Chrome Air Service
Unknown founding location, possibly Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
|Ceased operations||April 30, 2007|
Chrome Air Service was an airline based in Lagos, Nigeria. It was established sometime in the year of 1990 and operated a small charter service within Nigeria and other cities and countries in Western Africa. The company operated two BAC One-Eleven 500s since 1999, but the airline became defunct after April 30, 2007, after failing Nigerian airline safety standards. One aircraft has presumably been scrapped and the other, BAC One-Eleven 487GKF (Registration: 5N-SEO), remains in storage at Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest, Romania as of August 2017.
Chrome Air Service was founded in 1990. The origin city is unknown, although it is most likely Lagos, Nigeria. It is also presumed the airline commenced operations in 1999. That year, Chrome Air Service got two used BAC One-Eleven 500s, previously leased by several other airlines. However, in 2007, the Nigerian government set a deadline of April 30, 2007 for all airlines operating in the country to re-capitalise or be grounded, in an effort to ensure better services and safety. Seven airlines (including Chrome Air Services) failed to meet the deadline and as a result would not be allowed fly in Nigeria's airspace with effect from April 30, 2007. The affected airlines would only fly when they satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)'s criteria in terms of re-capitalization and thus be re-registered for operation. As of October 2016, Chrome Air Service has not meet these criteria yet, as most likely they have decided to go defunct as far back as 2007. The aircraft's statuses today are unknown as of October 2016, although both are presumed to have been scrapped. One of the aircraft (5N-UJC) has been transported to an aircraft boneyard, while the other (5N-SEO) has been transported to Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest, Romania.
The Chrome Air Service fleet consisted of the following:
|Aircraft||Number of Aircraft||Registration||Status||Notes|
|BAC One-Eleven 525FT||1||5N-UJC||Unknown, most likely scrapped and broken down||Aircraft has been leased with several other companies, including TAROM, Lauda Air, Istanbul Airlines, and Ryanair.|
|BAC One-Eleven 487GKF||1||5N-SEO||Stored at Henri Coandă International Airport in January 2013. (as of August 2017).||Aircraft has been in use with TAROM and Anglo Cargo previously before being leased to Chrome Air Services.|
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