Akwa Ibom state government owned airline in Nigeria, Ibom Air has signed a firm order for ten A220s at the Dubai Airshow.
Mfon Udom, the chief Executive Officer of Ibom Air, and Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, signed the contract in the presence of the Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
“As an organization, we at Ibom Air are delighted with the steep growth we have achieved in just over two and a half years since we commenced operations, a growth chiefly driven by the massive embrace of our product and brand by the Nigerian domestic flying public,” said Mfon Udom, CEO of Ibom. “The addition of the A220 to our fleet will support our growth strategy and boost operational efficiency. It will also offer our passengers more space and enhanced cabin experience, as a value add for choosing us.”
“The A220 will allow us to increase the number of annual passengers through Akwa Ibom Airport, in Uyo, thus bringing more first-time visitors and business travelers to the region,” said the Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Ibom Air currently operates two A220s. The airline flies to Uyo, Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Lagos, and Port Harcourt. The purchase of the new A220s will enable the airline to continue on its growth path, offering new routes across not just Nigeria, but to the west African region and to Africa at large.
“The A220 is ideally suited to Nigeria’s aviation needs, providing operational flexibility to grow the business by responding to demand for increased passenger services,” said , said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International. “Through this investment, Ibom Air is underscoring its ambition for regional and in due course, international connectivity and operational efficiency.”
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