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Name: AIR NIGERIA
7JetSet7 Code: VNA
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: LAGOS
Country: NIGERIA
Employees 200
Web: virginnigeria.com
Email: commercial@virginnigeria.com
Telephone: +234 1 497 0550
Fax: +234 1 270 4335
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Formed in 2004 and started operations in 2005. Formerly Virgin Nigeria and Nigerian Eagle Airlines. Scheduled, domestic, regional, & international, passenger, jet airplane services.

Address:
Dimension Data, 3rd Floor
Amazing Grace Place, Victoria Island
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 2004: Virgin Group (VAA) was selected by the Nigerian government as a partner in a new Nigerian airline, to be named Virgin Nigeria Airlines (VNA), stated Musa Yuguda Nigerian Aviation Minister.

(VNA) is to be launched in October 2004, has an initial planned equity of $50 million. Nigerian institutional investors and the general public are expected to hold 51%, with (VAA) holding the remaining 49%. (VAA) is regarded as a technical and strategic investor to the national carrier. Initially (VNA) will concentrate on popular domestic and international routes, then will add regional routes around West Africa in a 2nd phase.

Simon Harford (CEO) (VNA).

April 2005: A320-212 (221, LZ-BHD), ex-BH Air (BGH), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.

May 2005: A320-212 (294, LZ-BHB), ex-BH Air (BGH), (GEF) leased.

June 2005: Started Lagos - London Heathrow, and Lagos - Abuja, and - Port Harcourt. Will operate 9 routes by next spring.

A340-311 (013, G-VBUS), Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) leased to Virgin Nigeria (VNA).

July 2005: Lagos - Accra (A320, 2/day).

September 2005: Mercator will provide passenger revenue accounting for Virgin Nigeria (VNA) under an outsourcing contract announced by the Dubai-based Information Technology (IT) division of Emirates Group. The Lagos-based airline is 49% owned by Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) with 51% held by 20 Nigerian institutional investors.

October 2005: 737-36N (28563, 5N-VNA), ex-Frontier Airlines (FRO), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.

November 2005: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) moved its Lagos to London service from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport. (VNA) has 3x-weekly with its A340-300 departing Lagos on Tuesdays/Fridays/Sundays and London on Mondays/Thursdays/Saturdaya.

December 2005: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) (CEO) Simon Harford announced he will be leaving (VNA), which commenced operations June 28, and currently flies to London Gatwick, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Accra, Douala and Johannesburg.

Virgin Nigeria (VNA) switched its London Heathrow operations to London Gatwick.

January 2006: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) was forced to cancel its scheduled flights at Lagos, as the Nigerian government forced the airline to carry Muslim pilgrims to Mecca. Affected were flights to Johannesburg and London.

(VNA) currently operates services from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Accra, Douala, Johannesburg, and London.

6 orders 737-33V's (29337, 5N-VND; 29338, 5N-VNC; 29339, 5N-VNB; 29340, 5N-VNE; 29341, 5N-VNF; 29342, 5N-VNG), ex-easyJet (EZY) to replace 2 leased A320-200's.

March 2006: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) will inaugurate non-stop service from Lagos to Dakar on March 16th. (VNA) will operate 3x-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, using a 737-300. (VNA) will inaugurate nonstop service from Lagos to Dubai on May 2nd. (VNA) airline will operate 3x-weekly departing Lagos on Tuesdays, Fridays, & Sundays, and Dubai on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays and operated with an A340.

1st 737-33V (29339, 5N-VNB), ex-easyJet (EZY), (GEF) leased, delivery.

July 2006: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) is hoping to become West Africa's South African Airways (SAA). (VNA) will in the near future be acquiring 34 new airplanes and by 2010 hopes to be flying 40 airplanes to 40 destinations across the world.

Nigeria’s flagship airline (VNA) is set to increase its fleet 6-fold in the next 4 years and become West Africa’s equivalent of South African Airways (SAA).

Virgin Nigeria (VNA)'s Director of Sales and Outstations Mike Higgins, who is based in Nigeria's capital Lagos, said at a South Africa - Nigeria Chamber of Commerce meeting in South Africa, that Virgin Nigeria (VNA) would have been flying out of Lagos for a year using a fleet of 6 airplanes to transport 500,000 passengers and 1,000 tons of cargo.

“By 2010, Virgin Nigeria (VNA) aims to be flying 40 airplanes to 40 destinations with 6,000 staff, making it West Africa’s equivalent of South African Airways (SAA),” said Higgins. Already, (VNA) has signed agreements to fly to Dubai and has been doing so since June 2, 2006. Higgins said he saw (VNA) moving more into the cargo sector, as they had intentions to acquire a cargo freighter for (VNA).

Virgin Nigeria (VNA) launched 3x-weekly Lagos - Dubai services aboard A340-300s. Dubai is (VNA)'s 12th destination.

737-33V (29337, 5N-VND), delivery.

October 2006: 737-33V (29340, 5N-VNE), delivery.

December 2006: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) is Nigeria's major airline operating domestic, regional, and international, jet airplane services.

Employees = 200.

(IATA) Code: VK - 786. (ICAO) Code: VGN.

Parent organization/shareholders: Nigerian institutional investors (51%); & Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) (49%).

(http://www.virginnigeria.com). (TQC@infoweb.abs.net).

Main Base: Lagos Murtala Muhammed airport (LOS).

Domestic scheduled destinations: Abuja; Lagos; & Port Harcourt.

International, scheduled destinations: Accra; Dakar; Douala; Johannesburg; & London.

January 2007: A330-243 (401, G-WWBD), bmi (BMA) wet-leased for long-haul routes - see photo.

March 2007: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) launched 3x-daily, Lagos - Port Harcourt service aboard F 50s. It also increased 2x-weekly to Sokoto from Lagos and Abuja, to 3x-weekly. Starting April 2nd, Lagos - Abidjan, using 737-300s. Starting May 1st, Lagos - Accra - Monrovia, using 737-300s.

It named Head of Planning Adeola Bali, as Finance Director.

April 2007: (GE)-Aviation said Virgin Nigeria Airways (VNA) signed a 5-year, $15 million OnPoint Solutions services agreement covering Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on 14 (CFM56-3C)s on its 737-300s.

North American Airlines (NNA) and (VNA) announced an interlining agreement covering (NNA)'s New York (JFK) - Lagos service and several (VNA) destinations. (NNA) also will support (VNA)'s application to operate the transatlantic route, including a possible wet-lease arrangement.

May 2007: Starts Lagos - Accra - Monrovia, using 737-300s.

August 2007: Virgin Atlantic (VAA) reported that its profit for its fiscal year ended February 28 dropped -89% to +£6.6 million/+$13.2 million from +£60.3 million in the prior year. It blamed much of the fall on losses at Virgin Nigeria (VNA), in which it has a 49% stake. (VNA) posted a loss of -£40 million for the year, widened from -£33 million in the prior year. (VAA)'s revenue increased +15% to £2.2 billion. "Our profits would have been higher had it not been for the frustrating external issues many airlines have had to cope with, such as increased oil prices," parent Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson said.

November 2007: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) announced an order for 8 Embraer E170s and 2 E190s at the Dubai Air Show, making (VNA) the E-Jet's sub-Saharan Africa launch customer. All airplanes will be Advanced Range versions and the order also includes options for 6 additional E190s and purchase rights for +8 E190s/E195s. Firm order is valued at $301 million at list prices, or approximately $800 million, if all options and rights are exercised.

1st delivery is scheduled for September 2008, with Entry Into Service (EIS) expected that fall. The airplanes will continue to be delivered through 2011. (VNA) Chairman Felix Ohiwerei said that the E-Jet choice came from "a desire to totally renew our fleet." He said the carrier is committed to launching service to 12 new airports and on 25 new routes in the near future, and that with its regional network well established, it is nearing time "to come up with expansion plans for long-haul operations."

(VNA) plans to place the E170s in domestic operations, right sizing certain routes operated by older narrow bodies, and replacing turboprops on its petroleum routes. The E190s will fly to regional and international destinations. "One of our strategies is to build an effective West African hub, based on Lagos, and to a lesser extent Abuja," (CEO) Conrad Clifford said, adding that some of the airplanes may replace 737s, that will come up for lease renewal in 2011, but that no firm decision has been made.

Both types will be equipped with dual-class cabins (7n first class (F) and 60 economy (Y) seats in the E170, 12 and 84 in the E190) and Thales (THL) In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), and it is the interior that was critical in choosing the E-Jet over Bombardier's offering, according to Clifford. He said the airplane's "double bubble" construction, which provides for more overhead room and greater cabin baggage capacity, was a "decisive factor" and is "important" for Nigerian customers. He also said the airline is trying to convince Embraer to open a maintenance base in Lagos in order to serve an airplane type that may rise in popularity in the region.

April 2008: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) said it was granted USA Department of Transportation approval to operate transatlantic commercial flights to and from Lagos, pending a signed aviation services agreement between the countries, although the airplanes must be wet-leased from a "duly authorized and properly supervised USA or foreign carrier."

(CEO) Conrad Clifford said (VNA) will unveil its schedule "in a few months time." It filed its application in December 2005, and was opposed by some USA airlines, who claimed it was not a Nigerian-controlled carrier. (VNA) is 51% owned by domestic investors and 49% by Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA). "Discover the World" will represent the airline in the USA.

August 2008: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) launched 2x-weekly, Lagos - Cotonou - Abidjan, aboard a 737-300.

Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) confirmed reports that it is seeking to dispose of its 49% equity stake in Virgin Nigeria (VNA), the Lagos based flag carrier it helped establish in 2004, and launch in April 2005. Nigerian institutional investors own 51%. "The intention has always been for the airline ultimately to be wholly owned by Nigerian investors. It is now time for Virgin Nigeria (VNA) to go its own way with local shareholders," Virgin Atlantic (VAA) President Richard Branson said, noting that (VAA) "wishes to focus on growing its core long-haul business." It is in talks with potential purchasers.

(VAA)'s confirmation it will sell its stake in the African carrier follows months of intense dispute with the Nigerian government, which last week forced the relocation of (VNA)'s domestic operation from the international wing of Lagos Murtala Muhammed International to the 2nd terminal, despite a court hearing on the matter scheduled for October 7.

"It is regrettable that events have caused us to review our shareholding and whether it is appropriate that the Virgin (VAA) brand should remain linked to Virgin Nigeria (VNA)," Branson stated. He also stressed that (VAA) has had no financial benefit from Virgin Nigeria (VNA) with respect to leases, rental fees or facilities and that "in fact, Virgin Nigeria (VNA) has benefited from highly attractive lease rates offered by Virgin Atlantic (VAA).

While royalty fees are payable for the use of the "Virgin" brand, (VNA) has not paid anything since its launch." Nigerian media recently reported that (VAA) had been pressured by minority shareholder Singapore Airlines (SIA) to sell its share in (VNA), which last year posted a loss of -NGN9.5 billion, on revenue of NGN20.9 billion and negatively impacted (VAA)'s profit-and-loss statement.

(SIA) (CEO) Chew Choon Seng has stated several times that he is dissatisfied with (VAA)'s financial performance.

SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE - - "VNA-NEWS-2008-08."

September 2008: Virgin Atlantic (VAA) has decided to reduce its stake in Virgin Nigeria (VNA) from 49% to just 7% through a US$25 million private placement. The transaction, which is being handled by Afrinvest as the Issuing House and Underwriters, will be secured by the executed Share Purchase Agreement between (VNA) and (VAA), as well as a board resolution from the latter, authorizing the sale of its shares to institutional and individual investors. Once the sale is concluded, (VAA) is expected to remove its branding from (VNA).

The move follows a dispute with the Nigerian government over rights to use the international terminals at the Murtala Mohammed airport, Lagos; and Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Abuja, for both international and domestic operations. (VNA)'s domestic operations were recently grounded by the federal government, following the airline's refusal to relocate its domestic operations to Terminal 2 of the Murtala Mohammed airport, Ikeja, known as (MMA2). (VNA) relented and grudgingly moved its local flights to the domestic terminal. Flights resumed 4 days later, but the argument continues with Virgin Group Chairman, Sir Richard Branson accusing the Nigerian government of breach of contract. Prior to the grounding order, the Ministry of Transportation used its federal might to intimidate (VNA) and even went as far as using security operatives to destroy (VNA)'s departure lounge in the airport.

Virgin Nigeria (VNA) made a turnover of N20.9 billion in its operations in 2007, during which period it recorded a loss of -N9.5 billion. In spite of controlling 35% of the aviation industry's passenger traffic in the country, and its dominance on key routes such as Lagos and Port Harcourt, plus Lagos and Abuja, (VNA) since it commenced flights in 2005, has consistently posted losses, resulting in an accumulated deficit of -N16.057 billion in February 2007, up from -N6.535 billion in 2006. Worse still, Virgin Atlantic (VAA) which gave it international leverage and acceptance, has been under pressure for almost a year from shareholder, Singapore Airlines (SIA) to dispose of its stake in (VNA). (SIA) had acquired a 49% stake in (VAA) from the Virgin Group in 2000. (SIA) has however, been concerned that Virgin Atlantic (VAA) entered into a loss making venture which is impacting on its bottom line and ability to consolidate its business with other potential flying partners.

Embraer delivered the 1st E190 (0210, 5N-VNH) to Virgin Nigeria (VNA). The E190 is configured for 96 passengers, 12F in first class (F) and 84Y in economy (Y). All seats feature the Thales (THL) i4500 In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system. (VNA) has ordered 3 E190s and 7 E170s.

SEE PHOTO - - "VNA-EMB-190-SEP08-A."

December 2008: Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) (CFO) Julie Southern conceded that the group's intent to sell or reduce its 49% shareholding in Virgin Nigeria (VNA) has been put on hold owing to the current credit crunch. "The business is increasingly independent and we would be happy to sell or reduce our shareholding as part of a private placement capital-raising process. Clearly, that has been temporally put on hold for the moment because the markets just won't support it. So for now, we maintain our shareholding, and the brand remains on the business. It is possible that even beyond the sale, the brand could remain on the business," she said.

January 2009: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) said it will suspend flights to London Gatwick and Johannesburg on January 27, citing a need to review "our entire long-haul operations including our product offerings on these routes." It said it would resume long-haul service "with a truly competitive offering" following the review and will concentrate on its domestic and regional routes in the meantime. (VNA) serves 7 domestic and 7 continental destinations.

767-3YOER (25000, YL-LCZ), returned to Smart Lynx Airlines (LAJ).

June 2009: Virgin Nigeria (VNA) said it will take delivery of 1 96 seat, E190AR, and 1 76-seat, E170AR this month. It also announced the appointment of Dapo Olumide as Managing Director & (CEO); Richard Murphy as Director Engineering Services; Erwin Zeiler as Head Aircraft Maintenance; and Joshua Amara as Quality & Service Manager. Olumide, currently deputy Managing Director, will succeed Conrad Clifford, whose contract expires June 18.

Industry sources told both the "BBC" and "Reuters" that Virgin Atlantic (VAA)'s relationship with (VNA) will end next month, at which point it will have to re-brand. (VAA) has been looking to offload its 49% stake in (VNA) since last summer.

July 2009: E190 (0226, 5N-VNI), delivery.

August 2009: Virgin Nigeria (VNA)'s re-branding has been shifted from July to October for logistical and other reasons. Plans by 49% owner, Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) to withdraw as a primary shareholder, remain unchanged.

September 2009: "Nigerian Eagle Airlines" is the new name of the former Virgin Nigeria (VNA) (CEO) Dapo Olumide announced in Lagos. He said the new name and logo, a multicolored eagle in flight, "represent the rich culture and heritage of Africans" and that the re-branded carrier will "fill the gaps in the aviation sector." It is 51% owned by local investors and 49% by Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA). Plans for a private placement to raise operational capital "are underway."

October 2009: To code share with Kenya Airways (KEN).

Has 2 airplanes painted in new branding "Nigeria Eagle,"

SEE NEW LIVERY - - "VNA-737-33V-2009-10."

Signed an airplane maintenance agreement with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).

December 2009: Nigerian Eagle Airlines (VNA) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Delta Air Lines (DAL) "to explore areas of commercial cooperation that will expand travel options." The agreement opens the door for loyalty program linkage and a code share on (DAL)'s New York (JFK) - Dakar - Abuja service. (VNA) also announced a "network-wide" code share and interline deal with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).

June 2010: Formerly "Virgin Nigeria" and "Nigerian Eagle Airlines" has now been re-branded as "Air Nigeria" (VNA).

July 2010: Receives its 1st airplane in its new livery - - SEE PHOTO - - "VNA-737-AIR NIGERIA LIVERY-2010-07."

August 2010: The USA (FAA) announced Nigeria has achieved a Category 1 safety rating after making improvements to meet (ICAO) standards. The upgrade will allow Nigerian airlines to fly their own airplanes to the USA. In a statement, the (FAA) said the “Category 1 rating is based on the results of a July (FAA) review of Nigeria’s civil aviation authority."

Until the category upgrade, Nigerian carriers had to wet-lease airplanes from another airline with Category 1 status for USA-bound flights. Nigeria becomes the 6th country on the continent to achieve a Category 1 rating, joining Cape Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, and South Africa.

The (FAA) said an (IASA) Category 1 rating “means a country has the laws and regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, and that its civil aviation authority–equivalent to the (FAA) for aviation safety matters–meets international standards for technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping and inspection procedures.”

737-36N (28558, 5N-VNJ), (GEF) leased, ex-(N542MS).

2 737-33As (27469, 5N-VNK; 27910, 5N-VNL), Aersale leased, ex-(N901AS & N902AS).

December 2010: Air Nigeria (VNA) operates regional services to destinations in West Africa, together with a domestic network that links Lagos with 6 other cities.

(IATA) Code: XY. (ICAO) Code: NGP - (Callsign - NGP - REGAL EAGLE).

Employees = 200.

January 2011: Air Nigeria (VNA) began flying to the “coal city” Enugu from both Lagos and Abuja, the country’s 2 largest airline markets. It follows (VNA)’s recent launch of Abuja service to Port Harcourt, a major oil market. Enugu is (VNA)’s seventh domestic destination, complementing service to a number of nearby international destinations like Accra, Brazzaville, Douala, and the politically troubled Abidjan. It envisions eventual service to North America, Europe, and Asia.

July 2011: Air Nigeria (VNA) will launch Lagos - Douala - Libreville - Sao Tome service on August 18.

March 2012: EgyptAir (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering (ME) has performed a "2A" maintenance check and fuel leak repair for EgyptAir (EGP) A320 airplanes. It also performed a "C" check on an Air Nigeria (VNA) 737, the 4th airplane in 2 months.

April 2012: Air Nigeria (VNA) is expected to use an A330-200 wet-leased from EgyptAir (EGP) for its planned new Lagos Murtala Muhammad airport (LOS) - London Gatwick airport (LGW) route.

May 2012: Air Nigeria (VNA) now flies to London Gatwick Airport in the UK and Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport in South Africa from Lagos.

(VNA) has announced plans to place an order for 4 787-8s later this month that would be delivered in the 2nd half of 2014. (VNA) plans to use the 787-8s to open new routes to Baltimore Thurgood Marshall International (BWI), Beijing Capital (PEK) and Dubai International (DXB).

June 2012: Air Nigeria (VNA) was forced to temporarily suspend operations on June 13 after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) decided to inspect (VNA)'s airplanes following a strike by its engineers (MT). Air Nigeria (VNA) resumed operations on June 14.

(VNA) has again been grounded by the (NCAA) on June 21 and has not yet been able to resume operations. The move due to "financial distress" of (VNA) follows the arrest of its Managing Director on June 18 by the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service as a result of unpaid taxed due and allegedly forging of a tax clearance certificate. (VNA) said that all current taxes would have been paid and that the tax liabilities go back to the time of it operating as Virgin Nigeria (VNA) with a different management team.

(VNA) considers these 2 groundings politically motivated and publicly speculates that its launch of long-haul services would not please some political actors in Nigeria supporting Arik Air (AKI). Given its recent route between Lagos Murtala Muhammad (LOS) and London Gatwick (LGW) is however operated by EgyptAir (EGP) on its behalf, these flights are currently still operating as the temporary suspension of its operations by the (NCAA) does not apply to the (EGP) A330-243s.

A330-243 (696, SU-GCI - - SEE PHOTO - "VNA-2012-06 - TO GATWICK"), Egyptair (EGP) wet-leased. This airplane will be used for a daily service from Lagos to Gatwick Airport, London.

September 2012: Air Nigeria (VNA), formerly Virgin Nigeria (VNA), is reportedly suspending operations on September 10 after a year plagued with strikes, a tax raid and 2 groundings by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Multiple African media reports said (VNA) Chairman, Jimoh Ibrahim (who acquired the airline two years ago) is halting flights, citing staff disloyalty and a weak business environment. Ibrahim reportedly plans to resume operations within 12 months, supported by 50 “loyal staff” from various departments. The remainder of (VNA)’s staff will be sacked.

The move follows a turbulent few months. (VNA) suffered strikes in May and June, crippling its domestic and regional operations. After the strikes, the Nigerian (CAA) suspended (VNA)’s operations until it successfully passed a fleet audit.

Operations resumed, but later in June, (VNA) was raided over taxes, which were allegedly unpaid when (VNA) was branded as "Virgin Nigeria." Then it was again grounded by the Nigerian (CAA) on financial grounds, although its newly launched London Gatwick flights continue to operate.

(VNA) also operated domestic flights to Abuja, Kano, Sokoto, Port-Harcourt, Enugu and Owerri, plus regional routes to Abidjan, Accra, Banjul, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Dakar, Douala, Libreville, Monrovia and Sao Tome.

June 2013: Rio Linhas Aéreas ((ICAO) Code: RIO, based at Curitiba) (RIL) is set to take delivery of an ex-Air Nigeria ((IATA) Code: VK, based at Lagos) (VNA) 737-4Q8 (25375), that will be converted into a 737-400F and re-registered as (PP-WSA). The 737-400 was originally stored in Goodyear. (RIL) currently has a fleet of 6 727-200Fs.

August 2013: 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 10th 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 (VNA), 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 (VNA). But I can tell you that our position has always been on divestment of our shares from it. I can tell you that (VNA) 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.

(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). 10 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. (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 2 airplanes are part of plans to operate 9 in total.

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.

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
VNA-737
VNA-737-300
VNA-737-33V
VNA-737-33V-2009-10
VNA-737-36N-2010-08
VNA-737-AIR NIGERIA LIVERY-2010-07
VNA-A330 2007-01G-WWBD
VNA-A340-311-2005-06
VNA-E190 737 2009-10
VNA-E190-2008-09

August 2017:

2 737-33A (2864-27469, 5N-VNK; 2873-27910, 5N-VNL), AERSALE LSD 2010-11, EX-(N901AS & N902AS).

0 737-33C (CFM56-3C1) (29340, 5N-VNE), RTT (GEF) 2012-07.

4 737-33V (CFM56-3C1) (3113-29337, /99 5N-VND, 2006-07 - - SEE PHOTO - - "VNA-737-AIR NIGERIA LIVERY-2010-07;" 3114-29338, /99 5N-VNC; 3119-29339, /99 5N-VNB 2006-03; 3121-29340, /99 5N-VNE, 2006-10 - - SEE NEW LIVERY - - "VNA-737-33V-2009-10;" 3125-29341, /99 5N-VNF; 3127-29342, /99 5N-VNG), EX-(EZY). 29937; 29338; RTND (GEF) 2012-07. 16C, 100Y.

1 737-36N (CFM56-3C1) (28558, 5N-VNJ, 2010-08; 2921-28563, /97 5N-VNA, 2005-10), EX-(FRO), (GEF) LSD 2005-10. 28558; RTND 2012-07. 16C, 100Y.

0 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3C) (25375, 5N-VNM), RTT (ILF).

0 767-3YOER (386-25000, YL-LCZ), (LAJ) WET-LSD. RTND 2009-01.

4 ORDERS (2014-07) 787-8 DREAMLINER:

1 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (221, /91 LZ-BHD, 2005-04; 294, LZ-BHB, 2005-05), EX-(BGH), (GEF) LSD. 294; RTND. 16C, 126Y.

1 A330-243 (TRENT 700) (696, /05 SU-GCI - - SEE PHOTO - "VNA-2012-06 - TO GATWICK") (EGP) WET-LSD 2012-04. 24C, 244Y.

1 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (401, /01 G-WWBD - SEE PHOTO), (BMA) WET-LSD 2007-01. 24C, 220Y.

1 A340-311 (CFM56-5C2) (013, /93 G-VBUS "LADY IN RED" 2005-06; 114, /96 G-VSUN, 2006-04), (VAA) WET-LSD. 013; RTND, LST (APZ). 40F, 28C, 187Y.

1 +6 ORDERS EMBRAER E170, 7F, 69Y.

2 +1/6/8 ORDER EMBRAER E190 (0210, 5N-VNH - - SEE PHOTO - - "VNA-E190 737 2009-10" 2008-09; 0226, 5N-VNI, 2009-07), 12F, 84Y.

Management:
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VNA-CEO

JIMO IBRAHIM, CHAIRMAN.

DAPO OLUMIDE, MANAGING DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2009-06).

DENNIS EBOREIME, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

KEVIN DUDLEY, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

GRAHAM KEDDIE, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO) (commercial@virginnigeria.com).

ADEOLA BALI, FINANCE DIRECTOR (2007-03).

RICHARD MURPHY, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING SERVICES (2009-06).

MIKE HIGGINS, DIRECTOR OF SALES & OUTSTATIONS.

ERWIN ZEILER, HEAD AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE (2009-06).

JOSHUA AMARA, QUALITY & SERVICE MANAGER (2009-06).

 
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