- Governor Udom Emmanuel says he is committed to ensuring that Akwa Ibom becomes an aviation hub in West Africa
- The governor stated this when he received the 5th aircraft owned by the Akwa Ibom state government under the brand name - Ibom Air
- The governor also welcomed the Ibom Air's first female pilot, Captain Ruth Adebanwo
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has promised to transform the state into an aviation hub in the West African subregion.
He made the vow while announcing the arrival of the lastest Bombardier CRJ900 recently acquired by the state-owned airline - Ibom Air.
He further disclosed that contracts have been mobilized to commence the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, facility and other upgrade works at the Victor Attah International Airport to ensure Akwa Ibom airport meets with the required global standard before he exits office.
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The governor assured that the new terminal is designed to meet the highest intelligence, smart standard and will match any of the internationally ranked terminals when completed.
The new Bombardier CRJ900, with registration number 5N-BXO is the fifth aircraft to the fleet of Ibom Air.
“On behalf of the government and people of Akwa Ibom state, including those in the diaspora, we appreciate God and everyone who has contributed in making this possible and we look toward many more,” the governor said.
Governor Emmanuel also announced the assumption of duty of Ibom Air's first female pilot, Captain Ruth Adebanwo, as a pilot of the new aircraft.
Legit.ng had reported that a key benefit of Ibom Air’s very modern fleet of Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft is that they all come factory-fitted with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters.
HEPA filters are high-intensity filters that do not just filter dust, but effectively capture greater than 99.97% of the airborne microbes in cabin air, including microscopic particles such as bacteria and viruses.
Cabin air in HEPA equipped aircraft generally pass through the filters every 2-3 minutes, removing contaminants and greatly enhancing the quality of air in the cabin.
Recall that Ibom Air took delivery of the airline’s fourth Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft in Lagos from Calgary, Canada on Tuesday, May 5.
When Governor Emmanuel took delivery of the fourth aircraft, he noted that plans were underway to make Ibom Air dominate the aviation industry in Nigeria and the entire Africa continent in terms of services, professionalism and quality of aircraft.
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