Left to Right, Director of Flight Operations, Air Explore, Vladimir Klein with Air Explore Chief Executive, Martin Stuladjer and Managing Director Medview Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole during a media chat announcing Medview Airlines aircraft acquisitionand new route.
Medview Airlines has announced commencement of yet another destination, this time the airline starts operations in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with its newly acquired Boeing 737-800 aircraft from December 31, 2015.
The airline revealed this while taking delivery of its operational aircraft from Slovakia and the new route is starting 17 days after the airline commenced direct flight operations from Lagos to London.
Managing Director, Med-View, Alhaji Muneer Bankole in a short ceremony while unveiling the new aircraft with registration number OM-GEX said that the flight will operate twice a week before the frequency will increase to four times in a week subsequently.
The new aircraft leased from Medview’s partners, Air Explore would also be used to start the Jeddah operations and has increased the airline’s fleet to five.
The aircraft is configured for 176 passengers; eight business class seats and 176 economy seats and would take off from Lagos at 5pm to Kano and from there leave for Jeddah at 8.30pm.
Apart from the Jeddah route which the aircraft would be deployed to, Bankole said that the aircraft would immediately commence flight operations to its Yola route, which it has since increased from one daily to twice daily.
Besides, he further disclosed that the airline had been designated to 17 international and regional routes, including seven in Africa, which it would continue to explore and operate into.
He added that in the couple of weeks, it would expand its Port Harcourt operations to two from the existing Lagos Enugu-Port Harcourt.
Commenting on its Lagos-London flights, Bankole hinted that the flights had been increasing on a daily basis and expressed confidence that it would continue to grow.
He said, “We chose Gatwick instead of Heathrow airport because the airport has a limited challenge. From Heathrow alone, we have three airlines that are operating direct daily flights; British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Arik Air, but we are the only one operating from Gatwick.
“As it is today, all our flights out of Lagos to London are fully booked till the end of January. I don’t know whether to call it acceptance or something else, but one thing I know is that our flights have been increasing daily and I want to thank Nigerians for this.”
“Also, our flights to and from Accra route, which we started about 14 months ago have been increasing and regularly full. We are also planning Dubai operations in the first quarter of 2016 and that is how we hope to grow and consolidate on our operations.”
Also speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Air Explore, Slovakia, Mr. Martin Stulajter, commended management of Med-View for the existing relationships between the two organisations.
Stulajter assured that the existing relationship would continue as the airline had proved to be reliable and consistent in its business development plans.
“ there are over 20million people in Lagos and lots of Nigerians all over Europe and they can all fly, This is a great potential and it will enable us and our partners (Medview) grow the industry.”
Medview Airline’s Boeing 737-800 preparing for a trip
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