Nigeria’s Azman Air has taken delivery of its first Airbus A340 aircraft. The ex-Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340 was delivered to the airline yesterday having been repainted and refitted in Bournemouth.
Azman Air is a domestic airline based out of Nigeria’s Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN). The airline, founded in 2010, currently operates a fleet of five Boeing 737 aircraft to 11 airports dotted around Nigeria. However, the airline has now added a sixth aircraft to its fleet having taken delivery of an Airbus A340, which used to belong to Virgin Atlantic. As you’ll see, the airline has installed a particularly interesting cabin.
An interesting cabin
Azman Air’s first Airbus A340 has a really strange seating arrangement. The majority of passengers will be sat in the aircraft’s economy cabin which seats 411 passengers in a 2-4-2 configuration. However, it isn’t the economy class on the aircraft which are a tad odd.
In fact, it is the business class. Nestled towards the front of the cabin in the middle of the aircraft is the business class cabin. This consists of two (not a typo) brown business class seats. These are not separated from the main cabin by any bulkhead. It’s unclear what exactly the benefit of booking the business class seats would be, considering the short domestic flights it will initially fly.
About the aircraft
The aircraft which Azman Air has taken delivery of is under 14 years old. With manufacturer serial number 765, the A340 was originally delivered to Virgin Atlantic in August 2006 according to PlaneSpotters.net. The aircraft was returned from its lease to Doric Aviation in October 2019. It was flown to Bournemouth where it has remained since. Rather than being scrapped, as we have seen with a couple of aircraft recently, the aircraft was granted a new lease of life with its new Nigerian owner.
While in Bournemouth, the aircraft was transferred from Doric to the European Aviation Group. Additionally, the aircraft was roughly repainted into the colors of Azman Air. Its interior was also refitted with the new 2 business, 411 economy seat layout.
It is unclear exactly what routes the Airbus A340 will operate. If you have any idea, let us know! Currently, the airline only flies domestically within Nigeria utilizing its fleet of five Boeing 737 aircraft. These fly to eleven destinations including:
- Birnin Kebbi;
The airline has the option of massively increasing its capacity on some domestic routes, or perhaps the Nigerian domestic carrier will look to branch out further afield. One thing is certain: If we wait and see, we will find out.
What do you think Azman Air will do with its new Airbus A340? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!