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Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:30 am

Welcome to the revived, 18th thread for all issues relating to aviation in Nigeria ! It's been more than 3 years since the last edition (Part 17) took place. A lot has happened in the vibrant, yet challenging Nigerian commercial aviation scene.
Below is the updated list comparing to the 17th edition:

The archives contain Parts 1 - 17


Airlines currently active in Nigeria (including new, and suspended carriers):

Aero Contractors - http://www.flyaero.com
Air Peace - new carrier http://www.flyairpeace.com
Allied Air Cargo - http://www.alliedaircargo.com
Arik Air - http://www.arikair.com (Largest commercial airline in Nigeria)
Associated Airlines - http://www.flyassociated.com (Seems to have been suspended )
Azman Air - new carrier http://www.airazman.com
Dana Air - http://www.flydanaair.com (Resumed operations)
First Nation Airways - http://www.flyfirstnation.com (Fully active)
IRS Airlines - http://www.flyirsairlines.com (Suspended operations)
Kabo Air - http://www.kaboair.com (Seems to be suspended)
Medview Airlines - new carrier http:///www.medviewairline.com
Overland Airways - http://www.overland.aero (Active as usual)


New developments:

1) Passenger traffic for inbound and outbound destinations in Nigeria has risen to 21 million in 2014, exceeding the record of the previous year by over 20 %.

2) Air Peace - launched with great fanfare and took delivery of a large fleet considering it is a new entrant, and flies several routes in Nigeria including a Lagos-Abuja-Kebbi flight probably subsidized by the Kebbi government.

3) Azman Air - new carrier specializing in flights to North / North East Nigeria and Lagos-Abuja

4) Medview Airlines - new carrier, now operating international flights from Lagos to Accra and London Gatwick

5) First Nation - reliable and punctual airline, albeit stagnant with a single operated route (Lagos-Abuja)

6) Overland Airways - probably the most stable airline, operating for over a decade already. Steadily grown its ATR42/ATR72 fleet yet the scheduled flight offerings are limited to a few thin routes in Nigeria. Charter flights are a major part of the business it seems.

Below are some photographs of Nigeria's newest carriers and aircraft additions (Arik Air - CRJ-1000).

Looking forward to great discussion on Africa's giant and largely untapped aviation market that is Nigeria!

Azman Air 737-300
Medview Airlines 737
Arik Air CRJ-1000


[Edited 2015-12-02 00:33:51]
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:13 am

Nice to see this thread revived...

Specifically concerning the noise about a new flag carrier, which started during the Jonathan administration, I am pleased to see the government rethink its position and revert to global trends of government divestment from airline business and instead focusing on improvement of airport infrastructure.

Going a step forward, the government is also strongly advised to assign the new international terminals (e.g. Lagos new MMIA International Terminal 2) to the exclusive use of Nigerian airlines such as Arik Air, Aero, and Medview, to encourage patronage and kickstart their hub and spoke operations using Lagos as a major connection point.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:04 pm

Why havent you listed Max Air, have they folded?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:48 am

So glad to see this thread back up and running. Used to live in Lagos many many years ago, and always fun catching up with the aviation news.

I was not aware MedView was up and running. Saw this 763 parked at Goodyear Airport outside of Phoenix in July this year. Maybe it was awaiting delivery?

 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:30 am

Quoting BRJ (Reply 3):
I was not aware MedView was up and running. Saw this 763 parked at Goodyear Airport outside of Phoenix in July this year. Maybe it was awaiting delivery?

Welcome back BRJ! Yes this Medview aircraft is on lease, and operates the Lagos-London Gatwick route launched on 20 November 2015 on a 4-weekly flights basis.

Quoting 777way (Reply 2):
Why havent you listed Max Air, have they folded?

I am not sure, I did not intend to include carriers flying the Hajj traffic only as that is a yearly event that lasts a few weeks.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:44 pm

Last Medview I saw was the B747 at Kemble in 2014.

Iirc, parts of it were converted into a photographic studio at Hereford.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:35 pm

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 4):

So Kabo air fly scheduled all 747 fleet? I thought they were a hajj chater only too.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:45 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 6):
So Kabo air fly scheduled all 747 fleet? I thought they were a hajj chater only too.

Actually, Kabo was selected as an approved 2015 Hajj carrier in Nigeria. You're right, I should not have included them in the list and I doubt now that they have ceased flying altogether. They did have a plan to revive domestic airline service but this never materialized so far.


In other news, Dana Air planned as of 1 December 2015 to operate scheduled international flights between Lagos MMA2 terminal (used for domestic routes till now) and Accra, Ghana. There was some noise by the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, (ATSSAN) in the run to 1 December 2015 attempting to block the inaugural flight, but this relates to alleged non-payment of salaries. I don't have further details and I'm not sure if the inaugural flight took place, nothing on the airline's website indicates flights did not start and nothing on their social media channels.

Below picture on the right is a Dana Air MD-80 parked at the domestic MMA2 terminal (privately-run terminal, first of its kind in Nigeria)


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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread - Part 18

Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:24 pm

Arik Air has increased frequency of its scheduled Lagos-Accra (Ghana) - Monrovia (Liberia) flights from 3 to 4 weekly frequencies as of 13 December 2015. Flights are operated by the carrier's Boeing 737-800 type. This follows Liberia announcing it is Ebola-free (no new cases).

There's also talk of Arik Air resuming its Lagos-Freetown services, as Sierra Leone has also been declared Ebola-free.


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