Lagos airportAccess Bank Group Managing Director, Hubert Wigwe (left); Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele; Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Managing Director of Allied Air, Capt. Val Tongo, and Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, during the reception of the newly-acquired B737-800SF in Abuja recently.
Nigerian cargo airline, Allied Air, has acquired a Boeing 737-800 freighter jet, much to the satisfaction of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, among others.
The new acquisition puts the IATA designated cargo airline atop other freight operators on the continent. The airline is also the first cargo airline in Africa to attain the IOSA certificate and has continued to renew it since 2016.
Sirika, Emefiele and the Access Bank Group Managing Director, Hubert Wigwe, along other government officials, received the newly acquired aircraft at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The acquired freighter (MSN 36846) is the youngest 737-800 in the world to be converted to freighter date. Additionally, Allied Air is the first airline in Africa to own and operate a B737-800SF on the continent.
B737-800SF Cargo Conversion consists of the installation of a 86″ x 137″ cargo door on the left side of the fuselage, and modification of the main deck to a Class E cargo compartment.
After conversion, the aircraft can carry eleven 88″ x 125″ AAA full height containers or pallets plus one AEP/AEH, with pallet weights up to 9,000 lbs. It can accommodate eleven 88″x125″ AAA full height containers or pallets plus one AEP/AEH Up to 52,700 LB (23,904 KG) Main Deck Payload (depending on Model & Aircraft Weight Limits) Reinforced Floor structure for the highest average position weights in the industry 86″ x 140″ cargo door Single Vent Door System High reliability, 28VDC, independent cargo door hydraulic system Cabin windows replaced with lightweight aluminum window plugs 9g rigid cargo/smoke barrier with sliding door Relocated DFDR for 84.5″ + ceiling height throughout cargo compartment, including last position Stretch Formed fuselage skins 5 Supernumerary Seats, a galley and full lavatory.