Sunday , August 1 2021

Nigeria's airlines fly Africa's oldest aircraft

<! – Dana Air, the Great Father of Nigeria. One of the airplanes in his collection is 28.1 years old.

Dana Air, the Great Father of Nigeria. One of the airplanes in his collection was 28.1 years old.

Nigeria's commercial airlines have Africa's oldest aircraft fleet. One of the airline companies, 28.1 years, had retired or at least a few years before the age of the aircraft or retirement or decommissioning.

On the contrary, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airlines, Africa's oldest, large African airlines such as Rwanda, Royal Air Maroc and Kenya Airlines have fleets that range between 11.4 years and 5.8 years. Established in 2002 and being one of the youngest of African airlines, Rwanda has an average age of 7.1 olan.

The incidental control of the fleet of airlines in Nigeria shows that Arik Air has the youngest fleet of 23 aircraft with an average of 11 years' aircraft. Dana Airlines, which started its operations in November 2008, has the oldest fleet of 28 years and one month old McDonnell Douglas MD-80, one of which is still in use.

According to the data provided by, Dana Airlines planes are the grandfathers of planes participating in the sky of Nigeria. Currently, six airplanes delivered in October 2014 and registered as 5N-BKI operate all MD-80s. She's 22.3 now. Another aircraft in the fleet, 5N-SAI 28.1 years old.

Air combat with 19 air fleets is the average average of 19 aircraft. The average age was 18.1 and the average age was 22.3 and 13 was 13 Boeing 737 with Boeing 777. However, the two of the Boeing 737-500 in its collection are between the ages of 25 and 26 years. One of them was purchased in July 2014 and another in December 2014. Air Peace, however, has four Embraer ERJ-145s, run by its subsidiary Air Peace Hopper, at 19 years of age.

Founded in 2007, Medview has five planes of all Boeing models. These were Boeing 777-200 (5N-BVY), 16.7 years old, Boeing 767, 23.6 years old and three Boeing 737-400, mean age 20.9 years.

Launched in 2010, Azman Air Service has an average of 20.9 years. Airway average two years Boeing 737-300 and two Boeing 737-500, average 20.9 years.

Max Air, which only entered the Nigerian aviation industry this year, has six planes with an average age of 20.4. Except for an Embraer ERJ-145 under the age of 10, all other aircraft in its fleet are 20 years or more.

Aero Contractors, the oldest airline with a unique security record of Nigeria, has 11 aircraft in operation. Among them are nine Boeing 737 with an average age of 26.5 and two De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 aircraft, 17.8 years old. The airline, which was founded in 1959, is currently managed by AMCON and Arik Air with huge debt monitoring.

In October 2006, Arik Air entered the turbulent aviation sector in Nigeria with a big ambition to operate the new aircraft, instead of the crazy "Tokunbo" aircraft used by the country's airlines. Thus, he ordered new airplanes, the oldest fleet of which was the newly launched Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft in 2006. He's 12.6 now. Arik also received a new Bombardier CRJ-1000 in 2014. She's five now. It has 13 Boeing 737 and 12 years old Airbus A340 and 10.4 years old.

In contrast to the commercial airways in Nigeria, Ethiopia Airlines, the biggest ethos of Africa, has 104 aircraft with an average fleet age of 5.8. The airline, which started operating in 1945, ordered four aircraft to increase the fleet size to 108. Ethiopian Airlines has 17 Boeing 777, an average of 3.4 years, and 23 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with a mean age of 5.2 years. 26 Boeing 737, average age 7.9, nine Airbus350 with a mean age of 1.4, and 23 DHC-8 Dash with 5.4 years old 8. The oldest aircraft in the fleet of the airline company in Addis Ababa .

Kenya Airways has a fleet of 39, with an average age of 6.8. Nairobi-based airline, Boeing 737, 10 years old, Boeing 777, 4.7 years old, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 4.1 years old and 15 Embraer ERJ-190, 6.3 years old.

Royal Air Maroc, founded in 1957, has 51 aircraft with an average operation of 11.4 years. They are 12 Boeing 737, 2.8 years old, 2.8 Boeing 787 Dreamliner and four Embraer ERJ-190 four years old.

The average age of the South African Airlines fleet is 11 os. Among them are 21 Airbus A320 and A330 with an average age of 4.7. It also has 16 Airbus A340, which is about 15 years of age and 16 Airbus 319, with an average age of 13.8. The oldest aircraft in the fleet are three Boeing 737, 27.5 years old.

With the passion of Pan-Africa as Ethiopia, South African Airlines and the Royal Air Maroc, there are 13 aircraft with two Airbus A330 in turn. The average age of the fleet consisting of six Boeing 737, two Airbus A330 and two Bombardier CRJ-900s is 7.1 years. The oldest aircraft in its collection is De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8, 11.5 years old, much younger than most of the airplanes flying in Nigeria's airspace.

A recent study by ITIA, SGI Aviation, said the average retirement age of a cargo ship was 32.5 years and it was 25.1 years for a passenger plane.

The study noted that aircraft retirement is generally subject to a number of principles: – More than half of the aircraft used for commercial operations retired from 20 to 30 years; Freight ships accounted for 17% of all commercial aircraft retirement. Freight passengers tend to retire later than passenger aircraft.

The average retirement age for airplanes was found to increase from 18.8 years in 1980 to 1984 to 29.4 years in 2005-2009.

In the last six years, retirement age has fallen to 27.6 years due to high record oil prices in early 2010.

According to another report, some factors regulating the retirement of aircraft, printing cycles, flight times and fuel efficiency.

The report noted that two years ago, the Boeing 747 could withstand about 35,000 pressurisation cycles and flights (approximately 135,000-160,000 flight hours) and continued its metal fatigue absorbed in a service of about 27 years.

* Investigated by Bayo Onanuga

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