From The Olden Days: Okada Air

There is a picture of a Shorts SH-330 (5N-AOX) in the Okada Air colours, with additional ‘Niger Express’ titles. I cannot recall any sighting of this aircraft in Nigeria – just as of this DC-10 (5N-OGI) in Okada Air colours.

Okada Air - Shorts SH-330 - 5N-AOX (Copyright Michael coulson)

Okada Air was the biggest privately owned airline in Nigeria so far. It popularised air travel in the late eighties and early nineties of the 20th century, operating a huge fleet of BAC 1-11s and B727s. Most of the aircraft are still stored at Benin Airport today. Its owner wrote a short history about the airline.

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3 responses to “From The Olden Days: Okada Air”

  1. GlobalFlyer says :

    I recall the Shorts 330 flying around but don’t recall any Niger Express titles. As for the DC-10, if my memory serves me well, it was painted and ready for delivery but was never taken up by the airline.

  2. wingsofnigeria says :

    I remember Niger Express. The plane was mostly used for charters in the Delta region…
    As for the DC-10, it was NTU @ Miami.

  3. nigerianaviation says :

    Thanks for the information! That must have been in the early eighties.

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