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First Nation Airways First Nation Airways was founded in 2010 and com menced operations in 2011 after receiving its first leased A320 aircraft in Apr-2011. It was based at Lagos International Airport in Nigeria and operates a domestic network. Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the air operator's certificate (AOC) of First Nation Airways indefinitely, effective May 11 2018. First Nation Airways Ltd. was a Nigerian airline with its headquarters in Lagos and based at Murtala Mohammed Airport. First Nation Airways (SS) Limited is a privately owned, passenger airline. It commenced daily flights to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in October 2013 and planned an additional aircraft expansion in 2019 to 2020. In May 2018 however, the Nigerian authorities suspended the airlines operations as her two aircraft were ferried out on maintenance check. As of June 2019, the airline did not resume any flights as they are still undergoing re-certification process. First Nation Airways served the following destinations: Abuja - Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport ·Lagos - Murtala Mohammed International Airport base ·Port Harcourt - Port Harcourt International Airport The First Nation Airways fleet consisted of the following aircraft (As of August 2018). The Airways had two aircrafts in its fleet but previously op erated 3Airbus A320-200 from 20112012 Green Africa Airways Green Africa Airways Ltd is a Nigerian start-up value airline, based in Lagos, Nigeria Green Africa Airways was founded on June 15, 2015 by Babawande Afolabi who serves as the chief executive officer. Green Africa is to be a new low-cost carrier targeting the Nigerian air travel market. Operations were originally planned to start in 2019, but have since been delayed. In mid 2018, the airline received the necessary operating licenses from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Green Africa's Board of directors consists of several industry veterans including Tom Horton; former chairman & CEO of American Airlines, William Shaw; current CEO of Interjet, Virasb Vahidi; former CCO of American Airlines, as well as Wale Adeosun, Founder & CEO of Kuramo Capital and Gbenga Oyebode; Founder & Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode. In late 2018, Green Africa announced a letter of intent for 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, with an option for a further 50 aircraft. It was the largest order Boeing had ever received from an African airline. The order was valued $11.7 billion, according to list prices. However this letter of intent was withdrawn in February 2020, and the airline instead opted to sign a memorandum of understanding for 50 Airbus A220-300s. Just like Boeing this was the largest order Airbus had ever received from an African carrier. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2021. In order to bridge the gap between the first delivery, Green Africa has agreed to lease three A220-300s from GTLK Europe, so that operations can start in 2020. Green Africa Airways intends to initially serve the Nigerian domestic market with plans to further expand service across the African continent. As of February 2020, the Green Africa Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft: Airbus A 220-300 which deliveries is to commence in 2020 and additional three A220s leased from GTLK Europe are to be delivered by August 2020. Kabo Air The airline was established in February 1980 by Dr. Alhaji Muhammadu Adamu Dankabo and started operations in April 1981. It is currently wholly owned by Kabo Holdings. The airline originally operated special charter services for corporate bodies, executives and government officials. Kabo Air is a Nigerian charter airline headquartered in Kano, Kano State and based at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport. The airline was established in February 1980 by Dr. Alhaji Muhammadu Adamu Dankabo and started operations in April 1981.  It is currently wholly owned by Kabo Holdings. The airline originally operated special charter services for corporate bodies, executives and government officials. The company stopped operating domestic services in 2001 when they focus solely on Hajj flights and international charters. However, in 2009 the airline received approval to start international scheduled services. Traffic rights were given to Kabo Air for operating scheduled services to Rome, Nairobi and N'Djamena, but have not been used. The airline operated scheduled flights from Kano to Abuja, Cairo, Dubai and Jeddah for a short period. Kabo Air met the requirements set by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for re-capitalization in May 2007. On March 3, 2017, the offices of Kabo Air were sealed by the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service due to unpaid tax liabilities.[6] It has been reported that Kabo Air owes over 149 million Nigerian naira (approx. US-$ 460,000) in taxes.[7] As of March 2017, Kabo Air does not operate any scheduled services and focuses on charter operations, especially for pilgrim flights under its own name and on behalf of other airlines. As of August 2019, the Kabo Air fleet consists of the following aircraft The Kabo Air fleet previously included the following aircraft: 3 Boeing 737-200 (1983-1986) 11 Boeing 747-100 (1993-2003) 9 Boeing 747-200 (1982-2008) 1 further Boeing 747-400 (2015- 2016) 1 Boeing 757-200 (2009-2010) 1 Boeing 767-300ER (2009) 2 Douglas DC-8 (1988-1994) On  August 6, 1986, a Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III overran the runway at Calabar Airport, Nigeria. Passengers and crew survived but the aircraft was written off. On  September 16, 1991, a BAC 111 landed at Port Harcourt Airport, Nigeria without lowering its gear. All passengers and crew survived but the aircraft was written off. On  August 23, 1992, a BAC 1-11 overran the runway at Sokoto Airport, Nigeria. None of the 53 passengers and 4 crew were killed but the aircraft was written off. On January 12, 2010, a Middle East Airlines Airbus A330 collided with a parked Kabo Air Boeing 747 while taxiing to its arrival gate at Kano International Airport, Nigeria none of the passengers or crew were injured. The Boeing 747 left wing and main fuel tank were badly damaged and the right wing of the Airbus A330 was damaged. Officials believe the accident could have been avoided if there was more ground lighting to help the pilots of the Airbus A330 to see. In September 2013, a Kabo Air Boeing 747-200 operated on a Hajj charter on behalf of Biman Bangladesh Airlines was refused to receive permission to land in Saudi Arabia as the aircraft at age 21 violated the country's guidelines for aircraft to be a maximum 20 years old to be operated into Saudi Arabia. Biman Bangladesh claimed that Kabo Air did give wrong information regarding the plane age. On  October 4, 2013, a Kabo Air Boeing 747-200 on a Hajj charter flight from Kano via Sokoto to Jeddah was cleared to land on Sokoto's runway 08. However, the aircraft continued to land on the opposite runway 26 for unknown reasons. The aircraft came in too low and hit parts of the ILS before coming to stop with some burst tyres. The Nigerian aviation authorities rated this incident as serious and started investigations on why the crew chose the wrong runway. Tat Nigeria TAT Nigeria was a Nigerian charter airline based at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. It specialized in Christian pilgrim tours mainly to Israel. TAT Nigeria did not have its own fleet and charter aircraft from other operators, they previously used an Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 747-400.

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