Cally Air

Full Service Carrier
IATA: n/a
ICAO: n/a
Main hub: Calabar Airport
Country/Territory: Nigeria


Cally Air is a proposed Nigerian joint venture to be based at Calabar Airport. The start-up is a joint venture between The Cross River State Government and DANA Group, under a public-private agreement. Cally Air was originally expected to commence in Nov-2016, with services to Obudu, Lagos and Abuja using the state's Dash 8-200 aircraft. Cally Air will be officially launched by the first week of Aug-2021.

Cally Air received its first Boeing 737-300 (5N-BYR) in early Apr-2021 and its second Boeing 737 aircraft at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport on 28-Apr-2021. The aircraft are configured with 142 and 144 seats.

Cally Air operated its first flight from Lagos to Abuja with a Boeing 737-300 aircraft on 15-Jul-2021. Cally Air will serve the new Obudu International Airport, which is expected to be complete by Dec-2021.
Cross River State's Governor Ben Ayade said the state government acquired two aircraft for Cally Air on 16-Jul-2021. The aircraft will be operated and maintained by Aero Contractors until Cally Air receives its air operator's certificate.
Cross River State's Governor Ben Ayade stated Aero Contractors will operate aircraft on behalf of Cally Air "for six months in the first instance" as Cally Air is yet to receive its air operator's certificate (AOC). Mr Ayade said: "It takes six months for the licence to come", adding: "We will continue with them [Aero Contractors] until Cally Air has its full management team and a full AOC".

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