- 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.
A few things worth mentioning:
- A group of investors plans to construct a business aircraft maintenance base at the Ido-Osun Airport this year. The State Government began building the new airport last year.
- The renovation of the airport terminals at Benin and Kano will be ready this month, while those at Enugu, Jos, Kaduna and Port Harcourt should be delivered in April 2013.
- SkyBird Air is in the final stage of obtaining its AOC for commercial flight services.
- Dana Air added a sixth return flight from Lagos to Abuja on Thursdays and Fridays and a fifth flight on Sundays. The airline also announced it will start flying to Port Harcourt again ‘very soon’.
- The latest issue of Arik Wings is online.
- New reports on the fraudulent origins of Arik Air’s start-up capital circulated in the media this week.
- Aero will add a second Dash 8-Q400 (ex-G-JEDN) to its fleet; the aircraft is stored at Exeter.
- The BAe 125-800B (5N-BOO; ex-5N-AGZ) which formerly belonged to the Presidential Air Fleet has been resprayed at Lanseria. The aircraft is registered to Gyro Air.
- Wings Aviation’s Beech 200 King Air (5N-IHS) has been parked at Lanseria for years now. Perhaps it will be operated again by JedAir.
- Four ex-Sonair S76 helicopters are parked at Lagos. The Angolan registered helicopters are apparently acquired by Hak Air.
- The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) informs air passengers that they are entitled to compensation from airlines for flight cancellations.
- Saudia Cargo will increase its weekly frequency from Hongkong to Lagos.
- Since December 2012, Airstream Cargo has been operating a B737-400F (S5-ABV), leased from Solinair, out of Lagos, using Axiom Air’s call sign.
According to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), seven new airlines have applied for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). Among the applicants are several current charter operators: Prime Air, Gyro Air, EasyJet, Air Taraba, as well as the newcomers Azman Air and Hak Air. The last unidentified start-up airline is called EAS – also the name of a defunct carrier, which could stand for Empire Aviation Services.
Kabo Air, MaxAir, Hak Air and an unknown carrier called Service Air have signed a $60 million maintenance contract with GMF AeroAsia. The Indonesian company will service the aging fleet of the Nigerian airlines. The four B737-400s acquired by start-up airline Hak Air are 19 years old, while the age of Kabo Air and MaxAir’s B747s ranges between 21 and 26 years.
Hak Air’s first B737-400 (5N-BOV) was spotted at Jakarta Airport, Indonesia. The airline is a new entrant on the domestic market and acquired four nineteen-year-old B734s (to be registered 5N-BOT, 5N-BOU, 5N-BOV, 5N-BOW) from Garuda Citylink last year. The livery of the airline is not very exciting.
Hak Air was incorporated in 1990 to provide Aircraft for passenger and cargo on schedule and charter flights, wet and dry lease operations. Its owner, Harry Kuti, was prosecuted for his involvement in the demise of Nigeria Airways in 2003. He charged prolonged rentals and overpriced maintenance expenses, according to an investigation.
- The Nigeria Customs Service has accepted its new Cessna Citation CJ4 (5N-DIA) surveillance jet, which was ordered by the Federal Government in May 2012. The aircraft serves as a private jet for the NCS as the necessary surveillance equipment has not be installed yet. The Nigeria Customs Service also operates two Bell 427s.
- The domestic airlines have rejected a proposal by the Federal Government to merge into a single carrier.
- The Federal Government has approved twelve airports for Haji operation that will start on 17 September.
- Is there any truth in the rumour that Hak Air will become Nigeria’s new national carrier?
- A new issue of Arik Wings is available online.
- ExecuJet will its second African fixed-base operation in Lagos (based at the Quits Aviation hangar).
- According to the NCAA, Air Namibia will open a direct Windhoek-Lagos link next year.
- Delta Air Lines has terminated its New York – Abuja service on 28 August 2012.
- Aero will take delivery of a fifth B737-400 from GECAS (5N-BPR; ex-N608SC). The fourteen year old aircraft should leave Lasham for Lagos today.
- Aero finally took delivery of its fourth B737-400 (5N-BOB).
- Earlier, it was reported that Aero acquired four B737-400s from Garuda, but these aircraft now seem to be destined for a company called Hak Air. Is Capt. Adekunle Kuti reviving his old charter airline Hak Air? Or is he setting up a national carrier for Niger Republic?
- Arik Air will soon receive an ex-Kingfisher Airlines A330-200 (EI-EWH; 5N-)
- One of DANA’s Dornier 328s (5N-DOW) was flown to Bournemouth, likely for maintenance or sale.
- It seems that SkyBird Air will finally accept its first Do 328Jet on 14 August 2012.
- An interesting interview with Akin Oni, Managing Director at Bristow Helicopters, about the Nigerian Content Act, training of aviation personnel, import duties on aircraft, and other challenges in the aviation industry.
We are talking about a maintenance hangar for Nigeria, has anyone asked where we would get the engineers from? We are struggling today looking for Nigerian engineers. We don’t have engineers.
- The Minister of Aviation launched her Nigeria Aerotropolis-programme aiming at a transformation of the Nigerian aviation industry. See for more information: www.nigeriaaerotropolis.com.
- How far is the FG’s plan for a new national carrier – Nigeria Airlines – developed?
- According to the Wall Street Journal, Air Nigeria hopes to restart its operations by obtaining loans to finance the eight Embraer jets the airline still has on order. The Federal Government might be willing to help the airline, but wants a merger between Arik Air and Air Nigeria.
Nigeria’s government may offer the company another “substantial” low-interest rate loan, said aviation ministry spokesman Joe Obi. But it is also pushing Air Nigeria and Arik Air to merge — a prospect neither airline has embraced. “We are talking to them, but you know it’s like a marriage, and you cannot force a marriage,” said Mr. Obi. “It’s an ego thing. Somebody wants to say, I own this airline… That is the major problem.”