shuttle bus between the domestic and international terminal and very soon our passengers will be able to fly out of a brand new GAT in Lagos which will offer seamless connections throughout the network.
http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/07/13/...schedule-for-lagos-new-york-route/


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 14584 times:
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Arik Air has announced its winter schedule for the Lagos to New York service.
http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...hedule-for-lagos-new-york-services



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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2397 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14549 times:

Does anyone know the exact location of all of the stored Air Nigeria aircraft?


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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14351 times:
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Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 7):
Does anyone know the exact location of all of the stored Air Nigeria aircraft?

They were all parked at the Domestic Terminal (MMA2). This indicates to me that Air Nigeria hopes to regain the aircraft shortly.

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 5):
According to this article, it would seem Arik will be consolidating all their routes/flights out of the new GAT being built. Is it safe to say this is really Arik's terminal being built?

FAAN is building this Terminal primarily for Arik Air. It is my assumption that Overland and Aero may also be able to use this Terminal.

Here are some photos I took of the Terminal in June this year. I have added airside and landside photos of the Terminal. It is a glass and steel structure with brick facade.

Landside view of new GAT Terminal from GAT parking lot.


Airside view of new GAT Terminal made of glass and steel.


Landside view of new GAT Terminal


Airside view of new GAT Terminal.



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14151 times:
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Aero, Nigeria's third largest airline plans to provide third party maintenance services. It also plans to upgrade its mostly all Boeing fleet.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...o-provide-third-party-maintenance/



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 14012 times:
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Delta Airlines will begin offering flatbed seats on its flights to Nigeria. It will be offering 500 such seats in business class each week.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...delta-airlines-businesselite-cabin

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...s-and-ncaa-oversight/#comment-1827
My response to the findings of the panel:
Reconstruction and remodelling of Terminals has nothing to do with the Dana crash. No amount of empowerment by the CBN would make a bank lend to a high risk airline. Banks would be happy to lend any airline if the loan was guaranteed by the CBN. So why is the Tech Committee playing games. There is a solution but it is not palatable to the FG.
Governments do not set up aircraft leasing companies. The private sector does this more efficiently. The proposed SWF is better suited to help create one and sell shares to the Nigerian Public. Anyway the Nigerian Government cannot afford to tie up this amount as the main beneficiaries would be Nigeria's upper classes. $10 billion can do wonders to Nigeria's basic infrastructure - power, roads, rail etc. Age does not make a well maintained aircraft dangerous. It is operators trying to cut corners and a very corrupt NCAA that are the problem.
I am surprised that the FG imposes import taxes on aircraft spare parts into Nigeria but not on aircraft serviced abroad. How asinine? How do you encourage local MRO activity then? Again Governments are not in the business of setting up MROs. Even airlines such as American and Air Canada have had great difficulties running their MRO subsidiaries profitably how much less a bumbling giant like the FG? The FG should encourage a world class MRO such as Haeco, SR Technics, Turkish etc to form a joint venture with local Nigeria investors. The reconstruction and remodelling of airports should be funded by specific revenue bonds tied to each project. Revenues from the airport will then eventually retire the bond.



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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2311 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 13869 times:

How is Arik Air's Lagos - Luanda route doing?!!


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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 13661 times:
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A very interesting article on seats available from European and Middle East airlines. European airlines are reducing and juggling the number of seats available while the Middle East and Turkish Airlines are increasing the number of seats into Africa.
http://www.anna.aero/2012/08/02/meb3...a-at-europes-big-airlines-expense/



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13263 times:
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Recent aviation news from Nigeria:

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/this-weeks-update-27/
Aero took delivery of its 4th B734 recently. 5N-BOB. Arik Air plans to acquire an ex Kingfisher Airlines A332. Ethiopian Airlines plans to operate its new B787 once each to Lagos and Abuja.



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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2397 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 13198 times:

Does anyone know what Hak Air plans to do with the four ex-Garuda B734s they have acquired?:
http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/new...erations-in-nigeria-with-b737-400s



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User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13165 times:

I too am curious to how well they are doing on the route. They have also not opened any new international routes in a while.

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 11):
How is Arik Air's Lagos - Luanda route doing?!!

This is good news, hopefully they can hold on to this one much longer. Taking IT's 332 should atleast keep a standard onboard experience on their international operations.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 13):
Arik Air plans to acquire an ex Kingfisher Airlines A332.


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12951 times:
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The Nigerian Ministry of Aviation and Bombardier Aircraft are to begin preliminary talks on setting up an MRO in Nigeria.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...sh-aircraft-maintenance-in-nigeria



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12788 times:
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A first look at Arik Air's new A332 - 5N-JIC.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...picture-of-arik-airs-new-a330-200/



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User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12693 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 17):
A first look at Arik Air's new A332 - 5N-JIC.

I recall the previous A330 was repossessed for non-payment of lease fees. Where to they intend to operate this frame? I hope they can honor lease payments and roll-out a commercial program to operate this aircraft profitably.

If you ask me, the A340s should be pulled out of service and refocus their long haul fleet on the A330-200, a much more economical and optimal bird to operate on their long haul trunk routes (JFK, LHR and JNB).


User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 12671 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 16):
The Nigerian Ministry of Aviation and Bombardier Aircraft are to begin preliminary talks on setting up an MRO in Nigeria.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...geria

Smart move by Bombardier. How many Nigerian customers does it have today? I can see that Arik has 4x CRJ-900 and 2x Q400.

Also, would the Ministry of Aviation be the one investing in this MRO facility?

[Edited 2012-08-21 08:10:25]

User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 12585 times:

Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 19):
Smart move by Bombardier. How many Nigerian customers does it have today? I can see that Arik has 4x CRJ-900 and 2x Q400.

Don't rush to think anything will come out of this. It is customary in the last decade for Nigerian Aviation "Ministers" to talk endlessly about setting up MRO's in Nigeria, yet till this day nothing has transpired.

There's exorbitant tax fees applied on the import of aviation spare parts, so it's literally as expensive as sending your own a/c for maintenance in Europe.

Until there is a considerable effort in forming up a whole aviation blueprint in Nigeria and actually implementing it, there is little hope for sustainable success for Nigerian airlines.

Government should not be involved in MROs or airlines, they should just get their act together in providing an enabling environment for airlines to flourish and provide reliable air transportation services, which in turn encourage economic growth.

Cheers.


User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12489 times:

FAAN has released 2010, 2011 and 1st half 2012 statistics. 7.6% increase in passenger numbers at LOS. 7.5% increase at ABV. 500,000 difference in domestic passenger numbers between LOS & ABV.

User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12452 times:

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 21):
FAAN has released 2010, 2011 and 1st half 2012 statistics. 7.6% increase in passenger numbers at LOS. 7.5% increase at ABV. 500,000 difference in domestic passenger numbers between LOS & ABV.

For which year on year is the percentage increase you mentioned applicable?


User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 12421 times:

THe percentages are comparing 2011 numbers against 2010.

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 22):
For which year on year is the percentage increase you mentioned applicable?


User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 12366 times:

United to commence using the 787 on the IAH - LOS route starting Jan 7, 2013:

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...s-direct-flight-to-lagos-from-2013


User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12397 times:

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 20):
Don't rush to think anything will come out of this. It is customary in the last decade for Nigerian Aviation "Ministers" to talk endlessly about setting up MRO's in Nigeria, yet till this day nothing has transpired.

There's exorbitant tax fees applied on the import of aviation spare parts, so it's literally as expensive as sending your own a/c for maintenance in Europe.

Until there is a considerable effort in forming up a whole aviation blueprint in Nigeria and actually implementing it, there is little hope for sustainable success for Nigerian airlines.

Government should not be involved in MROs or airlines, they should just get their act together in providing an enabling environment for airlines to flourish and provide reliable air transportation services, which in turn encourage economic growth.

Cheers.

Generally agreed. How about the carriers themselves setting up their own MROs? Or as JV with other carriers or investors or even a PPP?


User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12149 times:

According to this article, aviation Minister has requested Emirates, Turkish and Etihad to fly to Enugu instead as their application for fly Abuja has been denied.

Quote:
A senior government official told our reporter that three foreign airlines—Emirates, Turkish and Etihad—have sought approval of the Nigerian aviation authorities to begin commercial flights to Abuja but the minister “has refused to grant the request.”

Instead, Mrs. Oduah told them to consider flying to Enugu, so as not to overstretch the facilities in Abuja.
http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/index.p...locks-foreign-airlines-from-abuja-


User currently offlineogepma From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12223 times:

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 26):
According to this article, aviation Minister has requested Emirates, Turkish and Etihad to fly to Enugu instead as their application for fly Abuja has been denied.

I am now convinced that the minister of aviation does not really have a clue about what she is doing. Why would she force them to fly from an airport with less demand and worse still, lack of basic infrastructure for international flights. My last trip to Enugu was terrible. ILS had not been installed despite the airport being closed for over a year due to "renovations". Why would she force passengers to fly from Abuja to Enugu if they have to fly to the middle east, especially at a time when Nigerians still question local air safety? I can understand if she wants to implement growth at ENU, however, the airport is not ready for such expansion.


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 28, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11986 times:
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Quoting ogepma (Reply 27):
I am now convinced that the minister of aviation does not really have a clue about what she is doing. Why would she force them to fly from an airport with less demand and worse still, lack of basic infrastructure for international flights. My last trip to Enugu was terrible.

The answer to your question is politics and an attempt to enforce fair play. I do not agree with some of her recent policies and methodologies but she has a point here. The South South and South East geopolitical zones in Nigeria contribute more than half of the passengers flying to the Middle East and Asia yet both zones are the only zones without a direct link to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar etc. Passengers from these zones have to either fly to Lagos or endure a grueling 9 hour journey by road over worn out highways to board a flight to the Middle East.

Enugu is in the heartland of the South East zone and the Igbos - the third largest ethnic group in Nigeria. The nearest international airport is Port Harcourt about 3 to 4 hours by road. Port Harcourt mainly serves European Airlines and mostly oil and gas type passengers. The Igbos have always craved for the prestige that goes with having an international airport within their zone. Most passengers from the densely populated Igbo trading cities of Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka, Obosi, Nkpor, Oba and Oguta all in the South East zone are within 1 1/2 hours of Enugu.

Ms Oduah who is from this zone is under pressure to do something for the zone and the zone is under pressure from Asaba International Airport which was designed as a cargo airport from its inception. Asaba which is 15 minutes from Onitsha and 30 minutes from Nnewi is in the South South political zone.

The fear is that Enugu will lose its relevance if Asaba manages to attract international carriers. The Government of Enugu State of which Enugu is the capital, does not have the funds to upgrade and update the infrastructure at Enugu airport. But a foreign Airline like Emirates or the Federal Government could do so. A positive signal from Emirates or Etihad would empower the Minister to seek Federal funding to upgrade Enugu Airport.

In the meantime, the Delta State Government and the owner of Asaba Airport is fast asleep at a time when it should be the one aggressively courting foreign airlines and forcing the Minister into a compromise that will benefit both Asaba and Enugu Airports.

Ken Iwelumo.



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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2397 posts, RR: 28
Reply 29, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11949 times:

Based on existing flight schedules and demand patterns, to me it seems more like that you will see EK, EY or QR serve Abuja, Kano and or Port Harcourt next than any of the other cities. EY and QR have the advantage of operating narrowbody aircraft so they could open smaller markets, but the Nigerian secondary destinations are too far away from their hubs besides the fact they both only serve Lagos in the region, so Accra would be a more logical next destination than another route to Nigeria. With that being said, it would probably be worthwhile to explore combining ABV/KAN/PHC into multi-stop routings serving two cities per flight with an A330-200 or similar.


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Reply 30, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11812 times:
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http://allafrica.com/stories/201208310500.html
One hundred thousand Nigerians are scheduled to perform this years Hajj. They will be ferried by 4 Nigerian Hajj Charter operators flying more than 8 large aircraft from 12 Nigerian airports.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201209020213.html
The Federal Government has taken delivery of a brand new Citation Surveillance aircraft on behalf of the Nigerian Customs.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...09/02/this-weeks-update-29/n608sc/
Aero has taken delivery of a Boeing B734 on lease from GECAS. The aircraft is 14 years old.



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Reply 31, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11737 times:

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force perform live on a KLM flight. Must have been a treat for those on board.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfQIZRnXjaQ&feature=share


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Reply 32, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 11634 times:
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http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...y540-to-start-accra-lagos-flights/
Fly540 which will change its name to fastjet in the near future is planning to begin Accra to Lagos flights on September 24, 2012.



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Reply 33, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11463 times:
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http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...2012/09/05/air-nigeria-shuts-down/
Air Nigeria to cease operations on September 10th citing employee disloyalty and high tension operating environment. This is the 3rd airline that has closed down under Jimoh Ibrahim's control.



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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 34, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11414 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 33):
Air Nigeria to cease operations on September 10th citing employee disloyalty and high tension operating environment. This is the 3rd airline that has closed down under Jimoh Ibrahim's control.

Incredible, really. There must be a huge vacuum of service in Nigeria now.


User currently onlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7755 posts, RR: 3
Reply 35, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11399 times:

The bit that puzzles me is this "The airline advises passengers to contact the agents from whom they have purchased tickets for a refund".

Surely Air Nigeria has some responsibility here?.


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Reply 36, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11383 times:

Clearly this bodes well for Arik as the other major regional competitor is out of the game. I would expect them to capitalize on this as they have Cameroun.

I wonder how this will affect Delta & Kenya Airways who they have agreements with. Do they currently feed substantial passengers to the two airlines that would now be lost?


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Reply 37, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11347 times:

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 36):
Clearly this bodes well for Arik as the other major regional competitor is out of the game. I would expect them to capitalize on this as they have Cameroun.

What of Cameroun? Is Air Cameroun or whatever it is called actually flying now?


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Reply 38, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11190 times:
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Quoting ssublyme (Reply 39):
Meanwhile in other related news, Dana has had their operating licence reactivated.

Yes, very good news indeed. It is probably the best run Nigerian airline in terms of governance and corporate responsibility.
http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...pic/44004-fg-lifts-ban-on-dana-air

xms3200's unfortunate rant based on total ignorance should be ignored.



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User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11116 times:

As much as they have been demonized by the media, will Nigerians still fly Dana Air? Seems like an impossibly uphill battle to me.

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Reply 40, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11105 times:

I definitely think they have an uphill battle. However with Air Nigeria now out of the game, and I don't think First Nation is flying yet, it will be an easier challenge for them as to some extent, many people will have no/little choice but to fly them.

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 42):
Seems like an impossibly uphill battle to me.


User currently offlinebrj From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 11069 times:

Disappointing news from Air Nigeria.
This just leaves Aero and Arik for regional operations, correct?


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Reply 42, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Not really, Aero to my understanding only services LOS - ACC. So it really is just Arik (out of Nigeria) that serves the regional west coast.

Quoting brj (Reply 44):
This just leaves Aero and Arik for regional operations, correct?


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Reply 43, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10838 times:
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Quoting ssublyme (Reply 42):
Not really, Aero to my understanding only services LOS - ACC. So it really is just Arik (out of Nigeria) that serves the regional west coast.

I thought Aero flew to Douala and Malabo? The newly acquired B734 should give them the ability to start new routes.

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 39):
As much as they have been demonized by the media, will Nigerians still fly Dana Air? Seems like an impossibly uphill battle to me.

Dana Air has diehard customers. Its load factor was very high during the few days it flew after the crash. With Air Nigeria out of the picture, it will be much easier for them to grab back their market share. I will not be surprised to hear that Dana Air acquires Air Nigeria's EMB 190s. This will reduce the average age of their fleet. Dana Air acquired another MD-83 a week before the crash so their fleet size remains the same as before.



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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 44, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 10785 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 43):
I thought Aero flew to Douala and Malabo? The newly acquired B734 should give them the ability to start new routes.

Isn't there a vacuum of domestic service without VK? I would assume all Nigerian carriers would probably focus their energies on the domestic market now.


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Reply 45, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 10659 times:
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Quoting AF022 (Reply 44):
Isn't there a vacuum of domestic service without VK? I would assume all Nigerian carriers would probably focus their energies on the domestic market now.

The remaining airlines can comfortably handle the vacuum left by Air Nigeria, IRS and First Nation. IRS and First Nation will be back soon. The high ticket prices, Dana Air crash and fears over the older aircraft flown by Air Nigeria, IRS and First Nation has lead to a drop in passenger traffic domestically. This is a very short term phenomenon. Passenger levels should be back to the pre- Dana Air crash levels in the important fourth quarter period.



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User currently offlineImpacto From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 46, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10631 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 45):
IRS and First Nation will be back soon.

IRS are still operating normally as far as I know.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 43):
I thought Aero flew to Douala and Malabo? The newly acquired B734 should give them the ability to start new routes.

They stopped flying those routes a couple years ago including Libreville, leaving ACC as their only regional route. I'm not sure of this, but did they actually ever serve DLA?

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 40):
I definitely think they have an uphill battle. However with Air Nigeria now out of the game, and I don't think First Nation is flying yet, it will be an easier challenge for them as to some extent, many people will have no/little choice but to fly them.

Its only a matter of time before all the paranoia surrounding Dana Air disappears. There are many examples in Nigeria of airlines suffering serious fatal crashes recovering very well from such incidences. Dana Air needs to be back on the domestic market to help lower the hikes in prices (I have heard some pretty nasty things happening in terms of ticketing sales due to the vacuum left by the other airlines)


User currently offlinewale03 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10489 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 45):
IRS and First Nation will be back soon.

IRS never stopped operations. I still see them everyday.


User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 48, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 10412 times:

Looks like Arik is in the later stages of preparing to be listed on the NSE (Nigerian Stock Exchange).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201209120091.html


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 49, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10292 times:
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Quoting ssublyme (Reply 48):
Looks like Arik is in the later stages of preparing to be listed on the NSE (Nigerian Stock Exchange).

This is a welcome development for one of the few potentially viable airlines in Nigeria. On the other hand listing on the NSE will give Arik a proper valuation and allow AMCON which bought Arik debt for equity to cash out.



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 50, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10027 times:
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http://www.punchng.com/news/wealthy-...-5bn-on-130-private-jets/#comments
Punch Newspaper correspondents claim that Nigerians acquired over 130 private jets worth $6.5 billion over the past 5 years. They also claim that Nigeria and China are now the fastest growing market for private jets in the world. While a lot of ordinary Nigerians resent this development it reflects Nigeria's growth as an emerging market. The high cost of the importation of spare parts is forcing many of the jet owners to retain their foreign registrations and is slowing the growth of FBO business.



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User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 51, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 9822 times:

Arik Air has reached the 10 millionth customer milestone. Great job Arik,

http://www.arikair.com/ng/MEDIA-CENT...millionth-passenger-milestone.aspx

Meanwhile what happened to their twitter page?

[Edited 2012-09-19 05:45:42]

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Reply 52, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9771 times:
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http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...s-want-arik-to-replace-air-nigeria
Some Nigerian Senators want Arik Air to be made the National carrier of Nigeria until a New National carrier is created. This is coming against the news that Arik Air is facing a strike by its Unions over the non payment of workers dues.



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Reply 53, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9757 times:
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http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...air-grounded-by-industrial-action/

More info on the industrial action against Arik Air.



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User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 54, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 9609 times:

THis is really bad news to hear. So now Arik has stopped operations. Who is left to cater to the flying public. Clearly there was a gap with Dana & Air Nigeria ceasing ops, but with Arik shut down, there is a massive hole.Is there really nothing that can be done to develop the aviation industry/ministry?

User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 55, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9590 times:

Saharareporters is reporting Minister requested 5% share of Arik, and has collected bribes to restore Dana's certificate.

It's always so hard to get reliable information out of Nigeria, but I don't know if this is completey false.

http://saharareporters.com/news-page...viation-minister-demanding-5-share

[Edited 2012-09-20 18:50:19]

User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 56, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9529 times:
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Quoting ssublyme (Reply 55):
It's always so hard to get reliable information out of Nigeria, but I don't know if this is completey false.

It would be too easy and simplistic to believe Arik Air's assertion that Ms Oduah asked for an ownership stake against the backdrop of "corruption" in Nigeria. Arik Air has always played fast and dirty in Nigeria when it suited them. They have even made it a corporate strategy not to pay fees and taxes they collect on behalf of FAAN on a timely basis. While I cannot vouch for Ms Oduah, I believe that she is far too sophisticated to be part of an amateurish corruption plot. Nigeria of 2012 is far different than Nigeria of 2003 in terms of corruption. Apart from Ms Oduah's goal to somehow orchestrate the establishment of a new National carrier, she has moved with zeal to repair the tartered aviation infrastructure in Nigeria. This National carrier issue is a direct threat to Arik Air's supremacy in Nigeria and West Africa. They have every incentive to smear Ms Oduah. With Air Nigeria, Dana Air and First Nation not functioning, Arik Air can get away with its terms by shutting down today and creating chaos in the Nigerian aviation industry. I would be surprised if Arik Air did not restart operations in the next few days.



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User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 57, posted (2 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9361 times:
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http://thewillnigeria.com/business/1...tedola-Nnaji-Babalakin-Others.html
The founder and owner of Arik Air is amongst a list of Nigerian businessmen banned from getting loans from Nigerian Banks.



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User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 58, posted (2 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9286 times:

Arik is set to resume operations on Sunday 22nd. It would seem Arik suspended ops to send a message. Quite frankly I feel the govt has to do a better job with their relationship with airlines. When foreign airlines are bullied they have their focus backing them up. In the case of local airlines there is no one to keep the Nigerian govt honest in their dealings with them. It still baffles me how local ops continue to be affected and not international

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Reply 59, posted (2 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9279 times:
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http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...ik-air-to-resume-domestic-flights/
Just as I predicted, Arik is set to resume domestic flights on the 23rd of September. It looks like their hard ball stance has worked for them.



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User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 60, posted (2 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9221 times:

Can't find the article where I read it, but it stated Arik would be adding a new destination to it's route map. This announcement was said to be coming shortly, but this was before this recent temporary disruption. This new destination is said to be a neighboring country. Any predictions/thoughts? I'll try to find the article.

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Reply 61, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8549 times:
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http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/photos/5NBOV.jpg
http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...first-picture-of-hak-air-b737-400/
First photo of a new Nigerian domestic airline - HAK Air. The livery is basic and drab. The planes are 19 year old ex Garuda B734s.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co.../06/rivers-states-new-global-5000/
Rivers State Government has purchased a Bombardier Global 5000.

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/...nals-in-nigeria-criticised/118675/
A consortium that won the right to run Abuja airport is planning to sue over contracts awarded to Chinese firms to rebuild the airport.

http://saharareporters.com/gallery/p...rways-aircraft-incident-mmia-lagos
A Qatar Airways A332 landed with a flat tire at Lagos. Some local newspapers grossly exaggerated the incident claiming that 248 passenger barely escaped with their lives.

http://www.africanbusinessreview.co....ports-rise-in-deliveries-to-africa
Hawker Beechcraft Corp delivered 232 aircraft to Africa between 2007 and 2011.

http://businessdayonline.com/NG/inde...olume-of-cargo-movement-in-nigeria
Air cargo volume in Nigeria for the years 2010 and 2011.



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User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 62, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8292 times:

According to this article, Air Nigeria CEO steps down after "discovering that the airline was unlikely to return to business. " The five months owed salary probably didn't help either.

http://www.osundefender.org/?p=40712

Quote:

Kinfe Kahssaye, the Chief Executive Officer of AirNigeria, has resigned from the troubled airline.
Our correspondent learnt that Mr. Kahssaye finally decided to step down yesterday after discovering that the airline was unlikely to return to business.
Quote:

Mr. Kinfe is owed five months of unpaid wages according to insiders knowledgeable about his resignation.


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Reply 63, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8068 times:
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http://www.punchng.com/news/jonathan...ts-n4-92-trillion-budget-for-2013/
As part of the 2013 budget, import taxes on aircraft parts and spares will be abolished.

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/...ce-four-airlines-next-year/127473/
Nigerian aviation authorities announce plans for the establishment of 4 new domestic airlines.



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User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 64, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7985 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 63):

http://www.punchng.com/news/jonathan...ts-n4-92-trillion-budget-for-2013/
As part of the 2013 budget, import taxes on aircraft parts and spares will be abolished.

@AsoRock - Hey, your wish is coming true  
Good plan to incentivize local MROs.


User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 65, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7956 times:

Meanwhile the FG is interested in taxing air passengers amongst others to fund HIV programs. I'm not sure I fully understand the logic in this.

Quote:
The Federal Government is considering new proposal to tax air passengers and mobile phone users in order to fund HIV/AIDS programmes.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201210100276.html


User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2397 posts, RR: 28
Reply 66, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7916 times:

Is First Nation currently flying? If yes, what routes do they serve?


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Reply 67, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7797 times:
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Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 66):
Is First Nation currently flying? If yes, what routes do they serve?

They currently fly one A320 on the Lagos - Abuja - Lagos route. They need new or younger aircraft to meet the 20 year average age limit imposed by the Nigerian aviation authorities.



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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2397 posts, RR: 28
Reply 68, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7396 times:

All First Nation A320-200s have now been re-registered by the aircraft lessor, so I guess it is safe to assume they have at least temporarily suspended all operations. Have recently written about it here: http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/new...ation-a320-200s-returned-to-lessor

One of the two A320-200s has now also been ferried from Istanbul to Lasham in the UK.

A different question, is Associated still operating any cargo flights right now with 5N-BHV? Does anyone know where their four EMB-120s and B727-200F 5N-BNQ are stored?



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Reply 69, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7074 times:
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Some Nigerian Aviation news courtesy of Aviation In Nigeria Blog;

Renovations at Benin City Airport has been completed. It looks far better than before.
http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...012/10/29/benin-airport-renovated/

Prime Air Nigeria has acquired its second Dornier Do 328 jet.
http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...cond-do328-for-prime-air-services/

Arik Air celebrates its 6th year of commercial operations. They began in October 2006 although I have always recognized October 2008 as the actual start date with the flights of 5N-MJA and 5N-MJB. Since their start, they have carried 10.2 million passengers including almost 2 million so far in 2012.
http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...-air-celebrates-sixth-anniversary/



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Reply 70, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7024 times:

Taraba State Government C208 5N-BMJ crashed on approach to Yola with governor Danbaba Suntai on board - all survived.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20121025-0



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User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 71, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

Starting December 1 EK will be going double daily with the 77W to LOS. THe current A340 willl be upgraded bringing a total of 10,000 seats weekly on the LOS - DXB route.

THe bilateral agreement also allows them four points of entry into Nigeria. Currently they only service LOS.

http://www.ventures-africa.com/2012/...es-set-to-upgrade-lagos-operation/


User currently offlinessublyme From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 72, posted (1 year 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 6594 times:

Arik Air has announced Kinshasa, DRC as their newest destination (3rd in Central Africa). Service begins on Wed Dec 5th, and will operate via Douala, Cameroun. Great job to Arik expanding on further international/regional destinations.

http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/12/01/...ik-air-begins-flights-to-kinshasa/


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