Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Network Aviation Group and Allied Air Cargo celebrate 25 years working together

Network Aviation Group and Allied Air Cargo celebrate 25 years working together

This year, the relationship between Allied Air Cargo and the Network Aviation Group reaches 25 years with both carriers continuing to work together, providing efficient and competitive air freight services to Nigeria and throughout Africa.

Allied Air Cargo was started in 1998 by Captain Val Tongo, a former DAS Air Cargo pilot, and has become the longest serving African all cargo airline and attained an impressive list of firsts, including:

· First African all-cargo airline to attain IOSA Registration

· First African all-cargo airline member of IATA

· First all-cargo airline member of AFRAA

The company was also the first African all-cargo airline to acquire a Boeing 737-800 freighter, which also happened to be the youngest aircraft of its type to be converted into a cargo aircraft in January 2021.

READ: Network Airline Management boosts fleet with B747 Freighter

As the largest all-cargo airline in West Africa, with over 20 years of service to the Nigerian air cargo industry, it is not surprising that Allied Air Cargo can count many prestigious international customers as clients, as well as providing the nation with unrivalled air cargo service. This included the deployment of the company’s aircraft to distribute vaccines during the COVID-19 crisis in a timely and effective manner.

Today, the carrier operates 4x Boeing 737 freighters from its hub in Lagos on regional and domestic operations, working with several other carriers on a block space and interline basis to serve the African continent from North America, Europe, and Asia, offering an unmatched number of connections for air cargo users in Africa.

The Network Aviation Group, formerly ANA Aviation Services was established by Andy King and Andy Leslie, both the “Andy’s” had worked for various all-cargo carriers before forming ANA and had experience working in Nigeria. In 1985 they took over the commercial management of DAS Air Cargo, an agreement that lasted 20 years and have now developed the company into a leading GSA and capacity management organisation.

READ: Network Aviation Group appoints new CEO

In 2013 the company changed its trading name to Network Aviation Group, to represent the company’s global growth and formed separate divisions, Network Airline Services (NAS), providing GSA services plus Network Airline Management (NAM) managing cargo capacity. Today, the Group has 44 offices across the globe and represents 28 carriers at various locations.

In 1998 Allied Air set up as a West African feeder, operating for carriers out of Lagos initially using Boeing 727 freighters and together with ANA, expanded to operating its own flights from Europe with DC10 aircraft, wet-leased from Gemini Air Transport. This operation has now expanded to 5 weekly flights, serving Lagos and Port Harcourt, as well as Accra, Niamey, Libreville and Brazzaville on a regular schedule. Flights depart from Liege in Belgium and Atlanta in the USA and now utilise Boeing 747 freighters leased from Air Atlanta of Iceland.

The experience and knowledge of the ANA (Network) Group and the efficiency of the Allied team in West Africa have made Allied Air Cargo the leading all-cargo carrier into the region and increasingly, a major carrier of exports out of the area into Europe.

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Edward Hardy

Having become a journalist after university, Edward Hardy has been a reporter and editor at some of the world's leading publications and news sites. In 2022, he became Air Cargo Week's Editor. Got news to share? Contact me on Edward.Hardy@AirCargoWeek.com

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