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ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2000. SCHEDULED, DOMESTIC, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
HENRY ADEPOPE STREET
OFF 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.
DECEMBER 2000: ENUGU TO LAGOS, ENU, ABUJA, AND PORT HARCOURT.
1 727-2H9 (22665, YU-AKK), JAT YUGOSLAV (JAT) WET-LEASED.
JANUARY 2001: CHARTER SERVICES OUT OF JERBA, WHICH IS AN ISLAND IN THE SOUTHEAST OF TUNISIA. CHARTER FLIGHTS TO EUROPE.
FEBRUARY 2001: 2ND 727-2H9 (22393, YU-AKI "ROSE OF ENUGU"), (JAT) AIRWAYS LEASED.
MAY 2001: 1 DC-9-32 (47563), (JAT) YUGOSLAV LEASED. 727-2H9 (22393) RETURNED TO (JAT).
December 2002: 1 DC-9-32 (47562, YU-AJH), (JAT) wet-leased for 3 years, then Sosoliso Air (YNQ) will purchase it.
July 2003: 200 employees. (email@example.com).
December 2003: 1 MD-81 (5N-BGL), Alameda Corporation leased.
January 2005: Maintenance agreement with Iberia Airlines (IBE) to perform inspections, repairs, and modification of components on its MD-80's.
September 2005: MD-82 (48482), ex-Continental Airlines (CAL), bought from Pegasus Aviation (PSS).
December 2005: Suspended operations.
ACCDT: (YNQ) DC-9-32 (685-47562, 5N-BFD), Flight 1145 from Abuja, crashed on landing in a lightning storm at Port Harcourt = 107 fatalities of 7 (FC)-(CA)/101 passengers on board (including 76 schoolchildren from the Loyola Jesuit school in the capital, Abuja). 4 survivors of impact subsequently died of injuries. One injured person survived. The airplane broke in two and skidded off the runway across a ditch.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered the Federal Ministry of Aviation's secretary and the director of planning, research and statistics to resign following Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) crash at Port Harcourt that killed 107 of 110 onboard including four occupants who survived the impact but subsequently died of injuries, according to the Aviation Safety Network. The airplane, a 1972-era DC-9-32, crashed during a landing attempt. It was inbound from Abuja. It was the second major Nigerian air disaster in the past two months. Obasanjo called an emergency meeting for today with Nigerian aviation stakeholders. "It is expected that conclusions reached at the meeting will help give more practical effect to President Obasanjo's avowed determination to carry out urgent and much needed reforms in Nigeria's aviation industry," a government statement said.
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 (YNQ) 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 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 Friday. (YNQ) will be allowed to fly two of its four airplanes and (CGI) six of its eight. A (YNQ) DC-9 crashed December 10, killing 109 people.
March 2006: Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) has applied to begin service from Lagos to Accra (Ghana).
May 2006: Sosoliso Air (YNQ) operates domestic jet airplane services from its base at Enugu in eastern Nigeria.
Employees = 200.
(IATA) Code: SO. (ICAO) Code: OSL - SOSOLISO.
Main Base: Enugu Airport in eastern Nigeria.
The Liberian Government has, in the spirit of the economic integration of the West African sub-region, appointed (YNQ) of Nigeria as its flag carrier. The airline began West Coast flights on February 23rd from Robertsfield International Airport (Monravia) and henceforth will serve Accra, Freetown, and Lagos, its principal West African hub. It will operate as the flag carrier under the name "Sosoliso-Liberia", which has already been registered as an airline in that country. The airline has acquired an MD-83, complete with an American training pilot, and a European Engineering (MT) team, and announced plans to add more routes within Africa and beyond in the near future.
September 2006: The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will de-register 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.
November 2006: The Nigerian government suspended the AOC (Airline Operating Certificate) of Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) over safety concerns.
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0 727-2H9 (JT8D) (1786-22665, YU-AKK), (JAT) WET-LSD 2000-12. RTND.
0 727-2H9 (JT8D) (1681-22393, YU-AKI "ROSE OF ENUGU"), (JAT) WET-LSD 2000-01, RTND 2001-05.
1 DC-9-31 (JT8D-9A HK) (1027-48140, /81 N-BFS), EX-(USA), JETRAN LSD 2003-09. 12C, 88Y.
1 DC-9-31 (JT8D-9A HK) (1033-48142, /81 5N-BFA), JETRAN LSD 2002-12. 100Y. 12C, 88Y.
0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (685-47562, /72 5N-BFD "ROSE OF ENUGU"), (JAT) LSD 2002-12. W/O DESTROYED 2005-12. 12C, 90Y.
0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (47563), (JAT) LSD 2001-05. RTND. 12C, 88Y.
1 MD-81 (JT8D-217) (1067-48099, /82 5N-BGL), ALAMEDA CORP LSD 2003-12. 12C, 130Y.
1 MD-82 (JT8D-217A) (1309-49482, /86 5N-BII), EX-(CAL), BF (PSS) 2005-09. 14C, 130Y.
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CHIEF VIKTOR IKWUEMESI, CHAIRMAN.
Chief Victor Ikwuemesi is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA). He is the principal promoter of Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) and a business magnate, who by dint of hard work, is chairman of various companies. By the year 2000, he ensured the birth of Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ)
OSCAR IKWUEMESI, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
Oscar Ikwuemesi studied at Middlesex University, England and is one of the brains behind Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ). His timeless efforts and resolved commitment has led to the success of Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ).
CAPTAIN JAMES NNADI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
Captain James Nnadi Studied at the Ross school of Aviation, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, and has acquired working experience over sixteen years as a pilot; starting with Okada Airlines (OKD) then Oriental Airlines. He joined Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) in 2002
OBI EMMANUEL OGBOLU, DIRECTOR GROUND OPERATIONS
Obi Ogbolu studied at the Aviation Academy, Melbourne, Australia, and has acquired over thirty years of working experience spanning from the Federal Ministry of Labour to Triax airlines (TIX). He joined Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) in 2001.
ALEKSANDER FURTULA, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING.
CAPTAIN DOUGLAS MAKURDI, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS & TECHNICAL SERVICES.
CHIMAOBI A OJI, COMMERCIAL MANAGER.
Chimaobi A Oji studied at the University of Lagos, and with an MBA from the ESUT Business School, Lagos, he has acquired over seventeen years working experience in the media and banking industry. His forte is brand and communication marketing. He joined Sosoliso Airlines (YNQ) in 2004.
PAUL EJIM, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.
IKE OSADEBAY, PLANNING MANAGER.