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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:51 am

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What airlines currently service Maiduguri Airport (MIU), Nigeria, is it even in operation


Max Air and Azman Air fly to Abuja from Maiduguri

https://www.flightsfrom.com/MIU/departures
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:59 am

Thanks for the quick reply, I guess during the Boko Haram days, MIU airport was bombed and closed for a while. That is good it is back up and running. Any idea if the 747's flew in there during the HAJJ ???
 
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Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:24 am

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Thanks for the quick reply, I guess during the Boko Haram days, MIU airport was bombed and closed for a while. That is good it is back up and running. Any idea if the 747's flew in there during the HAJJ ???


Here a picture thousand words :-) from the Nigeria Hajj Commission Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/Nigeriahajjcom ... tn__=EHH-R
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:51 am

Dana Air has taken delivery of a Boeing 737-300 with another expected before the end of the year.

https://punchng.com/dana-air-takes-deli ... -b737-300/
 
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Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:28 am

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This is awesome. ASKY growing to an all 737 operation, and it seems to be able to source them (or ET does on its behalf) despite the crunch for such aircraft in light of MAX groundings.

One thing I have wondered about is what ET does with the 26+ Q400s they have. While they lease a few of them to their subsidiaries including ASKY and Ethiopian Mozambique, they are the backbone of a strong domestic operation within Ethiopia. The frequencies within Ethiopia have grown astoundingly, with consistent, daily, multi flight operations to many of its destinations.

Does anyone know if ET's subsidiary in Chad is still operating? Also what became of the one in Guinea? Schedules for the latter were once posted but didn't hear much about it.
 
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Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:36 am

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This is awesome. ASKY growing to an all 737 operation, and it seems to be able to source them (or ET does on its behalf) despite the crunch for such aircraft in light of MAX groundings.

One thing I have wondered about is what ET does with the 26+ Q400s they have. While they lease a few of them to their subsidiaries including ASKY and Ethiopian Mozambique, they are the backbone of a strong domestic operation within Ethiopia. The frequencies within Ethiopia have grown astoundingly, with consistent, daily, multi flight operations to many of its destinations.

Does anyone know if ET's subsidiary in Chad is still operating? Also what became of the one in Guinea? Schedules for the latter were once posted but didn't hear much about it.

The Guinea airline is launching YE19.
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:03 pm

Air Senegal to start DSS-Washington.

http://www.aps.sn/actualites/economie/t ... n-ministre

Didn't SAA pull out because traffic was weak?
 
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Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:16 pm

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Air Senegal to start DSS-Washington.

http://www.aps.sn/actualites/economie/t ... n-ministre

Didn't SAA pull out because traffic was weak?


This is one of those "I'll believe it when the plane lands" announcements. I don't think HC is even ETOPS certified yet...
 
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:37 pm

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Air Senegal to start DSS-Washington.

http://www.aps.sn/actualites/economie/t ... n-ministre

Didn't SAA pull out because traffic was weak?


Nice one!

According to useful post #19 by Behramjee, how much would Air Senegal have to pay extra if they want to operate a triangular DSS - IAD/NYC - YUL or vv route?
With the ABJ feed in A330, can they increase their loads to America?

"Just to provide some real facts - P2P round trip pax demand to North America from Dakar is as follows for the past 12 months :
NYC 32,000
IAD 19,000
YUL 17,000

FYI the average fare for IAD from DSS is +35% higher yielding than YUL as YUL is primarily student / vfr traffic with hardly any J class demand."



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Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:48 pm

Air Peace has been using one of their triple sevens to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa following the outbreak of xenophobic violence earlier this month. The Chairman/CEO of the airline Mr Allen Onyema personally met the first flight to arrive in Lagos.

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa ... out-of-sa/

https://www.africanews.com/2019/09/11/o ... -airline//

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/ ... 10949.html
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:34 pm

Hi guys

Is there been any further progress with air peace launching UK flights?
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:23 am

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AF022 wrote:
Air Senegal to start DSS-Washington.

http://www.aps.sn/actualites/economie/t ... n-ministre

Didn't SAA pull out because traffic was weak?


Nice one!

According to useful post #19 by Behramjee, how much would Air Senegal have to pay extra if they want to operate a triangular DSS - IAD/NYC - YUL or vv route?
With the ABJ feed in A330, can they increase their loads to America?

"Just to provide some real facts - P2P round trip pax demand to North America from Dakar is as follows for the past 12 months :
NYC 32,000
IAD 19,000
YUL 17,000

FYI the average fare for IAD from DSS is +35% higher yielding than YUL as YUL is primarily student / vfr traffic with hardly any J class demand."



viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1431635


I can only imagine the security scenario on a triangle route involving the US. For one, if you are landing in US, pax have to disembark, go to US immigration then board again to go on to YUL. For the average African, getting a visa to one of those country is miraculous enough as it is, let alone two. And then there's customs that you go through in the US. And once you arrive in Canada, you go through the same thing all over again. Those dried fish from Accra won't make it!
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:55 am

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eastafspot wrote:
berari wrote:
Ethiopian’s new Houston service is back on again. As of December. It’ll match a similar pattern as the Newark flights via Lomé. The aircraft will sit on the ground at Houston for a good 20 hours however during its turnaround. While aircraft utilization can be debated, it is the best schedule it can offer given its feed options at Lomé.


Thanks for the update as you're often the first, if not the first all the time, to provide excellent info about ET!
20h must be the longest layover allowed to be honest!!
Are the feeds from Lome (LFW) depend only from the 10 year old regional Asky airline?
I really thought the recent partnership with AWA would also help ET in this direction for West African travellers...


AWA is not feeding this flight nor is it serving LFW from what I know. The "partnership" you mention is merely an interline agreement from the announcement I have re-read. ET is further leveraging its hub at LFW to start this new service, which will complement its 4x per week service to Newark. It is worth noting that ET is also fed by Air Cote d'Ivoire at Abidjan for its 3x per week service to New York JFK.

ET will solely be dependent on ASKY for feed at Lome, with 8 of the latter's aircraft coming in to Lome from Accra, Cotonou, Lagos, Dakar, Abidjan, Bamako, Abuja and Douala and wherever else they originated from prior to getting to these cities that same morning, namely, in no particular order, Johannesburg, Libreville, Niamey, N'Djamena, Bangui, Conakry, Banjul, Freetown, and Bissau. This is in addition to the Houston flight itself originating from Addis Ababa.

The ASKY flights I mention above are actually based on the schedule for today (Friday,) which, for what it's worth, I find very impressive. That is 18 cities from which flights to Houston and the existing service to Newark are fed. ASKY runs a single bank at LFW, with late morning arrivals and early afternoon departures (which are reminiscent of ET's hub at ADD some 20+ years ago!)

I imagine that ET deems the 20 hour ground time for the aircraft worthwhile for this service to begin. Not all of ET's aircraft are up in the air at all times anyway, so why not have one remain overnight at IAH? This helps it address the impossible, which is having no feed at other times at LFW and having the entire ADD-LFW-IAH-LFW-ADD service meeting its banks at LFW and ADD. Personally I think this is the right compromise, for previous attempted/posted schedules for IAH were bound to fail in terms of connectivity.


Sounds like a perfect topic on the West African thread - yet very interesting.!

Just been moved to this thread!

You just need 3 pax in regional flight going to/from LFW on each flight to make it sustainable if only they pay premium fares!
Can ET reduce the time on ground in the near future with the 7M8?
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:44 pm

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Air Peace has been using one of their triple sevens to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa following the outbreak of xenophobic violence earlier this month. The Chairman/CEO of the airline Mr Allen Onyema personally met the first flight to arrive in Lagos.

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa ... out-of-sa/

https://www.africanews.com/2019/09/11/o ... -airline//

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/ ... 10949.html


How did that operation financed from?
Its a good ad for them to venture on this market, but hope the local market did not see any strand/delay pax because of this costly rescue!
Do you know how many NG were expatriated during these ops? Long time ago (3-5 years), I've heard/read that one of Jo'burg's most populated suburb (failing to remember which one) was Nigerian's third city in Africa with its own rules, people and products,... :shock:
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:57 pm

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Air Senegal to start DSS-Washington.

http://www.aps.sn/actualites/economie/t ... n-ministre

Didn't SAA pull out because traffic was weak?


Still awaiting for an official annoucement but,

:arrow: Air Sénégal expands its European network with the addition of Marseille (MRS) - France and Barcelona - (BCN) from Dec. 9th . More info here:

https://www.sikafinance.com/marches/air ... lone_19030
https://newsaero.info/airlines/air-snga ... ?true=2206


My view, as a professional A.net armchair CEO :lol: :

Picking up Lille (near Belgium) plus/or Lyon (near Suisse) to BCN would have make more sense to compete with Star Alliance.
Which medium body A/C can they use to such short dest. like Spain or eventually south of France or Italy?
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:13 am

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How did that operation financed from?
Its a good ad for them to venture on this market, but hope the local market did not see any strand/delay pax because of this costly rescue!
Do you know how many NG were expatriated during these ops? Long time ago (3-5 years), I've heard/read that one of Jo'burg's most populated suburb (failing to remember which one) was Nigerian's third city in Africa with its own rules, people and products,... :shock:


The operation was carried out at the directive of the owner/CEO who decided to put his money planes where his mouth is when offering to evacuate free of charge any Nigerians that wanted to return home. The crew on the first flight also turned down their trip allowances. About 600 people have have been airlifted so far with maybe 300 more to go. AFAIK their other operations were not affected.
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:04 pm

Africa World Airlines and Brussels Airlines have signed a partnership agreement to better connect passengers traveling through their respective hubs in Accra and Brussels.

https://voyagesafriq.com/2019/10/08/afr ... assengers/
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/africa-w ... 60896-Xgts
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:50 pm

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Africa World Airlines and Brussels Airlines have signed a partnership agreement to better connect passengers traveling through their respective hubs in Accra and Brussels.

https://voyagesafriq.com/2019/10/08/afr ... assengers/
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/africa-w ... 60896-Xgts


Great news B747-437B, as usual !

Coincidence or not, the patern of AWA directs them straight to like (or favour) Star Alliance members over any other (regional) partners! (ET, SA and now SN, what next???).
Are you behind some of these strategic decisions? :scratchchin:
How is Accra - Ghana now connected to the US, with one stop from Africa?

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:arrow: Air Senegal now serves Gambia daily (its neighbouring country)

https://newsaero.info/airlines/air-snga ... ?true=2223:
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:36 pm

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Coincidence or not, the patern of AWA directs them straight to like (or favour) Star Alliance members over any other (regional) partners! (ET, SA and now SN, what next???).


More coincidence than otherwise. AWA also partners with Qatar Airways (feeding ACC-LOS) and Emirates, neither of whom are part of Star Alliance.

As was discussed at the recent event commemorating the partnership, the choice of Brussels Airlines as the partner to serve the European market was driven by multiple considerations. Firstly, SN's recent "independence" from Lufthansa made them responsible for their own partnerships for the first time in many years, which made AWA an immediate attraction to them. But more importantly, SN has its primary strategic commitment to African markets unlike any of the other major players in Accra (BA, KL, etc..) for whom Africa is just another marginal market relative to their core transatlantic or other markets.

Are you behind some of these strategic decisions? :scratchchin:


I could not possibly comment! :lol:
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:31 pm

eastafspot wrote:

"Just to provide some real facts - P2P round trip pax demand to North America from Dakar is as follows for the past 12 months :
NYC 32,000
IAD 19,000
YUL 17,000

FYI the average fare for IAD from DSS is +35% higher yielding than YUL as YUL is primarily student / vfr traffic with hardly any J class demand."



viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1431635


I'm curious if Air Canada would ever think about YUL-DSS on a Rouge 767. Perhaps 3x a week. Obviously with Max issues AC is probably not going to start any new routes, but I could see this working considering the feed they get at YUL.
 
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Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:38 pm

Airontario wrote:
eastafspot wrote:

"Just to provide some real facts - P2P round trip pax demand to North America from Dakar is as follows for the past 12 months :
NYC 32,000
IAD 19,000
YUL 17,000

FYI the average fare for IAD from DSS is +35% higher yielding than YUL as YUL is primarily student / vfr traffic with hardly any J class demand."



viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1431635


I'm curious if Air Canada would ever think about YUL-DSS on a Rouge 767. Perhaps 3x a week. Obviously with Max issues AC is probably not going to start any new routes, but I could see this working considering the feed they get at YUL.


Air Senegal seems to be creating some sort of hub at Dakar, maybe Air Canada could create a schedule that feeds that hub?
or maybe Air Canada could fly to LFW and access the ASKY network there?
It might be tough to operate just to Dakar without connectivity but if they had conenctivity with a partner beyond their access point maybe it would work.
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:11 pm

Air Senegal has today officially opened for sale its newly planned 3 weekly Dakar-Marseilles-Barcelona-Dakar service using an A330-900Neo effective 12DEC.

Days of operations are MON THU SAT.

Flights connect via DSS both ways to ABJ, BKO, OUA, CKY and BJL with a transit time ranging between 1-2 hours only.

P2P demand to/from DSS over the past 1 year was as follows:

*round trip pax*

MRS 46,000 (nobody operates this route)
BCN 39,000 (Vueling operates 1 weekly nonstop on Sat)
 
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Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:52 pm

Africa World Airlines has operated the first scheduled commercial flight to Wa Airport (WZA) in the Upper West Region of Ghana on 15OCT19.

https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2019/o ... ations.php
https://www.modernghana.com/news/961818 ... rport.html
 
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:16 am

https://www.businessincameroon.com/tran ... agos-lines

Looks like Camair-Co is in trouble again. Or maybe they never left trouble. With reliable competition within the region from Air Cote d'Ivoire and ASKY and Rwandair I wouldn't think they could hold on to much regional traffic with so many changes.
 
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Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:25 pm

Africa World Airlines and South African Airways have announced the launch of a codeshare partnership effective 27th October 2019. The codeshare agreement will initially apply on AWA operated flights between Accra - Kumasi, Accra - Lagos and Accra - Abuja, with more destinations planned once necessary approvals are obtained.

https://www.flysaa.com/about-us/leading ... s/newsroom
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/ur ... 0861550592
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:52 pm

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https://www.businessincameroon.com/transport/2210-9609-camair-co-suspends-its-abidjan-cotonou-and-lagos-lines

Looks like Camair-Co is in trouble again. Or maybe they never left trouble. With reliable competition within the region from Air Cote d'Ivoire and ASKY and Rwandair I wouldn't think they could hold on to much regional traffic with so many changes.

Camair-co was too ambitious with its expansion unfortunately as the dual hub could be perfect for intra-Africa passengers.
Apparently Airbus talked to them for an eventual A220 deal, how ironic...

https://www.jeuneafriquebusinessplus.co ... fficultes/
https://www.investiraucameroun.com/tran ... -sa-flotte


:arrow: Air France set to resume Monrovia (ROB) - Liberia service in 2020:

Liberian president George Weah on Monday (November 4) confirmed the imminent return of Air France flights to the West African country.

“I am excited to announce the return of Air France to Liberia. This is a testament of the measures we have put in place to promote a conducive business climate – wherein we can attract more businesses and investments to Liberia,” the president said on Twitter.


https://www.africanews.com/2019/11/05/l ... -monrovia/


Will Ben Smith wants this flight nonstop to clarify AF WA network or via another West African city?
What was the last AF routing like 6 years ago?
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:31 am

Air Peace has wet-leased a B737-800 from Portugal's euroAtlantic Airways. The EIS date has not been announced. The B737-800 is euroAtlantic Airways' only narrowbody aircraft.

More details below

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... a-b737-800

https://simpleflying.com/air-peace-euro ... oeing-737/
 
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Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:56 pm

Air Peace and Embraer have announced at the Dubai air show that Air Peace has increased its order for the E-195-E2 to thirteen. The first aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2020.

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/air- ... 5-e2-jets/
 
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Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:21 am

Four questions.

1) What's the status regarding Air Peace and their long haul ambitions and in particular the airline's plans in serving London?

2) With the proposed creation of a new national flag carrier for Ghana with the support of Ethiopian Airlines at a standstill or abandoned could we see Africa World Airlines eventually expand internationally and consider Accra to London Gatwick?

3) About two years ASKY Airlines made comments in the media regarding a possible Lome to London Gatwick route once they started receiving their Boeing 737-800, any possibility that this could happen in the future?

4) Is the proposed idea for the creation of the Nigerian airline and national flag carrier Nigeria Air permanently suspended?

I'm sure that I will get the answers I need from the more informed posters who frequent this interesting thread.
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:03 am

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Four questions.
I'm sure that I will get the answers I need from the more informed posters who frequent this interesting thread.

1) What's the status regarding Air Peace and their long haul ambitions and in particular the airline's plans in serving London?

Flights to Sharjah have started. Approval was recently received from the South African authorities to start Johannesburg.

Cunard wrote:
4) Is the proposed idea for the creation of the Nigerian airline and national flag carrier Nigeria Air permanently suspended?

The minister for aviation has indicated that the project will be revisited in future but did not give a definite timeline.
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:01 am

Accra is my home airport (that is where my heart is). It has been great to see the new terminal completed alongside the steady growth of Africa World.

Since the early 2000's we have lost:
Swissair
Lufthansa
Alitalia
United
Iberia
Vueling
Virgin Atlantic
Air Namibia
Royal Jordanian

Over the same period, we have gained:
Turkish
Delta
Brussels
TAP Portugal
Royal Air Maroc
Air France
Air Italy
Rwandair

Plans of Emirates increasing Accra service by adding four new flights a week to the existing daily service were reported earlier this year. Anyone know what happened? Supposed to have started in June and 5 months later, we are still waiting.

I believe Air Senegal commences Dakar service within a month and I look forward to the increasing connectivity to one of the leading regional airports for international traffic in west africa.

5 carriers/routes I wish to see in near future:
South African: CPT-ACC-LHR/LGW BA is making a killing on this route with double daily flights to Cape Town and Accra stop could make excellent revenue/yield increase SA needs whilst reducing fuel costs over each 5/6 hour leg. If well timed with scissor hub strategy against existing daily JNB-ACC-IAD flights, would be excellent for Cape Town to USA traffic. Could work with A332 as a second daily. Eventually SAA will sort themselves out, and this could be the way forward with Africa World network supporting expansion out of ACC.

Qatar: ACC-DOH Lots of traffic heading to China/India/Other Asian countries. Embargo aside, this could give EK the competition they need ex ACC.

Air Canada/ WestJet: YYZ-ACC-LOS large Ghanaian/Nigerian/Ivorian communities in Quebec and Toronto. Ghana/Ivory Coast economies are growing, and Nigeria travel market has always been a juggernaut even in bad times.

South African: JNB-ACC-YYZ SA doesn't offer direct service to Canada. Perhaps the intermediate stop with Africa World connections could fill half the plane with passengers from Lagos, Abuja, Abidjan (I have faith the Ivorian government will eventually grant rights to Africa World) and Accra originating ones as well.

New-Ghana Airways/South African: CPT/JNB-ACC-MAN/EDI/GLA with connections to Lagos via Africa World. This is how you print money.



On the infrastructure side, I noticed a few carriers do not use boarding bridges during evening rush. Remember a gate could be added on either end of the terminal with longer jet bridges during the design phase of new terminal. Any plans to add those? What is the long term plan for adding boarding bridges to old terminal? I can imagine lower cost operators would not mind if there were a connecting walkway from new terminal through the control tower to old terminal.
 
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Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:20 pm

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On the infrastructure side, I noticed a few carriers do not use boarding bridges during evening rush. Remember a gate could be added on either end of the terminal with longer jet bridges during the design phase of new terminal. Any plans to add those? What is the long term plan for adding boarding bridges to old terminal? I can imagine lower cost operators would not mind if there were a connecting walkway from new terminal through the control tower to old terminal.


There have been a number of stands closed recently for pavement work by Terminal 3, so all 6 contact stands have not been available simultaneously. This will sort itself out when all stands are operational - it will enable the widebodies at least to be on contact stands almost all the time.
 
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Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:01 am

B747-437B wrote:
ghdc10 wrote:
On the infrastructure side, I noticed a few carriers do not use boarding bridges during evening rush. Remember a gate could be added on either end of the terminal with longer jet bridges during the design phase of new terminal. Any plans to add those? What is the long term plan for adding boarding bridges to old terminal? I can imagine lower cost operators would not mind if there were a connecting walkway from new terminal through the control tower to old terminal.


There have been a number of stands closed recently for pavement work by Terminal 3, so all 6 contact stands have not been available simultaneously. This will sort itself out when all stands are operational - it will enable the widebodies at least to be on contact stands almost all the time.


Good to know. Thanks bud.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-airshow-ghana-boeing/ghana-joins-airline-competition-fray-with-dubai-jet-order-idUSKBN1XT1CS

Government of Ghana has gone ahead and placed an order for 3 787-9s and 6 Q400s. The minister made no mention of ET so I am a bit worried. Interesting that they did not place an order for 737/A320 family of aircraft. Either they are going for frequency as opposed to size on routes like Lagos/Abidjan/Abuja or they are leaning towards 737 and hesitant to order before FAA gives Boeing the all clear. Personally, I would love to see A220 (C-Series) to complement Q400s on regional routes.
2018 and 2019 have seen Air Tanzania, Air Senegal, Ugandan Airlines all take to the skies. Remains to be seen if government backing is enough in a time with rising economic prospects across the continent. Will all airlines be lifted? Hoping for the business savvy of ET to make this venture a success. Politicians from both major parties in Ghana cannot be trusted to steward an airline through critical founding decisions like fleet choice and overall strategy.
Wonder when deliveries are scheduled for. Should be an interesting thing to see if the flight banks at Kotoka airport in Accra are based around daytime schedules as almost every international airline arrives/departs in late afternoon until midnight.

What I am most curious about is how Africa World is going to compete on regional routes with the exception of codeshares with partners. As the saying goes, if you cannot beat 'em, you join 'em. Time to buy into the new national carrier?
IMHO EK/QR missed out on a great opportunity to expand into Africa-Europe/Asia/North America traffic by passing up on this venture (save your complaints about corruption: there is corruption everywhere)
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:59 am

Would a JNB-ACC-YYZ route work?
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:14 pm

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Would a JNB-ACC-YYZ route work?

Yes it would. Especially if it had the connecting traffic tie in to Lagos and Abuja. There is a large enough population of South Africans, Ghanaians and Nigerians living in southwestern Ontario. Tourism traffic to South Africa and business traffic could provide remainder of Pax needed. I believe you could fill an A332 to break even pax numbers 4 times a week. Would provide the only direct service to South Africa and non stop service to West Africa from Canada. Bonus would be codeshare through WestJet or Air Canada to the rest of North America. Chicago or Los Angeles to Accra and Lagos through Toronto, landing fees aside, could be more cost competitive due to great circle distance advantage.
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:45 pm

TACV Started operations into lagos this week on the monday the 9th with a B757. Operations will be 5 times a week and TAAG starts next week too, twice a week service
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:34 pm

Effective from Friday, 14th February 2020, Africa World Airlines will offer 6 weekly flights each way between Accra and Abidjan, linking the major cities of the world's two largest cocoa producing countries. Passengers will also benefit with convenient onward connections to and from Lagos, Abuja, Freetown, and Monrovia through AWA's hub at Accra's new Terminal 3.

AW428 ACC dep 1450 arr 1545 ABJ Friday only
AW432 ACC dep 1820 arr 1915 ABJ Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat/Sun

AW421 ABJ dep 0725 arr 0820 ACC Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sun
AW429 ABJ dep 1615 arr 1710 ACC Friday only

https://voyagesafriq.com/2019/12/11/afr ... next-year/
https://www.gh-aviation.com/11/447/your ... an-in-2020
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:49 pm

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TACV Started operations into lagos this week on the monday the 9th with a B757. Operations will be 5 times a week and TAAG starts next week too, twice a week service


I'm curious about TACV's loads. Their schedule at Lagos is pretty bad. It appears they had a flight depart Lagos at 04.25 this morning. From flightradar24 this was the only passenger flight departure between 23.55 and 06.00.
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:54 pm

B747-437B wrote:
Effective from Friday, 14th February 2020, Africa World Airlines will offer 6 weekly flights each way between Accra and Abidjan, linking the major cities of the world's two largest cocoa producing countries. Passengers will also benefit with convenient onward connections to and from Lagos, Abuja, Freetown, and Monrovia through AWA's hub at Accra's new Terminal 3.

AW428 ACC dep 1450 arr 1545 ABJ Friday only
AW432 ACC dep 1820 arr 1915 ABJ Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat/Sun

AW421 ABJ dep 0725 arr 0820 ACC Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sun
AW429 ABJ dep 1615 arr 1710 ACC Friday only

https://voyagesafriq.com/2019/12/11/afr ... next-year/
https://www.gh-aviation.com/11/447/your ... an-in-2020


This is a very competitive market. With AW in the market, there will be HF, EK, AW, MS, and SA. It going to be hard to break into this market when EK has a 77W on the route daily and AW is operating with an ERJ-145..
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:53 pm

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I'm curious about TACV's loads. Their schedule at Lagos is pretty bad. It appears they had a flight depart Lagos at 04.25 this morning. From flightradar24 this was the only passenger flight departure between 23.55 and 06.00.


106 pax on the inaugural flight, including 1 immigration refusal and about 30 freebie agents on a fam trip.

The overnight movements at Lagos right now are Royal Air Maroc, Air Italy, Africa World Airlines and now Cabo Verde - depending on the day of the week.

It is a real pleasure to be at MMIA in the overnight hours. No crowds and it took me less than 5 minutes from check-in to boarding gate!
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:55 pm

AF022 wrote:
This is a very competitive market. With AW in the market, there will be HF, EK, AW, MS, and SA. It going to be hard to break into this market when EK has a 77W on the route daily and AW is operating with an ERJ-145..


1) AWA flights are timed to provide connections between ABJ and ABV/LOS/FNA/ROB as well as the ABJ-ACC O&D market.

2) AWA has stated before that the business model is based upon increasing frequencies to leverage the sweet-spot of the 50-seater ERJ.

3) It's a 40-minute flight. The ERJ has a significant cost advantage over a 77W!
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:24 am

B747-437B, great job to you and all the folks at Africa World! You are building a solid airline with a strong sustainable network across West Africa. Being an aerohead, I wish you would get the A220 for the next stage of your growth when the traffic numbers rise significantly to warrant more seats per rotation and you can add slightly longer routes. Perfect opportunity to debut a new livery?
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:48 am

Is it really then necessary for SA to still operate the tag-on to ABJ, wouldn't it be better for them to drop that 3 weekly service (JNB-ACC-ABJ) and just also codeshare with AWA on ACC-ABJ.
I believe currently that service is operated with A320 3 weekly, in addition to the daily A330 service through ACC (JNB-ACC-IAD). Of course more ideal then will be to connect with both services for JNB and IAD, which would probably necessitate 2 daily flights ACC-ABJ for AWA.
SAA currently codeshares with AWA on most of it's routes?
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:07 pm

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SAA currently codeshares with AWA on most of it's routes?


SAA codeshares on AWA flights between Accra and Lagos, Abuja and Kumasi for now.
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:31 pm

Africa World Airlines is the recipient of the 2019 Routes Africa Airline Excellence Award for "Innovation and Capacity Growth".

https://www.gh-aviation.com/11/452/afri ... owth-award
 
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:22 pm

behramjee wrote:
P2P demand to/from DSS over the past 1 year was as follows:

*round trip pax*

MRS 46,000 (nobody operates this route)
BCN 39,000 (Vueling operates 1 weekly nonstop on Sat)

Thanks for the figures!
This route might not be profitable but HC can make it popular.
Some friends who frequently use TP to Senegal may shift to the local airline.
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:39 pm

Turkish Airlines to start Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) - via Port Harcout (Nigeria), its 59th African destination eff 07FEB20.

TKxxx IST1445 – 2010PHC2055 – 2200SSG 739 135
TKxxx SSG2255 – 0810+1IST 739 135

Malabo airport already welcomes Air France, CEIBA Intercontinental, Cronos Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa and Royal Air Maroc.

Link in French (sorry):
https://www.air-journal.fr/2019-12-27-t ... 17195.html
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Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:27 pm

AF022 wrote:
Superboi wrote:
TACV Started operations into lagos this week on the monday the 9th with a B757. Operations will be 5 times a week and TAAG starts next week too, twice a week service


I'm curious about TACV's loads. Their schedule at Lagos is pretty bad. It appears they had a flight depart Lagos at 04.25 this morning. From flightradar24 this was the only passenger flight departure between 23.55 and 06.00.


TACV are focusing his Nigeria service, at my point at view, on the connections to/from USA, through his SID HUB, which means in this moment BOS and IAD.

Meanwhile, the TAAG service are perfect to connect with South Africa (JNB) and I think there are more traffic and links btw Nigeria and SA then Angola. The angolan oil and gas market dropped down since 2016 and the traffic related has been reduced. The LAD-LOS route was served by Arik, with the CRJ-900 2 times a week and with night time, but with the crisis, it was cancelled.
 
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