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Founded 1992
Hubs Murtala Mohammed International Airport
Focus cities Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport
Frequent flyer program Premium Club
Member lounge none
Alliance none
Fleet size 1
Parent company Bellview Airlines Nig. Ltd.
Headquarters Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria
Key people Tunde Yusuf (Chairman), Kayode Odukoya (CEO)

Bellview Airlines is an airline headquartered in the Bellview Plaza in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.[1] It is privately owned and operates domestic, regional and international scheduled passenger services. Its main base is Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos[2].



Bellview Travels Limited, a Lagos based travel agency metarmorphosed into Bellview Airlines in [1992] after it embarked on executive charter operations with a Yakovlev [Yak-40]. In 1993 it began scheduled domestic passenger services using a leased Douglas DC-9-30. An affiliate company, Bellview Airlines (Sierra Leone) was established in 1995, but has since been merged back into the parent company. It has 308 employees[2].

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. The airline satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalisation and was re-registered for operation.[3]

In October 2009 Bellview Airlines suspended all operations following the suspension of its London Heathrow services. Bellview Airlines does have plans to restore services after 18th December 2009.[4]


All scheduled flights are suspended and the airline is grounded by the NCAA. Bellview Airlines operated the following services (at July 2009):




Incidents and accidents

  • On October 22, 2005, Bellview Airlines Flight 210, a Boeing 737 aircraft with 117 people on board, crashed shortly after taking off from Lagos en route to the Nigerian capital Abuja. Early reports from Oyo state government officials claimed that at least half of those on board survived the crash, but later retracted that statement saying that that “the latest reports coming to us say that all the people on the plane died.” Confusion at the crash site was given as a cause for the mistaken figure. CNN reports that poor weather may have contributed to the crash. The crash inquiry is being aided by officials from Boeing and the United States National Transportation Safety Board. The flight data recorders have not yet been recovered, though pieces of their casing have been found. Angus Ozoka, a Nigerian official leading the crash investigation, said he believes the recorders were destroyed in the impact. Bellview resumed flights on October 24, 2005.[5]
  • On December 19, 2005, a Bellview flight made an emergency landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. The Boeing 737 was on a flight from Lagos to Freetown, Sierra Leone, when crew detetected a hydraulic systems failure. The following day, Nigerian authorities ordered all Bellview flights grounded and revoked Bellview's license. [2] An aviation task force changed the revocation to a suspension on December 22, 2005, giving Bellview the possibility of operating again once their equipment and procedures pass task force inspection. [6]. Bellview has since been re-authorized and resumed flight operations.


Bellview Airlines Boeing 767-200ER

The Bellview Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (at March 2009):

External links


  1. ^ "Contacts." Bellview Airlines. Retrieved on 3 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 85. 2007-03-27.  
  3. ^ Nigeria Direct 2 May 2007
  4. ^
  5. ^ [1]Lagos crash 2005
  6. ^ Emergency landing


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