This week’s update

This week’s round-up:

  • The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) contracted an A330-200 (N772RD) for this year’s pilgrimage. The aircraft is operated by Ryan International on behalf of Atlasjet Airlines.
  • Camair-Co now serves the Douala-Lagos route three times a week.
  • A new Kano-based airline, Azman Air, hopes to obtain an AOC soon in order to commence domestic flights.
  • The onwer of Millennium Air disclosed that the cargo airline has the intention to commence scheduled passenger services in the near future. Millennium Air now operates a single B727F (5N-BNQ).
  • One of Pan African Airlines Bell 206L4, based at Escravos, with two crew and two passengers ran into trouble after taking of from an offshore platform on 27 October 2012. The helicopter successfully ditched into the sea and the occupants were picked up by a rescue boat.
  • Delta State Government approved a sum of N37.3 billion to upgrade Osubi Airstrip, Warri, to the status of international airport.
  • Aero will lease a B737-400 (N605SC) from Gecas. The fourteen-year-old aircraft is still stored in China; it will be the sixth B737-400 in the airline’s fleet.
  • Aero supended its Abuja-Enugu service, but reinstated the flights from Port Harcourt NAF Base to Warri and Lagos.
  • A body was found in the undercarriage of one of Arik Air’s A345s today. The plane came in from New York, so it’s likely that it was there already for some time.
  • A passenger caused a bomb scare on an Arik Air flight from Maiduguri to Abuja on 24 October 2012.
  • One of Arik Air’s CRJ900s (5N-JEA) has been parked at Cologne since this summer.
  • Dana Air has contracted FLYHT to install the AFIRS 228 on its five MD-83 aircraft. The airline will use AFIRS to provide real-time flight data monitoring and to assist in achieving maintenance and operational efficiencies.
  • One of Kabo Air’s B747-200s (5N-MAD) rejoined the fleet again after maitenance in Indonesia.
  • The FAAN has increased security measures at four major airports.
  • A Hawker 4000 (N412TF) is also owned by a Nigerian, and registered to Skypower Express Airways.
  • The Nigerian Air Forces has acquired two Robinson R66s (N7033V and N804SF) for the Helicopter Flying School at Enugu Airport.
  • It appears that Prince Arthur Eze is reviving Triax Airlines. The airline operates two GIVs (5N-PZE and M-PZPZ), but was active as an commercial airline in the 1990s with three B727-100s.
  • SkyBird Air’s third Do328Jet (5N-SPM) is still awaiting its delivery flight from Germany to Nigeria. Two other aircraft (5N-SPE and 5N-BMH) are already based at Lagos Airport.

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10 responses to “This week’s update”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Arik probably saving money keeping it in Germany

    • Anonymous says :

      or it requires heavy maintance and arik doesn’t have that kind of money. either way AOG (aircraft on Ground) is usually a liability…just a thought

  2. Alaba Bham says :

    Regarding NAF Robinson R66:
    Low time or ab initio helo pilot + R66 = High accident rate.

  3. LAF says :

    Whho knows an active e-mail adress of MMA2?
    The one listed here is a dud and the forms don’t work either.

  4. Alaba Bham says :

    With the numbers of 737 variants in Nigeria, are there any type sims in the region?

  5. Greg says :

    Alaba: 737 sims in 9ja….are you suggesting that our people should progress?

    • Anonymous says :

      There was an F28 sim at Zaria years ago and a Jaguar one at Makurdi as well. I know the issue with our jocks has always been foreign allowance and seems that hasn’t changed.

      Let us hope things change my brother.

      • Greg says :

        Yeah. let’s hope they do change. Our jocks are only part of the equation, though. I hear the location of the F28 sim was deep in tribal politics, with NAL managers wanting it in Lagos, centre of NAL ops, but others choosing the North (Zaria), which is where it finally went. The pains of a growing nation. Ughh!

  6. Anonymous says :

    When is Azman Air starting operation fully?

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