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Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:02 pm

Welcome the 17th thread for all issues relating to aviation in Nigeria !

The archives contain Parts 1 - 16.


Airlines currently active in Nigeria:

Aero Contractors - http://www.flyaero.com
Air Nigeria - http://http://www.myairnigeria.com/en/ng/index.aspx (Suspended all domestic & regional operations)
Allied Air Cargo - http://www.alliedaircargo.com
Arik Air - http://www.arikair.com (Largest commercial airline in Nigeria)
Associated Airlines - http://www.flyassociated.com
Chanchangi Airlines - http://www.chanchangi.com (Suspended all operations)
Dana Air - http://www.flydanaair.com (Suspended all operations)
First Nation Airways - http://www.flyfirstnation.com (Now active)
IRS Airlines - http://www.flyirsairlines.com
Kabo Air - http://www.kaboair.com
Overland Airways - http://www.overland.aero
Prime Air Services - http://primeairservices.com/company.html (Corporate Charter)


Air Nigeria appears to be in serious trouble. Ever since the pilot strikes, then the NCAA grounding them, now reports of GECAS reposessing 4 of their 737's. This does not look good for them. Alot of folks had their doubts about Jimoh Ibrahim when he took over from Nigerian Eagle and rebranded Air Nigeria, it seems their reservations are coming to bear.

Is it possible Air Nigeria can come back from this? I would say the odds are not in their favor. Can Arik or even Aero capitalize on Air Nigeria's current struggles?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:16 pm


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A Diamond DA42 MPP twin prop aircraft (5N-BKS) belonging to the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security - PICOMSS belly landed at Benin City airport today. The two occupants left the aircraft unhurt. PICOMSS is a Federal agency made up of the military, Nigerian maritime authorities, Nigeria Customs and relevant departments of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and is partly funded by the US Government.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:09 am

Do you know if all three First Nation A320s are back in service?
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:15 am

Aviation News from Nigeria June to July 2012.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...-aviation-to-acquire-four-emb145s/
Associated Airlines plans to acquire 4 Emb 145s presumably to replace its very old Emb 120s.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...ir-signs-new-maintenance-contract/
Max Air, a major Nigerian Haj Charter operator signed a maintenance agreement with Asalam Aircraft Co, Saudi Arabia that would ensure that it is compliant with Saudi laws.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co.../aero-to-commence-abuja-uyo-route/
Aero is starting an Abuja to Uyo service.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...ommence-lagos-abu-dhabi-on-1-july/
Etihad begins its 6 times weekly flight between Lagos and Abu Dhabi on July 1st, 2012.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...-nigeria-loses-aircraft-to-lessor/
GECAS has repossessed 4 of the old B737s it leased to Air Nigeria.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...-adds-flights-to-asaba-and-ilorin/
Overland is increasing its frequency between Lagos and ABB - Asaba International to two flights a day.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:52 pm

An Arik Air B737-700 (5N-MJI) clipped the left wing of a parked Nigeria Air Force C-130H transport aircraft. Both aircraft suffered damages to their wings.

http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/...wingtip-of-lockheed-c130-hercules/
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:31 am

According to this article, it would seem Arik will be consolidating all their routes/flights out of the new GAT being built. Is it safe to say this is really Arik's terminal being built?

Quote:
Passengers transferring domestically can utilize the shuttle bus between the domestic and international terminal and very soon our passengers will be able to fly out of a brand new GAT in Lagos which will offer seamless connections throughout the network.
http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/07/13/...schedule-for-lagos-new-york-route/
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:46 pm

Arik Air has announced its winter schedule for the Lagos to New York service.
http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...hedule-for-lagos-new-york-services
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:11 am

Does anyone know the exact location of all of the stored Air Nigeria aircraft?
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:47 pm

Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 7):
Does anyone know the exact location of all of the stored Air Nigeria aircraft?

They were all parked at the Domestic Terminal (MMA2). This indicates to me that Air Nigeria hopes to regain the aircraft shortly.

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 5):
According to this article, it would seem Arik will be consolidating all their routes/flights out of the new GAT being built. Is it safe to say this is really Arik's terminal being built?

FAAN is building this Terminal primarily for Arik Air. It is my assumption that Overland and Aero may also be able to use this Terminal.

Here are some photos I took of the Terminal in June this year. I have added airside and landside photos of the Terminal. It is a glass and steel structure with brick facade.

Landside view of new GAT Terminal from GAT parking lot.


Airside view of new GAT Terminal made of glass and steel.


Landside view of new GAT Terminal


Airside view of new GAT Terminal.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:45 am

Aero, Nigeria's third largest airline plans to provide third party maintenance services. It also plans to upgrade its mostly all Boeing fleet.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...o-provide-third-party-maintenance/
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:43 am

Delta Airlines will begin offering flatbed seats on its flights to Nigeria. It will be offering 500 such seats in business class each week.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...delta-airlines-businesselite-cabin

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...s-and-ncaa-oversight/#comment-1827
My response to the findings of the panel:
Reconstruction and remodelling of Terminals has nothing to do with the Dana crash. No amount of empowerment by the CBN would make a bank lend to a high risk airline. Banks would be happy to lend any airline if the loan was guaranteed by the CBN. So why is the Tech Committee playing games. There is a solution but it is not palatable to the FG.
Governments do not set up aircraft leasing companies. The private sector does this more efficiently. The proposed SWF is better suited to help create one and sell shares to the Nigerian Public. Anyway the Nigerian Government cannot afford to tie up this amount as the main beneficiaries would be Nigeria's upper classes. $10 billion can do wonders to Nigeria's basic infrastructure - power, roads, rail etc. Age does not make a well maintained aircraft dangerous. It is operators trying to cut corners and a very corrupt NCAA that are the problem.
I am surprised that the FG imposes import taxes on aircraft spare parts into Nigeria but not on aircraft serviced abroad. How asinine? How do you encourage local MRO activity then? Again Governments are not in the business of setting up MROs. Even airlines such as American and Air Canada have had great difficulties running their MRO subsidiaries profitably how much less a bumbling giant like the FG? The FG should encourage a world class MRO such as Haeco, SR Technics, Turkish etc to form a joint venture with local Nigeria investors. The reconstruction and remodelling of airports should be funded by specific revenue bonds tied to each project. Revenues from the airport will then eventually retire the bond.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:27 am

How is Arik Air's Lagos - Luanda route doing?!!
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:08 pm

A very interesting article on seats available from European and Middle East airlines. European airlines are reducing and juggling the number of seats available while the Middle East and Turkish Airlines are increasing the number of seats into Africa.
http://www.anna.aero/2012/08/02/meb3...a-at-europes-big-airlines-expense/
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:06 am

Recent aviation news from Nigeria:

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/this-weeks-update-27/
Aero took delivery of its 4th B734 recently. 5N-BOB. Arik Air plans to acquire an ex Kingfisher Airlines A332. Ethiopian Airlines plans to operate its new B787 once each to Lagos and Abuja.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:59 pm

Does anyone know what Hak Air plans to do with the four ex-Garuda B734s they have acquired?:
http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/new...erations-in-nigeria-with-b737-400s
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:17 pm

I too am curious to how well they are doing on the route. They have also not opened any new international routes in a while.

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 11):
How is Arik Air's Lagos - Luanda route doing?!!

This is good news, hopefully they can hold on to this one much longer. Taking IT's 332 should atleast keep a standard onboard experience on their international operations.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 13):
Arik Air plans to acquire an ex Kingfisher Airlines A332.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:21 am

The Nigerian Ministry of Aviation and Bombardier Aircraft are to begin preliminary talks on setting up an MRO in Nigeria.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...sh-aircraft-maintenance-in-nigeria
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:23 pm

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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:04 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 17):
A first look at Arik Air's new A332 - 5N-JIC.

I recall the previous A330 was repossessed for non-payment of lease fees. Where to they intend to operate this frame? I hope they can honor lease payments and roll-out a commercial program to operate this aircraft profitably.

If you ask me, the A340s should be pulled out of service and refocus their long haul fleet on the A330-200, a much more economical and optimal bird to operate on their long haul trunk routes (JFK, LHR and JNB).
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:09 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 16):
The Nigerian Ministry of Aviation and Bombardier Aircraft are to begin preliminary talks on setting up an MRO in Nigeria.

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...geria

Smart move by Bombardier. How many Nigerian customers does it have today? I can see that Arik has 4x CRJ-900 and 2x Q400.

Also, would the Ministry of Aviation be the one investing in this MRO facility?

[Edited 2012-08-21 08:10:25]
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:36 am

Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 19):
Smart move by Bombardier. How many Nigerian customers does it have today? I can see that Arik has 4x CRJ-900 and 2x Q400.

Don't rush to think anything will come out of this. It is customary in the last decade for Nigerian Aviation "Ministers" to talk endlessly about setting up MRO's in Nigeria, yet till this day nothing has transpired.

There's exorbitant tax fees applied on the import of aviation spare parts, so it's literally as expensive as sending your own a/c for maintenance in Europe.

Until there is a considerable effort in forming up a whole aviation blueprint in Nigeria and actually implementing it, there is little hope for sustainable success for Nigerian airlines.

Government should not be involved in MROs or airlines, they should just get their act together in providing an enabling environment for airlines to flourish and provide reliable air transportation services, which in turn encourage economic growth.

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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:25 am

FAAN has released 2010, 2011 and 1st half 2012 statistics. 7.6% increase in passenger numbers at LOS. 7.5% increase at ABV. 500,000 difference in domestic passenger numbers between LOS & ABV.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:30 am

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 21):
FAAN has released 2010, 2011 and 1st half 2012 statistics. 7.6% increase in passenger numbers at LOS. 7.5% increase at ABV. 500,000 difference in domestic passenger numbers between LOS & ABV.

For which year on year is the percentage increase you mentioned applicable?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:45 pm

THe percentages are comparing 2011 numbers against 2010.

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 22):
For which year on year is the percentage increase you mentioned applicable?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:11 pm

United to commence using the 787 on the IAH - LOS route starting Jan 7, 2013:

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...s-direct-flight-to-lagos-from-2013
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:54 pm

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 20):
Don't rush to think anything will come out of this. It is customary in the last decade for Nigerian Aviation "Ministers" to talk endlessly about setting up MRO's in Nigeria, yet till this day nothing has transpired.

There's exorbitant tax fees applied on the import of aviation spare parts, so it's literally as expensive as sending your own a/c for maintenance in Europe.

Until there is a considerable effort in forming up a whole aviation blueprint in Nigeria and actually implementing it, there is little hope for sustainable success for Nigerian airlines.

Government should not be involved in MROs or airlines, they should just get their act together in providing an enabling environment for airlines to flourish and provide reliable air transportation services, which in turn encourage economic growth.

Cheers.

Generally agreed. How about the carriers themselves setting up their own MROs? Or as JV with other carriers or investors or even a PPP?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:40 am

According to this article, aviation Minister has requested Emirates, Turkish and Etihad to fly to Enugu instead as their application for fly Abuja has been denied.

Quote:
A senior government official told our reporter that three foreign airlines—Emirates, Turkish and Etihad—have sought approval of the Nigerian aviation authorities to begin commercial flights to Abuja but the minister “has refused to grant the request.”

Instead, Mrs. Oduah told them to consider flying to Enugu, so as not to overstretch the facilities in Abuja.
http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/index.p...locks-foreign-airlines-from-abuja-
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:45 am

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 26):
According to this article, aviation Minister has requested Emirates, Turkish and Etihad to fly to Enugu instead as their application for fly Abuja has been denied.

I am now convinced that the minister of aviation does not really have a clue about what she is doing. Why would she force them to fly from an airport with less demand and worse still, lack of basic infrastructure for international flights. My last trip to Enugu was terrible. ILS had not been installed despite the airport being closed for over a year due to "renovations". Why would she force passengers to fly from Abuja to Enugu if they have to fly to the middle east, especially at a time when Nigerians still question local air safety? I can understand if she wants to implement growth at ENU, however, the airport is not ready for such expansion.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:28 pm

Quoting ogepma (Reply 27):
I am now convinced that the minister of aviation does not really have a clue about what she is doing. Why would she force them to fly from an airport with less demand and worse still, lack of basic infrastructure for international flights. My last trip to Enugu was terrible.

The answer to your question is politics and an attempt to enforce fair play. I do not agree with some of her recent policies and methodologies but she has a point here. The South South and South East geopolitical zones in Nigeria contribute more than half of the passengers flying to the Middle East and Asia yet both zones are the only zones without a direct link to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar etc. Passengers from these zones have to either fly to Lagos or endure a grueling 9 hour journey by road over worn out highways to board a flight to the Middle East.

Enugu is in the heartland of the South East zone and the Igbos - the third largest ethnic group in Nigeria. The nearest international airport is Port Harcourt about 3 to 4 hours by road. Port Harcourt mainly serves European Airlines and mostly oil and gas type passengers. The Igbos have always craved for the prestige that goes with having an international airport within their zone. Most passengers from the densely populated Igbo trading cities of Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka, Obosi, Nkpor, Oba and Oguta all in the South East zone are within 1 1/2 hours of Enugu.

Ms Oduah who is from this zone is under pressure to do something for the zone and the zone is under pressure from Asaba International Airport which was designed as a cargo airport from its inception. Asaba which is 15 minutes from Onitsha and 30 minutes from Nnewi is in the South South political zone.

The fear is that Enugu will lose its relevance if Asaba manages to attract international carriers. The Government of Enugu State of which Enugu is the capital, does not have the funds to upgrade and update the infrastructure at Enugu airport. But a foreign Airline like Emirates or the Federal Government could do so. A positive signal from Emirates or Etihad would empower the Minister to seek Federal funding to upgrade Enugu Airport.

In the meantime, the Delta State Government and the owner of Asaba Airport is fast asleep at a time when it should be the one aggressively courting foreign airlines and forcing the Minister into a compromise that will benefit both Asaba and Enugu Airports.

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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:25 pm

Based on existing flight schedules and demand patterns, to me it seems more like that you will see EK, EY or QR serve Abuja, Kano and or Port Harcourt next than any of the other cities. EY and QR have the advantage of operating narrowbody aircraft so they could open smaller markets, but the Nigerian secondary destinations are too far away from their hubs besides the fact they both only serve Lagos in the region, so Accra would be a more logical next destination than another route to Nigeria. With that being said, it would probably be worthwhile to explore combining ABV/KAN/PHC into multi-stop routings serving two cities per flight with an A330-200 or similar.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:03 pm

http://allafrica.com/stories/201208310500.html
One hundred thousand Nigerians are scheduled to perform this years Hajj. They will be ferried by 4 Nigerian Hajj Charter operators flying more than 8 large aircraft from 12 Nigerian airports.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201209020213.html
The Federal Government has taken delivery of a brand new Citation Surveillance aircraft on behalf of the Nigerian Customs.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...09/02/this-weeks-update-29/n608sc/
Aero has taken delivery of a Boeing B734 on lease from GECAS. The aircraft is 14 years old.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:54 pm

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force perform live on a KLM flight. Must have been a treat for those on board.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfQIZRnXjaQ&feature=share
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:56 pm

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...y540-to-start-accra-lagos-flights/
Fly540 which will change its name to fastjet in the near future is planning to begin Accra to Lagos flights on September 24, 2012.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:48 am

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co...2012/09/05/air-nigeria-shuts-down/
Air Nigeria to cease operations on September 10th citing employee disloyalty and high tension operating environment. This is the 3rd airline that has closed down under Jimoh Ibrahim's control.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:41 am

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 33):
Air Nigeria to cease operations on September 10th citing employee disloyalty and high tension operating environment. This is the 3rd airline that has closed down under Jimoh Ibrahim's control.

Incredible, really. There must be a huge vacuum of service in Nigeria now.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:12 pm

The bit that puzzles me is this "The airline advises passengers to contact the agents from whom they have purchased tickets for a refund".

Surely Air Nigeria has some responsibility here?.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:40 pm

Clearly this bodes well for Arik as the other major regional competitor is out of the game. I would expect them to capitalize on this as they have Cameroun.

I wonder how this will affect Delta & Kenya Airways who they have agreements with. Do they currently feed substantial passengers to the two airlines that would now be lost?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:36 pm

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 36):
Clearly this bodes well for Arik as the other major regional competitor is out of the game. I would expect them to capitalize on this as they have Cameroun.

What of Cameroun? Is Air Cameroun or whatever it is called actually flying now?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:03 am

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 39):
Meanwhile in other related news, Dana has had their operating licence reactivated.

Yes, very good news indeed. It is probably the best run Nigerian airline in terms of governance and corporate responsibility.
http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/...pic/44004-fg-lifts-ban-on-dana-air

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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:03 pm

As much as they have been demonized by the media, will Nigerians still fly Dana Air? Seems like an impossibly uphill battle to me.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:17 pm

I definitely think they have an uphill battle. However with Air Nigeria now out of the game, and I don't think First Nation is flying yet, it will be an easier challenge for them as to some extent, many people will have no/little choice but to fly them.

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 42):
Seems like an impossibly uphill battle to me.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:12 pm

Disappointing news from Air Nigeria.
This just leaves Aero and Arik for regional operations, correct?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:23 pm

Not really, Aero to my understanding only services LOS - ACC. So it really is just Arik (out of Nigeria) that serves the regional west coast.

Quoting brj (Reply 44):
This just leaves Aero and Arik for regional operations, correct?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:43 pm

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 42):
Not really, Aero to my understanding only services LOS - ACC. So it really is just Arik (out of Nigeria) that serves the regional west coast.

I thought Aero flew to Douala and Malabo? The newly acquired B734 should give them the ability to start new routes.

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 39):
As much as they have been demonized by the media, will Nigerians still fly Dana Air? Seems like an impossibly uphill battle to me.

Dana Air has diehard customers. Its load factor was very high during the few days it flew after the crash. With Air Nigeria out of the picture, it will be much easier for them to grab back their market share. I will not be surprised to hear that Dana Air acquires Air Nigeria's EMB 190s. This will reduce the average age of their fleet. Dana Air acquired another MD-83 a week before the crash so their fleet size remains the same as before.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:11 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 43):
I thought Aero flew to Douala and Malabo? The newly acquired B734 should give them the ability to start new routes.

Isn't there a vacuum of domestic service without VK? I would assume all Nigerian carriers would probably focus their energies on the domestic market now.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:35 pm

Quoting AF022 (Reply 44):
Isn't there a vacuum of domestic service without VK? I would assume all Nigerian carriers would probably focus their energies on the domestic market now.

The remaining airlines can comfortably handle the vacuum left by Air Nigeria, IRS and First Nation. IRS and First Nation will be back soon. The high ticket prices, Dana Air crash and fears over the older aircraft flown by Air Nigeria, IRS and First Nation has lead to a drop in passenger traffic domestically. This is a very short term phenomenon. Passenger levels should be back to the pre- Dana Air crash levels in the important fourth quarter period.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:18 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 45):
IRS and First Nation will be back soon.

IRS are still operating normally as far as I know.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 43):
I thought Aero flew to Douala and Malabo? The newly acquired B734 should give them the ability to start new routes.

They stopped flying those routes a couple years ago including Libreville, leaving ACC as their only regional route. I'm not sure of this, but did they actually ever serve DLA?

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 40):
I definitely think they have an uphill battle. However with Air Nigeria now out of the game, and I don't think First Nation is flying yet, it will be an easier challenge for them as to some extent, many people will have no/little choice but to fly them.

Its only a matter of time before all the paranoia surrounding Dana Air disappears. There are many examples in Nigeria of airlines suffering serious fatal crashes recovering very well from such incidences. Dana Air needs to be back on the domestic market to help lower the hikes in prices (I have heard some pretty nasty things happening in terms of ticketing sales due to the vacuum left by the other airlines)
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:35 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 45):
IRS and First Nation will be back soon.

IRS never stopped operations. I still see them everyday.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:44 pm

Looks like Arik is in the later stages of preparing to be listed on the NSE (Nigerian Stock Exchange).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201209120091.html
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 17

Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:25 pm

Quoting ssublyme (Reply 48):
Looks like Arik is in the later stages of preparing to be listed on the NSE (Nigerian Stock Exchange).

This is a welcome development for one of the few potentially viable airlines in Nigeria. On the other hand listing on the NSE will give Arik a proper valuation and allow AMCON which bought Arik debt for equity to cash out.
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