This week’s update

Short updates:

  • Dominion Air, which became a charter operator in March 2012, still has no website, although it seems the airline is fully operational. Often spotted at the Dominion Aviation Hangar at Lagos airport are a Challenger 600 (N664D) in new colours and registered to World Mission Agency, as well as a B1900D (5N-WCI; ex-5N-PTL).
  • Is Gyro Air, another Lagos-based charter operator, still active? The airline’s website went off-line recently.
  • So far, no more information is available about the four ERJ145s, which would be leased by Associated Aviation this month.
  • Nigeria suspended all Haji flights, as Saudi Arabia refused entrance to female pilgrims travelling without male guardians.
  • The Federal Government has again expressed the intention to financially assist existing airlines to lease newer aircraft and confirmed that a new national airline will be floated before the end of the year in partnership with a major European carrier.
  • The Kano State Government has requested the Federal Government to grant Turkish Airlines access to Kano Airport.
  • After a report that the number of private aircraft in Nigeria skyrocketed in the past years, the NCAA claimed that there are only ten private jets on the Nigerian register. However, this number doesn’t seem to include the locally registered jets of corporations and charter operators.
  • Fly540 failed to commence flights between Accra and Lagos on 24 September 2012.
  • RwandAir will introduce its new CRJ900 on the Kigali-Lagos route in October 2012, but the service will be five-weekly rather than daily.
  • Air Côte d’Ivoire, which will launch operations in November 2012, plans to serve Lagos from Abidjan. There are no direct flights between the two cities since the demise of Air Nigeria.

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5 responses to “This week’s update”

  1. Greg says :

    N664D is a Challenger 604, and it belongs to Bishop Oyedepo, of the Living Faith Church. He once had a US reg’d BAe 800, but I don’t know if he still flies that one. The Beech is said to have been acquired from Wing Aviation. Oyedepo owns one of the few hangars in private hands in Nigeria. It houses N664D; at Lagos airport.

  2. Alaba says :

    What are the rules around using non 5N registered aircraft based in Nigeria? I know its very strict doing the same in the US with non N reg planes.

  3. Greg says :

    On, they say 5N- is a liability. Most corporate jets which bear it lose value by great margins; that’s only a reflection of the int community’s perception of our civil avtn authorities and the entire scene. Many ppruners hate Nigeria but even they admit it’s rather unfair. Ultimately, acceptance of N regs is admission of the status quo by NCAA, unfortunately

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