Cross River State Airline, Cally Air 1st Aircraft has landed

It seems like the airline business is now a state government thing in Nigeria. First, Akwa Ibom launched Ibom air and they have recorded tremendous success since its inception and now we have Cross River state planning to launch their airline called CallyAir.

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The first time the news about the CallyAir suffused online, many asked if it’s true or if it one of those government things. Now, we all can see it’s not business as usual as the first of the two ordered aircraft arrived in Lagos, Nigeria.

Cross River State Governor, Benedict Ayade was in Lagos to receive the first of the 2 aircraft the state government ordered to float a state-owned airline.

Cally Air Aircraft
Cally Air Aircraft

The Boeing 737 – 36Q (WL) with Registration Number: 5N – BYQ and Serial number: 30334/3120 was received in Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria with a traditional water salute.

The video footage obtained by sagetravels had the voice of one of the aides of Governor, Benedict Ayade. The aide was full of praise to the state governor, Ben Ayade for fulfilling his promise.

According to him, this is a big moment. No more stories as usual. The airline Nigerians and Cross Riverians have been waiting for have finally arrived.

The aircraft will depart Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos for Margaret Ekpo international airport, Calabar.

Cally Air is wholly owned by Cross River state and is operated by Aero contractors not by Dana Air as many suggest.

Cross River State Airline, Cally Air 1st Aircraft has landed
Cally Air inside view

It seems like many are not yet convinced that Cally Air is here to stay. Well, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. A Twitter user, Brandon Tor @TorToridb asked a very important question.

State govts investing in airlines! When the current governors leave will the airlines still fly? Is this the most impactful way to spend state resources? Running airlines? Time will tell. If Aero is under receivership with AMCON, does it mean AMCON is involved with Cally?

Brandon Tor

We will wait for the Cross River state government to respond to this.

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