Nigerian start-up carriers Azman Air and Discovery are to take delivery of their first aircraft later this year, after maintenance and preparation work was completed on two Boeing 737-300s at London Southend airport.
Lagos-based Discovery Air will take delivery of an ex-Brussels Airlines narrowbody (MSN 28571) after it was repainted by Air Livery on 15 October.
The CFM56-3C1-powered, 1998-vintage aircraft is leased from Aircraft Solutions Lux VIII. Discovery has also leased a 737-300 (MSN 28870) from Aergo Trading. It plans to operate domestic services to Abuja, Asaba, Benin, Enugu and Owerri, and regional services from Lagos to Accra and Dakar.
Azman Air’s first 737-300 (MSN 28570) made a first flight in its new colour scheme from London Southend airport on 23 October. Leased from LIFT 2001-1 ABS Portfolio, it will be used to operate services from Abuja to Kano and Lagos.
The aircraft are being prepared to enter service with their new airlines by MRO provider ATC Lasham.
Discovery and Azman are among several new carriers being prepared to enter the Nigerian market. Each secured its air operator's certificate earlier this year.