While finalising its certification, Nigerian startup Rano Air has received delivery of another EMB-145LRs to start commercial operations in 2022, according to announcements and videos posted on social media.

Aviation Nigeria reports Rano Air is in the final stages of attaining an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), but neither the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) nor the nascent carrier were immediately available to confirm.

As reported, Rano Air in January restarted its drive for an Air Transport License (ATL).

According to the ch-aviation fleets, the carrier has secured five EMB-145LRs:

  • 5N-BZU (msn 145562) stored in Abuja;
  • 5N-BZV (msn 145565) in maintenance at Ben Slimane, Morocco;
  • 5N-BZW (msn 145585) in maintenance at Ben Slimane:
  • 5N-BZX (msn 145587) stored in Abuja;
  • 5N-BZY (msn 145628) in maintenance at Ben Slimane.

Ownership of the aircraft is unknown, but they were formerly operated by ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) under the United Express brand.