Dana Air to receive a fifth MD83

Dana Air will shortly take delivery of a fifth MD-83 aircraft (5N-DEV; ex-N934JM). The airline currently serves Abuja, Calabar, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Uyo.

The airline operates a Learjet 45 for charter operations. It seems that the airline will no longer accept the business jets it ordered from Embraer and Bombardier in 2007.

Update: the fifth MD83 aircraft (5N-DEV) arrived at Lagos on 29 May.



6 responses to “Dana Air to receive a fifth MD83”

  1. Eze says :

    What happened to their plans to get 737NG? That was in their business plan when they launched back in 2008.

  2. Greg says :

    Expansion of same types, given the climate of high user charges, import duties, abominable fuel costs and high interest rates is commendable enough, without having to introduce a new and comparatively very expensive type like the 737NG. Just look at First Nation: despite the rumoured infusion of cash by Bola Tinubu, the airline cannot fly all three of its aircraft at once. They’re only flying one A320. Their market is still only Lagos-Abuja, and possibly Lag-PH, last I heard. Remember Air Midwest? They came with a B735, and a 737-200, hoping to use the latter for cargo ops. NCAA knocked them out. The market is tough, to put it mildly. Dana should be commended for expanding at all

  3. Alaba Bham says :

    What version of the A320 does First Nation have? Are they a flag carrier? If yes, cant they start to explore West African routes?

  4. Greg says :

    FN’s A320s are elderly machines, powered by CFMs and not IAE 2000s. Still, their maintenance status is believed to have satisfied NCAA when the jets first arrived. As for West coast routes, any airline can fly them, they don’t have to be flag carriers to do that. But what’s the definition of a flag carrier? And, with even the sole operational A320 reported grounded yesterday and the other two never having flown regularly, with markets restricted to Lag-Abj, West coast is clearly out of the question for now. The airline never even deployed half the seats it has from inception, and the rumors about staff pay and conditions are ugly, to put it mildly

  5. Alaba Bham says :

    Which means all bets are off as to whether First Nation will survive. The close links to working practices inherited from the Bellevue days seem to be an albatross.

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