Nigeria’s Overland Airways has taken delivery of its first jet – an E175.
The twenty-year old West African carrier, an affiliate of the Landover Aviation Services Company, has received the first of three new E175 jets at a ceremony in Brazil. It also holds options for three additional aircraft.
The aircraft is on its way for a handover in Nigeria.
Overland operates both scheduled and charter flights, and plans to use the dual-class 88-seat E175s to increase capacity on domestic routes and expand services to regional cities.
The new aircraft will supplement the airline’s current all-turboprop fleet.
Managing director Captain Edward Boyo said: “Overland has an ecosystem of aviation excellence crowned with its E175 fleet. With Embraer, we now have very flexible options to grow our fleet and capacity to meet all future demand.”
Speaking on a panel at Aviation Africa§ in Nigeria Stephan Hannemann, head of Africa & Middle East region, for commercial aviation said: “The delivery of Overland’s first new E175 marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for the airline and Embraer. Nigeria represents one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world.”
Ramping up presence in Nigeria
Capt Boyo said Overland is aggressively ramping up its presence in Nigeria. It has built a new corporate office and hangar facilities in Lagos. And has an Approved Maintenance Organisation status under the certification of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Overland’s partner, Landover Aviation Services, also runs one of IATA’s top ten aviation training institutions in Africa. The Landover Aviation Business School specialising in airline technical and operations, aviation management, and travel and tourism.
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