“Babawande obtained a Masters of Business Administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business and worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. He also interned at American Airlines prior to venturing into the aviation industry as an airline operator”.
Nigerian startup airline, Green Africa, is inching towards the commencement of operation as it takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft in Lagos.
The aircraft was received by Green Africa’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Babawande Afolabi, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Neil Mills, Director of Talent & Culture and other officials of the company and its anchor institutional investor, Kuramo Capital, at Murtala Mohammed International in Lagos.
The ATR 72-600 aircraft is the first of the three aircrafts currently leased from ACIA Aero Leasing, a Mauritius-based aviation business. The other two, reported to be already wrapped in Green Africa’s livery, are set for delivery as the company completes the process of obtaining the Air Operator Certificate.
Expressing his excitement after taking delivery of the first of the aircrafts, Green Africa’s founder, Babawande, stated: “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, the Chief Executive Officer of ACIA Aero Leasing, acknowledged that the aviation industry is going through a torrid period because of the new coronavirus pandemic. He, however, expressed his optimism that Green Africa will thrive regardless.
“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,” Mooney added.
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Babawande obtained a Masters of Business Administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business and worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. He also interned at American Airlines prior to venturing into the aviation industry as an airline operator.
Established in 2015, Green Africa Airways Ltd is expected to commence commercial flights later this year.