Nigerian start-up airline ValueJet has unveiled its expansion plans that would see it spread operations to other key destinations starting with Jos in the Plateau by this February while it keeps its eyes on Akure, Yola, Kano, and Gombe.
The airline which reached a 100 days of operations has also announced plans to acquire three additional CRJ equipment to its fleet including cargo aircraft as the airline says it is set to equally run scheduled cargo services in Nigeria.
Chairman of ValueJet, Mr. Kunle Soname, while speaking on the milestone thanked the passengers for being part of history and patronage in the past 100 days of the existence of the airline when it launched flight services on October 4th, 2022, with its CRJ 900 90-seater aircraft, recording above 97 percent load factor.
He remarked that the airline was no stranger to the industry and would base its services on the need for the right pricing.
Speaking on its 100 days since ValueJet started operations, the Managing Director of the airline, Capt. Dapo Majekodunmi said ValueJet has been able to stabilise it’s operations and understand the market.
He also stated that the airline is working assiduously to bring down the cost of flight tickets without compromising safety.
On route expansion, the airline chief further stated, “The expansion will be gradual to other stations. We would like to maintain and concentrate on the six stations Lagos Abuja Benin, Asaba, Port-Harcourt and Jos with an Ontime departure of above 95%.”
“We are keeping our eyes on Akure, Yola, Kano, and Gombe. Those are destinations with great potential. The vision of the airline still remains the focal point. That is making flying available for everyone.”
Capt. Majekodunmi further disclosed that the three additional CRJ aircraft are expected by the third quarter of 2023 while the aircraft would be a cargo configuration CRJ 200, saying that would be the first such cargo plane operation in West Africa.
For its 100 days operations milestone celebration, the carrier announced that it would, from January 16, 2022, introduce promo fares to its teeming customers that are as low as N40, 000 for a one-way trip to the destinations the airline operates.
According to the airline, for the promo customers are to book and travel for as low as N40, 000 under the VALUE LITE promo that entitles them to 7kg hand luggage only while the VALUE PLUS promo category of N50, 000 entitles customers to 7kg hand luggage, 23kg checked bag and the VALUEPREMIUM promo of N90, 000 which comes with 7kg hand luggage, 30kg two-piece checked in bag with premium services.
The promo lasts from January 16th to February 15th, 2023.
Team Lead, Marketing for ValueJet, Ayisat Titilope Adams said they have identified a niche in the sector, the need for fair pricing amidst the rising cost of commercial aviation to the average customer compounded by tough economic realities for air operators.
She said, ‘’ValueJet was founded with a mission to make air travel affordable to everyone, and a vision to build a global airline, connecting people with places while using modern air travel. Value Jet Airline is here to add value to Nigerians flying populace.”