Green Africa Airways, a startup low-cost carrier in Nigeria, is set to commence operations as it has reached the final stage of certification.
Sources at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority hints that the management of the carrier is putting concluding touches to secure the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the authority.
The airline promises to reshape the aviation industry with the use of state of the art aircraft. Although they have not made any announcement with regards to a change of aircraft from Airbus, they have recently advertised for ATR -72 type rated pilots, implying that they will start operations with the turboprop rather than the A220.
Green Africa Airways was founded on 15 June 2015 by Babawande Afolabi, who serves as the chief executive officer. It was a new low-cost carrier targeting the Nigerian air travel market. Operations were originally planned to start in 2019, but have since been delayed. In mid-2018, the airline received the necessary operating licenses from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Green Africa's Board of directors consists of industry veterans including Tom Horton, former chairman and CEO of American Airlines; William Shaw, current CEO of Interjet; Virasb Vahidi, former CCO of American Airlines; Wale Adeosun, founder and CEO of Kuramo Capital; and Gbenga Oyebode, founder and Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode.