The aircraft, according to Chief Operating Officer (COO), George Uriesi is leased from Egypt Air and will not only increase Ibom’s capacity but would be a game changer because of its operating economics.
Uriesi who spoke during the Dana-Ibom Alliance last Friday at the Victor Attah International Airport corporate headquarters of Ibom Air said:
” Having commenced operation in June 2019 using CRJ900 aircraft additional brand two new Airbus 220 aircraft will be joining the fleet this month, bringing the number of aircraft in our fleet to seven(7) and making it one of the fastest growing airlines.
A source who spoke to NigerianFLIGHTDECK on the newly acquired aircraft gave further insight:
He said,”They are brand new. Bought by Egyptair before Covid and 12 delivered but they cannot use them all under current conditions. Three have been left unused.
“We’ve been suffering lack of capacity. The CRJ has done very well, but people are struggling to get seats on our flights. These A220s have operating costs almost same as the CRJs but with much better operating economics. We believe it will be a game changer…” the source said.
Ibom Air along with Dana last Friday became pioneer airlines for domestic code sharing in the Nigerian aviation industry, an alliance that is set to change the way airline operate in the country