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Azman Air secures an Airbus A340-600 from Virgin Atlantic

Kano, Nigeria - Nigeria's domestic airline operator Azman Air announced that it has secured an Airbus A340-600 aircraft from Virgin Atlantic.

The aircraft with registration 2-EALJ, formerly G-VYOU, will be the first widebody jet in the African carrier's fleet. With the arrival of the new plane, Azman Air will spread its wing on the international routes, including charter flights for Hajj and Umrah travelers.

The Nigerian carrier did not reveal the sum of the deal. The aircraft was bought from British carrier via aircraft sales and leasing company European Aviation.

Airbus delivered the aircraft to Virgin Atlantic in August 2006. It has been in service with the British operator since then. The delivery date to the African carrier remains unknown.

Azman Air operates an all-Boeing fleet that consists of two Boeing 737-300 and four Boeing 737-500 jets operated on the domestic routes of the airline.

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Azman Air Boeing 737-500