MaxAir (Nigeria) (VM, Katsina) has acquired its first B777-200 and took delivery of the aircraft at its Kano base on June 11, 2023.

"MaxAir Limited proudly announces the acquisition of its first Boeing 777-200, opening doors to an exciting era of expanded capabilities and elevated passenger experiences," the carrier said in a social media statement.

5N-BBN (msn 27653) was ferried from storage at Marana via Tucson International, Bangor International, and Casablanca Mohamed V (where it diverted during the final leg of the ferry flight) to Kano. The 16.1-year-old aircraft was retired by its previous and only operator, JAL - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda), during the grounding of all B777s with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 family engines in 2020.

The aircraft joins MaxAir's fleet of five B737-300s, one B737-400, three B747-400s, and one Legacy 600. While the airline did not disclose its specific plans for the B777, MaxAir generally focuses on scheduled passenger operations throughout Nigeria as well as hajj and Umrah charters.

The Nigerian carrier did not respond to ch-aviation's request for comment.