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West African aviation thread - 2019

Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:29 pm

Please discuss here about aviation in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

- BENIN
- BURKINA FASO
- CABO VERDE
- CÔTE D'IVOIRE
- The GAMBIA
- GHANA
- GUINEA
- GUINEA BISSAU
- LIBERIA
- MALI
- NIGER
- NIGERIA
- SENEGAL
- SIERRA LEONE
- TOGO
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Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:44 pm

A330neo emerges in Air Senegal colours:
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rs-454726/

The aircraft is one of a pair ordered by the African carrier in mid-December 2017.
It carries the title ‘Casamance’ on its forward fuselage, after the region of southern Senegal and the river of the same name.
Air Senegal is intending to use the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered type on a new service connecting Dakar to Paris in February.



SAA announces extra flights between Ghana and the US
https://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/ ... ana-and-us

Due to increased demand, South African Airways (SAA) has expanded its non-stop service between Ghana and the US.
In a statement on Wednesday, the national carrier announced that it will increase its frequency on nonstop flights between the Ghanaian capital Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and Washington D.C’s Dulles International Airport to five days a week.
“SAA continues to see growing demand for our nonstop Accra service and this increase in our frequency will give our business and leisure customers more options.
“Our service between Accra and Washington-Dulles has been a resounding success from its inception in 2015 and we are very pleased to further develop the route with the introduction of a fifth weekly flight,” said Todd Neuman, SAA’s regional general manager for North America.
The increased service will start on 1 April 2019.
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:08 pm

JNB-ACC going up to 9 weekly with the extra addition ACC-IAD as stated above.

AF will be sending thier 787 to ABJ instead of A380
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:42 pm

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AF will be sending thier 787 to ABJ instead of A380

For pax, no First Class, but a Best & Beyond cabin instead!

Talking about Air France why do they need a leased A/C from Air Belgium?
Air France this month is adjusting operations on Paris CDG – Lagos route, where service is operated by leased Airbus A340 from Air Belgium. The Air Belgium aircraft will operate from 02JAN19 to 31JAN19, replacing A330-200 aircraft.
AF104 CDG1410 – 2030LOS 343 D
AF149 LOS2355 – 0620+1CDG 343 D

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... e-changes/
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:01 pm

Another good regional African thread. I’m passionate about Africa and issues affecting our mother continent, so will do my best to contribute.

Thanks for setting it up.
 
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:15 am

eastafspot wrote:
soups wrote:
AF will be sending thier 787 to ABJ instead of A380

For pax, no First Class, but a Best & Beyond cabin instead!

Talking about Air France why do they need a leased A/C from Air Belgium?
Air France this month is adjusting operations on Paris CDG – Lagos route, where service is operated by leased Airbus A340 from Air Belgium. The Air Belgium aircraft will operate from 02JAN19 to 31JAN19, replacing A330-200 aircraft.
AF104 CDG1410 – 2030LOS 343 D
AF149 LOS2355 – 0620+1CDG 343 D

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... e-changes/


Probably to create fleet slack on the A330 fleet for maintenance, or to launch a new route.

In Air Belgium's dense config, LOS will soak up the extra seating seeing as the route operates B77W during high season (Summer)
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:26 am

Nigeria Update

Akwa Ibom State to launch Ibom Air, acquires CRJ-900 C-FWNK on lease from Avmax Group
https://punchng.com/aibom-acquires-thre ... m-airline/
http://ibomair.com/

Air Peace expands operations to MM II Terminal:
https://guardian.ng/business-services/e ... s-at-mma2/

Aero Contractors employs Nigeria's first female fleet captain:
https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2 ... s-ceiling/

Shrinking national fleet and poor liquidity worries Nigerian aviation experts:
https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2 ... -aircraft/
https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2 ... lysts-say/
 
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:59 pm

I believe the Air belgium operated to Cameroon or Brazzaville and received bad criticism due to it being sub-standard.


SAA adding extra capacity to IAD via Acc ( 5 weekly), this bring the total weekly flights between JNB-ACC to 9.

Brussels airlines will be going daily to Accra.
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:02 am

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A330neo emerges in Air Senegal colours:
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rs-454726/


I can't imagine this is going to end well. Is AF helping them on this route? I don't think Air Senegal will have any connectivity on the DSS side.
 
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:25 pm

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Probably to create fleet slack on the A330 fleet for maintenance, or to launch a new route.
In Air Belgium's dense config, LOS will soak up the extra seating seeing as the route operates B77W during high season (Summer)

It makes sense but surely the frequencies won't be increased!
By the way, is 5NFGS president Buhari's private plane?

soups wrote:
I believe the Air belgium operated to Cameroon or Brazzaville and received bad criticism due to it being sub-standard.

Brussels airlines will be going daily to Accra.

BZV (and FIH) has always seen A330 with old cabins, so moanings are hardly justified ;-) .
SN switched to ACC from where?

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eastafspot wrote:
A330neo emerges in Air Senegal colours:
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rs-454726/


I can't imagine this is going to end well. Is AF helping them on this route? I don't think Air Senegal will have any connectivity on the DSS side.


AF has other fish to fry since AF is already helping and wants to maintain its strategic partnership with Air Côte d'Ivoire despite itsaccumulated losses of EUR100 millions since its launch 5 years ago.
I guess that AF prefers to compete against Air Senegal vs Corsair with a higher visibility and reputation.
It's very true about connectivity, with a late arrival at Dakar, passengers are forced to a night stop! Also from Paris, it's impossible to book beyond DSS.
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:32 pm

eastafspot wrote:
5NFGS wrote:
Probably to create fleet slack on the A330 fleet for maintenance, or to launch a new route.
In Air Belgium's dense config, LOS will soak up the extra seating seeing as the route operates B77W during high season (Summer)
It makes sense but surely the frequencies won't be increased!
By the way, is 5NFGS president Buhari's private plane?



5N-FGT is the President's 737-7N6 BBJ, otherwise known as Eagle 1.

My moniker, on the other hand is one of the Presidential Air Fleet's G 500/550 aircraft
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:42 am

Looks like TAP is operating 8 weekly flights into Accra.
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:46 am

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JNB-ACC going up to 9 weekly with the extra addition ACC-IAD as stated above.


When Ghana selected Ethiopian as a partner I could not help but think about this route for ET to expand into IAD, especially with it being an established route.
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:50 am

The start of Air Guinee flights (in partnership with Ethiopian) have once again been pushed out, now seeing first flights to DSS on February 1. Anyone know what the hold up is about?
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:59 am

The start of Air Guinee flights (in partnership with Ethiopian) have once again been pushed out, now seeing first flights to DSS on February 1. Anyone know what the hold up is about?
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:06 am

Does anyone know how’s RAM doing on it’s west and central african routes? I guess their key destinations are Dakar, Accra, Abidjan, Lagos, and Douala but They also serve other big cities such as Kinshasa, Libreville, Brazzaville, Conakry as well as Smaller destinations such as Banjul, Bissau, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, Bangui... and which are the main connecting markets from These cities? France, Belgium, Spain, USA?
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:01 pm

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Does anyone know how’s RAM doing on it’s west and central african routes? I guess their key destinations are Dakar, Accra, Abidjan, Lagos, and Douala but They also serve other big cities such as Kinshasa, Libreville, Brazzaville, Conakry as well as Smaller destinations such as Banjul, Bissau, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, Bangui... and which are the main connecting markets from These cities? France, Belgium, Spain, USA?


They are still seen here as "a 2nd rate African carrier", trying to "chop" and fill the gap left by the demise of WT and other local players on long haul routes.
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:05 pm

Route Update:
Air Peace introduces Freetown and Banjul nonstop, ups Accra frequency:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/air ... a-service/
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:08 pm

Incident Update:
Azman Air B735 5N-AIS suffers suspected bird strike at PHC:
https://punchng.com/azman-air-lagos-ph- ... s-mid-air/
http://avherald.com/h?article=4c27d23d&opt=0

NCAA commences investigation:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/nca ... e-failure/
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:28 pm

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Does anyone know how’s RAM doing on it’s west and central african routes? I guess their key destinations are Dakar, Accra, Abidjan, Lagos, and Douala but They also serve other big cities such as Kinshasa, Libreville, Brazzaville, Conakry as well as Smaller destinations such as Banjul, Bissau, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, Bangui... and which are the main connecting markets from These cities? France, Belgium, Spain, USA?


Haven’t been to Casablanca for 2 years but when I was there connecting to Niger I can tell you that it was crowded and yes cheap as well to fly with them!

They have a fab strategy: fly to/from Europe during the day with 737’s, fly at night to/from Africa! Their fleet utilization must be one of the best of the world!
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:32 pm

Would CMN be a good connecting airport for travelers from West Africa to North America(JFK,IAD or BOS) or would the connecting times be to long. The flight from BOS arrives in CMN around 2:00PM local time
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:39 pm

I checked Air Senegal's Wikipedia page and I noticed that their A319 have 120 seats. Do they have a dedicate business class product onboard? Do they really have that much demand for business class passengers? Also their A339 will 32 seats in business class. To me it seems like too much... unless I am wrong.
 
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:48 pm

The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold 2 opposed ideas in the mind concurrently, and still function
 
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:46 am

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Nice, although I would suggest a little more editing.

They can watch the PR accounts of other airlines and learn IMO.
 
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:51 am

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I checked Air Senegal's Wikipedia page and I noticed that their A319 have 120 seats. Do they have a dedicate business class product onboard? Do they really have that much demand for business class passengers? Also their A339 will 32 seats in business class. To me it seems like too much... unless I am wrong.


I think Wiki may be partly wrong as their Planespotters page shows 2 A 319 in different config.

1 is leased from Air Cote d Ivoire in config C12 Y108
The other is self operated in unknown config.
Last known operated config was CY141 in service for Iberia.

https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Air-Senegal-2017
 
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:58 am

Nigeria takes $600 million loan for 4 airport terminals, aims to boost aviation output
https://punchng.com/on-the-new-airport-terminals/
 
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:06 am

CATII ILS goes live in Benin. Maiduguri, Minna and Jos being tested
https://punchng.com/nama-installs-new-n ... n-airport/
 
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Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:06 pm

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Would CMN be a good connecting airport for travelers from West Africa to North America(JFK,IAD or BOS) or would the connecting times be to long. The flight from BOS arrives in CMN around 2:00PM local time


Post #23 from this thread: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1412253&p=20985779&hilit=Royal+Air+Maroc#p20985779


Will be interesting to see the timings of CMN-BOS-CMN. AT's JFK operation doesn't connect well at all to its Africa-wide services, except its second-daily Sunday service.

Presently, CMN-JFK-CMN timings are:

Daily: CMN-JFK 1615-1820; JFK-CMN 2020-0905*
Sat: CMN-JFK 2240-0045; Sun: CMN-JFK 0645-1930

Where connections exist in one direction they invariably don't in the other. Those with two-way connectivity - albeit in a long 5h period - are very limited and depend on the day of the week (except RAK/AGA):

RAK
AGA
LIS
OPO
MRS
AGP
TUN
FCO

Its additional 1x weekly service add more connections, but again few in itself. DSS, for example, is added. There's RUH in codeshare with SV. It gets a bit more interesting when this extra weekend service is considered in conjunction with its existing daily flights. Then a number of African services are added, albeit often with long or reasonably long connections, e.g.:

LOS-CMN: 0625-1100; CMN-JFK: 1615-1820
JFK-CMN: 0645-1930; CMN-LOS: 2245-0315*

ABJ-CMN: 0545-1100; CMN-JFK: 1615-1820
JFK-CMN: 0645-1930; CMN-ABJ: 2120-0050*

TUN-CMN: 1740-2030; CMN-JFK: 2240-0045*
JFK-CMN: 2020-0905*; CMN-TUN: 1405-1640

ALG-CMN: 1505-1700; CMN-JFK: 2240-0045*
JFK-CMN: 2020-0905*; CMN-ALG: 1200-1335

IST-CMN: 1745-2040; CMN-JFK: 2240-0045*
JFK-CMN: 2020-0905*; CMN-IST: 0950-1615

Etc., etc.

Not many, overall, and mainly aided by the additional 1x weekly. There's not a long by way of coordination.
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Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:27 pm

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Nigeria takes $600 million loan for 4 airport terminals, aims to boost aviation output
https://punchng.com/on-the-new-airport-terminals/

I've seen some pics of the new terminal of PHC (and will try post some asap) and one must admit that it's beautiful and cost effective compared to Kotoka aiport of usd 275 million!!!

*******

Emirates additional services aims to satisfy the increased demand that the airline has witnessed in these markets:

– Abuja, Nigeria: Three additional flights will be operated every week on Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Abuja starting 01 June 2019 increasing the frequency to the Nigerian city to a daily service.
– Accra, Ghana: Emirates will also augment its current flight frequency to the Ghanaian capital with four additional Boeing 777-300ER flights a week bringing Emirates’ total service to 11 weekly flights to Accra effective 02 June 2019.
– Conakry, Guinea and Dakar, Senegal: The capitals of Guinea and Senegal will be serviced by one additional linked flight every week starting 01 June 2019 on Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.


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Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:01 pm

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The other is self operated in unknown config.
Last known operated config was CY141 in service for Iberia.

https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Air-Senegal-2017


Indeed, according to this photo, it looks like its a one class config:

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Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:10 pm

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Also their A339 will 32 seats in business class. To me it seems like too much... unless I am wrong.


Well, due to unforeseen RR engines issue, it forces Air Senegal to lease an old-generation A330 to HiFly in wet lease until the delivery.
If they use the CS-TQW, it will offer only a 24J/241Y config which is much less but for a limited period!


Image

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Btw, there is a very interesting documented review between Dakar and Ziguinchor here:

https://flight-report.com/fr/report/388 ... inchor-zig
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:34 pm

Quick update:

Air Senegal will deploy, every day of the week on the Dakar-Paris route, one of the A340-300 from Hi-Fly Malta, a subsidiary of Hi-Fly. Registered 9H-SUN, the aircraft can accommodate up to 295 passengers in 24-seat configuration in Business class and 271 seats in Economy class.

However, the A330neo will arrive this Thursday at Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport for the official presentation ceremony after which the aircraft will have to return to France for further flight tests.

https://newsaero.info/air-senegal-le-da ... 0-affrete/
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:11 am

eastafspot wrote:
5NFGS wrote:
Nigeria takes $600 million loan for 4 airport terminals, aims to boost aviation output
https://punchng.com/on-the-new-airport-terminals/

I've seen some pics of the new terminal of PHC (and will try post some asap) and one must admit that it's beautiful and cost effective compared to Kotoka aiport of usd 275 million!!!

*******

Emirates additional services aims to satisfy the increased demand that the airline has witnessed in these markets:

– Abuja, Nigeria: Three additional flights will be operated every week on Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Abuja starting 01 June 2019 increasing the frequency to the Nigerian city to a daily service.
– Accra, Ghana: Emirates will also augment its current flight frequency to the Ghanaian capital with four additional Boeing 777-300ER flights a week bringing Emirates’ total service to 11 weekly flights to Accra effective 02 June 2019.
– Conakry, Guinea and Dakar, Senegal: The capitals of Guinea and Senegal will be serviced by one additional linked flight every week starting 01 June 2019 on Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.


Brussels Airlines to introduce a new "Economy Light" fare, the one-bag fare for African routes. Prices including a single piece of checked luggage are available from € 385 including tax for a round trip between Brussels and Sub-Saharan Africa


EK will be fine at ABV with daily which will hurt ET MS market share the most. However the 11wk ACC increase will be interesting to follow a year ahead to judge if it is actually warranted. ACC though to me is an ideal future 787-10 route for EK as a stand-alone terminator flight. The ABJ flight should be de tagged from ACC and instead flown onwards from ABJ to BKO with 5th freedom rights if available.
 
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Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:51 pm

Air France in last week’s schedule update filed new Boeing 787-9 operating service, scheduled on Paris CDG – Freentown – Conakry – Paris CDG route. From 02JUL19 to 26OCT19, the 787 will serve this route 3 times a week, replacing A340-300.

AF596 CDG1530 – 1950FNA2140 – 2220CKY2350 – 0750+1CDG 789 246
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Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:07 pm

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Nice, although I would suggest a little more editing.

They can watch the PR accounts of other airlines and learn IMO.


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says a total of 15.2 million passengers passed through Nigerian airports in 227,834 aircraft movements in 2018.

* 11.02 million passengers travelled within the country (domestic), while a total of 4.2 passengers traveled into and out of the country (international).
* Lagos (LOS) recorded 6.7 million passengers comprising 2.8 million on domestic and 2.9 million international.
* Abuja (ABV) recorded 4.6 million passengers comprising 3.7 million on domestic, while the international recorded 941,182 passengers.
* Port Harcourt (PHC) recorded 1.14 million passengers comprising 1.05 million domestic and 92,050 international.
* Kano (KAN) recorded 567,537 passengers comprising 398,266 domestic and 169,271 international.


Image


2 questions immediately:
- Why traffic is really high in February (compared to July/August)?
- Which airlines have the biggest market shares on domestic and then international? (international I would say 1st EK, 2nd BA, 3rd Arik Air...)

http://thenationonlineng.net/nigerian-a ... movements/
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Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:12 pm

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Quick update:

Air Senegal will deploy, every day of the week on the Dakar-Paris route, one of the A340-300 from Hi-Fly Malta, a subsidiary of Hi-Fly. Registered 9H-SUN, the aircraft can accommodate up to 295 passengers in 24-seat configuration in Business class and 271 seats in Economy class.

However, the A330neo will arrive this Thursday at Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport for the official presentation ceremony after which the aircraft will have to return to France for further flight tests.

https://newsaero.info/air-senegal-le-da ... 0-affrete/


How much is that A343 going to cost them to wet-lease? Sounds like they are going to burn through a lot of money on this. I hope the Senegalese government has deep pockets.
 
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Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:33 pm

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How much is that A343 going to cost them to wet-lease? Sounds like they are going to burn through a lot of money on this. I hope the Senegalese government has deep pockets.

Hopefully not more than 2 months, otherwise pax will never want to fly an antic aircraft with an outdated cabin in a lesser known airline.
According to its CEO, Air Senegal will break even in 2022.
It's also interesting to mention that Air Senegal has signed an interline agreement with Air France to allow the issuance of tickets combining the two airlines on the Paris-Dakar route (vv).
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:33 am

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5NFGS wrote:
Nice, although I would suggest a little more editing.

They can watch the PR accounts of other airlines and learn IMO.


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says a total of 15.2 million passengers passed through Nigerian airports in 227,834 aircraft movements in 2018.

* 11.02 million passengers travelled within the country (domestic), while a total of 4.2 passengers traveled into and out of the country (international).
* Lagos (LOS) recorded 6.7 million passengers comprising 2.8 million on domestic and 2.9 million international.
* Abuja (ABV) recorded 4.6 million passengers comprising 3.7 million on domestic, while the international recorded 941,182 passengers.
* Port Harcourt (PHC) recorded 1.14 million passengers comprising 1.05 million domestic and 92,050 international.
* Kano (KAN) recorded 567,537 passengers comprising 398,266 domestic and 169,271 international.


Those figures don't sound right. Despite Abuja being the capital, I don't see how its airport has more domestic traffic than Lagos - especially by such a wide margin.
 
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Re: West African aviation thread - 2019

Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:05 am

Those figures don't sound right. Despite Abuja being the capital, I don't see how its airport has more domestic traffic than Lagos - especially by such a wide margin.


Having worked for the largest airline in Nigeria for 3.5 years in a Senior role, one of my job tasks each March was to go through the annual FAAN report (Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria) and make a presentation of the domestic market trends year over year. Much to my pleasant surprise, FAAN's report was 98% accurate to our own internal data so I personally have no problem at all trusting this and I will explain to you why I think its accurate :

1. ABV is connected to every single tier 1 and tier 2 city all across Nigeria on a nonstop basis.

2. In comparison, LOS isnt as it does not have nonstop flights to SKO, GMO, IBA, MIU and YOL whilst ABV does. As of Dec 2018, there were 3 daily flights each respectively between ABV and IBA/YOL whilst SKO had 2 daily and GMO/MIU one daily.
 
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:57 am

behramjee wrote:
Those figures don't sound right. Despite Abuja being the capital, I don't see how its airport has more domestic traffic than Lagos - especially by such a wide margin.


Having worked for the largest airline in Nigeria for 3.5 years in a Senior role, one of my job tasks each March was to go through the annual FAAN report (Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria) and make a presentation of the domestic market trends year over year. Much to my pleasant surprise, FAAN's report was 98% accurate to our own internal data so I personally have no problem at all trusting this and I will explain to you why I think its accurate :

1. ABV is connected to every single tier 1 and tier 2 city all across Nigeria on a nonstop basis.

2. In comparison, LOS isnt as it does not have nonstop flights to SKO, GMO, IBA, MIU and YOL whilst ABV does. As of Dec 2018, there were 3 daily flights each respectively between ABV and IBA/YOL whilst SKO had 2 daily and GMO/MIU one daily.


2.8 plus 2.9 million is only 5.7 million so their numbers are off by 1 million somewhere.
 
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Re: West African aviation thread - 2019

Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:58 am

eastafspot wrote:
According to its CEO, Air Senegal will break even in 2022.


That is very optimistic after the track record of previous airlines based in Senegalf. What is different about this go-around?
 
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:21 pm

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That is very optimistic after the track record of previous airlines based in Senegalf. What is different about this go-around?


A shiny new A330 and a shiny new airport ... i.e. nothing.
 
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:37 pm

eastafspot wrote:
2 questions immediately:
- Why traffic is really high in February (compared to July/August)?
- Which airlines have the biggest market shares on domestic and then international? (international I would say 1st EK, 2nd BA, 3rd Arik Air...)


According to this link, Ethiopian with five destinations had the biggest international market share in 2017 followed by British Airways

http://saharareporters.com/2018/01/31/e ... fic-report
 
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:58 pm

usflyer msp wrote:
Those figures don't sound right. Despite Abuja being the capital, I don't see how its airport has more domestic traffic than Lagos - especially by such a wide margin.

Good catch indeed, looks like the only link with the wrong figure was inserted - my bad. The correct total, as you said later, is 5.7 million - thanks again for pointing this out :thumbsup:

behramjee wrote:
Those figures don't sound right. Despite Abuja being the capital, I don't see how its airport has more domestic traffic than Lagos - especially by such a wide margin.


Having worked for the largest airline in Nigeria for 3.5 years in a Senior role, one of my job tasks each March was to go through the annual FAAN report (Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria) and make a presentation of the domestic market trends year over year. Much to my pleasant surprise, FAAN's report was 98% accurate to our own internal data so I personally have no problem at all trusting this and I will explain to you why I think its accurate :

1. ABV is connected to every single tier 1 and tier 2 city all across Nigeria on a nonstop basis.

2. In comparison, LOS isnt as it does not have nonstop flights to SKO, GMO, IBA, MIU and YOL whilst ABV does. As of Dec 2018, there were 3 daily flights each respectively between ABV and IBA/YOL whilst SKO had 2 daily and GMO/MIU one daily.


Always nice to have a rational and professional insight. Many thanks for your input. Abuja's location in middle of the country must play an important role. I really thought that LOS would have higher frequencies links to all sizeable Naija cities.
Probably not related but, do know why Saudia flies to Kano only and not (anymore maybe?) to LOS or ABV?

AF022 wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
According to its CEO, Air Senegal will break even in 2022.

That is very optimistic after the track record of previous airlines based in Senegalf. What is different about this go-around?

RAM was blamed for one (or maybe both ;) ) of their failures, as they allegedly cannibalized all the home traffic and from neighbour countries...

mapletux wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
2 questions immediately:
- Why traffic is really high in February (compared to July/August)?
- Which airlines have the biggest market shares on domestic and then international? (international I would say 1st EK, 2nd BA, 3rd Arik Air...)


According to this link, Ethiopian with five destinations had the biggest international market share in 2017 followed by British Airways

http://saharareporters.com/2018/01/31/e ... fic-report

Excellent, very useful infos cheers!
Interesting to note that DL with 7 flights per week is doing the same as KQ's 10 weekly rotations ("Kenya Airways airlifted 93,307 passengers within the period. The only American carrier operating direct flights between Nigeria and United States, Delta Air Lines had 93,244 passengers").
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Re: West African aviation thread - 2019

Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:14 pm

Guinea Airlines starts the regional network (bland livery on ATR):
The airline based in Conakry will expand its network, to Accra in Ghana, Bamako in Mali, Lagos in Nigeria and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
These services will be operated, in the launch phase, in code sharing with Ethiopian Airlines which will deploy a Dash 8-Q400.

Conakry – Bamako – Ouagadougou – Conakry eff 01MAR19 3 weekly Dash8-Q400
ET062 CKY1510 – 1645BKO1745 – 1905OUA1950 – 2205CKY DH8 135

Conakry – Accra – Lagos – Conakry eff 02MAR19 3 weekly Dash8-Q400
ET078 CKY1325 – 1555ACC1640 – 1830LOS1915 – 2130CKY DH8 136

Ethiopian and ASKY signed agreement for strategic partnership in management, maintenance and training with Guinea Airlines last year.
https://newsaero.info/airlines/1486
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Re: West African aviation thread - 2019

Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:35 am

eastafspot wrote:
Guinea Airlines starts the regional network (bland livery on ATR):
The airline based in Conakry will expand its network, to Accra in Ghana, Bamako in Mali, Lagos in Nigeria and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
These services will be operated, in the launch phase, in code sharing with Ethiopian Airlines which will deploy a Dash 8-Q400.

Conakry – Bamako – Ouagadougou – Conakry eff 01MAR19 3 weekly Dash8-Q400
ET062 CKY1510 – 1645BKO1745 – 1905OUA1950 – 2205CKY DH8 135

Conakry – Accra – Lagos – Conakry eff 02MAR19 3 weekly Dash8-Q400
ET078 CKY1325 – 1555ACC1640 – 1830LOS1915 – 2130CKY DH8 136

Ethiopian and ASKY signed agreement for strategic partnership in management, maintenance and training with Guinea Airlines last year.
https://newsaero.info/airlines/1486


LOS-CKY nonstop with a Q400 seems extremely long, almost 1900km. And is there any demand between these cities?
 
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Re: West African aviation thread - 2019

Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:23 pm

Rumours that Air Malta is awaiting to secure 737max as they are interested to fly to Accra and Addis Ababa
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra

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