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Airlines

Name: FIRST NATION AIRWAYS
7JetSet7 Code: FRN
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: LAGOS
Country: NIGERIA
Employees 47
Web: flyfirstnation.com
Email: reservation-IJK@flyfirstnationair.com
Telephone: +234 127027001
Fax: +234 12707936
Sita:
Background
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Formed and started operations in 2012.

Address:
FirstNation Plaza
66b Opebi Road
PMB 21766
Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

July 2012: Suspended scheduled operations.

October 2012: Returned three A320-212s (409, 5N-FNA; 466, 5N-FNB; 497, 5N-FNC), returned to lessor.

December 2012: First Nation Airways (FRN, Lagos Murtala Muhammad (LOS)) has leased an ex-Windjet ((IATA) Code: IV, based at Catania Fontanarossa (CTA)) (WJT) A319-113 (647, 5N-FND - - SEE PHOTO - - "FRN-A319-113 - 2012-12) from (ILFC) (ILF). The airplane is currently being prepared for (FRN) at Dublin International airport (DUB) and First Nation (FRN) hopes to resume domestic operations in Nigeria soon with the A319. It had returned its three A320-200s to the lessor back in October after having already suspended scheduled operations back in July.

February 2013: First Nation Airways (FRN) is now owned by former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (also proprietor of "The Nation" newspaper). (FRN) Chairman is Kayode Odukoya, former (CEO) of the defunct Bellview Airlines (BEB).

July 2015: INCDT: "Two FirstNation (FRN) Planes in Ground Collision at Lagos Airport Terminal 2" By Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo, "Daily Times Nigeria" July 17, 2015.

FirstNation (FRN) is one of the newest indigenous airlines in the country.

Confirming the incident on July 17, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) disclosed that the incident involved two aircraft of (FRN).

According to the General Manager, Public Affairs of the (NCAA), Mr Fan Ndubuoke, the incident occurred when a FirstNation aircraft taxing to take off to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, hit another aircraft of (FRN).

According to Ndubuoke, no passengers were hurt, and their fares were refunded to them, while the (NCAA) has referred the incident to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

FirstNation Airways (FRN) is an airline with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. The company is founded and chaired by the ex-(CEO) of Bellview Airlines (BEB), Mr Kayode Odukoya. It received its first three leased Airbus A320-200 aircraft in early April 2011. The airline ceased operations in October 2012, reportedly because of problems with serviceability.

The three Airbus 320s were repossessed by a lessor, the Aviation Capital Group (AVG).

FirstNation (FRN) resumed daily flights to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in October 2013. Its fleet consists of two Airbus A319-113s formerly owned by the Italian low-cost airline, Wind Jet (WJT).

FirstNation Airways (FRN) serves the following destinations: Abuja (Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport); Lagos (Murtala Mohammed International Airport), and Port Harcourt (Port Harcourt International Airport).

As of April 2011, the FirstNation Airways (FRN) fleet consisted of three Airbus A320-200s which were returned to lessors in October 2012. The Airline currently operates two Airbus A319-100s registered (5N-FND) named "Endurance" and (5N-FNE) named "Faith".

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
FRN-A319-113 - 2012-12

April 2015:

2 A319-113 (CFM56-5B5/P) (647, 5N-FND "ENDURANCE" - - SEE PHOTO - - "FRN-A319-113 - 2012-12; 660, 5N-FNE "FAITH"), EX-(WJT)/(AFA), EX-(EI-DVU). (ILF) LSD 2012-12. 142Y.

0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (409, /93 5N-FNA; 466, /94 5N-FNB; 497, /94 5N-FNC), (GCP) LSD 2011-04. RTND ALL THREE 2012-11 TO LESSOR, AVIATION CAPITAL GROUP (AVG). 18C, 120Y.

Management:
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KAYODE ODUKOYA, CHAIRMAN, EX-(CEO) BELLVIEW AIRLINES.

 
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