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Encyclopedia > Virgin Nigeria Airways
Virgin Nigeria
IATA
VK
ICAO
VGN
Callsign
VIRGIN NIGERIA
Founded 2004
Hubs Murtala Mohammed International Airport
Frequent flyer program eagleflier
Fleet size 8
Destinations 11
Headquarters Lagos, Nigeria
Key people CEO Conrad Clifford
Website: http://www.virginnigeria.com

Virgin Nigeria Airways Limited is an airline based in Ikeja in Lagos State, Nigeria and operates scheduled international, regional and domestic passenger services. Their hub is Murtala Mohammed International Airport (LOS) of the Lagos area. The airline is a replacement for defunct Nigeria Airways. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Murtala Muhammed International Airport (IATA: LOS, ICAO: DNMM) is located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, and is the major airport serving the city of Lagos, southwestern Nigeria and the entire nation. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... Alternate uses: Lagos (disambiguation) Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and, with its population of 13. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... An Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline An airline provides air transport services for passengers or freight. ... Location of Ikeja in Nigeria Ikeja is a suburb of the city of Lagos and the capital of Lagos State. ... // History Lagos State, Nigeria was created on May 27, 1967 by virtue of State (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Decree No. ... Murtala Muhammed International Airport (IATA: LOS, ICAO: DNMM) is located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, and is the major airport serving the city of Lagos, southwestern Nigeria and the entire nation. ... For other uses, see Lagos (disambiguation). ... Nigeria Airways is the former national airline of Nigeria, founded in 1958 and headquartered in Lagos. ...

Contents

History

On 28 September 2004 the Nigerian government and Virgin Atlantic Airways signed an agreement to establish a new airline for Nigeria, to be called Virgin Nigeria Airways. Nigerian institutional investors own 51% of the company and Virgin Atlantic Airways owns 49%. The airline's inaugural flight was on 28 June 2005 from Lagos to London Heathrow using an Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Virgin Nigeria has since gone on to become one of Nigeria's largest airlines carrying its 1,000,000th passenger and 4,000 tons of freight within two years of operation. The airline has also received many accolades including THISDAY Awards 2006 Airline of the year[1] and a nomination for 2006 African Airline of the year by ASATA (Association of South African Travel Agents). [2] is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd (usually referred to as Virgin Atlantic) is a British airline which is owned by Richard Bransons Virgin Group (51%) and Singapore Airlines (49%). It operates long-haul routes between the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia from... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Heathrow” redirects here. ... For the road in England, see A340 road. ...


The Nigerian government set a deadline of April 30, 2007 for all airlines operating in the country to re-capitalise or be grounded, in an effort to ensure better services and safety. The airline satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalization and was re-registered for operation.[3] is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...


US flights

There are plans to launch scheduled flights from its Lagos hub to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. This would replace the original services of the defunct and liquidated Nigeria Airways. However, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has denied the airline a permit for a direct Nigeria-U.S. service. The basis for this denial is a dispute over the degree of British ownership in Virgin Nigeria. The U.S. accuses the United Kingdom, and Virgin Atlantic Airways which holds a 49% stake in Virgin Nigeria, of blocking efforts to liberalize the North Atlantic market to American carriers and has retaliated by denying this permit. In turn, the government of Nigeria has denied Continental Airlines a permit for direct U.S.-Nigeria flights. Negotiations are pending to resolve this situation and reopen this route. For other uses, see Lagos (disambiguation). ... George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IATA: IAH, ICAO: KIAH, FAA LID: IAH)[2] is an international airport in the city of Houston, Texas, United States serving the Greater Houston area. ... “Houston” redirects here. ... Nigeria Airways is the former national airline of Nigeria, founded in 1958 and headquartered in Lagos. ... “FAA” redirects here. ... Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd (usually referred to as Virgin Atlantic) is a British airline which is owned by Richard Bransons Virgin Group (51%) and Singapore Airlines (49%). It operates long-haul routes between the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia from... Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) is a U.S. certificated air carrier. ...

Virgin Nigeria Airbus A330-200 waits for take off at London Gatwick Airport

On 22 December 2005 Virgin Nigeria made a new filing to the United States Department of Transportation for a foreign carrier permit, which points out that the degree of Virgin Atlantic ownership in Virgin Nigeria (49%) is not a barrier to granting such a permit. DoT Filing DoT Exemption Filing. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 489 pixelsFull resolution (1899 × 1160 pixel, file size: 228 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Virgin Nigeria Airbus A330-200 (UK registration G-WWBD) waits for take off at London Gatwick Airport, England. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 489 pixelsFull resolution (1899 × 1160 pixel, file size: 228 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Virgin Nigeria Airbus A330-200 (UK registration G-WWBD) waits for take off at London Gatwick Airport, England. ... The Airbus A330 is a large-capacity, wide-body, medium-to-long-range commercial passenger airliner. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow. ... is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transportation. ...


Virgin Nigeria plans to add Newark as its first American destination, followed by Washington, D.C., (to cater for political and NGO traffic), and Houston (catering for oil and medical industries-related traffic). Nickname: Map of Newark in Essex County County Founded/Incorporated 1666/1836 Government  - Mayor Cory Booker, term of office 2006–2010 Area [1]  - City 67. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Houston redirects here. ...


In the hopes of expediting the filing, on June 13, 2006 the Nigerian government gave North American Airlines, a U.S.-based airline company specializing in direct flights to Africa from the U.S., permission to start direct scheduled flights from New York's JFK Airport to Lagos starting in late July.[4] is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A North American Airlines Boeing 757 parked at the Rafael Hernández Airport, with Fed Ex and Tradewinds jets nearby. ... This article is about the state. ...


On 2007-02-07 Virgin Nigeria and North American Airlines announced entering into an agreement to cooperate on several fronts. The first being an interline agreement. A codeshare between the two airlines, as well as North American's support of Virgin Nigeria's pending DOT application were also part of the agreement[5] Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Destinations

Africa

This does not cite any references or sources. ... Douala International Airport (IATA: DLA, ICAO: FKKD) is an airport located 6 miles (10km) outside the city of Douala in Cameroon. ... Accra, population 1,970,400 (2005), is the capital of Ghana. ... Kotoka International Airport (IATA: ACC, ICAO: DGAA) in Accra, Ghana is the countrys most important international air facility. ... Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, with an estimated population of 1. ... Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABV, ICAO: DNAA) is located in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria, and is the main airport serving the Nigerian capital city. ... Calabar is a city in southeastern Nigeria. ... Magaret Ekpo International Airport is an airport in Calabar, Nigeria (IATA: CBQ, ICAO: DNCA). ... For other uses, see Lagos (disambiguation). ... Murtala Muhammed International Airport (IATA: LOS, ICAO: DNMM) is located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, and is the major airport serving the city of Lagos, southwestern Nigeria and the entire nation. ... Port Harcourt is the capital city of Rivers State, Nigeria. ... Port Harcourt International Airport (IATA: PHC, ICAO: DNPO) is located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, and is the main airport serving southeastern Nigeria. ... Kano is the administrative center of the Kano State and the third largest city in Nigeria, in terms of geographical size, after Ibadan and Lagos. ... Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (IATA: KAN, ICAO: DNKN) is located in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria, and is the main airport serving northern Nigeria. ... Owerri is a city in southeastern Nigeria. ... Imo Airport (IATA: QOW, ICAO: DNIM) is an airport that serves Owerri, Nigeria and surrounding areas. ... Location of Sokoto in Nigeria, Sokoto is a city located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near to where the Sokoto River and Rima River meet. ... Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport is an airport in Sokoto, Nigeria (IATA: SKO, ICAO: DNSO). ... (City of Dakar, divided into 19 communes darrondissement) City proper (commune) Région Dakar Département Dakar Mayor Pape Diop (PDS) (since 2002) Area 82. ... Dakar-Yoff-Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (IATA: DKR, ICAO: GOOY) is an international air facility in Dakar, Senegal. ... This article is about the city in South Africa. ... OR Tambo International Airport (IATA: JNB, ICAO: FAJS) is a large airport near the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. ...

Europe

This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow. ...

Umrah/Hajj 2007

Fleet

The Virgin Nigeria Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft as of July 2007:

Virgin Nigeria Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Business/Economy Class)
Routes Notes
Fokker F50 1 50 (0/50) Short haul
Domestic services
Leased from Denim Air
Boeing 737-300 5 116 (16/100) Short and medium haul routes Leased from GECAS
Boeing 767-300 2 213 (25/188) Medium and long haul routes Leased from LatCharter
Total number of aircraft 8
Updated: 24th September 2007

By the end of the decade, the airline plans to have a fleet of 40 aircraft. Fokker F50 VLM Airlines Fokker F50 The Fokker F50 was a small turboprop-powered airliner designed as a refinement of and successor to the highly successful Fokker Friendship. ... Denim Air is an airline based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... Categories: General Electric subsidiaries | Corporation stubs ... The Boeing 767 is a commercial passenger airplane manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... LatCharter is a charter airline based in Riga, Latvia. ... (Redirected from 24th September) September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...


External links

  • Virgin Nigeria Airways
  • virginbrand.com Unofficial blog of the Virgin Group

References

  1. ^ Virgin Nigeria wins 2006 Airline of the Year award., AllAfrica.com website, retrieved March 27, 2007
  2. ^ Virgin Nigeria nominated for 2006 African Airline of the year, Association of South African Travel Agents website, retrieved March 27, 2007
  3. ^ Nigeria Direct 2 May 2007
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ North American Airlines & Virgin Nigeria Enter Strategic Relationship, North American Airlines website, retrieved February 19, 2007

  Results from FactBites:
 
Virgin Nigeria Airways - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (515 words)
Virgin Nigeria Airways currently operates from the international terminal of Lagos Murtala Muhammad Airport to the following destinations: within Nigeria to Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt, regionally to Accra, Dakar and Douala, and long-haul flights to Dubai, Johannesburg and London (Gatwick).
On 22 December 2005 Virgin Nigeria made a new filing to the United States Department of Transportation for a foreign carrier permit, which points out that the degree of Virgin Atlantic ownership in Virgin Nigeria (49%) is not a barrier to granting such a permit.
Virgin Nigeria plans to add Newark as its first American destination, followed by Washington DC, (to cater for political and NGO traffic), and Houston (catering for oil industry-related traffic).
Virgin Atlantic Airways - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1808 words)
Virgin Atlantic Airways (IATA: VS, ICAO: VIR, and Callsign: Virgin), usually referred to as Virgin Atlantic, is one of the airlines of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, operating long-haul routes between London and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Australia.
In January 1991 the UK Civil Aviation Authority opened the door for Virgin to operate from Heathrow and services were started from July 1991, one of the major causes of the BA "dirty tricks" campaign against Virgin.
On August 15, 2005, Virgin Atlantic, which flies the Kangaroo route between Australia and the UK via Hong Kong, denied it is in talks with part owner Singapore Airlines about extending its code sharing arrangements from Singapore to Sydney.
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