- Ibom Air has taken delivery of an aircraft which is just 6 years old
- This means the airline now has four aircraft on her fleet
- The aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft arrived Lagos from Canada on Tuesday, May 5
The management of Ibom Air, an Akwa Ibom state wholly-owned airline says it has taken delivery of one more aircraft, making it four aircraft on her fleet.
Ibom Air which is the brainchild of Governor Udom Emmanuel's administration in Akwa Ibom has recorded tremendous successes, surpassing records in the number of passengers airlifted less than a year since it began operations.
The airline commenced commercial flight operations in June 2019 with three aircraft and have so far airlifted 50,000 passengers within 100 days of operations.
Ibom Air which is currently the only state-owned airline in Nigeria was set up by Governor Udom Emmanuel as part of his plans to open the state up for industrialization through land, sea and air.
Ibom Air announced the arrival of her new aircraft in a release on its official Facebook page on Wednesday, May 6, saying that the aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft arrived Lagos from Calgary, Canada at 10:48 pm local time, on Tuesday evening, May 5.
“We are very pleased to receive the first of our two recently purchased Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft, in line with our fleet expansion strategy. With this addition, our fleet grows to four aircraft.
“This particular aircraft, with registration number 5N-BXP, made its maiden commercial flight in May 2014. Thus, Ibom Air continues to operate the lowest average fleet age amongst Nigeria’s airlines. This fleet strategy is in line with our vision to be a world-class African regional airline,” Ibom Air announced.
The company said her modern fleet of Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft comes fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters which help to remove contaminated air from the cabin.
Earlier this year, chairman of Ibom Airline Company Limited and former military governor of the state, Retired Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, said the company was expecting two more aircraft to add to three it already has.
The company thanked the minister of aviation, regulators in the aviation sector and the Akwa Ibom state government for giving support to the company to be able to bring in the new aircraft despite the nationwide lockdown.
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