The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) announced that six airlines are approved by the Federal Government for this year’s Hajj pelgrimage. Kabo Air, MaxAir, Med-View Airline, Meridian Airlines, Tradecraft Air and Ethiopian Airlines are the selected carriers, while Hamsel Air Services and Aero Aviation Services will serve as back-up charter airlines. Furthermore, Med-View Cargo, Evergreen and White Aero Ventures are chosen as carriers for the pilgrims’ excess luggage. Around 95,000 pilgrims will be travelling from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia in the last week of September and in the first week of November.
The first Boeing B767-300 (MSN 23436) of a new Nigerian charter air carrier known as Tradecraft Air ’19 Trade Craft’ has been painted at Victorville. The aircraft is registered 5N-ASG. Earlier, it was reported that this aircraft was acquired by Tradecraft Air and it was also (mistakenly) attributed to Kabo Air.
Here is a first glimpse of the aircraft with nice colours (Copyright BennyTheJett1):
A few fleet updates:
- Kabo Air acquired a B767-300 (5N-ASG; CN 23436), still stored at Victorville. This aircraft was initially destined for Tradecraft Air. Update this information is incorrect; the aircraft went to a charter airline called 19 Trade Craft.
- The lessor took possession of Air Midwest’s single B737-500 (5N-PVA). The aircraft is re-registered N495MS.
- Chanchangi Airlines announced that one of its B732s (5N-BIH) will soon be back in Nigeria after overhaul in China
Update: Air Midwest’s former B737 (without logo’s and titles) was flown back to Shannon in November 2010.
Last year an airline called Tradecraft Air (sometimes referred to as Trade Craft Air) was designated to carry pilgrims from Ilorin and Lagos to Jeddah. Reportedly, the company used two leased B767s. Tradecraft Air now appears to have acquired a B767-300 of its own. This means that the airline joins Kabo Air and MaxAir as pilgrims charter carrier in Nigeria.
Update: it’s an ex-Delta B767-300 (serial 23436).