The evils posed by the gray market, the disconnect between regional operators and regulators as they attempt to curb it, and the problem of perception for business aviation in the Middle East, dominated the discussion at the second biennial MEBA Conference (MEBAC), which convened at the Dubai Marina on the eve of the show.
Kotoka International Airport
Stella Oduah, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, told an audience at the recent Safety Conference of African Safety Ministers in Abuja that her department is considering reducing from 22 to 15 years the maximum allowable age of aircraft operated in commercial service in this West African country. Some experts believe such a rule could ground as many as 60 percent of the airliners currently operating in Nigeria.
Details of the crash of a Dana Air Flight No. 0992 into a downtown apartment building in Lagos, Nigeria, this afternoon remain sketchy as of Sunday night.
Accra, Ghana-based Aero Surveys, operating under the commercial name Starbow, plans to lease two more BAe 146 regional jetliners starting in May. The aircraft, one BAe 146-300 and one BAe 146-200, will double its fleet size to four aircraft and will add capacity to satisfy increasing demand.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s new airline, took a solid step forward last month when it accepted delivery of the first two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets in Africa in ceremonies at the Canadian manufacturer’s assembly plant in Mirabel, Quebec. Arik Air took over the defunct Nigeria Airways center in Lagos in April and is rebuilding the facilities there as its base.