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Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Tue May 03, 2011 2:39 am

Welcome the 14th thread for all issues relating to aviation in Nigeria !

The archives contain Parts 1 - 14.


Airlines currently active in Nigeria:

Aero Contractors - http://www.flyaero.com
Air Midwest - http://www.airmidwestng.com (Launch canceled)
Allied Airlines - http://www.alliedaircargo.com
Arik Air - http://www.arikair.com (Largest commercial airline in Nigeria)
Associated Airlines - http://www.flyassociated.com
Bellview Airlines - http://www.flybellviewair.com - (May relaunch as First Nation Airways)
Capital Airlines - http://www.capitalairnigeria.com
Chanchangi Airlines - http://www.chanchangi.com (Suspended all operations)
Dana Air - http://www.flydanaair.com
First Nation Airways - http://www.flyfirstnation.com (Planned )
IRS Airlines - http://www.flyirsairlines.com
Kabo Air - http://www.kaboair.com (Plans relaunch of domestic flights shortly).
Nigerian Eagle Airlines - http://www.myairnigeria.com - (Now Air Nigeria)
Overland Airways - http://www.overland.aero

Thread 14 has been archived.

One of the ails of doing business in Nigeria. Major airlines reported loosing N1.5b ($100m) over the forced closure due to elections. Arik reportedly lost as much as N269 on Apr 2 closure of nations borders, Aero N119, Air Nigeria N112.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...rian-airlines-losses-to-over-n15bn

Arik Air loses A330-200
http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.com/

First Nation Airways should it operate to Europe might have it's plane(s) impounded due to debts incurred from it's predecessor Belleview.
http://odili.net/news/source/2011/may/1/323.html
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Tue May 03, 2011 3:08 am

Ethiopian is still not allowed to use the 77L into LOS. It's a bit weird because EK uses the 77W and a 343 into LOS. Delta was threatned cancelation of rights into LOS unless it flew the 777 but when ET wants to use it they are denied. I wounder what's really behind it!!
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Thu May 05, 2011 4:27 am

Quoting dkny (Reply 1):
Ethiopian is still not allowed to use the 77L into LOS.

The issue with ET and it's 77L into LOS has to do with ET's creation of Asky Airlines which is ET except in name as well as the high frequency it has already been granted into Nigeria. ET flies a B762 to LOS and a B752/738 to ABV. KQ flies combinations of B762/B737s to both LOS and ABV. Delta, EK, BA, LH etc are intercontinental carriers and are allowed larger aircraft. ET is viewed as a continental carrier. Nigeria DOES not want any one African airliner dominating it's skies or it's immediate neighborhood - West Africa especially as its own airliners build up capacity in order to compete head on with the likes of ET, KQ and SAA. I hope this answers the question you have been posing for a while now!

Thanks Ssublyme for restarting the thread. I was in Nigeria to witness part of the historic elections that will hopefully pave the way for an exponential growth of the Nigerian economy.

First Nation Airways is going through a very rigorous certification process before it can begin service. This is not going to be a cake walk as the Nigerian NCAA jealously guards the CAT 1 status it won for Nigeria. First Nation also has to deal with the very large debt left behind by its predecessor Bellview Airlines. This is a very thorny and contentious issue.
First Nations three A320s, 5N-FNA, 5N-FNB and 5N-FNC are parked at the General Aviation Area. I was able to get some close up shots of them. They have been uploaded and are awaiting screening.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri May 06, 2011 7:53 am

Arik Air is to suspend its service to Calabar from May 7 to July 7, 2011. All flights to Calabar will be switched to Uyo. This follows the decision of FAAN to close Calabar Airport during that period. FAAN plans to carry out repair work on the main runway at Calabar.

http://www.leadershipeditors.com/ns/...&catid=16:headline-news&Itemid=143
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri May 06, 2011 11:31 am

This, among many other reasons is why airlines struggle so much in Nigeria. It would be a chore planning out 6 months in advance even.

Meanwhile Arik has also posted on their facebook page "Houston NONSTOP to Lagos ✈✈✈✈✈ Coming Soon...."
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri May 06, 2011 3:51 pm

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 4):
Meanwhile Arik has also posted on their facebook page "Houston NONSTOP to Lagos ✈✈✈✈✈ Coming Soon...."

Are their JFK flights doing better? I thought I heard they were empty. Why would HOU be better?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri May 06, 2011 4:21 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 2):
ET flies a B762 to LOS and a B752/738 to ABV.

Do they still have the 762 in their fleet? I thought it was only 763s now.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri May 06, 2011 10:45 pm

Largest Nigerian population in the U.S
Oil and oil related traffic.

Quoting AF022 (Reply 5):
Why would HOU be better?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri May 06, 2011 11:43 pm

Lagos State will spend N102b ($650m) to build Lekki International Airport. The airport is expected to commend operations in 4th quarter 2012 and handle 5m passengers annually. By comparison LOS handled 5.6m passengers 2009.

How do you see traffic being split between the two airports? Would some international airlines switch over from MMIA to LIA? How about domestic? Arik is the only airline I could see potentially serving both airports.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...2bn-on-lekki-international-airport
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sat May 07, 2011 3:12 am

Quoting BRJ (Reply 6):
Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 2):
ET flies a B762 to LOS and a B752/738 to ABV.

Do they still have the 762 in their fleet? I thought it was only 763s now.

They don't have the 762's anymore only the 763
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sat May 07, 2011 7:01 am

Quoting BRJ (Reply 6):
Do they still have the 762 in their fleet? I thought it was only 763s now.
Quoting dkny (Reply 9):
They don't have the 762's anymore only the 763

Sorry that was a typo. I meant to write B763.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sat May 07, 2011 11:53 am

Quoting dkny (Reply 1):
I wounder what's really behind it!!

The Nigerian airlines are strongly lobbying against more access for foreign airlines to the Nigerian market (a sentiment sometimes also aired by politicians for popular reasons). I think the real losers here are the customers as they have less options to choose from and no Nigerian airline can meet the connections/services offered by foreign carriers. Asky could build a strong regional network within months to feed ET's international operations, while Arik Air, after a five years, just has a few regional flights a day with no attractive onward connections. Arik also failed to secure any interline agreements as Air Nigeria did. All in all, Arik Air is strongly under-performing - especially in the light of the expectations the owners raised - because of mismanagement. It will be interesting to see which airline the new government will favour. The owner of Air Nigeria has given a lot of support to the president-elect.

Arik Air indeed secured approval to commence flights to Houston, but I doubt a LOS-JFK-IAH-LOS routing will make any difference. Hopefully, they will be able to retain the A345s after loosing the A332. Air Nigeria decided that it will start long-haul operations soon (to US, UK and SA). Apparently, the airline will lease three A340s. FirstNation Airways has the intention to return to South Africa and the UK too, but I don't see that happening soon. Even if the airline secures an AOC, it will still have to settle the old Bellview bills before being able to operate to Europe or South Africa.

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 8):
Lagos State will spend N102b ($650m) to build Lekki International Airport.

A waste of money. It's unfortunate that all the governors are spilling tax payers' money on building economically unviable state airports.

These are the only Nigerian airlines with scheduled operations:

Aero Contractors - http://www.flyaero.com
Air Nigeria - http://www.myairnigeria.com
Arik Air - http://www.arikair.com
Associated Airlines - No website
Chanchangi Airlines - http://www.flychanchangiair.com
Dana Air - http://www.flydanaair.com
FirstNation Airways - http://www.flyfirstnation.com (Planned)
IRS Airlines - http://www.flyirsairlines.com
Overland Airways - http://www.overland.aero

[Edited 2011-05-07 05:13:44]
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sun May 08, 2011 3:40 am

Does anyone know the author of the authoritative "Aviation In Nigeria Blog" and why he stopped blogging?
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Mon May 09, 2011 6:58 am

In preparation of ICAO's audit of Nigerian Airfields later this month, the Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze has announced that FAAN has completed the perimeter fencing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at Abuja.

http://www.thenationonlineng.net/201...s-%C2%A0abuja-perimeter-fence.html
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed May 11, 2011 11:04 pm

Sounds like another F7 was lost today. This is not looking good. While the F7 is not the best of aircraft out there losing 2 in such a short time span is worrisome. Makes me wonder if they rushed NAF pilots into fully owning this.

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/05/a...ce-fighter-plane-crashes-in-gboko/
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Thu May 12, 2011 2:53 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 11):
The Nigerian airlines are strongly lobbying against more access for foreign airlines to the Nigerian market (a sentiment sometimes also aired by politicians for popular reasons). I think the real losers here are the customers as they have less options to choose from and no Nigerian airline can meet the connections/services offered by foreign carriers. Asky could build a strong regional network within months to feed ET's international operations, while Arik Air, after a five years, just has a few regional flights a day with no attractive onward connections. Arik also failed to secure any interline agreements as Air Nigeria did. All in all, Arik Air is strongly under-performing - especially in the light of the expectations the owners raised - because of mismanagement. It will be interesting to see which airline the new government will favour. The owner of Air Nigeria has given a lot of support to the president-elect.

What is ET's involvement with Air Nigeria? Just technical/management assistance, is that correct? I feel that ET was hedging its bet with the ASKY investment as it tried, really for a couple of decades, to get a more prominent presence in Nigeria. You are right, consumers lose but this is not a new problem. I hope Arik and Air Nigeria (and others) can become successful as the market is probably big enough to sustain those and foreign carriers.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Thu May 12, 2011 3:41 pm

Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 15):
I hope Arik and Air Nigeria (and others) can become successful as the market is probably big enough to sustain those and foreign carriers.

        
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sat May 14, 2011 3:06 am

The Director General of Nigeria's Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) today revealed a comprehensive restructuring plan to ensure that Nigeria is in compliant and maintains its hard won category one status. Read on........

http://allafrica.com/stories/201105130771.html
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sun May 15, 2011 12:43 pm

Nigeria signs bilateral agreement with Jamaica. Is there any commercially viable demand for air travel between Nigeria & Jamaica? I'd be suprised to see any ailines jump on this opportunity, however ambassador of Nigeria to Jamaica hopes so.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/busin...-and-Jamaica-now-a-reality_8793232
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Mon May 16, 2011 9:38 am

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 18):
Nigeria signs bilateral agreement with Jamaica

There is a large West Indian community in Lagos, mostly women married to Nigerians. I doubt this would lead to a viable VFR traffic or tourism in the form of Jamaicans visiting the land of their ancestors. Nigerians for their part are renown shopping tourists and not the sandy beach version. Brazil as in the Carnival, Dominican Republic and Colombia have caught the attention of adventurous Nigerians, way ahead of Jamaica, I guess hope is eternal!
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Mon May 16, 2011 7:22 pm

I support the move by the NCAA on this issue....
http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index...id=31:business&Itemid=562#comments

THE Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may have suspended two pilots of Arik Air, for flying a Boeing 737-700NG aircraft with one functional engine from Owerri to Lagos, at the weekend.

According to reports, the aircraft was flown to Lagos, where it had an emergency landing, after one of the engines had been damaged by birds.

The two pilots had their licences suspended by the aviation authority for security negligence, as they ought to have made an emergency landing at a nearby airport or return to base after the bird strike, which damaged one of the engines shortly after take-off.

“I can tell you authoritatively that NCAA has suspended the licences of the flight crew that flew that plane from Owerri to Lagos on Sunday. Their licences will remain suspended until investigation is concluded.

“The crew that flew that plane to Lagos later flew one of the airline’s plane to London that night for their United Kingdom operation. NCAA insisted that the crew (pilots) should not be allowed to fly the plane back to Nigeria. They have been summoned to NCAA headquarters,” said our authoritative source.

The sources revealed that NCAA had summoned Arik’s flight operations team led by the former Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Captain Ado Sanusi, to its headquarters for a series of questioning over the matter in the last three days.

The Arik Air’s Boeing 737-700 plane had made an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Sunday after suffering a bird strike en route Owerri. The aircraft, touched down safely with no injuries to the 69 passengers on board, according to a statement by the carrier.

The airline confirmed the incident in a press statement, where it said the pilot managed to fly the aircraft to Lagos, having shut down one of the plane’s engine damaged by the bird strike.

But the pilots’ decision had attracted criticism from industry experts, who said that their decision to fly the plane with only one engine from Owerri to Lagos put the 69 passengers’ in jeopardy.

The statement issued by Arik after the incident said: “Arik Air Boeing 737-700 New Generation aircraft operating flight W3 596 from Owerri to Lagos this morning had a bird strike on Engine 2 shortly after takeoff from Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.

“This became apparent during the flight and necessitated the shutdown of Engine 2 by the flight commander who piloted the aircraft to Lagos and then declared an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja. The aircraft landed safely with no injury to the 69 passengers on board.”

The airline’s Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue, however, praised the crew for displaying a high level of professionalism.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed May 18, 2011 3:43 am

Quoting MandingoBoy (Reply 20):
I support the move by the NCAA on this issue....

This is clearly necessary to stop this action from becoming a precedent. Imagine if Chanchangi or IRS pilots tried this with their aged aircraft? I doubt that the Arik Air aircraft, crew or passengers were in any danger. This is not the first time this is happening worldwide. There are no maintenance facilities at Sam Mbakwe Airport and it would have been very expensive and time consuming to fix the engine there.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed May 18, 2011 11:58 am

The CEO of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has attempted to squash rumors in an interview with Leadership newspapers that the Federal Government of Nigeria is planning to invest in Arik Air and make it a National Airline. read on .....

http://allafrica.com/stories/201105180349.html
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed May 18, 2011 2:39 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 22):
The CEO of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has attempted to squash rumors in an interview with Leadership newspapers that the Federal Government of Nigeria is planning to invest in Arik Air and make it a National Airline.



Presumably, he doesn't know all what is going on between Arik Air and the FG. The FG has already decided to give a N4.5billion lifeline to the airline.

http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art20110518244818

Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 15):
What is ET's involvement with Air Nigeria?



None. Except that they have a code-share agreement.

It would be good to see a strong Nigerian airline, but with the current owners/managers I no longer think it's going to be Arik Air.

According to a report on Nigeria's booming private jet market there are no 70 private aircraft in the country. Pastor Oyedepo, for instance, recently acquired his fourth aircraft, a GV. As long as his church members are paying their tithes... The report on Arthur Eze is wrong. He acquired a GIV (5N-PZE), but it is not a former PAF aircraft, but ex-G-EVLN.

http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art201105163222837
http://www.ainonline.com/news/single...e-jets-names-two-executives-29644/
http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art201104053322462
http://punchng.com/Articl.aspx?datex...?datex&theartic=Art201104141282651
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri May 20, 2011 2:09 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 23):
It would be good to see a strong Nigerian airline, but with the current owners/managers I no longer think it's going to be Arik Air.

For now Arik Air is the best you are going to find in West and Central Africa sub region. Air Nigeria appears to be a lot worse.
http://www.independentngonline.com/D...yIndependent/Article.aspx?id=34073

And Aero is still trying to recover from the ending of the cozy financing relationship it once enjoyed with Oceanic Bank.

I took a look at Asky's network which has very few direct flights. Any one know if they are profitable or are they bleeding financially? 18 destinations in two years is a lot!
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sun May 22, 2011 5:29 pm

According to Daily Independent Newspaper of Nigeria, Nigerian Business Moguls acquired at least six private jets over the last 12 months at an estimated cost of about $225million (N33.75billion). Nigeria is now the second largest business jet market in Africa behind South Africa. There are now 70 Business Jets owned by Nigerians and based in Nigeria.

The jets were acquired between March 2010 and March 2011, according to a top official of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

http://www.independentngonline.com/D...yIndependent/Article.aspx?id=34166
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Tue May 24, 2011 6:09 am

Embraer has appointed the Barbedos Group based at Kaduna Airport, Nigeria as its executive jets authorized sales representative (ASR) for West Africa. The group operates a Legacy 600, and is marketing Embraer’s entire line of executive jets in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal.


http://www.african-aviation.com/inde...-network-in-africa&catid=16:africa
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed May 25, 2011 12:39 am

Sahara reporters is reporting a small aircraft belonging to a UK based oil consultancy firm crashed shortly before landing at Kaduna airport.

http://www.saharareporters.com/news-page/air-crash-kaduna
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed May 25, 2011 3:46 pm

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 27):
Sahara reporters is reporting a small aircraft belonging to a UK based oil consultancy firm

May their souls rest in peace. It is sad that according to eye witnesses that the crew survived the crash but could not get out of the aircraft before it became engulfed by fire. There are two airports at Kaduna about 2 miles apart. If the aircraft was being serviced by DANA then the aircraft took off from the Air Force base and not Kaduna Airport. The National Open University is next to the Air Force Base. This leads me to believe that the aircraft developed engine problems immediately after takeoff.

A photo of the aircraft appears on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerseyaviationimages/3454627209/

http://www.champion.com.ng/displaycontent.asp?pid=7615

http://allafrica.com/stories/201105250098.html

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/...-as-plane-crashes-in-kaduna/91995/
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed May 25, 2011 9:07 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 24):
I took a look at Asky's network which has very few direct flights. Any one know if they are profitable or are they bleeding financially? 18 destinations in two years is a lot!

According to ex ET CEO Girma Wake, ASKY has been profitable shortly after launch (see: http://atwonline.com/airline-finance...ves-broaden-foothold-africa-0610). They may be facing some headwinds now in Senegal and Nigeria in particular. I don't have any info on their load factor and any other KPI, but would love to know more.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Thu May 26, 2011 1:53 pm

I was engulfed by a feeling of disbelief and infinite sadness when I was notified on the Kaduna plane crash by (former-) colleagues this morning. Not only have I flown this aircraft many times, its captain -irrevocably connected to Victor Papa Bravo Kilo Whiskey- is a good friend. I feel extremely sad that he is no longer with us.



David Sewell came to Nigeria in the later 1960s to work for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan. For years he ran the hotel and conference facilities at the Ibadan campus, spending his free time on his great hobby: aviation. He obtained his pilot’s license somewhere in the 1980s, and when IITA received a small aircraft as a gift from the World Bank, Captain David Sewell became head of IITA’s new aviation unit. With little and irregular commercial air traffic, David flew IITA staff across West Africa in the past thirty years. Including me; I will always remember all those great flights to Kano, Cotonou, Ibadan... .

...Landing in Kano with minimal seperation with that Kabo 747 behind us...
...Translating pidgeon English from Kano ATC for that KLM 747 enroute to Jo’burg...
... Discussing with a BA crew (enroute ABV-LHR) on the origin of an emergency transponder signal over Kaduna...
... Or just cruising into Harmattan dust over Minna...

Shortly before retirement from IITA a flock of birds and potholes in Ibadan’s runway meant trouble:

http://old.iita.org/cms/details/news_details.aspx?articleid=605&zoneid=81


IITA sold the aircraft and after 40 years in Nigeria, David returned to the UK in 2007. VP-BKW was sold to its current owners (repaired and being reregistered), and David was more than happy to return to Nigeria operating it. It turned out that the emergency transponder we picked up over Kaduna came from Dornier’s maintenance center. Sadly David made his last take off from this field this week and now it would be VP-BKW transmitting a signal.

David, I feel extremely sad that we will never be able to discuss Nigeria’s aviation woes again while drinking a cold Star. I don’t know where your last flight is taking you, but I hope it is somewhere good.

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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri May 27, 2011 3:24 am

RIP David Sewell and involved in the crash. And thank you KL577 for sharing the endearing memories of a great man and a rich life.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sat May 28, 2011 8:52 am

Unions representing Nigeria's Aviation Industry are putting pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint an Aviation Professional to head the Aviation Ministry in the next dispensation.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201105260559.html

A comprehensive list of Aviation related projects including the Construction of Umaru Musa Yar'Adua International Airport in Yenegoa in the President's home State of Bayelsa.

http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2011/05/23/...g-to-reposition-aviation-industry/

More on the airport to be built at Yenegoa

http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Nex..._ministry_to_build_new_airport.csp
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sat May 28, 2011 4:59 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 32):
Unions representing Nigeria's Aviation Industry are putting pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint an Aviation Professional to head the Aviation Ministry in the next dispensation.

Definitely a good move on their part. Aviation is to sensitive and strategic a ministry to be left to the hands of 'learn on the job' ministers.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Tue May 31, 2011 12:44 pm

NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL JET FALCON 7X CAUGHT IN WORLDWIDE BAN OVER AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE FROM EASA

*NCAA SAYS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM

POSTED BY LATEEF LAWAL

The presidential jet,Falcon 7x, which was among the this same model of aircraft banned from flying worldwide by the European Aviation Safety Agency(EASA)on Thursday,26, May 29, 2011 may not fly for sometime.
The Federal Government is the only operator of this type of aircraft in Nigeria.
Unfortunately,one of the two aircraft bought for N7.65billion was delivered to the government of Nigeria two and half months ago.
The Federal Executive Council had on August 12, 2010 approved $102m for the
purchase of two Falcon7X and $53.3m for one Gulfstream G550 aircraft to beef
up the presidential fleet.
The second Falcon 7X, it was learnt then, was expected to arrive in the country during the second quarter of this year.
In what is probably its first mission, the jet was said to have conveyed the wife of the President, Patience, to Sokoto during the third of week of March.
The two Falcon 7X aircraft are to be supplied by Messrs Dassault Aviation of
France, while the Gulfstream G550 will come from Messrs Gulfstream Aerospace
Corporation of the United States.
The grounding of the jet carrying registeration number 5N-FGE followed the full compliance with the Airworthiness Directive issued by EASA by the country’s regulatory agency- Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA).
According to the Director General of NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren in a statement issued in Lagos, by his Media Assistant,Mr Sam Adurogboye, he said,’ It is pertinent to point out that this AD affected all Falcon 7x worldwide and the owner of the affected aircraft type in Nigeria has already grounded the one in its fleet’.
He added that,:’There is therefore no cause for alarm as the Authority is on top of it and is not relenting in its efforts to ensure that air travel is saver in Nigeria’.
The European Aviation Safety Agency last thursday grounded the EASA-registered Falcon 7x fleet after a report from Dassault Aviation regarding “an uncontrolled pitch trim runway during descent” in one its fly-by-wire trijets last wednesday.
Dassault Falcon Jet therefore advised all other Falcon 7X operators to ground their aircraft under Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2011-0102-E pending an analysis of the cause of the incident.
The company in a statement says that the crew successfully overcame the malfunction, stabilized the aircraft and landed it safely.
Dassault Aviation performed a preliminary analysis of data downloaded from the aircraft’s Quick Access Recorder(QAR)and Fault History Database.
Dassault has dispatched a team of technical experts to the landing facility where the aircraft is located to investigate the incident and to develop a solution.
The Falcon 7X fleet is comprised of 112 aircraft which have accumulated over 75,000 flight hours.This is the first event of this nature that’s been reported since the aircraft entered service in 2007.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Tue May 31, 2011 7:44 pm

Quoting KL577 (Reply 30):

Sad way of dying in harness.

Dana Air dropped Kano. Why is their website sporting B737NGs?

Air Nigeria announced daily LOS-LGW flights per 1 SEP with A343s: http://www.gatwickairport.com/busine...s-with-daily-lagos-gatwick-route-/

When will SAA start the JNB-ABV route?

ECOWAS has expressed its readiness to establish a regional air carrier, ECOAIR: http://www.thenigeriandaily.com/2011...oo-far-away-says-ecowas-president/

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 12):
Does anyone know the author of the authoritative "Aviation In Nigeria Blog" and why he stopped blogging?
http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...011/04/30/last-update/#comment-832
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Tue May 31, 2011 8:15 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 35):
Air Nigeria announced daily LOS-LGW flights per 1 SEP with A343s: http://www.gatwickairport.com/busine...ute-/

Where are they getting the A343 from? And will they be able to fill it daily? Seems Arik has trouble filling their flights to LHR, if I'm not mistaken.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:25 pm

Quoting BRJ (Reply 36):
Seems Arik has trouble filling their flights to LHR, if I'm not mistaken.

I was under the impression Arik's LOS-LHR loads were fine, however the ABV - LHR loads weren't nearly as good.


Meanwhile, Nigeria is listed as the 3rd largest African country in terms of departing seats.

Arik Air has moved from 8th to 6th place in terms of capacity.

While Lagos shows a net 0% capacity increase

http://www.anna.aero/2011/06/02/dome...-to-be-impacting-moroccos-tourism/
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:07 am

GE is has described Nigerian Aviation Industry as strategic to its growth in Africa.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...tion-strategic-to-business-growth-
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:12 pm

This article exposes more of the struggles between FAAN and Maevis as it relates to the concessionaire aggreement signed by both parties to streaamline airport revenue generation/collection.

Some snippets:

"According to Maevis’ Managing Director, Mr. Tunde Fagbemi, over N26 billion collected revenue has not been accounted for by the authorities at FAAN since last year."

"Arik Air that owes over N3 billion, and Air Nigeria that has a debt burden of over N727 million."

"“FAAN has 477 concessionaires, tenants and business organisations operating out of various terminals and locations within the airport area. Out of these 477, only 79 have agreements while the others, 398 or 83 per cent do not have any agreements or formal documentation of their relationship with FAAN."

Read the full article here:
http://www.compassnewspaper.com/inde...aud&catid=308:headlines&Itemid=600
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:15 pm

Air Nigeria currently facing it's own struggles. Clearly the astronomical rise in price of Jet fuel is affecting them as well.

According to the article cited below: the owner has called for 30% reduction in salary across the board, ofcourse that will only apply to the remaining workforce as he has also called for 30% reduction in headcount.

http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2011/06/09/...ia-slashes-salaries-by-30-percent/

Tough times for Nigerian airlines.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:15 pm

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 40):
Air Nigeria currently facing it's own struggles.

Lagos seals off Air Nigeria office over N500m tax evasion: http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpage...ne/10/national-10-06-2011-020.html

Air Namibia will route its Accra flights via Lagos soon. Air Nigeria became an interline partner: http://twitpic.com/59gtxs
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:18 am

Quoting ENU (Reply 41):
Air Namibia will route its Accra flights via Lagos soon. Air Nigeria became an interline partner:

The link certainly doesn't say Air Namibia will fly to Lagos soon. What is the source?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:46 am

Looks like ET finally received permission to fly the 777-200LR into LOS and first flight will be on June 15, 2011
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:41 am

Nahco Aviance one of two major aircraft ground handling companies in Nigeria is to spend $13 million (Naira 5 billion) on new equipment and staff training in 2011. Read on ...

http://www.champion.com.ng/displaycontent.asp?pid=9056
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:33 pm

 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:31 pm

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 45):
Prophet of doom, or sign of things to come:

http://huhuonline.com/index.php?opti...-news

Wow, pretty loud vote of no confidence in the owner, at least by the interviewee at the end of the article.

It amazes me that the new owner did conduct detailed due diligence before acquiring the assets AND liabilities of Virgin Nigeria. So even if they get a pass on that, how can they not know if staff is owed pay?

"As a result of this, the airline has incurred some debts and have grounded some of its aircraft as Huhuonline.com learnt that only one of the two aircraft the company inherited has been put to major use for sometime now. It was further learnt that staff of the company are being owed for different months with no hope of payment in sight. "

Sounds like micromanagement and interference by the owner is about to doom Air Nigeria, very sad news!!!
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:55 am

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 45):
Prophet of doom, or sign of things to come:
Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 46):
Wow, pretty loud vote of no confidence in the owner, at least by the interviewee at the end of the article.

A lot of armchair/couch potato Nigerian news analysts have set up online news sites where they tend to focus on their own theories, perceptions or front for interest groups who fund them. I am deeply suspicious of this article, its author and the people who financed the article. Frustrated Nigerian employees are known to use news media outlets to try to enforce their wishes no matter how unrealistic. Only a few months ago, there was widespread panic amongst Air Nigeria staff about rumored retrenchment of staff. Now it is about failure to pay benefits.

This reminds me of the staff of the now defunct Nigeria Airways who systematically robbed, ravaged and pillaged the airline to death and then launched several nasty campaigns to demand back pay, benefits and entitlements from the government.

This being said, I do not like business owners who micromanage their business. Mr Jimoh, the current owner of Air Nigeria took over EAS Airlines and renamed it Nicon Airways just as new laws banning certain aircraft came into force in the early 2000s. He was forced to abandon the Nicon Airways project. He came back with a group of investors and took over the ailing Virgin Nigeria. I may not like his alleged micro management style but he has a mandate from his investor group to ensure profitability, prudence, efficiency and accountability.

Prior to recent advancements and computerization in the Nigerian Aviation industry, Nigerian ticket agents were notorious for issuing duplicate or fake tickets and stealing huge amounts of monies from their employers. Their actions at Nigeria Airways, Kabo Air, Okada Air and EAS Airlines were legendary. These airlines were brought down by very corrupt employees. It was common to find a Nigeria Airways DC-10 packed full with non revenue passengers even in first class. Anyway for Air Nigeria to survive and prosper it has to adopt a lean and efficient operating system where every penny coming in has to be accounted for and resources used as prudently and efficiently as possible.

I am not saying that staff should not be paid as and when due. In my recent trip to Nigeria from April 21 to April 31st 2011, I spotted 6 active Air Nigeria aircraft at Abuja, Lagos and Benin. 4 B733s and 2 E190s. I have photos to prove this. So I do not know where the publisher of Huhuonline.com is getting his info from.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:48 pm

Air Nigeria & Delta airlines start their code share on LOS - ATL today. ABV - JFK (via ACC) to start on July 5th and freqquent flyer benefits (earning & redeeming on either airline) will start later in the year. This should be a great boost for VK.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201106160768.html
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 15

Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:15 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 47):
He came back with a group of investors and took over the ailing Virgin Nigeria. I may not like his alleged micro management style but he has a mandate from his investor group to ensure profitability, prudence, efficiency and accountability.

Certainly, the owner has every right to do what he wants to do. However, I am speaking from the point of effectiveness - is his involvement in the day to day operation adding value? Does he have a management team that can deliver the expected results? Are the expected results realistic?

The other issue is wrt due diligence before acquiring the company. Where most of the problems not known at that time? I would think they were.

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