About these ads

Category Archives: Air Nigeria

Air Nigeria suspends all operations for at least a year

Air Nigeria‘s (formerly Virgin Nigeria Airways and Nigerian Eagle Airlines) (Lagos) owner, Jimoh Ibrahim, on September 5 announced he was suspending operations for a year due to the “disloyalty” of some staff members and a weak economic environment according to this report by Bloomberg. He is demanding a plan from the remaining staff to develop a plan to make the airline profitable again. The suspension will be effective on September 10.

The airline had previously dropped all domestic and regional flights in June and was only operating international flights.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile Air Nigeria’s workers who were fired are taking to the streets today in Lagos to peacefully protest the closure according to a report by Business Day in Nigeria. The employees are claiming they have been unpaid for four months.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. Airbus A330-243 SU-SCI (msn 696) was being leased from EgyptAir on May 13, 2012 and now will be returned. The airliner is pictured preparing for departure from London (Gatwick).

Frameable Color Prints and Posters: 

About these ads

Air Nigeria is in turmoil

Air Nigeria (Lagos) on April 21 was temporarily grounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) due to safety concerns, except for its London (Gatwick) service.

The airline issued the following statement:

“Air Nigeria wishes to inform that the scheduled Lagos – London – Lagos flight operation is not affected by the temporary suspension directive of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Passengers are therefore encouraged to proceed with their confirmed itinerary while intending customers can make their reservations through all our sales channels.

We however wish to apologize for all the inconvenience that the temporary suspension of our domestic and regional flights by the NCAA will bring on our passengers.

Air Nigeria is committed to offering safe and secure flight operations at all times as just recently it was given a clean bill of health by the regulatory agency after a safety audit of its operations. We will continue to liaise with the relevant agencies to ensure that the suspension order is lifted as soon as possible.”

Due to safety concerns raised by the safety audit, the airline subsequently issued this statement:

“Air Nigeria affirms that ever since the inception of its flight operations, it operates in strict compliance with safety regulations and has at no time compromised on standards as it has consistently submitted to internationally recognised audit exercises. Air Nigeria is the first Nigerian airline and the only carrier in West Africa to pass three consecutive IATA Operational Safety Audit program (IOSA) in the last five years.

The IOSA audit program employs internationally recognized quality audit principles and the consecutive successes recorded by Air Nigeria in the last five years have clearly showed a demonstration of commitment to safety standards by engaging internationally accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of airline are at par with other global airlines.

With an established track record of offering safe and secure means of transport in the last seven years without any accident, Air Nigeria affirms of its continuous compliance with all laid down operational and maintenance regulations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Air Nigeria was just recently given a clean bill of health after a successful safety audit of its fleet of aircraft and flight operations by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and has at no time found deficient in the discharge of offering safe air services to passengers.

The airline presently runs a Safety Management System (SMS) under the guidance of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and it is the only Nigerian airline and one of the few airlines in Africa currently implementing this system. Under this SMS scheme, pilots and engineers perform their day-to-day professionally responsibilities in line with prescribed standards without management interference.

Sensational reports and claims that are being circulated in the media that allege management’s interference to force pilots and engineers to operate “unserviceable aircraft” are fabricated propagandas by those groups that felt ‘threatened’ by the successful turn-around of Air Nigeria over the last two years, which recently culminated with the successful launch of long haul operations.

It is very sad that those “threatened groups” tried to exploit the recent unfortunate air crash to blackmail and sabotage Air Nigeria which has unquestionable world class safety standards for the last seven years.

In the face of all the daunting challenges, we at Air Nigeria, have kept faith and our creed is to continually offer safe and secure services at all times. The airline is cooperating with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ensure that the issues relating to the temporary suspension of the domestic and regional flight operations are resolved to ensure that passengers continue to enjoy the services of the airline.

The scheduled Lagos – London – Lagos flight operation is not affected by the temporary suspension directive of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and passengers are therefore encouraged to proceed with their confirmed itinerary while intending customers can make their reservations through all our sales channels.

Air Nigeria is one of the fastest growing airlines in West Africa that has since inception distinguished itself and won several laurels in recognition of its outstanding contributions towards development of the Nigerian aviation industry. The airline was in 2010 named the “Airline of the Year” at the Nigeria Aviation Awards (NIGAV) while it also clinched the “Best Security Conscious Airline in West and Central Africa” for its strict adherence to prescribed aviation safety standards.”

The airline was reacting to local media reports that it fired 12 engineers and pilots with connections to the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).

Read the full report from the Nigerian Tribune: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason.

Follow us on Facebook: 

Air Nigeria adds its first Airbus A330 as it returns to long-haul flying

Air Nigeria (Lagos) is leasing this Airbus A330-243 registered as SU-GCI (msn 696) from EgyptAir (Cairo). SU-GCI is named “Papa Do” and was leased on May 13, 2012. London (Gatwick) service was restored on May 16 after being suspended in January 2009.

In other news, IFE Services announced it has been selected by Air Nigeria as its in-flight entertainment(IFE) provider.

The agreement covers the provision of entertainment content across the airline’s fleet of A330s. Passengers in business class will be offered a complimentary iPad 3 on which to enjoy Nigerian, classic and latest release Hollywood movies as well as a broad selection of comedy, lifestyle, drama and kids TV shows. Air Nigeria is the first African carrier to offer the iPad 3 to passengers as an in-flight entertainment solution.

In economy class, passengers can enjoy latest release Hollywood movies and a selection of TV shows on the airplanes’ digital mainscreen systems. IFE Services is also producing a new animated safety film for the airline.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. SU-GCI is pictured at Gatwick Airport this morning in full colors.

Hot New Photos: 

Air Nigeria to resume service to London Gatwick and Johannesburg with Airbus A330-200s

Air Nigeria (Lagos) is planning to resume long-range services to London (Gatwick) on May 16, 2012 and Johannesburg the following day. The routes will be operated with two newly acquired Airbus A330-200s.

Read the full report from Vanguard: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Air Nigeria currently operates eight Boeing 737-300s, one 737-400 and two Embraer ERJ 190s on domestic and regional routes.

Air Nigeria to start the Lagos-Accra-Abijan route on November 16

Air Nigeria (Lagos) will introduce service to Abidjan and the Lagos-Accra-Abidjan route starting on November 16. The new route will be operated three times a week with Boeing 737-300s. The company operates nine 737-300s.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason.

Air Nigeria to add Freetown and Kinshasa

Air Nigeria (Lagos) is planning to add new regional routes to Freetown and Kinshasa starting in early November according to this article by the Nigerian Bulletin.

Air Nigeria currently operates eight Boeing 737-300s and two new Embraer ERJ 190s.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Delta Air Lines seeks a code-sharing agreement with Air Nigeria

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking approval of a code-sharing proposal with Air Nigeria (Lagos).

Read the full story from the WSJ:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Please click on the photo for background information on Air Nigeria.

Nigerian Eagle Airlines changes its name to Air Nigeria

Nigerian Eagle Airlines (Lagos) has changed its name to Air Nigeria.

Copyright Photo: Trevor Mulkerrins. Boeing 737-33V 5N-VND (msn 29337) at Shannon is the first aircraft to receive the new titles.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,402 other followers

%d bloggers like this: