Cross River State Government-DANA Group owned airline Cally Air takes delivery if its first aircraft, the Boeing 737-300.
Startup airline Cally Air was initially founded five years ago in 2016.
It was meant to commence operations in November 2018 with a De Havilland Dash-8.
Another former airBaltic Boeing 737-300 will soon join the Cally Air fleet.
Nigerian startup airline Cally Air has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 737-300, three years after its planned date to commence operations.
The aircraft arrived in Lagos on Tuesday, April 6th and was greeted by a water cannon salute by its new operator. Now registered as 5N-BYR, the 22-year-old jet was formerly flying for airBaltic. The plane is configured with an all-economy 144 seat cabin.
Cally Air is a joint venture between the Cross River State Government and DANA Group, in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). It was initially founded five years ago in 2016. It was meant to commence operations in November 2018 with a De Havilland Dash-8.
Cally Air will base the aircraft out of its home in Calabar, the capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State. The state’s government supported the airline as part of a tourism investment strategy.
According to Simple Flying, another former airBaltic Boeing 737-300 will soon join the Cally Air fleet. Re-registered as 5N-BYQ, the 21-year-old jet is currently stored at Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava in Czechia, waiting to be ferried south.