Nigerian startup Green Africa Airways has appointed Caribbean Airlines VP-operations Jag Singh as COO and former JetBlue Airways VP-flight operations Bart Roberts as safety review board chairman.
Lagos-based Green Africa Airways also said it has secured its air transport license and is working toward its air operatorâ€™s certificate.
The airline initially plans to operate flights within Nigeria using leased mid-sized jets.
Announcing the appointments, Green Africa Airways described Singh as â€œa senior industry leader with over 35 years of experience,â€ as well as serving as Caribbean Airlines VP-operations, Singh has twice held the role of Caribbean Airlines acting CEO in 2013-14 and 2016-17.
Roberts, who was named as Green Africa Airways safety review board chairman, also has more than 30 yearsâ€™ aviation experience, including management roles at New York-based JetBlue Airways, Dallas/Fort Worth-based American Airlinesâ€”as chief pilotâ€”and with the US Navy.
Green Africa Airways is led by CEO and founder Babawande Afolabi, a former investment banker for Morgan Stanley who started work on the new carrier in 2014.
VivaColombia founder and former CEO William Shaw is on Green Africaâ€™s board and former American Airlines CCO Virasb Vahidi is working on the project as a senior executive advisor.
ASKY Airlines Boeing 737 captain Folu Oladipo, who was previously technical pilot at Nigeria’s largest carrier Arik Air, is Green Africaâ€™s chief pilot.
Former Aero Contractors chief pilot Anselem Okojie was originally named as Green Africaâ€™s director of flight operations, but he left in the beginning of May because of an unexpected change in his personal situation.