Africa World Airlines took delivery on 30 August 2012 of its first Embraer 145 aircraft that will be used to operate domestic routes.
. A second aircraft was delivered on 8 September 2012.. The airline added a 3rd aircraft in 2013 and a further 5 aircraft between 2016 and 2019. All these aircraft were previously operated by Tianjin Airlines which is a sister company within the HNA Group.
On 13 February 2018, an Africa World Airlines Embraer 145 from Lagos to Accra with 41 passengers and 4 crew was the target of a robbery plot while taxiing for departure. The robbery was foiled after the pilot discharged hot air from the aircraft's exhaust onto the robbers.