Green Africa inches close to operations, acquires third aircraft from ACIA AeroLeasing

  • First aircraft arrives in Lagos
  • Set for demonstration flights


To show its seriousness to begin operations, the much awaited, Nigeria’s Lagos-based value airline, Green Africa has taken delivery of its first ATR72-600 aircraft. The airplane arrived Lagos.

 The airline in a statement by its Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications, Oyinade Osobajo said this is the first of the three aircraft currently leased from ACIA Aero Leasing.

The airline recently unveiled the livery of two aircraft (5N-GAE and 5N-GAA) while the third aircraft (5N-GAD) is also now beautifully wrapped in the Green Africa livery in preparation for final lap of the AOC process.

 The first aircraft arrived at the Murtala MohammedInternational airport on Friday 23rdApril 2021 and present to receive the aircraft were the highly elated Founder and Chief Executive Officer – Babawande Afolabi, President and Chief Operating Officer – Neil Mills, the Founding gTeam (comprising the Director of Talent &Culture – Princesse Likayi, Chief Pilot – Folu Oladipo, Director of Maintenance &Engineering – Nathan Smith, Director of Cabin Services – Jasmine Dhillon and Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs – Rebecca Bolarinwa), Board Member – Gbenga Oyebode, MFR and Green Africa’s anchor institutional investor – KuramoCapital.

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Green Africa, Babawande Afolabi,  said “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.”

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Green Africa’s ATR 72-600 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. Courtesy: Green Africa

Chief Executive Officer of ACIA Aero Leasing, Mick Mooney, also said “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.”

Following the arrival of the aircraft, Green Africa is expected to commence demonstration flights on its route network as part of the AOC process.

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Green Africa ( is a value airline based in Lagos, Nigeria. The new airline said it will offer safe, reliable and affordable air travel to a much broader group of customers and be a significant contributor to the economic development of Nigeria and the African continent.

Founded and led by Babawande Afolabi, Green Africa has received its Air Transport License from the Nigerian Government and is now working closely with the NCAA to complete its AOC certification process.


Wole Shadare