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Nigeria's Med-View Airline suspends flight operations

Med-View Airline (VL, Kano) has suspended flight operations after its only remaining active aircraft - B737-500 5N-BQM (msn 28055) - was grounded for technical reasons earlier this month. According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, the 21-year-old jet last operated on August 10 as flight VL2015 Abuja-Lagos.

Commenting on the development, airline management told The Guardian (Nigeria) that the “downtime” was only temporary, as the technical issues were due to be resolved for operations to resume shortly.

Hamstrung by a string of net losses during the first half of 2019 - NGN957.585 million naira (USD3.129 million) during 2Q19 and NGN1.729 billion (USD5.65 million) during 1Q19 - Med-View has struggled to maintain buoyancy which has, in turn, impacted efforts to grow its fleet.

In the past, the publicly-listed carrier has repeatedly claimed it would return several aircraft that are currently undergoing maintenance, including a B737-400 and B767-300(ER), to service in an effort to boost its operations. However, to date, none have arrived necessitating the retrenchment of 60 staff in October last year....

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