Picture of FirstNation’s first A319

FirstNation Airways will resume commercial operations in 2013 with two Airbus A319s (5N-FND and 5N-FNE). The two, sixteen year-old, aircraft were painted at Dublin, and will presumably be ferried to Nigeria early next year. The paint scheme is slightly different from the one worn by the three A320s that were returned to the lessor earlier this year.

FirstNation Airways - A319 - 5N-FNE/ex-EI-DVU (copyright n707pm)

FirstNation Airways – A319 – 5N-FNE/ex-EI-DVU (copyright n707pm)

The airline also signed a contract with FLYHT Aerospace Solutions to install an Automated Information Reporting System, AFIRS 220, on its aircraft.



18 responses to “Picture of FirstNation’s first A319”

  1. Nabiel says :

    Operating with the same machine?!! i don’t think that’s a good choice..

  2. Mr. Smith says :

    I really do not like this airline or it’s predecessor for that matter. There are just too many instances where the airline stops operations without warning with no refund to passengers. How many opportunities will they continue to get? Did Air Nigeria refund ticket holders after they abruptly stopped operations? The level of seriousness in the Nigerian Aviation industry is still lacking, especially on the part of the regulators.

  3. Anonymous says :

    Here we go again. Can the NCAA help curb this this notorious start-stop operators or at least lay down hard consumer protective demands if they shut down abruptly?
    On the photo: Are they doing some engine work or painting? What’s the reason for the missing front cowling?

  4. Greg says :

    While I also frown at Odukoya’s un-inspiring antics, I’d like to suggest that in the name of enterprise, growth of local know-how and plain forgiveness, we give FN a chance. Who knows, conscience or the market might force him to do things right, this time around

  5. skywalker says :

    Another issue that comes to mind is, why he chooses to use the Airbus 319. I know he has his reasons but with this type of aircraft everything might have to be foreign based which might make operations expensive and complex. I believe there are Boeing flight and ground crew readily available.

  6. Greg says :

    Eric, I’d like to see more CRJs: 200, 700 or 900s. Top Brass’s rumoured expansion involved Dash 8q-400s, and at one point, CRJ 200s. Arik had CRJ 200s; spied one in their Lagos hangar, but it seems they’ve returned them

  7. Igbosere bomber says :

    Greg, why CRJs? Especially the 200’s, the US companies are dumping them because of their inherent inefficiency compared to the turboprops. A Q400 gives you more seats, will probably be about 5 minutes or less slower on the typical sectors flown here and will use less fuel. Win, win, win! Same reason why a 738 is better than a 737, more seats equals more revenue if filled for not too different fuel costs
    PS I know the Nigerian market supposedly prefers jets
    Happy New Year to everyone!

    • Nabiel says :

      The embraer is still a good choice for me though. The 170 to the 195; which all depends on the routes you as the operator are ply on.

  8. Greg says :

    Sound points, Igbosere. It’s the cheap acquisition costs of CRJ 200s that drive me to them; I was vaguely aware they are less cost effective than the Q400 or ATR 72 for that matter. And although our people prefer jets, some marketing, and more important, things like on-time airline performance will attract our travellers to props eventually

  9. Igbosere bomber says :

    You have a strong point with the cheap acquisition costs, especially since it matters more to the airline if buying the Q400 is so expensive that they could buy and run a few CRJ200s cheaper.
    Lease costs can certainly affect your bottom line but as you are unlikely to find relatively new or low cycle CRJ200s you’ll be spending quite a bit when the airplanes go in for maintenance and that has to be considered as well.
    Here’s a link which shows lease and acquisition costs

    PS I’m just as biased as our non pilot friends, give me a jet anyday, they’re quicker and quieter and have the ability to give me a smoother ride by virtue of being able to fly higher.

  10. skywalker says :

    interesting footnote on the MD80. with all that info, one could draw up a rough estimate of how much these airlines actually make on a monthly basis. Again the A319 is still much more expensive than the classics B733 and close to the Q400 range.

  11. Igbosere bomber says :

    The problem with the Classic 733/4/5 is that the final Classic which was a 734 was delivered in Feb 2000 and if the rumoured 15 year old age limit starts to be enforced then it becomes hard to find one which is young enough to be brought into the country.
    The first NG was a 737-700 delivered to Southwest in Dec 1997 so even the NGs are becoming too old by the criteria which the House and Senate seek to impose on us.
    Lease rates haven’t fallen and won’t until the MAX and NEO arrive so how are the airlines supposed to cope?

  12. Alaba says :

    Greg the Sensitive evolving into Greg the CRJ Broker. Alas ‘nary a positive word on it by airlines who have used the -200.
    Igbosere, thanks for that link. The profit margins for these airlines must be wafer thin.

  13. Alaba says :

    Interesting report out this week by PwC on aviation financing & used aircraft


    • Alaba says :

      Where’s the money behind FN from? Regardless of how people feel about Odukoya, FN’s plans are expensive.

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