LOME, TOGO — ASKY Airlines, a Togolese carrier, has entered into a lease agreement with the Irish lessor AerCap to acquire two pre-owned Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft, with deliveries expected in mid-2023.

According to ch-aviation, the first plane is set to be delivered to the airline in June 2023, with the second following in August. The specific identities of the two aircraft have not been revealed by the carrier.

AerCap is presently the owner of fifty-two delivered Boeing 737-MAX 8s, two of which are not currently assigned to any airline. Both unassigned aircraft, VP-CZI (MSN 60705) and VP-CZS (MSN 60704), previously belonged to Okay Airways and are currently under maintenance in Addis Ababa. These planes were delivered to the Chinese operator in 2018 and were retired following the grounding of the type in March 2019.

Currently, ASKY Airlines' fleet consists of four Boeing 737-700s and eight Boeing 737-800s. The airline is 40% owned by the Ethiopian Aviation Holding Group.

ASKY's CEO, Esayas Hailu, has expressed confidence in the new additions, stating, "I am confident that the introduction of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 will further enhance ASKY's brand image in the eyes of the traveling public. It feels great to be the region's leading customer to AerCap, the world's largest owners of commercial aircraft."

This order will mark the first time a MAX is deployed in Togo.