What you Should Know about the 3 new Airlines Set to Launch in Nigeria
Three new airlines are set to launch and operate in Nigeria’s domestic airspace latest by half-year 2021, according to recent media reports. The names of the new airlines have been disclosed as: Cally Air, United Nigeria Airline, and Green Africa.
Business Elites Africa understands that the three airlines have all scaled through major certification processes and are now waiting for the final go-ahead to hit the air.
This airline, which is said to be owned by Nigerian businessman, Babawande Afolabi, is currently awaiting its Air Operator Certificate from federal regulators. It has also reportedly sought regulatory approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCCA). And then this past December, Green Africa sent its pilots on training. Cabin crew members were also recruited ahead of its commencement of operation which which should be latest by June this year.
Green Africa has ordered fifty A220-300s aircraft from Airbus and is committed to leasing three more aircraft from European jet leasing firm, GTLK. Last October, the airline entered into partnership with First City Monument Bank, resulting in a $31 million combined standby letter of credit and rolling working capital.
This past December during a promotion fair by the airline ahead of its planned launch, a total of 24 free tickets were given out to some lucky air travelers.
United Nigeria Airline
This airline will be operating from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu. We confirmed that the company has already gotten its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and is scheduled to commence flight operations this first quarter of the year. The airline will operate a fleet comprised of four Embraer E145S, flying travelers from Enugu to Port Harcourt, Lagos, and Abuja.
Note that United Nigeria Airline had recently embarked on a demo flight operation from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos to the Sam Mbakwe International Airport in Owerri, the Imo State capital city.
Owned by the Cross River State Government, this potential new airline will be based at the Calabar Airport after it begins public operation (AOC).
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