April 22, 2021 – Lagos, Nigeria – Green Africa, Nigeria’s Lagos-based value airline, has announced the arrival of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft into Lagos. This is the first of the three aircraft currently leased from ACIA Aero Leasing. The carrier recently unveiled the livery of two aircraft (5N-GAE and 5N-GAA) and the third aircraft (5N-GAD) is also now beautifully wrapped in the Green Africa livery in preparation for final lap of the AOC process.
The first aircraft arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International airport on Friday 23rd April 2021 and present to receive the aircraft were the highly elated Founder and Chief Executive Officer – Babawande Afolabi, President and Chief Operating Officer – Neil Mills, the Founding gTeam (comprising the Director of Talent & Culture – Princesse Likayi, Chief Pilot – Folu Oladipo, Director of Maintenance & Engineering – Nathan Smith, Director of Cabin Services – Jasmine Dhillon and Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs – Rebecca Bolarinwa), Board Member – Gbenga Oyebode, MFR and Green Africa’s anchor institutional investor – Kuramo Capital.
Babawande Afolabi, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Green Africa said “This is a great day for all of us at Green Africa and the beginning of what we all hope is a new era in Nigerian aviation. ACIA Aero Leasing has been a very supportive partner and we are proud of this new relationship. The arrival of our first aircraft is a precursor to the completion of our AOC process and very soon, customers from across Nigeria will be able to make bookings on our website and take their first flight with Green Africa.”
Mick Mooney, Chief Executive Officer of ACIA Aero Leasing also said “Whilst the industry is going through a period of significant disruption, there are a few carriers with a strategic roadmap, such as Green Africa, that are looking to provide effective solutions that the current market opportunity brings. We at ACIA are pleased to provide Green Africa with the first set of aircraft to launch its commercial operations, starting with Nigeria and eventually, the broader African continent.”
Following the arrival of the aircraft, Green Africa is expected to commence demonstration flights on its route network as part of the AOC process.
About Green Africa:
Green Africa (greenafrica.com) is a value airline based in Lagos, Nigeria. The new airline will offer safe, reliable and affordable air travel to a much broader group of customers and be a significant contributor to the economic development of Nigeria and the African continent. Founded and led by Babawande Afolabi, Green Africa has received its Air Transport License from the Nigerian Government and is now working closely with the NCAA to complete its AOC certification process.
About ACIA Aero Leasing:
Established over 20 years ago, ACIA Aero Leasing is a regional aircraft lessor with offices in Ireland, Mauritius, France and South Africa. ACIA Aero Leasing manages a current aircraft portfolio of over 50 regional passenger and freighter aircraft which are on lease to operators in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Through our strategic partnerships, ACIA can provide airlines with turnkey leasing solutions from dry leasing through to full ACMI and charter operations.
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This press release was sourced from Green Africa on 22-Apr-2021.