Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria has announced a new name here at EBACE. The original name was inevitably shortened in the industry to “EAN,” so the name EAN Aviation has been adopted to better reflect the company’s growing portfolio of services, which has grown to include inflight catering and sales representation for Gulfstream in Nigeria. Along with the new name is a new logo designed by the Etu-Odi agency. EAN Aviation is showing off its new look here at EBACE on the AfBAA stand (Booth 5542).
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) announced a new name this week at EBACE–EAN Aviation–to reflect the company’s growing portfolio of services, from in-flight catering to sales representation for Gulfstream in Nigeria. Along with the new name is a new logo. Beginning operations as an FBO at Lagos-Murtala Mohammed Airport, EAN Aviation currently also offers maintenance services under the regulatory approval of local authorities, the FAA and the EASA.
With the recovery of business aviation in the mature Western markets of Europe and North America still sketchy, Africa has emerged as one of the bright spots of growth, and the jewel in the crown is Nigeria, where oil and gas production has been the principal driver behind a massive growth in business traffic. The rise of the sector in Nigeria has been phenomenal, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. That was the abiding message from the second Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, which was held in Lagos at the end of March.
Flight crews planning trips to Nigeria are being urged to verify fuel availability at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (DNAA) and at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (DNMM). On July 24 both airports were reported to be extremely short of jet-A. The reason for the shortage has not been identified, nor has the date when supplies might return to normal.
Business aviation traffic at Lagos International Airport has increased almost three-fold over the past couple of years, according to Evergreen Apple Nigeria, which opened the west African country’s first purpose-built FBO in 2011. According to managing director and CEO Segun Demuren, average monthly movements numbered 82 in 2011, but that number this year stands at 220. Now the company competes with ExecuJet Aviation, which opened its own facility at the airport last year.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) has been selected by Sharjah, UAE-based aviation business services firm Avjet Routing as its preferred ground handler in Nigeria, with principal services being provided at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The agreement, which was ratified last month, means that all private and business aviation traffic from Avjet Routing passing through Lagos will be handled exclusively by Evergreen Apple Nigeria.
New en route air traffic control radar for the Nigerian flight information region should be operational by April 12, according to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). A NAMA spokesman said a considerable number of air traffic controllers have already been trained in preparation for the new Lagos and Kano sectors opening for live traffic. The implementation of new voice communications has also been completed at 13 airports in Nigeria.
ExecuJet Nigeria in Lagos has been named a Bombardier Aerospace line maintenance facility. The designation includes the Challenger 300, Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Global 5000, Global 6000, Global Express and Global Express XRS. The facility will complement ExecuJet’s center in Lanseria, South Africa, which has been part of Bombardier’s authorized service facility network since 2002.
ExecuJet has been providing maintenance services for business aviation in Lagos for the last year and for more than 10 years at its Lanseria International Airport location in Johannesburg.
Business aircraft movements at Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria have more than doubled from a year ago to an average of 15 daily movements. Flights arriving at the African FBO are predominantly coming from Europe as business executives enter Nigeria. Arrivals from the Middle East are also increasing, it added. Driving the growth is expansion of the oil and gas energy industries, which have attracted renewed interest from European companies.
ExecuJet Africa will open a new FBO at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 1, the company announced today. From this base, ExecuJet Africa plans to offer a comprehensive range of services, including business aircraft maintenance, FBO/handling, charter and management services. The 24-hour FBO will offer ground support equipment, a VIP lounge and crew areas.
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