|Quoting BCAL (Reply 5):|
most of British Caledonian's revenue on this route was held in blocked Nigerian bank accounts and could never be accessed
That was way back under the military rule. Under the current regime, they are trying to make things easier and especially now that global banking is so much easier via the internet etc.
From what I understand of it, the routes being offered are not actually the routes that VK
have the exclusive rights to anyway. They have the rights to the routes listed in the article, but the other airlines have been offered EWR
as oposed to JFK
and to a "small" airport outside London, which is most likely going to be STN
or maybe LTN
, and some other routes that I can't remember right now - oh maybe ATL
were mentioned but I'm not 100% on that.
Also lets not p!$$ our pants just yet. Only Bellview has the a/c with the range to operate any of those routes, and they are unreliable and not exectly the safest airline in the skies, so I can't see the FAA allowing them in anytime soon. Arik have not even begun operations and are spending money like it's going out of fashion on their all singing all dancing HQ
, and don't even have an a/c in country yet. Aerocontractors also do not have the a/c, so it is going to be some time before any of them are in a position to even operate those routes.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"