Air Niger

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Air Niger
IATA ICAO Callsign
AIR NIGER
Founded 1966
Ceased operations 1993
Focus cities Agadez
Fleet size 2
Parent company government of Niger

Air Niger was an airline based in Niamey, Niger.

History[edit]

The airline was formed in 1966 by the government of Niger with assistance from Air France and Union des Transports Aériens, taking over services from the defunct Aero Niger. Besides former air taxi and charter operations of Aero Niger, the new airline took over Air France domestic services in Niger and to Upper Volta, Nigeria and Chad. In addition to providing technical assistance to the airline, Air France and UTA held a financial stake in the airline via their holdings in SODETRAF, and Air Afrique also held a stake in the airline. The airline which was 94.5% owned by the Niger government ceased operations in 1993.[1]

Services and fleet[edit]

The airline operated services from Niamey to Tahoua, Maradi, Zinder and Agadez, and in the late 1960s its fleet comprised one Douglas DC-3 and one Douglas DC-4. Plans were made to extend its network to Upper Volta, Chad and Nigeria. Throughout the 1970s its fleet comprised two DC-3s, and by the late 1980s it was operating two Hawker Siddeley HS.748s on domestic services and to Lomé in Togo.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 10 June 1977, Douglas C-47 5U-AAJ was written off in a forced landing at Founkoueye following an engine failure. The aircraft was on a scheduled passenger flight which had departed from Tahoua Airport. All 21 people on board survived.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Guttery, Ben R. (1998). Encyclopedia of African airlines. Ben Guttery. p. 137. ISBN 0-7864-0495-7. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  2. ^ "5U-AAJ Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2010.