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Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 8:25 am

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.

Thanks!
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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 10:32 am

Singapore Airlines 737-400's, when did they get them ??
 
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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 2:33 pm

Hkgspotter - perhaps they are from SALE?

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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 2:37 pm

SIA never operated the 737-400.
 
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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 3:32 pm

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


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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 4:10 pm

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.
 
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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 4:50 pm

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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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 8:40 pm

Yeah, like those ancient 747-400s. Prehistoric things they are!!  Insane
 
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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 9:02 pm

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.
 
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RE: Air Nigeria Ex SIA Aircraft?

Sun Oct 06, 2002 4:27 am


SAS23,

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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