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Green Africa Receives First Aircraft

Green Africa's ATR 72-600 plane.
Green Africa's ATR 72-600 plane.
BEVERLY HILLS, April 24, (THEWILL) – Lagos-based value airline, Green Africa, has taken delivery of one of its first ATR 72-600 plane.
The aircraft, which arrived Lagos Friday April 23, 2021, is the first of the three aircraft currently leased from ACIA Aero Leasing.
The carrier had 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 the final lap of the AOC process.
The aircraft arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) and was received by the Founder and Chief Executive Officer – Babawande Afolabi, and President and Chief Operating Officer – Neil Mills.
Others present were: Director of Talent and 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.
Speaking shortly after the delivery, Babawande Afolabi, 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.