Green Africa is a Nigerian start-up to commence operations in 2020.
The airline was founded in 2015 by Babawande Afolabi, who is the CEO of the start-up. Other board members are Tom Horton, former CEO of American Airlines, Jag Singh, former CEO of Caribbean Airlines, and Kiran Koteshwar as the Chief Financial Officer.
Tom Horton, former American Airlines CEO
They will operate regional flights in Nigeria at first but plan to expand operations over the whole continent of Africa.
In order to be able to serve such a versatility of routes they first ordered B737MAXs. But because of the incidents of the MAX and the resulting delays, they converted Boeing’s biggest African order into Airbus’s largest African order, by converting their orders into 50 A220-300s.
Green Africa converted their B737MAX-8 order into an A220-300 order
In order to be able to start operations already this year, they leased 3 A220-300s from GTLK Europe.
I think this airline has huge potential: First, it will strengthen the west-African aviation market by a lot, since there aren’t any larger airlines in that region (besides Asky, a subsidiary of Ethiopian). As the Ethiopian CEO stated earlier this year, the African market is growing at insane rates, but there is a huge lack of airlines. Therefore I think the airline will be a great success, especially because of their A220s which will cut lots of operational costs, and will help the airline to offer one of the best products on the African market.