Azman Air has acquired three B737-800s as part of its fleet growth strategy aimed at developing Kano into a major transit hub for traffic between West Africa and Europe and Asia.
The Nigerian domestic carrier Azman Air is planning to add another Airbus A340-600, three Boeing 737-800s and five regional aircraft, under an ambitious growth strategy for 2021. “The management at Azman Air have concluded a mega plan to dominate the Nigeria aviation market in 2021,” Azman Air announced.
In a statement, the privately-owned airline said the incoming B737s would be deployed on routes to select West and Central African countries while five smaller aircraft (type unspecified) will be used to expand its domestic Nigerian network.
At present, Azman Air operates two B737-300s (of which one is owned and the other leased from GECAS), four B737-500s (of which one is owned and the remainder leased from GECAS and Standard Chartered Aviation Finance), and one A340-600. Azman says a second A340-600 will shortly be acquired in preparation for the launch of longhaul flights to Jeddah, Dubai Int’l, and Guangzhou from Kano.
Azman’s network currently consists of flights to the Nigerian cities of Kano, Abuja, Asaba, Lagos, Benin City, Birmin Kebbi, Gombe, Kaduna Int’l (suspended), Maiduguri, and Owerri.
Azman Air Services Limited which is more commonly known as ‘Azman Air’ is a Nigerian based domestic airlines that have its hub base in Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN). The airline has scheduled charter flights to 11 domestic destinations across Nigeria including Abuja, Birnin Kebbi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Port-Harcourt, Owerri, Asaba and Benin.
The airline was founded in 2010 and commenced operations in 2014 with its first flight to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV).
Azman Air operates six Boeing aircraft for its domestic services which can take overall 1,073 passengers at one time