Green Africa Airways (Q9, Lagos), a Nigerian start-up, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus covering fifty A220-300s.

No tentative delivery schedule was announced. If firmed, the order will become the largest commitment for the A220 programme in Africa.

"Together with Airbus, we are incredibly proud to announce the largest order ever for the A220 from the African continent. The Green Africa story is a story of entrepreneurial boldness, strategic foresight and an unwavering commitment to using the power of air travel to create a better future," Founder and Chief Executive Babawande Afolabi said.

Green Africa Airways secured its Air Services Licence (ASL) from the Nigerian Ministry of Transport in mid-2018 and is now in the process of obtaining its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

In December 2018, the start-up announced a tentative order for fifty B737-8s with a further fifty options. It is unclear if the carrier has decided to switch to A220s due to the grounding of the Boeing narrowbodies or if it plans to operate both types alongside each other.

Green Africa did not respond to ch-aviation's request for comment.