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Nigeria Airways Fleet

Tue Dec 12, 2000 3:24 pm

Why is Nigeria Airways' fleet of A310s practically nonexistent (with the exception of 5N-AUF, which is on thin ice)? Why are many of the airline's aircraft unairworthy? And why is a 24 year old DC-10 (5N-ANN) still airworthy and 16 year old A310s parked at Lagos, ready to be dealt the same fate as the rusting away TITANIC????

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When the above photo was taken, it was 12/97. The planes are only 13 years old yet they look like this? Nigeria may have financial troubles, but couldn't they have at least tried to save the newer A310s over the DC-10? Please correct me if I am wrong?

Also, what airlines have recently shown interest in buying Nigeria Airways? I heard that SAA and BA have interests?
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RE: Nigeria Airways Fleet

Tue Dec 12, 2000 5:31 pm

I think that BA operates a B747-200 between London & Lagos, on behalf of Nigeria Airways, in Nig. Air. colours.

ps. the livery that they applied to a DC-10 a while ago looked great. Why was it only applied to 1 (?) plane? Financial problems probably.

Hope it helps,

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RE: Nigeria Airways Fleet

Tue Dec 12, 2000 7:04 pm

The BA aircraft has been repainted (in Union Flag colours, I´ve seen it a few weeks ago with "Dreamflight"-titles) and returned to normal BA service after Nigeria Airways´ DC-10 has been refurbished. There are rumours that South African will use a B747 in a joint-venture.

The A310 you show is in a very sorry state. But there a lot of wrecked planes rusting in Nigeria. Okada Air of Benin City (they even had a very attractive B747-146 in the early 90s) for example is almost non-existent. And just a few weeks ago the Government cancelled a lot of registations of these parked "ghost" planes.

RE: Nigeria Airways Fleet

Tue Dec 12, 2000 9:34 pm

One of the WT aircraft that was stored in BRU for years has now been converted into a restaurant.

The Okada 747 was scrapped in the States a couple of years back.

The new colours were for the Air Nigeria project developed by former WT CEO Mohammed Joji which would have involved the separation of domestic and international services.

SA operates codeshares with WT using a B767 on the LOS-JFK run.
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RE: Nigeria Airways Fleet

Tue Dec 12, 2000 9:57 pm

Nigeria Airways recently concluded an agreement with South African Airways whereby SA operate a JNB - lagos - JFK run with B747-300's. Ghana Airways also competed for the award but lost out to SA. On the London - Lagos run, Nigeria Airways use their DC 10 ON THE Heathrow route once a week.
British Airways operate a daily service to Heathrow using B747-400s (used to be the B747-200 in Nigeria colours) code sgaring with Nigeria Airways.

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