- Air Nigeria
Air Nigeria IATA
Founded 2004 (as Virgin Nigeria) Commenced operations 28 June 2005 Operating bases Murtala Muhammed International Airport Frequent-flyer program Eagleflier Fleet size 11 Destinations 17 Parent company Nicon Group (50%)
Virgin Atlantic Airways (50%)
Headquarters Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria Key people Jimoh Ibrahim (Chairman)
Kinfe Kahssaye (CEO)
Air Nigeria (formerly Nigerian Eagle Airlines and Virgin Nigeria Airways), is the national flag carrier of Nigeria. The airline operates scheduled regional and domestic passenger services. Its base is Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. The airline is a replacement for defunct Nigeria Airways. Its registered office is in Ikoyi, Lagos State, while its head office is on the 9th floor of Etiebets Place in Ikeja, Lagos State.
The carrier's loyalty programme is named 'Eagleflier'.
On 28 September 2004, the Nigerian government and Virgin Group signed an agreement to establish a new airline for Nigeria, to be called Virgin Nigeria Airways. Nigerian institutional investors owned 51% of the company and Virgin Atlantic Airways the remaining 49%. The airline's inaugural flight was on 28 June 2005 from Lagos to London Heathrow using an Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Virgin Nigeria quickly became one of Nigeria's largest airlines, carrying its 1,000,000th passenger and 4,000th ton of freight within two years of operation. The airline has also received accolades including THISDAY Awards 2006 Airline of the year and a nomination for 2006 African Airline of the year by ASATA (Association of South African Travel Agents). Virgin Nigeria had plans of making Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja its second base where in addition to its Lagos base Murtala Mohammed International Airport it would serve all countries in West Africa.
The Nigerian government set a deadline of 30 April 2007 for all airlines operating in the country to re-capitalise or be grounded, in an effort to ensure better services and safety. The airline satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalization and was re-registered for operation.
Sale of Virgin's stake and rebranding
On 19 August 2008, Virgin Atlantic announced that it was "in talks to sell its 49 percent stake in Virgin Nigeria" and reviewing "whether it is appropriate that the Virgin brand should remain linked to Virgin Nigeria”. This followed a dispute which arose after Virgin Nigeria's domestic operations were moved against its will by the Ministry of Transportation to Terminal 2. Virgin Nigeria had twice refused the directive to relocate its domestic operations from the international terminal citing the Memorandum of Mutual Understanding it signed with the previous (Olusegun Obasanjo) administration and pending appeal in a Lagos High court as reasons for not complying.
On 17 September 2009, Virgin Nigeria announced on their website they had rebranded as Nigerian Eagle Airlines. Nigerian Eagle Airlines also stated that they planned to focus on domestic and regional flights with further expansion into Europe and eventually the United States of America. Virgin retained its 49% stake in the new Nigerian Eagle Airlines with the remaining 51% held by Nigerian investors.
On 2 June 2010, following the acquisition of a majority share in the airline, Jimoh Ibrahim, the new Chairman, announced that the airline had undergone a further name change to Air Nigeria Development Limited, branded as Air Nigeria.
The Air Nigeria fleet consists of the following aircraft (at December 2010):
Air Nigeria Fleet Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers J Y Total Boeing 737-300 8 0 16 100 116 Boeing 737-400 1 0 Embraer E-190 2 7 12 84 96 Total 11 7
Before rebranding, Virgin Nigeria had also operated the following aircraft:
Virgin Nigeria Airways Past Fleet Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes Airbus A320-211 2 2005 2007 Leased from BH Air Airbus A330-200 1 2007 2007 Leased from bmi Airbus A340-300 2 2005 2006 Leased from Virgin Atlantic Airways ATR 42-500 1 2008 2009 Leased from Interstate Airlines Boeing 737-300 2 2005 2007 Leased from GECAS Boeing 767-300ER 2 2007 2009 Leased from SmartLynx Airlines Fokker 50 2 2007 2008 Leased from Denim Air
- ^ "AN Registered Offices." Air Nigeria. Retrieved on 28 June 2010.
- ^ Virgin Nigeria wins 2006 Airline of the Year award., AllAfrica.com website, retrieved March 27, 2007
- ^ Virgin Nigeria nominated for 2006 African Airline of the year, Association of South African Travel Agents website, retrieved 27 March 2007
- ^ Virgin Nigeria buys bevy of Embraer regional jets: AINonline
- ^ Nigeria Direct 2 May 2007
- ^ Virgin in talks to sell out of Nigeria
- ^ Flights Have Now Finished
- ^ Virgin Nigeria Rebrand As Nigerian Eagle Airlines
- ^ Nigerian Eagle Airlines Rebranda As Air Nigeria
- ^ Nigerian Eagle Airlines signs Codeshare with Kenya Airways
- ^ Nigerian Eagle Signs Code-share Deal with Delta
- ^ Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria
- ^ Air Nigeria Fleet
- ^ Virgin Nigeria Past Fleet
Airlines of Nigeria Current Defunct
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Virgin Group Key people General Travel Publishing
Retail Mobile Motorsport Defunct Members of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA)
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