Allied Air Cargo took delivery of a B737-400 freighter (5N-OTT; ex-N737WF) on 22 January 2013. It’s the first aircraft of this type to join Allied Air’s fleet. The cargo aircraft is painted in DHL/Allied Air Cargo colours. DHL announced in November 2012 that it would base a B734F at Lagos Airport, after obtaining approval from the NCAA to operate domestic cargo flights.
- FirstNation Airways intends to lease an A319 (5N-FND; ex-EI-DVD) from ILFC. The aircraft is being prepared for painting at Dublin.
- Allied Air Cargo, reportedly, has acquired a B734F (5N-OTT; ex-N737WF).
- NAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules (NAF 917) has been repaired and is back in service. The aircraft’s wing was hit by an Arik Air B737 on 14 July at Jos Airport.
- United Airlines has postponed the start of its five weekly B787 service to Lagos till the end of January 2013. The flights from Houston to Lagos are currently operated with a B777.
- The Federal Government has designated Kano Airport as cargo airport.
- The authorities also announced that mobile airfield lighting will soon be installed at Lagos Airport runway 18L, serving the domestic terminals.
- The House of Representatives has passed a resolution calling for the dismissal of the NCAA’s DG, Harold Demuren, as well as the withdrawal of Dana Air’s AOC.
- The Federal Ministry of Aviation admits that the Nigeria’s radar and airport security systems are not functioning properly, contrary to claims made by NAMA.
- There was a minor fire incident at a construction site beside the D-wing extension of the international terminal at Lagos Airport, on 20 December 2012. On Wednesday, part of the roof of a building – most likely the E-wing of the international terminal – was blown off by a Avient Aviation MD11F taking off.
- About 300 christian pilgrims are stranded at Tel Aviv airport, as KS Travels/Empire Aviation Services failed to arrange a charter flight back to Nigeria.
- To emergency landings this week: an Overland Airways ATR42 from Ilorin to Lagos developed issues with its landing gear last Sunday, while an Aero B737 on its way from Lagos to Enugu experienced an engine failure on Tuesday.
- The governor of the Central Bank, L. Sanusi, has advised the Federal Government against the idea of floating a government-owned national airline
- It appears that the recent proliferation of charter airlines in Nigeria also resulted in many ‘paper’ airlines: Fly Jets, Ferry Aviation, and Ed Air.
An Allied Air Cargo Boeing 727-200 freighter (5N-BJN) overan the runway upon landing at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana, on Saturday evening, June 2, at about 19:10. The crew of four survived the accident unhurt, but at least ten people were killed on the ground after the aircraft broke through the perimeter fence and hit a minivan. The aircraft received substantial damage (see pictures).
Allied Air Cargo was formed in 1998 and operates a fleet of four B727Fs as well as two MD-11Fs wet-leased from World Airways.
- Arik Air will suspend its Abuja-London service again per 25 March. Apparently the slot issue at London Heathrow has not been resolved.
- Arik Air has ferried one of its CRJ900 aircraft (5N-JEC) to Arkansas for maintenance recently.
- SkyBird Air will soon take delivery of its first Dornier 328Jet (5N-BMH).
- DANA will also accept a new Dornier 328 aircraft (5N-DOW / ex-D-CASI) soon, after selling some of its aircraft last year.
- Air Taraba’s EMB145 has received its livery (without titles yet) at Bournemouth; the aircraft will be registered 5N-BOZ.
- A police helicopter (a Bell 427 that joined the fleet last year; 5N-POL) crashed near Jos on 14 March. The Airwing of the Nigerian Police also acquired a Cessna Citation XLS (5N-HAR) new last year.
- Shell has given Caverton Helicopters a loan of $85 million to upgrade its fleet with six AW139s. Caverton will from next month expand its operations to Cameroon, signing a five-year contract with the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company.
- Air France will resume flights from Lagos to Abuja from June 2012. It will be the airline’s third destination in Nigeria.
- Enugu Airport will be closed for traffic for three weeks from 18 March (now postponed to April), to enable the installation of runway lighting.
- Bauchi Airport has re-opened after a year of renovation works.
- Kano State Government has appealed to KLM to shelve plans to suspend operations at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport.
- FirstNation Airways have commenced a daily Abuja-Port Harcourt service from 14 March.
- Allied Air Cargo continues to lease two MD11Fs from World Airways along its own four B727Fs.
- Associated Aviation still operates an ERJ-145 (5N-BJM) leased from the Bauchi State government.
- MaxAir has acquired a Embraer Legacy 600 (M-ANGA) for its charter operations. The airline also operates a Learjet 45 (5N-LDM).
Allied Air Cargo is expanding both its aircraft fleet size and route network throughout Africa due to increased demand on all routes. The airline currently operates a fleet of four Boeing 727 Freighters and two MD11Fs leased from World Airways, but will add a third MD11F and two B737-300Fs later this year.
From its European base in Ostende, Belgium, Allied Air now offer direct MD11F services to Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt in Nigeria as well as Kinshasa (in conjunction with Demavia), Libreville (in conjunction with Gabon Airlines), Lusaka (in conjunction with Eurocargo/Stabo Air) as well as numerous other destinations in Africa including Entebbe, Johannesburg and Nairobi.
The B727 fleet operate regional services within West Africa including Abidjan, Accra, Doula, Libreville, Malabo (in conjunction with DHL) as well as domestic freighter services within Nigeria.
One of Allied Air’s B727Fs (5N-JNR) was recently painted in DHL colours (copyright Hsanchez27):