Kabo Air’s B742 (5N-MAD) finally to be repainted

Kabo Air has signed a contract with GMF AeorAsia to peform maintenance on its B747-200 (5N-MAD) and to repaint the aircraft in Kabo’s colours. The aircraft is now wearing a hybrid Northwest Airlines, Biman Bangladesh and Kabo Air livery.

Kabo Air - B742 - 5N-MAD (copyright Konstantin von Wedelstaedt)

Kabo Air – B742 – 5N-MAD (copyright Konstantin von Wedelstaedt)

Update: here’s a shot of the resprayed aircraft (5N-MAD).

Kabo Air – B747-200 – 5N-MAD

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8 responses to “Kabo Air’s B742 (5N-MAD) finally to be repainted”

  1. Eze says :

    Isn’t the minimum age for Nigerian civil aircraft 22 years these days? Or has sufficient dash been paid for Kabo’s exemption?

    • Aviation in Nigeria says :

      If the NCAA would adhere to this rule, the majority of the Nigerian carriers would soon be in trouble. In the end, there is nothing wrong with a 22-year old aircraft as long as it is well-maintained.

      • eze says :

        Question is: Are they well-maintained in Nigeria? I am not advocating the banning of older aircraft, but let’s just stay that Kabo is more known to be an aircraft scavenger than a real airline operator. I can’t be certain but have reason to believe this aircraft could very well be over 35 years old.

  2. Greg says :

    Eze, let`s give them the benefit of doubt. At least Kabo employs indigenous pilots and techs, unlike the flood of new charter companies from Europe and the hordes of private jet owners (well, most of them anyway.) But I think the rule is applied when the aircraft is purchased. Certainly, the law anticipates that the aircraft will get older than 22 years old someday, and keeps quiet about when that point is reached.

  3. Eze says :

    What happened to Kabo’s plans for domestic service resumption? Given the decline of Kano State economically, I see Kabo developing a hub in Abuja with low-cost scheduled flights to the 10 or so airports dotting the North and North-East, including the airports built recently. I think it could work if the aircraft size is right, DASH-8-400 or ATR42-72.

    • Aviation in Nigeria says :

      Kabo Air filed with the DOT last year for scheduled service authority between Nigeria and the United States (between Lagos and Atlanta, Ft Lauderdale, and Houston utilizing B767-300), initially proposes twice weekly service. No news about their domestic ambitions, but IRS Airlines more or less fulfils the role of northern carrier (Gombe, Yola, Maiduguri, Kano, Abuja, and soon also Sokoto).

  4. Greg says :

    Eze, your thoughts on Northern service is excellent, but unfortunately, most of our airline owners are attracted to 100-seat jets and Lag-Abj, Lag-PH, and Abj-PH. Even Associated, which revived the Benin route in 2001 with a 36-seat turboprop plane the Shorts 360, and then slowly acquired 4 EMB 120s, is barely surviving. Only 1 or 2 120s fly at any given time.

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