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Formed and started operations in 2007. Domestic, regional and international, charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
21 Olowu Street
Off Bank Anthony Way
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.
Med-View airline (MEV) had a humble beginning. The coming of Med-View airline (MEV) into the Nigeria scene came with Hajj operations in year 2007 shortly after its incorporation, as a litmus-test, and changed the whole concept of pilgrims airlift in Nigeria. The marshaling of the operational plans in a professional way coupled with resourceful and dedicated team of workers served as a pivot on which this new airline’s tremendous success rests.
The remarkable performance in airlifting passengers earlier than expected during the 2007/2008 Hajj no doubt impressed the authorities of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) to call upon the newly incorporated airline to carry out rescue operations for pilgrims stranded in Ilorin, Lagos, Sokoto, Maiduguri, and Yola during their outbound flight to Saudi Arabia, and those stranded in Saudi Arabia during return to Nigeria.
Med-View Airline (MEV)'s second time participation in pilgrims airlift during 2008/2009 Hajj operations, witnessed another excellent performance. Rescue operations for the stranded pilgrims were equally carried out to the delight of (NAHCON).
In 2009, Med-View Airline (MEV) participated in Umrah (lesser Hajj) operation. Med-View Airline (MEV) is now being called upon by some state Governments after carefully studying (MEV)'s track record since incorporation, in helping to airlift their Pilgrims smoothly.
Med-View airline (MEV) commenced domestic operations in November 2012 with a fleet of 2 737-400 airplanes at inception and added another 737-800 just a month after. Following the overwhelming acceptance of the new airline in the Nigerian market, courtesy of its excellent service delivery, (MEV) plans to introduce +2 more 737-800s later in 2013 in order to alleviate the plight of the local travelers and offer customers value for money. In the not distant future, (MEV) intends to operate regional and international air services after obtaining necessary permits from the regulatory authorities.
Med-View Airline (MEV) is an emerging giant in the community of reputable carriers in Sub-Sahara Africa. Its partnership with Euro-Atlantic Airways (MAE) of Lisbon, Portugal, coupled with General Sales Agency (GSA) agreement with Saudia Air Cargo (SVA), plus its business relationship with Pluna Air (PLU) of Uruguay and Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) combined to set a high standard in the aviation industry.
October 2013: Med-View Airline (MEV) is an airline based in Lagos Nigeria. (MEV) was founded in 2007 as a charter airline, mainly operating Hajj flights, and has offered domestic passenger services since November 2012.
(IATA) Code: VL. (ICAO) Code: MEV - (Callsign - MED-VIEW).
Company slogan: "The Airline of Nigeria."
Main Base: Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
Domestic Destinations: Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport; Port Harcourt International Airport; and Yola Airport.
December 2013: Med-View Airline (MEV) has temporarily added a 3rd 737-400 to its fleet. 737-46J (28867, OM-DEX) has been wet-leased from Slovakia's Air Explore ((IATA) Code: ED, based at Bratislava) (EXP) for a period of 3 months and was recently ferried to Lagos. The Nigerian domestic airline also operates a 737-500.
January 2014: Med-View Airline ((IATA) Code: VL, based at Kano) (MEV) has taken delivery of a 737-800 to be used in launching flights from Kano to Jeddah. Managing Director Alhaji Muneer Bankole said: "The airline will be using a 737-800 to kick-start the operation, while a 767-300ER, which has a 14-hour flight endurance, and a 777 are on the shopping list for the long-haul operations," he said. Med-View (MEV) has been awarded traffic rights to service Accra, Dakar, Singapore Changi, Libreville, Jeddah, and Dubai International.
March 2014: 747-312 (23032, TF-AME), Air Atlantic (AID) wet-leased for Hajj operations is now located at Cotswold Airport, Kemble, UK, awaiting being scrapped - - SEE ATTACHED - - "MEV-747-312-FOR SCRAP-2014-03."
August 2014: Med-View Airline ((IATA) Code: VL, based at Kano) (MEV) is planning to launch its 1st longhaul flights to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November (MEV)'s Managing Director Alhaji Muneer Bankole, has said.
"Med-View (MEV) has obtained all necessary licences and approvals to operate four scheduled weekly flights from Kano and Abuja into Jeddah. We have also obtained a license to fly into Dubai International. We expect this service to start in November,” he told Nigeria's "Nation" newspaper.
Med-View (MEV)'s competition on flights to Dubai will be Arik Air ((IATA) Code: W3, based at Lagos) (AKI) and Emirates (EAD), which both operate out of Lagos and Abuja. (EAD) was to have commenced services to Kano earlier this month but has since abandoned those plans.
(MEV) has operated flights to Saudi Arabia in the past, albeit as a designated Hajj charter operator ferrying pilgrims to Makkah. At present, it operates a fleet of 2 737-400s and 1 737-500 with a recently wet-leased 737-800 having now been returned to its lessor.
September 2014: Med-View Airline (MEV) commenced regional West African operations on September 15 with the launch of daily Lagos to Accra flights. Until now, (MEV) had focussed on domestic Nigerian flights connecting Lagos with Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt Omagwa, Enugu, and Yola.
Managing Director, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, told Nigeria's "Tribune" that Med-View (MEV) intends to expand its network to include Dakar in Senegal, Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, Bamako in Mali, and Libreville in Gabon with its 1st long haul flights to the middle East due to commence shortly.
“We are commencing with Dubai International on November 22. Then, Jeddah on January 10, 2015. It is done already. All are open, certificated and approved, and after that, we are going to stop for six months before we take any leg again. It is not easy to run this business, but we assure our passengers that we will do it well for them,” he said.
In the long term, (MEV) also aims to begin flights to Europe.
November 2014: Med-View Airline (MEV) has acquired 2 737-400s to aid in its regional West African expansion plans. (MEV) currently operates a pair of ex-Olympic Airlines (OLY) 737-400s and an ex-Georgian Airways 737-500.
(MEV) Managing Director & (CEO) Alhaji Muneer Bankole told the Nigerian press that the airplanes are currently in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks following which they will be ferried to Nigeria.
Having recently commenced regional operations to Accra after an initial period plying only domestic routes, Med-View (MEV) plans to use the jets to serve Dakar, Abidjan, and Libreville. It also has plans to offer scheduled services to Dubai International, Singapore Changi, and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion having recently wet-leased a 767-300ER from euroAtlantic Airways (MAE).
To sustain its ambitious growth plans, Bankole said (MEV) management is considering an Inital Public Offering (IPO) on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) at some point in the near future. He did not, however, specify time frames.
July 2015: The Nigerian government on July 10 said it has no plan to ban Liberian airlines from coming into the country, following a fresh outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the West African nation.
A fresh case of Ebola was detected in Liberia, nearly 2 months after the West African country was declared free of the virus by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Liberian authorities are monitoring at least 100 people thought to have been in contact with a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Memaigar, who died on June 28 in Margibi County, Liberia.
Spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Fan Ndubuoke said in Lagos, the country's commercial hub, that both inbound and outbound passengers were being screened for the virus by Port Health Officials.
He told reporters that the Ebola Prevention and Control was a collaborative effort by relevant agencies, saying adequate facilities were in place at the Port Health Office, where inbound and outbound passengers were adequately screened.
According to him, rather than banning the airlines, the various agencies have intensified necessary preventive measures at all the international airports in the country.
He assured the public and intending passengers that all government agencies were on their guard not to allow any passenger who refused to be screened into the country.
He added that the authority would not hesitate to sanction any airline that violated the mandatory screening at its various check points.
February 2016: Med-View Airline ((IATA) Code: VL, based at Kano) (MEV) has wet-leased a 747-400 from Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) for use on its London Gatwick and Jeddah routes. The agreement was announced in Lagos following a signing ceremony.
(AID) has proffered the Nigerian carrier with wet-leased 747 equipment in the past for use on Hajj charters.
For its part, Med-View (MEV) operates 3 737-400s (2 of which are wet-leased from Air Explore (EXP), 1 737-500, 2 737-800 (also wet-leased from Air Explore (EXP)), and 1 767-300ER which it is in the process of acquiring from AerCap (DEA) under a lease-purchase scheme.
July 2016: Med-View Airline (MEV) will shortly take delivery of a 747-412 (28022, TF-AMV) on wet-lease from Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) "Skyliner Aviation" has reported.
This 747-400 will be deployed onto (MEV)'s scheduled services to London Gatwick and Jeddah as well as on its upcoming Hajj charter operations.
(MEV) also operates 1 767-300ER, 1 737-500, and 2 737-400s on regular flights throughout Nigeria, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia.
December 2016: Due to London Gatwick main runway being closed on December 19 a Med View 737 had to download luggage which affected around 100 passengers en route to Lagos, Nigeria. The 737 was able to use a shorter runway. For the inconvenience caused, Alhaji Muneer Bankole Med View (MEV) Managing Director assured the affected passengers of available overnight accommodation etc and compensation for their troubles in re-arrangement.
May 2017: The European Commission (EC) has added 4 airlines to the European Union (EU) Air Safety List, including Air Zimbabwe (ZMB), but at the same time lifted an earlier ban on all carriers from Benin and Mozambique.
In the May 16 update, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique were cleared from the list, following safety oversight improvements.
“Their reforms have paid off. This is also a signal to the 16 countries that remain on the list. It shows that work and cooperation pays off. The Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency [EASA] are ready to assist them and raise the safety standards worldwide,” European transport commissioner Violeta Bulc said.
Air Zimbabwe (ZMB) was the highest profile of the 4 newly banned carriers, sitting alongside Nigeria’s Medview Airline (MEV), Mustique Airways from St Vincent and the Grenadines and Ukrainian carrier Air Urga.
The (EC) said the 4 failed to address safety deficiencies picked up during an (EASA) 3rd-country operator audit.
Banned airlines on the (EU) Air Safety List cannot operate to, from or within the (EU), but many of the 181 blacklisted carriers do not have European operations.
The (EU) sometimes bans every airline from a country because of poor regulatory oversight; this applies to the vast majority of banned airlines (174 airlines in 16 states) even though the airline itself may have a safe operation.
The remaining 7 airlines are blacklisted because specific safety concerns with their operation. Alongside the 4 new additions, these comprise Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC), Iraqi Airways (IRQ) and Suriname carrier Blue Wing Airlines.
Finally, 6 airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the (EU) with specific aircraft types: Gabonese carriers Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG, Korean carrier Air Koryo, Air Service Comores from the Comoros, Iran Air (IRN) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines.
Decemble 2017: 747-412 (28022, TF-AMV) scrapped at Kemble, UK.
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MEV-737-400 - 2014-09
MEV-737-484 - 2013-12
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2 737-400 (CFM56-3C1), 2014-11.
1 737-46J (CFM56-3C1) (2879-28867, /97 OM-DEX), AIR EXPLORE (EXP) WET-LEASED 2013-12. 168Y.
2 737-484 (CFM56-3C1) (2142-25362, /91 5N-BPA; 2174-25430, /91 5N-BPH), EX-(N362AS & N304AS) 2012-08. EX-(OLY). 144Y.
1 737-500 (CFM56-3C1), EX-GEORGIAN AIRWAYS. 124Y.
0 737-800 (CFM56-7B), 2013-07, RETURNED.
0 747-312 (23032, TF-AME), (AID) WET-LEASED FOR HAJJ. NOW AT COTSWOLD AIRPORT, KEMBLE, UK AWAITING SCRAPPING (SEE ATTACHED - - (MEV-747-312-FOR SCRAP-2014-03).
0 747-412 (PW4056) (28022, /96 TF-AMV), EX-(SIA), EX-(9V-SPL) 2009-10. (AID) WET-LEASED 2016-08. SCRAPPED AT KEMBLE, UK 2017-12. 12F, 58C, 316Y.
1 767-300ER, (DEA) LEASED.
SHEIKH ABDUL MOSHEN RAHMAN-AL-THUNAYAN, CHAIRMAN.
ALHAJI MUNEER BANKOLE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & MANAGING DIRECTOR.
BABTUNDE ONI, GENERAL MANAGER.
CAPTAIN WALE OKE, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
ALHAJI LAWAL WAHEED, HEAD GROUND SUPPORT.
LOOKMAN OLANREWAJU ANIMASHAUM, HEAD ENGINEERING.
CAPTAIN ALAN BANDELE, CHIEF PILOT.
EDEM ESSIEN, PRODUCTION MANAGER.
BENEDICT UMUNMA, QUALITY MANAGER.
CAPTAIN GODFREY OGBOGU, SAFETY MANAGER.
OLUDAYO OLUFUWA, LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
AJANI RASHEED ABIO0DUN, CHIEF ACCOUNTANT.
IGE EDWARD, TRAINING MANAGER.
ITYODUGH LORYUE EMMANUEL, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.
HAJIA HASSANAT SOGBESAN, HAJJ/UMRAH MANAGER.
AFOLABI JOSEPH OLUSOLA, AGENCY MANAGER.
WALE OGUNNIRAN, CABIN SERVICES MANAGER.
MICHAEL AJIGBOTOSHO, CARGO MANAGER.
JOSEPH OGUNDIRAN, ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER.