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Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?  
User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 6
Posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

Hello all,

Nigerian press reports that Air Nigeria has leased four aircraft from Singapore Airlines. Breakdown:

1 747-400 (9V-SMD)
1 A310-300
2 737-400s

With a similar set of 4 aircraft to follow later.

has anyone spotted these planes in Air Nigeria colors?
9V-SMD was last spotted 'naked' in Singapore.


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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

Singapore Airlines 737-400's, when did they get them ??

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

Hkgspotter - perhaps they are from SALE?


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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

SIA never operated the 737-400.

User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

V/F - I wld say they are from SALE.... I'm pretty sure SALE has some 737-400s.

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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

Yes, that's basically the Air Nigeria plan. But there's an awful lot of people not exactly happy with the way things are being conducted.

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Great to see Singapore Airlines getting rid of the old stuff.

From the Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise website, it states that they have acquired one Boeing 737-400 and currently have another = 2.

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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6805 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1331 times:

Yeah, like those ancient 747-400s. Prehistoric things they are!!  Insane

User currently offlineSAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Seems that WT haven't learnt any lessons from the past about having small fleets of different aircraft types. Why on earth do they need an A310 if they are going for the B737-400s ... rather go for the 737s or alternatively go for an all A310 fleet (after all, WT operated -200s in the past)! A 747-400 is far too much overkill as well - the B747-300 would have been a far better choice.

User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1268 times:


Air Nigeria has nothing to do with Nigeria Airways. The latter filed for liquidation on July 31st and the employees haven't been paid since. Flights to JFK, LHR, JED, DXB, and african sectors continue to operate, however.

The Air Nigeria project is a joint venture between Airwing Aerospace Ltd. (Nigeria) which is affiliated to Airwing 2000 at Coventry (leasing firm) and the Federal Govt. of Nigeria on behalf of Nigeria Airways (which is shouting foul over its non-consultation).

The route structure needs a B747-400 (long hauls to JFK and DXB), while the A310-300 could be used on thinner long routes. 737-400s are clearly targeting domestic sectors and West African routes.

It seems the faceless Nigerians behind this transaction are stressing that 'modern' aircraft should be deployed, perhaps appeasing the Nigerian Govt. and justifying their rip-off purchase of Nigeria's entire Bilateral Agreements (Which is why Nigeria's privatization agency BPE is against Air Nigeria).


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