This week’s update

Updates:

  • Chanchangi’s second B737-300 (5N-BMC) will re-join the airline’s fleet shortly. The airlines also hopes to add two more B737 Classics before the summer.
  • The Minister of Aviation disclosed that the launch of a new national carrier is in its final stage of approval.
  • FAAN has begun to dismantle derelict aircraft at Lagos Airport, meanwhile an entrepreneur wants to collect abandoned aircraft to set up an Aviation Museum in Nigeria.
  • The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced it will enforce the new Passenger Bill of Rights to make sure that all airlines comply to the new rules protecting air travellers.
  • Gombe State Government has struck a new deal with Arik Air to increase the current five-weekly service between Gombe and Abuja to a daily service.
  • Med-View Airline has suspended its Lagos-Owerri service after just one month.
  • AirFrance will offer more seats on its daily flights from Paris to Abuja and Port Harcourt per 31 March 2013, changing from A332 to B772 equipment. The airline also serves Lagos daily from Paris with an A332.
  • The Nigerian Air Force has acquired a former SAS B737-505 (to be registered NAF 916; ex-LN-BRV). The aircraft is currently at Istanbul for maintenance.
  • PICOMMS lost the feud with NIMASA and will be disolved by the Federal Government. The Nigerian Navy will take over the assets of PICOMMS, including a B350, DA42 and Cessna 206.
  • An article on the Biafran Air Force (shared by Alaba).
  • Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers in the US for further training.
  • The foundation of the new airport in Bauchi State was laid by the State Governor on 25 January 2013. The second airport in the state should be ready before the end of the year.
  • A couple of pictures showing the ongoing renovation work on the Owerri Airport terminal emerged on the net. Apparently all the domestic airports – Benin, Port Harcourt and Enugu – are getting a very similar look.
Owerri Airport

Owerri Airport

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6 responses to “This week’s update”

  1. Alaba says :

    The ‘new’ Airforce 737-505 plane is a 20 year old machine. Wonder how much WE paid for it.

  2. Alaba says :

    Does the NN have any fixed wing assets?

  3. Greg says :

    Don’t think so, sir. They would make sure we heard, if they did. I recall the intro of the Westland Lynxes, circa 86; they publicised it, our people were impressed, and they were put to good use, the much we could tell. Sad contrast with today’s Agustas.

    Nonetheless, the Navy arguably could patrol our shores with fixed wing aircraft. Two factory new F-27s were delivered to Benin City’s Maritime air formation circa ’88. Each probably flew less than 300 hrs all told, before they went into attrition, courtesy, IBB and Abacha. Who knows, given their track record with the Lynxes, the Navy could have performed better?

  4. Greg says :

    Hey, on this story/thread, it’s said NN will take over PICOMMS’ 3 aircraft

    • Alaba says :

      Greg, its because of the NN takeover of PICOMMS fixed wing that I made my comments. NN, an outfit that struggles to run choppers then takes over fixed wing assets with supposedly high tech surveillance equipment…hmmmm.

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