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This week’s update

Brief notices:

  • The renovated terminal of Benin Airport will be commissioned today.
  • A power outage at Lagos Airport last Monday during a rainstorm forced an Emirates aircraft to divert to Lomé.
  • Ibadan Airport was closed last Saturday, after a Caverton helicopter blocked the runway with a burst tire.
  • After dismantling about fifteen aircraft at Lagos, the FAAN has now started clearing abandoned aircraft at Abuja Airport.
  • CAPA made an analysis of the number of seats offered on the domestic and Nigeria-Europe routes.
  • According to some insiders, the Federal Government favours Embraer as provider of new aircraft to the domestic carriers.
  • Arik Air has expressed interested in acquiring Q400s, CRJ1000s and even the C Series from Bombardier.
  • PHCN’s last two MBB Bo-105s (5N-EPA and 5N-BCJ) have been grounded over the past years.
  • An enquiry by the Navy revealed that the crash of the A109 helicopter on 15 December last year ‘might have been caused by human error or material failure or both‘.
  • Caverton Helicopters has ordered three additional AW139s. The company already operates six helicopters of this type.
  • Med-View Airline announced it will soon launch a Abuja-Port Harcourt service. The airline is expecting two B737-800s to join its fleet this month.
  • SkyBird Air’s third and last Do-328Jet (5N-BMH, 5N-SPE, 5N-SPM) was ferried from Germany to Nigeria this week.
  • Hak Air’s first of four B737-400s (5N-BOT, 5N-BOU, 5N-BOV, 5N-BOW was ferried from Indonesia to Nigeria this week.
  • DANA no longer operates a Do 328 (5N-DOW) for Punto Azul.
  • Air Zimbabwe plans to start a three-weekly Harare-Accra-Lagos-Harare service, operated by an A320, per 2 April 2013.

This week’s update

A couple of news bits:

  • The House of Representatives insists on banning Dana Air and firing NCAA’s MD Harold Demuren, who defended the re-certification of the airline.
  • The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will start scraping old airplanes that are abandoned at airports next week.
  • The NCAA has expanded and revised a part of the civil aviation regulations.
  • Some controversy over the acquisition of new trainer aircraft for the International Aviation College, Ilorin. It’s not clear whether the aircraft will be financed by the Federal Government of by the Kwara State Government.
  • The Central Bank of Nigeria has increased the Airline Intervention Fund to give the sector a boost.
  • The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has approved night flight operations at Uyo Airport. The expansion of the airport will be ready in 2015.
  • The FAAN has yet another conflict with a concessionaire about a plot of land at Lagos Airport.
  • Flights were delayed in the past week due to the Harmattan haze.
  • Dana Air has added a fourth, early-morning flight between Lagos and Abuja on weekdays.
  • The Nigerian Air Force took delivery of a Hawker 4000 (5N-FGX; ex-N466HB). The aircraft was acquired as part of the renewal of the Presidential Air Fleet; it replaces a Hawker 800 (ex-5N-AGZ; now 5N-BOO).
  • Caverton Helicopter’s new Dash 6-400 Twin Otter (5N-SHE; ex-C-GUVA) is on its delivery flight from Canada to Nigeria.
  • TopBrass Aviation will likely get a third Dash 8-Q300 (5N-TBA; ex-5N-BIA). The aircraft is currently stored at Maastricht, but flew in Nigeria in the past with Aero.
  • Overland Airways’ second ATR 72-200 (5N-BPF; ex-F-WNUF) was spotted in Toulouse. The B737-800, reportedly, destined for Overland is still stored at Shannon.
  • No date has been set for the delivery of Arik Air’s A330s.
  • Kabo Air was to get a B747-400 (N135KB), an ex-Corsair aircraft, but is unable to finance the necessary maintenance checks.
  • Serious complaints were made about the management and solvency of Kabo Air and MaxAir on a pilots’ forum.
  • No news about the start-up airlines Azman Air, Discovery Air, and Hak Air. Discovery Air is set up by First Deepwater Discovery, of which Babatunde Babalola is the MD/CEO. Discovery Air is sourcing B737-300s.
  • The B737-200F (5N-BMS) operated on Wings Aviation’s AOC belongs to the former MD of Wings, Nogie Megginson. He also intends to set up a new commercial airline called  Jedidiah Air (Jed Air).
  • The Nigerian Air Force is sending Alpha Jets (NAF 452 and NAF 455) and MI-35s to Mali, while a C130H and G222 are used for transporting troops.
Nigerian Air Force  Lockheed C-130H Hercules (NAF 917) transporting troops from Kaduna to Bamako (copyright Dario El-Carabobeno)

Nigerian Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules (NAF 917) transporting troops from Kaduna to Bamako (copyright Dario El-Carabobeno)

Business and private jets based in Nigeria

In recent months, wild guesses have been made in the Nigerian press about the number of private and corporate jets based in Nigeria and/or owned by Nigerians. The NCAA will not provide the accurate numbers, but a list of identified active private and business jets is provided below. The list is not complete and might not be entirely accurate, but it does show that the numbers circulating in the press are slightly exaggerated.

Aircraft on the Nigerian register:

  • Boeing 737-700/BBJ (5N-FGT) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Dassault Falcon 7X (5N-FGU) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Dassault Falcon 7X (5N-FGV) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Gulfstream G550 (5N-FGW) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Gulfstream GV (5N-FGS) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Cessna Citation II (NAF 050) – Nigerian Air Force
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (5N-RSG) – Rivers State Government
  • Embraer EMB145LR (5N-BJM) – Bauchi State Government / Associated Aviation
  • Embraer EMB145EU (5N-BOZ) – Taraba State Government / Air Taraba / OAS Helicopters
  • Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel + (5N-HAR) – Nigeria Police
  • Cessna 525C CitationJet CJ4 (5N-DIA) – Nigeria Customs Service
  • HS 125-700 (5N-AVK) – Nigerian Airspace Management Agency
  • Hawker 4000 (5N-NOC) – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • BAe 125-800 (5N-NPC) – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • Hawker 800A (5N-BNE) – King Airline
  • Hawker 800A (5N-BMR) – King Airline
  • Hawker 800XP (5N-BNM) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Learjet 45 (5N-BLW) – ARM Investment Managers / Associated Aviation / Hangar8
  • BAe 125-700 (5N-BFC) – Associated Aviation
  • BAe 125-700 (5N-DAO) – Associated Aviation
  • Hawker 800XP (5N-JMA) – Arik Air
  • Hawker 800XP (5N-JMB) – Arik Air
  • Learjet 45XR (5N-LDM) – MaxAir
  • Gulfstream GIV (5N-BOD) – SkyBird Air
  • Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel (5N-BJS) – Pan African Airlines
  • Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel (5N-BOQ) – Pan African Airlines
  • Learjet 45 (5N-DAL) – Dana Air
  • BAe 125-600 (5N-EMA) – M. Adenuga / Southern Air – stored at Lagos
  • Hawker 800A (5N-QTS) – S. Iwuajoku / Quits Aviation
  • Hawker 800XP (5N-IZY) – A. Izinyon / Izy Air
  • Cessna 550 Citation Bravo (5N-IZZ) – Izy Air
  • BAe 125-700 (5N-BEX) – A. Dangote
  • BAe 125-1000 (5N-DGN) – A. Dangote
  • Gulfstream GII (5N-BGV) – R. Okorocha – for sale
  • Gulfstream GIV (5N-PZE) – A. Eze / Oranto Oil / Triax Airlines
  • Hawker 800 (5N-BMT) – Ocean and Marine
  • BAe 125-800 (5N-BOO) – unidentified – stored
  • Dassault Falcon 900 (5N-FGE) – unidentified – stored
  • Dassault Falcon 900 (5N-BOH) – unidentified – stored

Foreign registered aircraft based in Nigeria:

  • Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) – Rivers State Government
  • Gulfstream G450 (N224BH) – Akwa Ibom State Government
  • Hawker 800XP (N664AC) – TaK Aviation / TaK Continental
  • Hawker 800XP (N500AZ) – Azikel Air
  • Hawker 900XP (ZS-SME) – TopBrass Aviation
  • Hawker 900XP (ZS-KBS) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Hawker 4000 (N412TF) – SkyPower Express Airways
  • Dassault Falcon 900EX (N512TF) – SkyPower Express Airways
  • Cessna 525 CitationJet Cj1+ (N224BA) – SkyPower Express Airways
  • Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign (N2208L) – United Bank of Africa
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (M-ANGA) – MaxAir
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (ZS-LRK) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (ZS-UBS) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Learjet 45XR (ZS-KAA) – SkyJet Aviation
  • Learjet 60 (VP-BOD) – Caverton Helicopters – for sale
  • Airbus A318 Elite (VP-CKH) – Harry Akande
  • Bombardier Challenger 604 (VP-BJM) – M. Adenuga / Southern Air
  • Bombardier Global Express XRS (VP-CNA) – M. Adenuga / Southern Air
  • Bombardier Global Express XRS (VQ-BJA) – A. Johnson
  • Bombardier Global Express XRS (VP-CEO) – F. Alakija
  • Bombardier Global Express XRS (N104DA) – A. Dangote
  • Learjet 45 (N104DN) – A. Dangote
  • Dassault Falcon 2000LX (M-DARA) – Dangote Group / Dansa Juice
  • Bombardier Challenger 300 (VQ-BMJ) – Executive Jets Services – for sale
  • Bombardier Challenger 605 (3B-RGT) – GTBank / Executive Jets Services / OSA Aviation
  • Bombardier Challenger 605 (N605GF) – J. Ibrahim / Global Fleet
  • Bombardier Challenger 605 (VP-CSI) – I. Sanomi / Gembrook Energy Projects
  • Dassault Falcon 50 (M-SNSS) – S. Tommey / Osmoserve Global
  • Hawker 800A (N118KL) – M. Lawal / ACE / CAMAC Aviation / West Link Airlines
  • Hawker 900XP (N638MA) – Midway Airlines / Okin Travels
  • Hawker 900XP (M-SAPT) – T.Y. Danjuma / SAPETRO Aviation
  • Bombardier Challenger 605 (M-SAPL) – T.Y. Danjuma / SAPETRO Aviation
  • Hawker 900xp (ZS-SGV) – J. Okoloko / Notore Chemical Industries
  • Gulfstream GIV (N990EA) – E. Azudialu / Nestoil
  • Gulfstream GIV (N52MK) – M. Indimi / Oriental Energy Resources
  • Gulfstream GIV (M-PZPZ) – A. Eze / Triax Airlines
  • Gulfstream GV (M-USBA) – Namco Nigeria / Shukra
  • Gulfstream G550 (N169SD) – S. Dantata / MRS Group – for sale
  • Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ (N5UD) – Dantata
  • Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 (N357TE) – I. Rabiu / BUA Group
  • Dassault Falcon 7X (VP-BGG) – Chagoury Group
  • Gulfstream GIV (N707EA) – E. Adeboye / Emmanuel Aviation
  • Bombardier Challenger 601 (N431CB) – A. Oritsejafor
  • Bombardier Challenger 604 (N664D) – D. Oyedepo / Dominion Air / World Mission Agency
  • Hawker 800XP (ZS-PCY) – Oando / Triton Aviation
  • Hawker 900XP (ZS-BOT) – Oando / Triton Aviation / Hangar8
  • Hawker 4000 (ZS-ZOT) – Oando / Triton Aviation / Hangar8
  • Bombardier Challenger 300 (VP-BJT) – Triton Aviation

Private and corporate propeller aircraft:

  • Beechcraft 1900D (5N-WCI) – Dominion Air
  • Beechcraft 1900D (5N-MPA) – Mobil Nigeria
  • Beechcraft 350 King Air (5N-MPB) – Mobil Nigeria
  • Beechcraft 1900D (5N-MPN) – Mobil Nigeria
  • Beechcraft 350 King Air (N404SA) – Dantata / MRS Group
  • Beechcraft 350 King Air (5N-FLS) – Julius Berger
  • Beechcraft 350 King Air (5N-FLY) – Julius Berger
  • Beechcraft 200 King Air (5N-IHS) – Wings Aviation – stored at Lanseria
  • Cessna 208A Caravan I Amphibian (5N-BIW) – Pan African Airlines
  • Pilatus PC-12 (5N-BNG) – Bala Ibn Na’Allah
  • Piper Aztec PA-23 (5N-BGZ) – Africa Contracts and Equipment / MishAviation

Corporate and private helicopters:

  • Agusta A109S Grand (M-AZKL) – Azikel Air
  • Sikorsky S-76C (5N-BQG) – Nestoil

Updates, additions and corrections are appreciated.

Please note that various foreign charter companies are also active on the Nigerian market, such as VistaJet, Hangar8, Empire Aviation Group, Elit’Avia, FAI rent-a-jet, National Airways Corporation, TAG Aviation, AVjet Corporation, and AmJet Executive. Their aircraft are not included in the list above. The same goes for the foreign registered aircraft operated by JetAlliance (Austria/Germany) for Prime Air Services and Izy Air.

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Caverton’s new Twin Otter 400

Caverton Helicopters will soon accept a new Viking Twin Otter 400 (to be registered 5N-SHE). The charter company already operates two Twin Otter 300s (5N-BLJ and 5N-BJV) for the oil and gas industry.

Caverton Helicopters – Twin Otter 400 – 5N-SHE (copyright Spotter Tim)

This week’s update

A quiet week:

  • On Saturday, 14 July, a taxiing Arik Air B737-700 (5N-MJI) lost its left winglet as it hit the wing of a parked Nigerian Air Force C130 Hercules aircraft at Jos Airport. According to a NAF spokesman:

An Arik Airline Boeing 737-700 with registration No 5N-MJI on a routine flight to Lagos brushed the wing of a parked Nigerian Air Force C-130 (NAF 917) at the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang Jos. he incident happened at about 1345hrs today when the Arik aircraft was taxiing at the airport tarmac in preparation for take-off. The tank 1 wing tip of the NAF C-130 was damaged while the wing of the Arik aircraft was dismembered and hung on the NAF aircraft. There was no casualty recorded during the incident, however, the 2 aircraft had to abort their missions. The NAF C-130 was in Jos to airlift students of the Air Force Military School and Air Force Girls Military School. Meanwhile, a joint investigation by the Nigerian Air Force and Arik Airline management has commenced.

    Arik Air blames FAAN for the incident:

The markings on the tarmac of the Jos Airport are old markings which did not take into cognizance the use of bigger aircraft like Boeing 737-700 or 737-800 which we have in our fleet and are capable of misleading pilots during taxing. We hope this incident will make FAAN to re-do those markings.

  • Caverton Helicopters has been appointed an AgustaWestland authorised service centre for the AW139 helicopter in Nigeria.
  • A Nigerian helicopter flying school – the recently opened international helicopter flying school of the Nigerian Air Force at the 305 Flying Training School, Enugu – is planning to operate Robinson R66 training helicopters. Other aviation schools that are planning to offer helicopter training are NCAT, Kaduna, and IAC, Ilorin.
  • The completion of the remodeling of eleven domestic airports is delayed according to the Ministry of Aviation.

Caverton orders a Twin Otter 400

Caverton Helicopters has ordered a new Twin Otter, to be delivered later this year. The company currently operates two of the legacy Twin Otter aircraft for the oil industry. Caverton has recently also taken delivery of three AW139 helicopters (5N-BOI, 5N-BOJ and 5N-BOX) to be used for offshore transport duties in support of the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria, and signed a contract with Shell for the acquisition of a further six (5N-CNL, 5N-CML, 5N-CHX).

The charter company also operates a number of S-76C helicopters in partnership with the French company Heli Union.

Caverton Helicopters also boasts the ownership of two Bell 412EP helicopters on its website, while these aircraft were paid for by the Lagos State government for monitoring purposes.

Caverton Helicopters – AW139

This week’s update

Short updates:

  • 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).

SkyBird Air – Dornier 328Jet

This Week’s Update

A few updates:

  • Arik Air silently accepted a new A330-200 (5N-EIA) this week, but the introduction of the aircraft on the LOS-JNB route is delayed till June 7.
  • Virgin Nigeria/Nigerian Eagle Airlines will increase its daily number of flights between Lagos to Abuja from four to seven, effective June 14. One of its three B733s (5N-VND) was ferried to Shannon, perhaps for a new coat of paint.
  • Shell Nigeria signed a $630 million aviation logistics deal with Caverton Helicopters, partly because of the new Nigerian Content Development Act. Caverton and its technical partner DanCopter from Denmark will replace Bristow Helicopters.
  • The Central Bank of Nigeria extended a N500 billion fund meant to stimulate credit to the power and manufacturing sectors to support the aviation industry. Airlines can now partake from the fund and those that are indebted to banks can refinance their loans and amortise them over a period of ten to fifteen years.
  • Delta Air Lines will commence its seasonal direct Abuja – New York JFK service on the 3rd of June, substituting the flights via Dakar. The three weekly flights will be operated with a B763. This means direct competition for Arik Air’s three weekly Lagos – New York JFK service.
  • Delta Air Lines and Virgin Nigeria are still working on a codeshare agreement.
  • The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is set to award a contract for the expansion of both the arrival and departure halls of Benin Airport.
  • The opening of the new Asaba Airport is delayed till December 2010.

New Hangars At Lagos Airport

Three new hangars have been built at Lagos Airport, along runway 18L, next to Caverton’s base.

New Hangars At Lagos Airport (copyright Ken Iwelumo)

The first hangar is constructed for Quits Aviation Services, the second is Caverton’s base, the third belongs to Evergreen Apple Nigeria, and the fourth is built for Dominion Aviation (Dominion Air is an airline owned by Winners’ Chapel/David Oyedepo).

Lagos State Acquires Two Helicopters

The Lagos State Government acquired two Bell-412EP helicopters (5N-LAG and 5N-LSG) ‘to give it the capacity to monitor traffic, pursue criminals, fight fire and evacuate people promptly when accidents happen‘.

The helicopters are operated by Caverton Helicopters. A company with a disputed reputation, which is also trying to establish itself alongside Aero Contractors/CHC and Pan African Helicopters/Bristow in the oil industry.

Caverton ordered five Bell-412EPs last year, and also operates a few other helicopters and a single Twin Otter.

Lagos State Bell-412EP operated by Caverton - 5N-LAG (Copyright Travelographer)

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