Green Africa and FCMB Form Strategic Partnership to Boost Air Travel

Green Africa and FCMB Form Strategic Partnership to Boost Air Travel

PR Newswire

LAGOS, Nigeria, Sept. 29, 2020

LAGOS, Nigeria, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Africa, Nigeria's Lagos-based value airline, has formed a strategic partnership with First City Monument Bank (FCMB), a leading financial institution in Nigeria. Revenue collected from all Green Africa customer sales transactions will be exclusively domiciled at Green Africa's operating account with FCMB. Upon commencement of pre-sales in early 2021, FCMB will provide Green Africa with access to up to US$31m in a combination of standby letter of credit and rolling working capital.

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Additionally, as part of the strategic partnership, Green Africa and FCMB will develop a proprietary educational loan product for a proactive human capital development platform to train pilots, engineers, cabin crew members, safety professionals and other technical personnel in commercial, operational and aviation finance functions. This is a key component of Green Africa's plan to scale diligently and play a critical role in cultivating world-class local industry talent in the coming years.

Also, the partnership will help to integrate FCMB's payment gateway into Navitaire, which is Green Africa's passenger reservation system provider. Navitaire's New Skies platform is a leading reservation and retailing system working with a large customer-base of airlines in high growth markets around the world. The agreement is equally expected to explore other areas of commercial partnerships and opportunities to bring even more value to FCMB and Green Africa customers as the value carrier scales. 

Speaking on the partnership, the Founder & CEO of Green Africa, Mr. Babawande Afolabi, said:

"This marque partnership with FCMB gives Green Africa additional tailwind to launch and scale in the years ahead. The partnership will not only deliver long-term value to Green Africa and FCMB, but also significantly move the conversation forward about how to prudently foster a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria and across the African continent. We are honoured that FCMB is joining hands with Green Africa on this journey to use the power of air travel to create a better future."

On his part, the Managing Director & CEO of FCMB, Mr. Adam Nuru, said:

"We have been tracking Green Africa's journey over the last few years and we are delighted to officially join Babawande and the Green Africa team at this important stage of the journey. Green Africa, with the support of its high-quality equity backers, a world-class team on the ground, and landmark partnership with Airbus, has a unique opportunity to redefine the aviation landscape in the region. This strategic partnership provides Green Africa with further access to short to medium-term liquidity and an institutional platform for scaling. It also positions FCMB as a preferred long-term anchor player in the future of an industry that will be key to realizing the economic potentials of Nigeria and the broader African continent. We could not be more proud of this strategic partnership with Green Africa."

About FCMB:

First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited is a member of FCMB Group Plc, one of the leading financial services institutions in Nigeria with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their respective segments. With an origin dating back to the late 1970s, FCMB was officially licensed in 1982, becoming the first indigenous Bank in Nigeria to be established without government support. FCMB has since grown to become one of the most business friendly and customer-centric Banks in the country.

About Green Africa:

Green Africa ( is a value airline based in Lagos, Nigeria. The new airline will offer safe, reliable and affordable air travel to a much broader group of customers and be a significant contributor to the economic development of Nigeria and the African continent. Founded and led by Babawande Afolabi, Green Africa has received its Air Transport License from the Nigerian Government. The airline recently placed an order for 50 Airbus A220-300s and is currently going through the AOC certification process with the NCAA. Green Africa is anchored by a group of senior industry leaders led by Tom Horton, former Chairman & CEO of American Airlines, Wale Adeosun, Founder & CEO of Kuramo Capital, William Shaw, CEO of InterJet, Virasb Vahidi, former CCO of American Airlines and Gbenga Oyebode, Founder & Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode.

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