Wednesday, October 24, 2012

► NIGERIA: FirstNation Airways A320s repoed by lessors?

first nation logoNigerian aviation blog Aviation in Nigeria is reporting that domestic carrier FirstNation Airways' (FRN) three leased Airbus A320s have been repossessed by their owners, US based Aviation Capital Group, though the report has yet to be verified by independent sources.

A FirstNation Airbus A320
A FirstNation Airbus A320 in better times.
In June, the carrier announced that they had sent their fleet of three Airbus A320s to Istanbul, Turkey for mandatory service checks, and were therefore temporarily suspending operations between Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt until 2 July, which never came to be.
"FirstNation Airways lost its fleet of three A320s to the lessor, Aviation Capital Group. The aircraft (5N-FNA, -FNB and -FNC) were reregistered to the American register as N409AG, N466AG and N997AG earlier this month. "

It goes on to say that in early October, FirstNation Airways appeared to have resumed flights between Lagos and Abuja with one A320. 

At present time however, no flights can be booked through their website.