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Name: CHANCHANGI AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: CGI
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: KADUNA
Country: NIGERIA
Employees 676
Web: chanchangi-airlines.com
Email: info@chanchangi-airlines.com
Telephone: +234 6 223 2555
Fax: +234 6 223 1010
Sita:
Background
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FORMED IN 1997. DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

Address:
8 Ahmadu Bello Way
P O Box 679
Kaduna, 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.

MARCH 1999: 1 727-2L8 (21042, YU-AKD), & 1 737-2K3 (23912, YU-ANP), AVIOGENEX (AVG) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 727-2M7 (21655, /79), EX-AVANT (LIC). THE AIRPLANE HAS BEEN PAINTED IN AVIOGENEX (AVG)-STYLE MARKINGS TO MATCH THE CARRIER'S EXISTING BOEING (TBC) AIRPLANES FROM (AVG). 2 BAC 1-11-510/ED (140, 5N-BCH; 141, 5N-BCG), EX-EUROPEAN AIR CHARTER (EUL).

SEPTEMBER 2001: 1 727-2A1 (21346, /80 52 43 5N-BDE), EX-MEXICANA (CMA), AEROCAPITAL (CCJ) LEASED.

DECEMBER 2001: WINS BID TO OPERATE NIGERIAN HADJ FLIGHTS IN 2002. ALSO, IS APPOINTED OFFICIAL CARRIER FOR UNITED NATIONS (UN) OPERATIONS IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA. APPLYING FOR SERVICE TO LONDON.

JANUARY 2002: 1 ORDER 727-2M7 (21457), AEROCAPITAL (CCJ) LEASED.

September 2002: 727-225 (22558, 5N-BDG), (CCJ) leased.

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

December 2002: 1 727-225 (22559, 5N-BEU), bought from Gemanco.

April 2003: Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) operates passenger services from Kaduna, Lagos, and Port Harcourt.

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

June 2003: (chanchan@wwlkad.com).

June 2004: Receives OK for flights to Douala, Abidjan, Accra, and Malabo.

December 2004: INCDT: (CGI) 727-200 WRITTEN OFF (W/O).

(http://www.chanchangi-airlines.com). (info@chanchangi-airlines.com).

January 2005: 2 737-217's (22658; 22865), ex-Zip (WZP), Arkia (ARK) leased.

February 2005: 737-217 (22864), ex-Zip (WZP), Arkia (ARK) leased.

November 2005: 737-282 (23043, 5N-BIG), delivery.

December 2005: Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered the grounding of Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) and Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) during a meeting broadcast on national television, three days after a 32-year-old Sosoliso DC-9 crashed in Port Harcourt, killing 107 people. It was the fifth Nigerian accident since 1992 to claim more than 100 lives, according to the BBC. Obasanjo fired Tommy Oyelade, secretary of the national aviation ministry, and said that all Nigerian airplanes will undergo safety checks within the week with the help of (ICAO) officials. "There's a lot of corner cutting, and corner cutting at the expense of precious lives of Nigerians," he said during the meeting.

Several airlines in Nigeria were grounded this week following the cancellation of their Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in light of the recent crashes in this country. They are:
Albarka Air (ABF);
Chanchangi Airlines (CGI);
Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ).

Later, Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) and Chanchangi Airlines (CGI), grounded earlier this month by the Nigerian government, were granted permission to resume flying. Sosoliso (YNQ) will be allowed to fly two of its four airplanes and Chanchangi (CGI) six of its eight. A Sosoliso (YNQ) DC-9 crashed December 10, killing 109 people.

2 737-282's (23044, 5N-BIF; 23046, 5N-BIH), bought from Xtra Airways (CIN), deliveries.

September 2007: Employees = 676 employees (including 32 Flight Crew (FC), 53 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 44 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

January 2009: INCDT: Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) 727-225 (1798-22558, /82 5N-BDG) suffered an engine fire after departing Lagos for Abuja on January 17th. It shut down the engine and returned to Lagos and landed without further incident. All 45 passengers were OK.

March 2009: 737-3J6 (25079, 5N-BMB), and 737-3ZO (25089, 5N-BMC), bought from Air China (BEJ).

April 2009: Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) operates scheduled, passenger, jet airplane services within Nigeria.

(IATA) Code: 5B. (ICAO) Code: NCH (Callsign - CHANCHANGI).

Main Base: Kaduna Airport (KAD).

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

International scheduled destinations: Abidjan; Accra; Dakar; Douala; & Malabo.

July 2009: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems signed a five-year deal with Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) to provide its Lido Flight Management System.

April 2012: Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) has again resumed domestic operations in Nigeria with a 737-322 (24662, JY-JAD) wet-leased from Jordan Aviation (JOR). It currently serves Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport (ABV), Kaduna airport (KAD) and Lagos Murtala Muhammad airport (LOS).

November 2012: Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) is reportedly planning to relaunch domestic operations in Nigeria with one of its two 737-300s (25079, 5N-BMB). It had launched and again suspended operations several times during the last couple of years. (CGI)'s last operations in spring had linked Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International (ABV), Kaduna (KAD) and Lagos Murtala Muhammad (LOS) with a 737-300 wet-leased from Jordan Aviation (JOR).

June 2013: Nigeria 1 Aviation (Lagos) is set to launch during the third quarter (Q3) of this year through the amalgamation of the assets of all the domestic carriers that are heavily indebted to the state-backed Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, has said. These include Arik Air ((IATA) Code: W3, based at Lagos) (AKI), Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) and Aero Contractors (NIG). AeroContractors (NIG) were taken-over by (AMCON) in September 2012 at the behest of the Nigerian Central Bank over debts estimated to be $ 200 million. None of the airlines has yet responded to the announcement. Meanwhile, Irish carrier, Aer Lingus (ARL), has refuted claims it is involved with the Nigerian government's Aviation Intervention Fund, an airplane sourcing initiative set up by Abuja to help Nigerian airlines access airplanes at more competitive rates. Reports in the Nigerian press had claimed Nigerian aviation officials had appointed Aer Lingus (ARL) as airplane lessor for Nigeria's carriers with Irish representatives having allegedly travelled to West Africa for talks with the Governor of the Nigerian Central Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. According to "The African Aviation Tribune," a more likely lessor, also of Irish origin, would be Shannon-based Aldus Aviation, who were recently awarded a contract by the African Development Bank to set up the Aldus Aircraft Africa (AAA) Leasing Project.

July 2013: Kabo Air (IATA)Code: N9, based at Kano) (KAB) has said it intends to enter the domestic Nigerian market with additional plans to resume scheduled flights to Cairo International, Dubai International and Jeddah, abandoned in 2010. According to the company's Corporate Affairs Manager, Aminu Hamza, Kabo Air (KAB)'s management intends to resume domestic operations "soon" between Lagos, Kaduna and Abuja where fellow carrier, Chanchangi Airlines (CGI) also intends to operate. Kabo (KAB), traditionally a Hajj-specialist operator, originally planned to start domestic operations in 2009, but later cancelled the move as a result of not possessing the appropriate airplanes. It currently has one 747-400 and three 747-200s.

August 2013: Chanchangi Airlines ((IATA) Code: 5B, based at Kaduna) (CGI) has reportedly wet-leased a 737-500 from an undisclosed South African company. A spokesman for the airline, Mr Oludele Balogun, said the 737-500, with registration (5N-BQZ), arrived in Abuja on August 10 and would be deployed on flights from Kaduna to Abuja, Lagos, Yola, Port Harcourt Omagwa, Owerri, and Uyo. Chanchangi (CGI) currently has two 737-300s in its fleet.

Air Nigeria ((IATA) Code: VK, based at Lagos) (VNA) could make a return to the skies, albeit under new ownership and management, the current (CEO) of the airline, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, has stated. Speaking on the tenth anniversary of the founding of his group of companies, Global Fleet, Mr Ibrahim said his board of directors would meet over the coming week to discuss the future of the airline, which ceased operations in September 2012. “Well, I cannot say categorically. The Group’s Council will meet next week to take a final decision on Air Nigeria (VNA). But I can tell you that our position has always been on divestment of our shares from it. I can tell you that the airline will fly again, but under a different ownership, not Jimoh Ibrahim. It was sold to me by Richard Branson. I will sell to another person,” he said. Air Nigeria (VNA) collapsed in 2012 following weeks of speculation about mounting debts, tax raids and safety concerns. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has now denied previous reports that the Nigerian Government, through the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), is seeking to take over and liquidate all airlines still indebted to (AMCON). Ten Nigerian airlines, under the auspices of the Aviation Intervention Fund, had received a total of NGN 86.7 billion/$540 million in loans, at interest rates of between 2% and 7% with between 10 to 15 years to repay the loan. Air Nigeria (VNA) was the largest beneficiary with a total sum of NGN 35.5 billion, followed by Aero Contractors ((IATA) Code: AJ, based at Lagos) (NIG) with NGN 20 billion, Kabo Air ((IATA) Code: N9, based at Kano) (KAB) with NGN 6.66 billion, Chanchangi Airlines ((IATA) Code: 5B, based at Kaduna) (CGI) withy NGN 3.4 billion, Dana Air ((IATA) Code: 9J, based at Lagos) with NGN 618 million, Caverton Helicopters with NGN 1.348 billion, Overland Airways ((IATA) Code: OJ, based at Lagos) with NGN 805 million, and First Nation Airways ((ICAO) Code: FRN, based at Lagos) (FRN) with N 271.7 million. It was alleged that the domestic airlines, when liquidated, would pave way for the new carrier, Nigeria 1 Aviation (Lagos). Out of the 10 carriers that benefited from the bail-out loan, Air Nigeria (VNA) has closed shop, leaving a backlog of unpaid debts. However, fellow Nigerian carrier, FirstNation Airways (FRN), who suspended operations in October 2012, have now announced plans to resume domestic operations this month using two A319-100s on lease from the (ILFC) (ILF). (FRN) claims the two airplanes are part of plans to operate nine in total.

Fleet:
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September 2013:

0 727-2A1 (JT8D-17) (1675-21346, /80 5N-BDE), EX-(VSP)/(CMA), (CCJ) LSD 2001-09. WFU & STORED. 12F, 153Y.

0 727-2L8 (JT8D-17) (1142-21042, /75 YU-AKD), (AVG) LSD 1999-03. RTND. 178Y.

1 727-2M7 (JT8D-17) (1302-21457, /77 5N-BDF), (CCJ) LSD 2002-01. 12F, 153Y.

0 727-2M7 (JT8D-17R) (1452-21655, /79 5N-BCF), EX-(HAW)/(LIC) 2000-11. NOW WFU & STORED. 12F, 153Y.

1 727-225 (JT8D-17R) (1798-22558, /82 5N-BDG), 2002-09. 12F, 153Y.

1 727-225 (JT8D-17R) (1800-22559, /82 5N-BEU), EX-AERO CAPITAL, 2002-12. 12F, 153Y.

0 737-2K3 (JT8D) (1401-23912, /87 YU-ANP), (AVG) LSD 1999-03. RTND.

3 737-217 (JT8D-17 HK) (861-22658, /82 5N-BEV; 945-22864, /83 5N-BHI; 960-22865, /83 5N-BEW), EX-(WZP), (ARK) LSD 2005-02. 12C, 88Y.

3 737-282 (JT8D-17A HK) (972-23043, /83 5N-BIG, 2005-11; 973-23044, /83 5N-BIF 2005-12; 981-23046, /83 5N-BIH 2005-12), EX-(CIN). 12C, 88Y.

1 737-3J6 (CFM56-3) (2016-25079, 5N-BNB; 2027-25089, 5N-BMC), EX-(BEJ).

1 737-322 (CFM56-3C1) (24662, /90 JY-JAD), JORDAN AVIATION (JOR) WET-LSD 2012-04. 148Y.

0 BAC 111-510/ED (SPEY 512-14E) (140, /68 5N-BCH; 141, /68 5N-BCG), 2000-11, EX-EUL, 140; & 141 WFU. 104Y.

Management:
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ALHAJI AHMADU CHANCHANGI, CHAIRMAN.

JOHN DISLEY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

TREVOR WORTHINGTON, MANAGING DIRECTOR,
(Tel: (62) 23 17 78)).
(chanchan@wwlkad.com) (T: 234-62-231778/233145)
(CELL: 234-90-801166) (FAX: 234-62-231010).

CAPTAIN A GARBATI, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

NIKOLA VOLAREVIC, CHIEF ENGINEER.

 
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