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3 months after, Ibom Air gets 5th aircraft

Barely three months after taking delivery of its fourth aircraft and deploying same to a new route, Ibom Air has added another Bombardier CRJ900 plane to its growing fleet.

The latest addition which arrived, Saturday, takes the airline’s total fleet capacity to five, all of them same aircraft type.
The fifth aircraft is the second of the two additional aircraft purchased in December 2019 further strengthening the Akwa Ibom State-owned airline’s fleet.
The aircraft, with registration number 5N-BXO arrived Lagos from Calgary, Canada after delays occasioned by the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
With the arrival of this aircraft, Ibom Air’s modern and efficient fleet grows to five aircraft and the airline continues to operate the youngest fleet amongst Nigeria’s airlines.
This fleet strategy, according to the airline, is in line with its overall vision to be a world-class African regional airline.
It would be recalled that following the delivery of its fourth aircraft on May 5, the airline announced the addition of a new flight schedule, from the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar, Cross River State to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.
Before then, of course, the airline previously operated three destinations in Lagos, Uyo and Abuja and was one of the airlines cleared by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to restart operations from Lagos to Abuja on July 8 at resumption of domestic flights.
“With great excitement, we announce Ibom Air’s newest destination, the Paradise. It’s of Calabar.
“Beginning from Monday the 20th of July 2020, Ibom Air will fly from Lagos and Abuja to and from Calabar daily, bringing our trademark schedule reliability, on-time departures and superior service to our customers on this route!”
“At Ibom Air, we are totally driven by the desire to bring pleasure and pleasantries back into flying. That’s why we are pleased to be able to offer our Calabar-bound passengers the experience of travel in comfort, convenience and style,” the airline statement read.

It is not clear where the new Ibom Air’s acquisition will be deployed, though many believe it might involve an increased Lagos-Abuja frequency.

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