Nigeria and aircraft ground fleets based on overall rating

Nigeria tops the list of grounded aircraft fleets in the world. It leads the ranking with 64.23%, according to the latest data published by ch-aviation, a website invested in the database of airlines around the world, for June 2022.

The report said the most populous black nation had a total of 123 planes, but with just 44 active and 79 grounded.
Next on the list is Hong Kong which has a total of 244 aircraft. 151 of the planes are grounded, while only 93 are active. Its stranded fleet is 61.89%.
Iran is third on the list with 51.75% grounded planes. With 133 planes out of a total of 257 immobilized, the country has 124 active planes.

South Africa, Indonesia and Kenya are also on the list of countries with the most grounded planes this month.
“Nigeria and Hong Kong lead the countries with the most grounded planes. Nigeria has 79 of the 123 grounded planes, while Hong Kong has 151 of the 244 grounded planes. Iran, Malaysia, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Kenya, the Philippines and Argentina follow.

A recurring subject
This website, Ch-aviation, had reported that Nigeria was number three in the list of the top 10 countries in May, with the highest percentage of grounded fleets.

War-torn Ukraine leads the rankings with 90.10%, according to data released by the Swiss firm for May 2022.
The report, titled “The world’s active air fleets are on the rise again,” said Ukraine had a total of 101 planes with just 10 active and 91 grounded.

Next on the list was Hong Kong, with a total of 243 aircraft; 156 of the planes were grounded, while only 87 were active. His fleet aground was 64.02%.
Nigeria was third on the list with 57.72% of planes grounded. He had a record of 71 aircraft on the ground out of 123 total aircraft. Only 52 were active. This showed a continuous decline in the space of just 30 days, from the capture in May to what was recorded in June 2022.

An earlier report from February 2021 revealed that Nigeria was one of the countries on the top 10 aircraft ground list.

Lack of professionalism

Reacting to the bleak situation, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika observed that Nigeria’s unmaintained aircraft statistics were a testament to the lack of professionalism in the country.

“Nigeria tops the list of top 10 countries using unmaintained aircraft with a staggering 69.23% in 2021.
“Several planes remain on the ground. The choice of equipment speaks to the professionalism of the industry,” he said at the event which announced the purchase of 13 new aircraft by Air Peace.

Nigeria, dumping ground for obsolete aircraft

Experts have said that Nigeria is a dumping ground for obsolete aircraft because it is easier and cheaper to procure them. For example, most Boeing 737 aircraft are offered at promotional prices in Europe and Nigerian operators easily chase them because the prices are low.

It was noted that the maintenance of the Boeing series is quite expensive, and some of them consume a lot of fuel, which is why the world airlines have been gradually phasing them out. What is even worse is that the C-check costs between 2 and 3 million dollars per plane, which makes the investment reasonable but insane.

Aircraft generally undergo maintenance checks in classes A, B, C and D which are carried out periodically. An aircraft is expected to perform a C check every 15-18 months. This type of aircraft maintenance is a comprehensive inspection that covers hidden parts so that any damage or cracks in the internal parts of the aircraft can be detected.

An aviation consultant, Mr Olumide Ohunayo, has argued that the best way to get the most out of the aircraft problem is to phase out the Boeing series which is known to carry a range of 85 to 215 passengers for a smaller plane. and fuel-efficient, which would reduce the amount of foreign capital spent on maintenance and other factors.

Ohunayo said, “Some of these airlines that have high capacity and high seating capacity but only offer 60-70% load factor may be downgraded to low capacity aircraft. They should consider alliances and commercial partnerships with other airlines operating their routes to reduce costs and share passengers. Again, schedules may be adjusted to accommodate new realities.

It’s a structural problem – Balami

The Managing Director/CEO of Seven Star Global Hangar, Mr. Isaac Balami, attributed the dire situation in Nigeria to what he called a lack of structure enabled by the government. While admitting maintenance is a recurring problem, he said government support is important.

He said: “We have a lot of things to put in place and it’s not about buying a new type of aircraft. Air Peace has a brand new Embraer, but they’re still having trouble. It’s not Air Peace’s fault.

“Even if you have a new plane, there can be problems. We have the Boeing 737 Max; today it only flies in America or a few spaces. The fact is, we need a sustainable structure in place to support business.

Balami argued that little attention was paid to the interview, saying the process had been continually ignored by the federal government. He recounted how the government in 2020 chose to bail out car rental services but paid lip service to establishing an MRO facility in Nigeria that could help stem capital flight.

Other concurrent factors

Air Operators of Nigeria (AON) recently revealed that more than 70 airlines have disappeared in Nigeria over the past few years, with three more likely to collapse in the coming weeks.
Factors for the possible collapse have been cited as the high cost of aviation fuel and excessive fees that airlines pay to aviation bodies, among others.

AON Vice Chairman, Mr. Allen Onyema lamented that the price of aviation fuel, technically known as Jet-A1, hit an all-time high of N714 per litre.
He noted that to meet the challenge, the federal government had approved 10,000 metric tons of aviation fuel for airlines, but said carriers do not yet have access to it.

Group Managing Director, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Garba Deen Muhammad, said the price of N480 per liter of aviation fuel agreed in the House of Representatives was not about than a shipment containing six million liters of aviation. fuel.

Muhammad clarified that NNPC does not directly supply aviation fuel. He however added that the airline operators were allowed to choose a distributor to supply them with the fuel at this price with this volume of fuel to be supplied at 480 naira per litre.

The chief executive of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Clement Isong, said there was only one company holding the consignment and the next would sell for more than 480 naira.
“A company was able to sell this imported product at 332.6 Naira for 480 Naira per liter after all handling charges. He still has six million of this product left. This six million is what sells for 480 naira per litre. Apart from that, another one was brought by NNPC, which was sold to other people, but not to the first group of people (air operators). Handling and logistical costs were higher, and it sells for between 540 and 550 naira per liter in Lagos. »

When asked why the price was on the rise, he revealed that traders only received 15% of the central bank rate and 85% of the black market rate to buy currencies, hence the rise in prices. costs.


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