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Chanchangi Airlines Nigeria Limited is a privately owned and operated airline with its head office in the Chanchangi Office Complex in Kaduna, Nigeria.

It operates scheduled domestic passenger services. Its main base was Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with hubs at Kaduna Airport, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport.

The airline was established on 5 January 1994 by Alhaji Chanchangi and started flight operations to and from Kaduna, Lagos, Owerri, Abuja and Port Harcourt on 2 May 1997. Services were operated using Boeing 727-200 aircraft, 3 Boeing 737-200 aircrafts and 2 Boeing 737-300 aircraft were also acquired in 2009.

Chanchangi Airlines won the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Corporate Merit Award for “Best Domestic Airline of the Year” for 1998, 1999 and 2000.

In 2004 it obtained route authorities for services to Abidjan, Accra, Dakar, Douala and Malabo. On 26 March 2006 services from Lagos to Accra were introduced, but have currently been suspended. The airline is owned by Alhaji Ahmadu Chanchangi (94%) and four other individuals holding a 1% stake each. As at March 2007 Chanchangi Airlines had 780 employees.

The Nigerian government set a deadline of April 30, 2007 for all airlines operating in the country to re-capitalise or be grounded, in an effort to ensure better services and safety.

The airline satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalization and was re-registered for operation.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) grounded Chanchangi Airlines on July 5, 2010, citing a regulation that no airline can operate with only one aircraft in service, which was the case with Chanchangi at the time of its closure. On October 21, 2010, Chanchangi Airlines resumed operations between Lagos and Abuja.

Chanchangi Airlines, failed to appear on April 1, 2012, to defend itself against charges filed against it by Ethiopian Airlines failing to settle a 14 million Br bill for maintenance services. Due to this its plane has been grounded at Bole International Airport where some analysts have predicted failure to make payment will lead Ethiopian Airlines to auction the aircraft.

Following the crash of Sosoliso Airlines flight 1145 on December 10, 2005, President Olusegun Obasanjo grounded both Sosoliso and Chanchangi Airlines. Chanchangi’s grounding was based on a report that its operations were unsafe. After passing inspections by Nigeria’s aviation ministry, Chanchangi was allowed to resume operations on December 22, 2005.

On August 22, 2006, two tyres burst on a Boeing 727 with 98 passengers on board. The pilot reportedly made a hard landing to grip with the wet runway after a heavy rain at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. There were no casualties.

Chanchangi suffered multiple safety incidents and near-accidents in mid/late 2007. A Kaduna-Lagos flight was aborted after an engine blade broke off about twenty minutes into the flight. In mid-September, a Lagos-Abuja flight returned to Lagos after hydraulic leakages were discovered.

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Founded:            1994

Hubs:                    Murtala Mohammed Airport

Fleet size:           2

Parent company:            Chanchangi Airlines (Nigeria) Limited

Headquarters:  Kaduna, Nigeria

Website/email:                www.flychanchangair.com, helpdesk@flychanchangiair.com

Contact:               +234-809-682-3052 (Lagos), +234-815-331-3196 (Abuja)

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