Nigeria's New Green Africa Airways Makes History With Africa’s Largest Airbus Requisition, Orders 50 Jets For $11.7 Billion
Green Africa Airways, Nigeria’s Lagos-based airline, despite many failing Airlines, continues to raise eyebrows with its continued upsurge.
Green Africa founder is Babawande Afolabi (below), but it is also“anchored” by two former American Airlines executives – chairman and CEO Tom Horton and CCO Virasb Vahidi – as well as William Shaw, founder and former CEO of VivaColombia.
Green Africa is moving forward with its launch plan, debuting a brand identity designed by Pentagram. Website, aircraft livery, and cabin crew uniform will soon be officially launched, with its brand identity “drawing on elements of Nigerian and African heritage
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If Green Africa is bent on making ripples in Africa it has done just that with the ordering of 50 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, one of the major orders to be placed globally for the A220 program and the largest ever from the African continent. The deal carried a list price of $11.7 billion.
Babatunde Afolabi shared:
“Together with Airbus, we are incredibly proud to announce the largest order ever for the A220 from the African continent. The Green Africa story is a story of entrepreneurial boldness, strategic foresight and an unwavering commitment to using the power of air travel to create a better future”.
Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer (below), speaking from the Singapore Airshow, added:
“We are excited about the Green Africa project, its legitimate ambition and its professionalism, evidenced by their most discerning choice for their operating assets. The unique characteristics of the A220 will allow the airline to unlock destinations and route pairs that previously would have been considered non-viable. We look forward to our partnership with Green Africa and to accompany their development with the most efficient aircraft in its class”.
The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and a widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials, and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 per cent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, along with significantly lower emissions and a reduced noise footprint.
While the airline’s launch routes are to cover Lagos, Abuja and a number of other regional Nigerian cities such as Yola and Port Harcourt, the airline may also decide to fly to regional destinations such as Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and South Africa in future.