Max Air

Max Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2008; 15 years ago (2008)
HubsMallam Aminu Kano International Airport
Focus citiesKano, Abuja, Lagos, Jeddah
Fleet size7
HeadquartersKano, Nigeria
Key people

Max Air is a domestic and international airline based in Nigeria, the country's longest-serving international airline. Established in 2008 by business mogul Alhaji Dahiru Barau Mangal, the company's head office is located in Kano State with its base at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.


Max Air is one of Nigeria's airlines, operating a domestic, regional and international flight network. The airline was established in 2006 as Mangal Airlines an rebranded Max Air in 2008 operating its first commercial flight to King Abdulaziz International Airport from Kano. The airline began its operations with two Boeing 747-400 aircraft for its Umrah and Hajj operation services. In June 2018, Max Air began domestic operations to three destinations which include Abuja, Lagos from the airline's main hub (Kano). On November 1, 2018, Max Air announces two new routes to its domestic operations which include Port Harcourt and Yola as part of its expansion drive. On November 5, Maiduguri route was launched by the airline, making it the 6th domestic destination to its operational routes.


Max Air is being operating in seven domestic and 2 international scheduled destinations in states across Nigeria and the Middle East (as of August 2019).

Terminated route
Suspended route
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Abuja  Nigeria ABV DNAA Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Bauchi  Nigeria BCU DNBC Bauchi State Airport
Benin City  Nigeria BNI DNBE Benin Airport
Jeddah  Saudi Arabia JED OEJN King Abdulaziz International Airport
Kano  Nigeria KAN DNKN Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
Katsina  Nigeria DKA DNKT Umaru Musa Yar'adua Airport
Lagos  Nigeria LOS DNMM Murtala Muhammed International Airport
Madinah  Saudi Arabia MED OEMA Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport
Maiduguri  Nigeria MIU DNMA Maiduguri International
Owerri  Nigeria QOW DNIM Sam Mbakwe Airport
Port Harcourt  Nigeria PHC DNPO Port Harcourt International Airport
Sokoto, Nigeria  Nigeria SKO DNSO Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport
Yola  Nigeria YOL DNYO Yola Airport


MaxAir Boeing 737 in Abuja

As of June 2023, the Max Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:

MaxAir Fleet
Aircraft Active Orders Notes
Boeing 737-300 4
Boeing 747-400 2 5N-DBK stored, 5N-HMM active
Boeing 777-200 1

In-flight services

On July 11, 2019, Max Air launches its first in-flight quarterly magazine titled In-flight Magazine which is the first of its kind in Nigeria's domestic aviation industry history. Max Air In-flight Magazine is published by Zamkah Technologies Limited, an international company based in Nigeria, which is a Nigerian privately owned business.

Accidents and Incidences

On May 7, 2023, a Max Air aircraft experienced a landing incident at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja due to a tire burst. While concluding its Yola to Abuja journey, the aircraft, registered as 5N-MBD, safely evacuated all 143 passengers and an infant with no injuries reported. Swift response from emergency services ensured passenger safety and comfort, prompting subsequent flight cancellations at the Abuja airport. Investigations into the tire burst's cause were initiated by the Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB).

In a separate development, an audit exposed severe safety violations by Max Airline, leading to a Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspension. Over 28 critical safety issues were identified within the airline's fleet, including altered records submission and neglect of necessary replacements. Discrepancies in landing gear airworthiness and maintenance personnel certification were evident. The audit highlighted deficient safety directives management and unauthorized personnel performing crucial tasks.

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