Tuesday, November 14, 2006

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Age of Nigerian Registered Aircrafts

Average Age (Active Aircrafts) = 23.24 Years

Oldest Aircraft = 38 Years Old
Youngest Aircraft (Presidency) = 1 Years Old

Number of Aircrafts (Years Old)
1 (1-5)
3 (6 -10)
1 (11-15)
7 (16-20)
20(21-25)
1 (26-30)
7 (31-35)
1 (36-40)

The pattern for the airlines listed below will be colour coded as such.

Aircraft Manufacturers Serial Number

Operators (Property, Wet-leasing, Dry-leasing)

Status First flight date [MM/DD/YYYY]

Age of Aircraft (Years) As of 11/1/2006


5N-BEE Boeing 737 (MSN 22365) ADC Airlines Active with ADC Airlines 9/10/1980 26


5N-BFK [CRASHED -10/29/2006] Boeing 737 (MSN 22891) ADC Airlines Active with ADC Airlines 9/27/1983 23


5N-BHI Boeing 737 (MSN 22864) Chanchangi Airlines Active with Chanchangi Airlines 2/16/1983 23

Now that you know the pattern, here are the remaining airlines.


5N-BHY Boeing 737 (MSN 24669) AeroContractors Active with AeroContractors 8/8/1990 16
5N-MJA Boeing 737 (MSN 24454) Arik Air Active with AeroContractors 7/12/1989 17
5N-BHZ Boeing 737 (MSN 24671) AeroContractors Active with AeroContractors 8/24/1990 16
5N-YMM Boeing 737 (MSN 22590) Albarka Air Active with Albarka Air 3/16/1982 24
5N-MJB Boeing 737 (MSN 24360) Arik Air Active with Arik Air 3/10/1989 17
5N-BFM Boeing 737 (MSN 22733) Bellview Airlines Active with Bellview Airlines 10/26/1981 25
5N-BFX Boeing 737 (MSN 23024) Bellview Airlines Active with Bellview Airlines 5/3/1983 23
5N-BGG Boeing 767 (MSN 23805) Bellview Airlines Active with Bellview Airlines 7/2/1987 19
5N-BGH Boeing 767 (MSN 23806) Bellview Airlines Active with Bellview Airlines 7/29/1987 19
5N-BEV Boeing 737 (MSN 22658) Chanchangi Airlines Active with Chanchangi Airlines 4/6/1982 24
5N-BEW Boeing 737 (MSN 22865) Chanchangi Airlines Active with Chanchangi Airlines 4/11/1983 23
5N-BIF Boeing 737 (MSN 23043) Chanchangi Airlines Active with Chanchangi Airlines 6/1/1983 23
5N-BIG Boeing 737 (MSN 23044) Chanchangi Airlines Active with Chanchangi Airlines 6/8/1983 23
5N-BIH Boeing 737 (MSN 23046) Chanchangi Airlines Active with Chanchangi Airlines 8/5/1983 23
5N-BGU Boeing 737 (MSN 22881) Slok Air Active with Dasab Airlines 12/3/1982 24
5N-BDP Boeing 737 (MSN 23114) Dasab Airlines Active with Dasab Airlines 11/21/1983 23
5N-BEI Boeing 737 (MSN 19708) Earth Airlines Active with Earth Airlines 10/24/1968 38
5N-BEY Boeing 737 (MSN 22504) EAS Active with EAS 9/28/1981 25
5N-BGM Boeing 737 (MSN 22889) EAS Active with EAS 8/11/1983 23
5N-FGT Boeing 737 Next Gen (MSN 34260) Federal Government of Nigeria Active with Federal Government of Nigeria 6/29/2005 1
5N-BFQ Boeing 737 (MSN 22892) Fresh Air Active with Fresh Air 9/30/1983 23
5N-EEE Boeing 747 (MSN 19732) Kabo Air Active with Kabo Air 4/28/1971 35
5N-NNN Boeing 747 (MSN 21189) Kabo Air Active with Kabo Air 11/11/1975 31
5N-OOO Boeing 747 (MSN 20952) Kabo Air Active with Kabo Air 9/20/1974 32
5N-PDP Boeing 747 (MSN 20842) Kabo Air Active with Kabo Air 5/13/1974 32
5N-PPP Boeing 747 (MSN 20921) Kabo Air Active with Kabo Air 6/28/1974 32
5N-JJJ Boeing 747 (MSN 19766) Kabo Air Active with Kabo Air 2/13/1971 35
5N-RRR Boeing 747 (MSN 19765) Kabo Air Active with Kabo Air 2/10/1971 35
5N-ANY Boeing 737 (MSN 22773) Nigeria Airways Active with Nigeria Airways 7/1/1982 24
5N-BCR ATR 42/72 (MSN 031) Overland Airways Active with Overland Airways 10/29/1986 20
5N-BID Boeing 737 (MSN 23791) Premium Air Shuttle Active with Premium Air Shuttle 12/4/1987 19
5N-BGL McDonnell Douglas MD-80/90 (MSN 48099) Sosoliso Active with Sosoliso 3/29/1982 24
5N-BII McDonnell Douglas MD-80/90 (MSN 49482) Sosoliso Active with Sosoliso 8/20/1986 20
5N-BGA Boeing 737 (MSN 22456) Space World Airlines Active with Space World Airlines 2/11/1981 25
5N-BGB Boeing 737 (MSN 22457) Space World Airlines Active with Space World Airlines 4/10/1981 25
5N-TSA Boeing 737 (MSN 23110) TranSky Active with TranSky 3/19/1984 22
5N-VNB Boeing 737 (MSN 29339) Virgin Nigeria Active with Virgin Nigeria 8/4/1999 7
5N-VNC Boeing 737 (MSN 29338) Virgin Nigeria Active with Virgin Nigeria 6/15/1999 7
5N-VND Boeing 737 (MSN 29337) Virgin Nigeria Active with Virgin Nigeria 6/4/1999 7

5N-BIB Dash 8 (MSN 609) AeroContractors Active with AeroContractors Unknown
5N-DAP Dash 8 (MSN 244) AeroContractors Active with AeroContractors Unknown
5N-MGV Dash 8 (MSN 24) AeroContractors Active with AeroContractors Unknown
5N-BHW Dash 8 (MSN 548) CHC Helicopters International Active with CHC Helicopters International Unknown
5N-BIA Dash 8 (MSN 608) CHC Helicopters International Active with CHC Helicopters International Unknown
5N-GRS Dash 8 (MSN 547) Nigerian Gvmt Active with Federal Government of Nigeria Unknown
5N-RSG Embraer 135/145 (MSN 891) Federal Government of Nigeria Active with Federal Government of Nigeria Unknown

5N-BBI ATR 42/72 (MSN 069) ADC Airlines Active under another registration 11/10/1987 19
5N-BVU Airbus A300 (MSN 633) Bellview Airlines Active under another registration 4/1/1992 14
5N-BHA Boeing 737 (MSN 23283) EAS Active under another registration 4/25/1985 21
5N-IFY Boeing 737 (MSN 22797) Slok Air Active under another registration 10/6/1982 24
5N-ZNA Boeing 737 (MSN 22806) Slok Air Active under another registration 1/10/1983 23
5N-BFB Dash 8 (MSN 298) AeroContractors Active under another registration Unknown
5N-EVD Dash 8 (MSN 216) AeroContractors Active under another registration Unknown
5N-BBM Dash 8 (MSN 266) AeroContractors Active under another registration Unknown
5N-BEH Dash 8 (MSN 300) AeroContractors Active under another registration Unknown

5N-BED Boeing 737 (MSN 22638) ADC Airlines Stored by ADC Airlines 3/23/1982 24
5N-EDO Boeing 747 (MSN 19726) Okada Air Stored by Hold Trade Air 5/16/1970 36
5N-COO Fokker 70/100 (MSN 11297) IRS Airlines Stored by IRS Airlines 3/12/1990 16
5N-AAA Boeing 747 (MSN 19745) Kabo Air Stored by Kabo Air 3/4/1971 35
5N-ZZZ Boeing 747 (MSN 19744) Kabo Air Stored by Kabo Air 11/3/1970 36
5N-ANC Boeing 737 (MSN 20671) Nigeria Airways Stored by Nigeria Airways 11/3/1972 34
5N-AND Boeing 737 (MSN 20672) Nigeria Airways Stored by Nigeria Airways 11/29/1972 34
5N-ANN McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (MSN 46957) Nigeria Airways Stored by Nigeria Airways 7/27/1976 30
5N-ANZ Boeing 737 (MSN 22774) Nigeria Airways Stored by Nigeria Airways 7/8/1982 24
5N-AUB Boeing 737 (MSN 22986) Nigeria Airways Stored by Nigeria Airways 11/1/1982 24
5N-AUH Airbus A310 (MSN 340) Nigeria Airways Stored by Nigeria Airways 6/15/1984 22
5N-AUF Airbus A310 (MSN 285) Nigeria Airways Stored by Nigeria Airways 11/9/1983 23
5N-BBJ Boeing 737 (MSN 20197) ADC Airlines Stored under another registration 3/21/1969 37
5N-GAB Boeing 747 (MSN 21141) Okada Air Stored under another registration 1/27/1976 30
5N-NYA Boeing 737 (MSN 22799) Slok Air Stored under another registration 12/15/1982 24

SCRAPPED PLANES

5N-BBB Lockheed L-1011 TriStar (MSN 1068) ADC Airlines Scrapped by ADC Airlines 2/1/2874
5N-AUE Airbus A310 (MSN 270) Nigeria Airways Scrapped by Nigeria Airways 8/24/1983
5N-AUG Airbus A310 (MSN 329) Nigeria Airways Scrapped by Nigeria Airways 5/2/1984
5N-HHS Boeing 747 (MSN 19644) Trans Air Service Scrapped by Trans Air Service 1/9/1970
5N-THG Boeing 747 (MSN 19640) Trans Air Service Scrapped by Trans Air Service 10/24/1969
5N-MCI Boeing 737 (MSN 19554) Barnax Air Scrapped under another registration 2/9/1969
5N-DIO Boeing 737 (MSN 19549) Barnax Air Scrapped under another registration 1/6/1969

5N-BFN Boeing 737 (MSN 22734) Bellview Airlines Written off with Bellview Airlines 11/13/1981
5N-AUA Boeing 737 (MSN 22985) Nigeria Airways Written off with Nigeria Airways 10/14/1982
5N-ANR McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (MSN 46968) Nigeria Airways Written off with Nigeria Airways 8/12/1977
5N-ANW Boeing 737 (MSN 22771) Nigeria Airways Written off with Nigeria Airways 4/20/1982 5N-ANX Boeing 737 (MSN 22772) Nigeria Airways Written off with Nigeria Airways 6/7/1982

I guess this doesnt neccessarily mean the planes will crash but are the parts to service them not obsolete by now? I wonder.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is just highly disturbing!
See the Kabo Airlines planes all in their 30s - 31, 34 etc..
This is just sad...
According to aviation professionals, aircrafts actually have a long shelf life is properly maintained but I tink all these late 20s and 30s are just too old plus we all know they are not well maintained!
Apart from that replaceable parts like tyres etc are always overused, worn and torn in Nigeria.
We need a revolution!

Anonymous said...

hmmm before I can comment ... what is the average lifespan of an aircraft in the Canada/US/UK/"western world" ?

Toun said...

As well as knowing the average lifespan of an aircraft in the western world, it'd be nice to know how often these naija planes go for maintenance. I don't think we have enough aeronautical/ground engineers to handle this. I just don't want to think that our airplanes are serviced the way we service our cars in naija whereby you take your car in for radiator problems and come out with fuel pump problems. God help us sha.

Belle said...

very scary. Gosh, i pray they fix things..!

Anonymous said...

I sent this same document to Chippla weeks ago. Wonder why he never published it.

In the meantime, Sahara Reports has been offed...

laspapi said...

Minx, you wrote we can't conclude the planes will crash? Of course, they will.

I went to Abuja a while back and had a look at plane tires as I walked on the tarmac. Some of them couldn't be used as shoe soles by Hausa shoemakers. They were absolutely bald.

So we can't tell the age of Aerocontractor planes? Are they kidding?

If this funny administration says we can't import cars older than 8 years, what about these flying caskets?

Ok, you just told the story of my country again.

broccolimakesmepuke said...

I thought the Federal government has in place a ban of airlines older than 22 or is it 23 years. Why are all the planes older than that still flying? I know that the only companies that have complied with that order are the parastatals e.g NNPC. NNPC retired their plane because it was 23 years, any government body or company operating planes older than the stipulated age should be fined SERIOUSLY. Enough of the crashes, at this point we just all look like a nation of idiots.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

I no understand this stuff!!!

Boso said...

Very sad. These planes are older than me. And given the fact that they are probably not maintained properly, that makes their conditions even worse.

Anonymous said...

actually, the age of aircraft is not necessarily that important, provided that they are well maintained. the purchase and runnings costs of a single aircraft mean that they must be in service for a long time before the operator can recover their outlay. in the military, its not unusual for aircraft to remain in operation for decades. some of those Hercules C-130s are in their 3rd decades as well, and still going stong.

its a maintenance issue, and that's where we fall short in nigeria. no checks, so operators cut corners to reduce costs. if the government wants the industry to survive, they have to provide support to the industry, in the form of cheap funds to allow them purchase and maintain their aircraft. then they have to put in place a tight regulatory framework for ensuring that checks and maintenance are carried out on schedule, with the right parts. sadly, thats where we would fall short.

Sye said...

@ laspapi

If this funny administration says we can't import cars older than 8 years, what about these flying caskets?

That's a good question but is the government willing to answer this simple question? I doubt it.

angie said...

1 (26-30)
7 (31-35)
1 (36-40)
i want to assume that the planes with the age group r in the museum!!!
this is so sad...

Anonymous said...

Woosh! I got very scared to find out that even Arik air that claim to have brand new aircraft is not better as its fleet falls in the third category

Mona said...

yea i saw a fwd with this stuff oh, this is worrying, God help us

TaureanMinx said...

I think the Arik air dude resigned cos of the 'mix up' in number of years.

Also from answerbag.com

The "lifespan" of an airliner is not truly measured in time, but pressurization cycles. Each time the aircraft is pressurized during flight it's fuselage is subjected to stress. The "lifespan" of the aircraft is reached the metal fatigue's and cracks.

The "service life of 20 years" is as generalization that figures 51,000 flight hours and 75,000 pressurization cycles for most aircraft. If an aircraft is used on long haul routes it experiences relatively few pressurization cycles in it's "life" it will last far beyond 20 years. Only a few years ago, the "average' age of a jet in the operating fleet of Northwest Airlines was 20 years according to a 1999 article. A 2005 news clip noted NWA continues to operate DC-9-31 aircraft that have an average age of 34 years old!

On the other hand, aircraft that are repeatedly flown on short hops will reach their useful life much sooner.

For instance, the famous Aloha Airlines incident on April 28, 1988 where part of the fuselage broke away due to metal fatigue is an example of the latter. The aircraft had accumulated 35,496 flight hours and 89,680 flight cycles and was 19 years old. Very close to that 20 year mark, but her actual cycles flown was the amount expected of a much older aircraft. Due to the low altitudes their inter-island flights were flown, we can be sure the maximum cabin pressure differential of 7.5 p.s.i. was not reached on every flight, so the number of full pressurization cycles on the accident airplane can be interpolated to be less than the total 89,680 cycles (a takeoff & landing) accumulated on the airplane. However, it was still enough to cause significant fatigue in the airframe and is still a much higher number than 75,000 cycles predicted for a 20 year service life.

Anonymous said...

Doing some research I found details on average age of aircraft fleets could be obtained from www.airfleets.net I believe that this is the source of the list of aircraft in the story.

Virgin Atlantic: 5.8 years
Air Canada: 9.7 years
British Airways: 10.2 years
United Airlines: 12.1 years
American Airlines: 13.4 years


I don't know what the lifespan of an aircraft is which was what was asked, but with correct maintenance age isn't a big problem, probably more important is the number of flights the craft has flown. I imagine Aircraft, like cars, cost more and more money for maintainance with each passing year of active use. So if your ticket on an airline with an ageing fleet is cheap, consider why.

FYI: Two Cheap airlines in the UK & Ireland
EasyJet: 2.4 years
RyanAir: 2.7 years

laspapi said...

@ sye- I know they'll never answer that question.

thanks for the enlightenment, Aaron.

nosa101 said...

So?
If you are dying you are dying, if you aint, you aint

Anonymous said...

I use to operate aircraft in Nigeria as a Pilot. What is so scary is ATC with no or very limited RADAR and the instrument landing system used in Lagos was stolen five times while I was based in Lagos for one year. The age of the aircraft are too old to operate in the USA and are prohibited by the FAA. The aircraft, ATC, maintenance, salaries, and the entire system is very dangerous. I had several emergencies while operating these aircraft. Good Luck!