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June 17, 2024
To increase profitability, the continent’s carriers must grow the intra-regional market, increase frequencies, achieve higher load factors, and fly aircraft with lower operating costs. This can only be achieved with a fleet of efficient and right-sized aircraft.
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One of the biggest problems for African carriers is attributed to inappropriate aircraft use or the acquisition of aircraft that are not efficient for the type of operations undertaken. The Nigerian aviation industry and indeed Africa’s aviation industry is replete with aircraft that are fuel guzzlers, expensive to maintain and leading to the grounding of many within a few years of acquisition.

There is a common saying that “If you don’t have the right product you need very deep pockets”.  To bring the situation home, General Manager (Africa) of Brazilian planemaker,  Embraer, Hussain Dabbas on Wednesday in Lagos, Nigeria at the Aviation Leadership CEOs Forum/ Aviators Africa Tower Awards, with the theme, “ Corporate Governance Structure: A pathway to sustainability in African Aviation”,  explained African airlines need to start thinking more about the size of the aircraft they are using if they are to drive profits.

One of the biggest problems for African carriers is attributed to inappropriate aircraft use or the acquisition of aircraft that are not efficient for the type of operations undertaken. The Nigerian aviation industry and indeed Africa’s aviation industry is replete with aircraft that are fuel guzzlers, expensive to maintain, and leading to the grounding of many within a few years of acquisition.


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