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Name: BELLVIEW AIR
7JetSet7 Code: BEB
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: LAGOS
Country: NIGERIA
Employees 400
Web: flybellviewair.com
Email: reservation@flybellview.com
Telephone: +234 (1) 493 1731
Fax: +234 (1) 497 4750
Sita: LOSTOB3
Background
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Click below for data links:
BEB-2004-03 NEWS 737-200
BEB-2005-10-ACCDT

ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1992. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

Address:
PO Box 6571
Marina-Lagos, Nigeria

ADDRESS:
THE PLAZA
66B OPEBI ROAD, IKEJA
LAGOS, NIGERIA

The Federal Republic of Nigeria was established in 1960, it covers an area of 923,768 sq km, its population is 125 million, its capital city is Abuja, and its official language is English.

SEPTEMBER 1997: TO ABUJA, PORT HARCOURT, MUMBAI, FREETOWN, KANO, ABIDJAN, BANJUL, RIO DE JANEIRO, AND NAIROBI.

DC-9-32 (47276, "PEACE") DELIVERY.

OCTOBER 1997: 1 A300B4-622R (633), (AWW) LEASED, FOR LAGOS - NAIROBI - MUMBAI AND LAGOS - RIO DE JANEIRO, EX-(GIA).

"C" MAINTENANCE CHECK BY THAI (TII).

APRIL 1998: 165 EMPLOYEES.

JUNE 1998: TO AMSTERDAM (A300-600), AS CODE SHARE, WITH NIGERIA AIRWAYS (NIA).

SEPTEMBER 1998: APPLIES FOR SERVICE TO NEW YORK (JFK).

DECEMBER 1998: DC-9-32 (47562), EX-YUGOSLAV (JAT), GECAS (GEH) LEASED WITH WORDING "ABUJA SHUTTLE." A300B4-622 (633) OPERATES TO LONDON HEATHROW ON BEHALF OF GHANA AIRWAYS (GHN).

APRIL 1999: 165 EMPLOYEES.

JANUARY 2000: APPLIES TO USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) FOR FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK (JFK) (747-300, 304 PASSENGERS (PAX).

1 727-2H9 (22393, YU-AKI), RETURNED TO YUGOSLAV (JAT) AIRWAYS.

APRIL 2000: 165 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.bellviewairlines.com).

1 A300B4-622R (633), RETURNED TO AWAS (AWW).

JULY 2000: CONTRACTED BY GHANA AIRWAYS (GHN) TO OPERATE ITS CODE SHARE ROUTE, WITH NIGERIA AIRWAYS (NIA), BETWEEN ACCRA & LAGOS.

APRIL 2001: 3 737-200'S (20544; 21559; 21775) DELIVERIES.

SEPTEMBER 2001: SUSPENDED OPERATIONS.

DECEMBER 2001: 1 737-2A1 (21599, F-GHXK) DELIVERY.

MARCH 2002: (belleview@bellview.com.ng).

October 2002: Nigerian civil regulatory authority, grounded Chanchangi (CGI), Bellview Airlines (BEB), and Nigeria Airways (NIA), who owe en route navigation charges and other debts, which must be recovered.

1 737-2S3 (21775, F-GHXL), SNC Alter Bail Aviation leased.

April 2003: 2 737-2L9's (22733; 22734), ex-Frontier Airlines (FRO), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.

August 2003: 737-291 (23024, 5N-BFX "Hope") delivery.

May 2004: 165 employees.

June 2004: Receives OK for flights to Bombay and Freetown.

September 2004: Requests authority to operate on routes previously served by Nigeria Airways (NIA), including Dubai, Jeddah, Johannesburg, London, & New York.

October 2004: 2 767-241ER's (23805; 23806) deliveries.

November 2004: 400 employees.

April 2005: 250 employees.

May 2005: 767-241ER (23806), ex-Varig (VAR).

June 2005: Forms subsidiary Bellview - Sierra Leone to operate a 767-200ER from Freetown to London Heathrow in July 2005.

Lagos - Mumbai.

767-241ER (23805, 5N-BGG).

July 2005: Freetown - London (767-200, 3/week). Freetown - Mumbai.

Flights from Freetown are operated as "Bellview-SL," which is now recognized as the flag carrier of Sierra Leone.

October 2005: ACCDT: (BEB) 737-2L9 (22734, 5N-BFN) put out a distress call from over the Atlantic Ocean after takeoff from Lagos, lost contact and crashed over land = all 6 (FC)-(CA)/111 passenger fatalities.

The Bellview Airlines (BEB) 737-2L9 (5N-BFN) operating flight 210 from Lagos to Abuja crashed shortly after its 2035 takeoff from Lagos. The wreckage was located about 30 km north of Lagos. Below is an overview of the airplane's history:
November 25th 1981 = Maersk Air (MRS) as (OY-MBW);
September 11th 1985 = Midway Airlines (MID) as (OY-MBW);
November 13rd 1988 = Maersk Air (MRS) as (OY-MBW);
April 27th 1989 = Dragonair (DRG) as (VR-HYM);
July 1st 1993 = PEMCO as (N171PL);
September 1st 1993 = Aero Costa Rica (AOR) as (N171PL);
April 9th 1995 = Halisa Air as (N171PL);
October 5th 1995 = Aero Costa Rica (AOR) as (N171PL);
June 3rd 1996 = Frontier Airlines (FRO) as (N271FL);
April 6th 2003 = Bellview Airlines (BEB) as (5N-BFN).

Accident investigators are looking for clues into the Saturday evening crash of a 737-2L9 belonging to (BEB). Flight 210 went down just north of Lagos around 8:45 pm local time, shortly after taking off from Lagos-Murtala Muhammed Airport en route to Abuja. According to published reports, all 111 passengers and six crew members (FC)/(CA) onboard were killed. Reportedly, the pilot (FC) advised of problems 3 minutes after takeoff. The airplane at that stage was 15 miles south of the city over the ocean; however, the wreckage was located 20 miles north of Lagos. According to the Aviation Safety Network, the accident airplane (5N-BFN) was delivered new to Maersk in November 1981 and flew with a half-dozen different airlines before being delivered to (BEB) in April 2003. The Nigerian carrier launched in 1992 and operates a fleet of five 737-200s, two 767-200s and two DC-9-30s to domestic destinations including Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt along with international flights to 11 cities including Mumbai and London.

A shadowy group claiming to represent Niger Delta interest claimed responsibility for the crashed (BEB) Flight 210 airplane.
Simply identified as "Coalition for Militant Action in the Niger Delta (COMA)," the group in a statement in Port Harcourt and signed by Alliance Leader, Alaye Temi and Chief Strategy, Architect David Igbi said that they will continue to target those who oppress the region. The statement titled: "On the crash of the (BEB) 737 on the 23rd of October, 2005: read: "The Coalition for Militant Action in the Niger Delta (COMA)" by this statement accepts the responsibility for the crash of the (BEB) 737 which crashed into a remote area of Ogun State a few minutes after take-off. "The crash at Ogun was not the expected outcome and was due to a failure of an installed deprogrammer aboard the airplane."

Investigators are trying to establish if bad weather played a part in the (BEB) 737-200 crash in Nigeria in which all 117 people on board were killed. The 24-year-old 737-2L9 crashed shortly after take-off from Lagos on 22 October, when operating a scheduled service (flight B30210) to Nigerian capital Abuja with six crew (FC)-(CA) and 111 passengers on board.

The 737 left Lagos for the 1 hour flight at 20:35 local time and there was thunderstorm activity in the vicinity of the city at the time. The exact circumstances surrounding the crash are unclear, although local press reports quote officials as saying that communication was lost with the airplane around 3 minutes after take-off (possibly following a distress call) and that it crashed 7 minutes later. The government says that the crew had asked for air traffic control assistance in avoiding storm activity before communication was lost.

The director general of Nigeria’s civil aviation authority, Fidelis Onyeyiri, reportedly said that initial investigations indicate that the airplane may have “stalled” after passing FL130 (13,000ft/3,970m) and “nose-dived into the ground”. He also stated that the loss of communications could have been a result of the lightning causing the airplane’s electrical system to fail.

The airplane came down around 30 km/19 miles north of Lagos, with witnesses reporting that it was on fire before it struck the ground. The impact created a large crater around 12 m deep, with little remaining of the airplane. Rescue teams have been severely criticized for taking 9 hours to locate the wreckage, with the delay being blamed on the confusion over the location of crash site. It is reported that the 737 was equipped with an early 121.5MHz-type locator beacon which, unlike the latest 406MHz devices, is not compatible with the Cospas-Sarsat international search-and-rescue satellite system. This could have hampered the search effort.

Nigeria has established a panel to investigate the accident, while the country’s president Olusegun Obasanjo is reported to have asked Nigeria’s aviation minister to “plug loopholes” in the nation’s aviation safety system. The crash investigation is being assisted by a team sent by the USA National Transportation Safety Board which includes representatives from Boeing, the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (P&W).

Privately owned (BEB) launched operations in 1994. According to AvSoft’s ACAS database its operational fleet comprised five 737-200s before the accident. The crashed 737 was one of two the airline leased from (GE) Commercial Aviation Services (GEF). This airplane was reported to have been involved in an incident in March when it suffered an engine fire on take-off from Kano, which forced the airplane to return to make an emergency landing.

December 2005: Bellview Airlines (BEB), which operated the 737-200 that crashed two months ago near Lagos killing 117, was grounded by the Nigerian government pending an audit of its operations, according to media reports. Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered the grounding of Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) and Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) earlier this month as part of an emergency initiative to overhaul the country's troubled aviation industry. A Bellview (BEB) 737 made an emergency landing Monday in Accra with hydraulic failure. There were no injuries and the airplane returned to Nigeria the same day.

January 2006: Bellview Airlines (BEB) has added a 737-300 to its fleet which now totals 7 airplanes and plans to increase that number to 10 soon with the addition of 3 more 737-300s.

737-3H9 (24140, YU-ANV), (JAT) Airways leased.

June 2006: Bellview Airlines (BEB) of Nigeria will launch a total fleet renewal by adding the first of six new A320s to its fleet by the fourth quarter, phasing out its 737 Classics. The fleet change should be complete by September 2007. Bellview (BEB) also is undergoing (IATA)'s Operational Safety Audit program. There are no changes planned to its long-haul fleet of two 767-200ERs.

July 2006: Bellview Airlines (BEB) operates scheduled, domestic and international, charter jet airplane flights from Lagos.

Employees = 400.

(IATA) Code: B3 - 208.

(ICAO) Code: BLV (Callsign - BELLVIEW AIRLINES).

Parent organization/shareholders: Privately held (100%).

Main Base: Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport (LOS).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Abuja; Kano; Lagos; & Port Harcourt.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Abidjan; Accra; Banjul; Conakry; Dakar; Douala; Freetown; Libreville; & Monrovia.

Bellview Airlines (BEB) announced it plans to inaugurate service from Freetown to Johannesburg later this year. The airline is planning to operate 2 flights a week on Mondays & Thursdays.

September 2006: The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will deregister 300 airplanes it has deemed unsafe to fly, according to the African Airlines Association. The types affected include the BAC 1-11, 727 and F27.

October 2006: INCDT: A Bellview (BEB) 737-200 (F-GHXK) bound for Abuja veered off the taxiway at Lagos Airport on October 5. The airplane lost its nose wheel in the incident.

November 2006: Bellview Airlines (BEB) inaugurated service from Lagos to Johannesburg. The airline now operates 2 flights a week, on Mondays & Thursdays, via Douala (Cameroon).

April 2007: Bellview Airlines (BEB) of Nigeria said it received UK approval to operate nonstop Lagos - London Heathrow (LHR) service. It did not announce a launch date. It currently serves (LHR) through Sierra Leone. It flies four 737-200s, one 737-300 and two 767-200ERs.

August 2007: 2 A320-212s (203; 220), ex-(F-GLGG; F-GLGH), ex-Air Charter (ACI).

December 2008: 737-3Z9 (23601, OM-ASC), and 737-306 (23545, OM-ASE), Air Slovakia (SLO) wet-leased.

October 2009: Bellview Air (BEB) became the latest casualty
of the world economic downturn, suspending operations. (BEB) intends to re-start flights soon, but its financial wherewithal to do so is uncertain. (IATA) (ITA), in fact, suspended it from its payment
clearinghouse, making it difficult for it to transact with travel agents. (IATA) has suspended its B3 code and advised all travel agents not to book with (BEB).

(BEB) finally grounded its regional operations following continuous delays and cancellations on its London route, which it had planned to resume on November 1st. Before grounding, (BEB) was flying to London, South Africa and some West African countries, including Gambia, Gjana, Guliea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

Privately owned, (BEB) flew mostly within west Africa but
had a few long haul routes as well, including ones to London and Johannesburg. As airlines in Nigeria remain weak, carriers
like Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Kenya Airways (KEN) will be able to satisfy the market’s international demand.

November 2009: Bellview Air (BEB) plans to relaunch long haul flights in December using the following 767 airplane.

767-3P6ER (24496, 5N-BVA - - SEE PHOTO - - "BEB-767-2009-11"), ex-Gulf Air (GUL) painted at Lufthansa (DLH) facility at Shannon, Ireland.

May 2010: Ceased operations.

Bellview Air (BEB) appointed (RSM) Yenon Recovery of the UK to liquidate its assets.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
BEB-737-200
BEB-737-2A1
BEB-737-2S3
BEB-737-3H9
BEB-767-2009-11
BEB-767-241ER
BEB-A300B4-622R

May 2010:

0 727-2H9 (JT8D) (1681-22393, YU-AKI), RTND (JAT) 2000-01.

1 737-2A1 (JT8D-17) (514-21599, /78 F-GHXK), 2001-12, EX-(AFW). 108Y.

1 737-2D6 (JT8D) (20544).

1 737-2L9 (JT8D-17 HK) (812-22733, /81 5N-BFM "FORTITUDE;" 818-22734, /81 5N-BFN "RESILIENCE" W/O DESTROYED IN ACCDT IN 2005-10), EX-(FRO), (GEF) LSD, 108Y.

1 737-2S3 (JT8D-15) (570-21775, /79 F-GHXL "PEACE"), ALTER BAIL AVIATION LSD 2002-10. WITH "BELLVIEW - SL" TITLES. 108Y.

1 737-291 (JT8D-17A) (965-23024, /83 5N-BFX "HOPE"), 2003-08. 108Y.

1 +2 ORDERS 737-3H9 (CFM56-3B1) (1524-24140, /88 YU-ANV 2006-01), (JAT) LSD. 126Y.

1 737-3Z9 (CFM56-3) (1254-23601, OM-ASC), (SLO) WET-LSD 2008-12.

0 737-306 (CFM56-3) (1343-23545, OM-ASE), (SLO) WET-LSD 2008-12. RTND AND LST (LBC) 2009-12.

2 767-241ER (CF6-80C2B2) (161-23803, /87; 180-23805, 5N-BGG "UNITY" 2004-10; 181-23806, /87 5N-BGH "CHARITY" 2005-05), EX-(VAR), (GEF) LSD. 18C, 176Y.

1 767-3P6ER (CF6-80C2B4) (270-24496, /89 5N-BVA - - SEE PHOTO - - "BEB-767-2009-11"), EX-(GUL). SOLD TO MEGA GLOBAL AIR. 18C, 218Y.

3 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (373-47426 "PEACE," /68; 409-47459, /68; 689-568, /73 YU-AJK "ABUJA SHUTTLE") EX-(DAL), (JAT) WET-LSD, 12F, 98Y.

1 DC-9-32 (685-47562, YU-AJM), EX-(JAT), (GEH) LSD 1998-12. 12F, 98Y.

1 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (701-47582, /73 YU-AJM), (JAT) WET-LSD. 104Y.

0 A300B4-622R (PW4158) (633), EX-(GIA), (AWW) LSD, (TII) "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK, RTND 2000-04, LST (ALV) 2001-08.

2 +4 ORDERS A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (203, /91 F-GLGG; 220, /91 F-GLGH), EX-(ACI) 2007-08. 180Y.

1 YAK-40.

Management:
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TUNDE YUSUF, CHAIRMAN.

KAYODE ODUKOYA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), & MANAGING DIRECTOR, NOW CHAIRMAN OF FIRST NATION AIRWAYS (FRN) (2013-02).

GABRIEL GBENGA OLOWO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

CHIMARA IMEDIEGWA, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS (LOSKKB3) (chimera@flybelleview.com).

ROY ILEGBODU, HEAD OF OPERATIONS.

CAPTAIN TUNDE ADEKOYA, FLIGHT SAFETY MANAGER.

CAPTAIN BIYI FAMUYIWA, CHIEF PILOT DC-9.

FUNMI AKANO, SERVICE MANAGER.

ALEX IHEUWA, CHIEF ENGINEER (LOSTOB3),
(bellview@linkserve.com.ng) (1999-11).

JOHN ONEWO, PRODUCTION & PLANNING MANAGER.

 
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