Thursday, February 14, 2013

► NIGERIA: Azman Airlines, JedAir looking to start domestic, regional ops in H1.

NigeriaTwo carriers are looking to start domestic operations in Nigeria shortly: Azman Airlines and Jedair, a former charter airline that has reportedly entered into an ACMI deal with a Canadian firm.

CH-Aviation writes that Kano-based Azman Air owned by entrepreneur, AbdulManafi Yunusa, is planning to launch scheduled domestic operations effective July using several ex-Air Nigeria (VK) Boeing B737-300s and B737-400s. Azman had planned to introduce both domestic and international flights by September 2012, however, for unknown reasons, that did not happen.

http://i.imgur.com/VxapxBa.png?1Nigerian aviation blog, Aviation in Nigeria, reports that JedAir (Jedidiah Air Ltd - formerly known as Wings Aviation - a charter outfit) has now signed a joint venture agreement with Voyageur Airways (VC), a Canadian ACMI, MRO and Air Ambulance service based out of Ontario.

Under the terms of the deal, Voyageur will ACMI lease an unspecified number of Bombardier Dash 8-Q300/400s, in addition to providing for their maintenance and technical expertise while JedAir will operate the aircraft and provide crew and ground handling for aircraft operations.
The Director of Commercial Services, Voyageur Airways, Mr. Cory Cousineau, speaking on the partnership, said, “We are excited about the agreement between Voyageur and JedAir. It is a milestone in our African operations and we will be positioning our aircraft in Nigeria in the first quarter of this year."
Source [PunchNG] 

JedAir currently operates a lone Boeing 737-200ADV Freighter (MSN 21710 | 5N-BMS) of ex Air Tanzania vintage but now plans to start commercial scheduled operations in Nigeria and West-Africa later this year.