A Boeing 737-700 aircraft belonging to Arik Air is currently in the process of being repainted at the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility of Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital city.
News men gathered that the aircraft has been at the airline’s facilities for over two weeks and may be repainted to another airline’s brand.
According to a source from Arik Air, the aircraft is likely to be of those to be leased to a start-up airline, which may commence operations by the first quarter of 2022.
When asked to confirm the brand that will likely use the aircraft, Ethiopian Airline declined to comment but confirmed that as the airline with the biggest MRO in Africa, other Nigerian carriers bring their aircraft for maintenance and repairing in its facilities.
The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) had taken over the reins at Arik Air since February 2017 and in the first quarter of 2020, one of its aircraft was painted in the colours of Nigeria Eagle(NG Eagle).
AMCON is in the last stage of acquiring an Air Operators’ certificate (AOC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), which would likely enable it to commence scheduled services by the first quarter of next year.