Tuesday, June 4, 2013

► NIGERIA: Hak Air, West Link Airlines granted AOCs by the NCAA.

Hak Air logoWest Link Airlines logoHaving applied for it in February, Nigerian start-ups, West Link Airlines and Hak Air, have now been granted Air Operators Certificate (AOC) by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), with the path now free for them to commence domestic flights.

Hak Air 737-400
Hak Air 737-400
While it has been awarded Hajj contracts to ferry Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in the past, with the launch of a new website, Hak Air says it is now in the process of launching domestic Nigerian operations with plans to expand into the region using Lagos as its central hub. Hak Air also has rights to operate Port Harcourt - London Gatwick by the NCAA.

The airline also claims that in addition to its fleet of four 737-400s, it owns three Sikorsky S76 C+s, and has just concluded acquisition of one Bombardier Challenger 604 Executive Jet, and one King Air Beechcraft 35.

For its part, not much is known about West Link save that it is a charter operator that is also licensed for Umra flights. It is run by Ibrahim Mshelia, who owns Africa Contracts and Equipment and the Mish Aviation School in Ghana.