For nearly three decades, NICK FADUGBA has contributed insightful Analysis and Commentary on the African and international aviation industry. Collectively, these articles provide a historical context to some of the current events in the African aviation industry.

Here, we present a broad selection of these articles which were published in AFRICAN AVIATION, Africa’s Aviation Industry Journal, or other international publications.

You can also view our commentary archive.

ABELHAMID ADDOU, the new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Air Maroc, has taken over the helm of the Moroccan national flag-carrier from Driss Benhima at a critical juncture for the airline. The Kingdom of Morocco’s geographical location in North Africa enables it to act as a strategic bridge between Africa and Europe, and even North America.

AFRICAN AVIATION magazine was launched 22 years ago with the raison d’etre of promoting aviation development in Africa in order to foster socio-economic growth, travel, trade and tourism and thus improve the lives of the people of Africa.

Severe civil unrest sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East and the prolonged political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, have major implications for the African airline industry just when it seemed to be on the verge of an upswing.

The landscape of the African airline industry has changed significantly in the past 25 years, Numerous former stalwart national carriers such as Air Afrique, Ghana Airways, Nigeria Airways and Zambia Airways have gone bankrupt; several privately owned airlines, such as Arik Air in Nigeria, Precisionair in Tanzania and Fly540 in Kenya, have gained ground; and low-cost carriers, such as Atlas Blue in Morocco, and Kulula, 1time and Mango of South Africa, have emerged with varying degrees of success.

African airlines face a daunting challenge in meeting their future fleet financing requirements. On the one hand, Boeing, the US aircraft manufacturer, forecasts that African carriers will require 620 new commercial jet aircraft between 2009 and 2028 worth a total of US $70 billion.

The imminent launch of flight services by ASKY Airlines presents a unique opportunity for the parties involved to translate their vision of a successful joint venture airline in Africa into reality

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) appears to be facing an uphill struggle in convincing African Governments to adopt a common air transport policy and implement the Yamoussoukro Decision on air transport liberalisation.

When the history of African aviation comes to be written – unless urgent action is taken now – the Yamoussoukro Decision will be recorded as a monumental example of indecision by the African continent