The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has formally presented Dana Air with its membership certificate.
The certificate was presented to the Accountable Manager of the airline, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, by IATA’s Area Manager, South-West Africa, Dr Samson Fatokun, in Lagos.
Speaking at the occasion, Fatokun said that not all airlines were members of IATA as a result of its stringent admission process.
He commended Dana Air for making the list and joining over 300 airlines presently on the association’s registry.
“We have requirements for any airline that wants to join the IATA family and one of that requirement is that they must pass the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and this has kept most of them back. IATA comes with a requirement of quality and people expect the airline to operate with recommended standards of aviation globally. We commend Dana Air for this feat and hope that they will keep up the good work,”Fatokun said.
Responding on behalf of the airline, Mbanuzuo assured of Dana’s continuous safety and operational efficiency and a commitment to raising the standards of air travel with its admission into the registry of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Mbanuzuo also assured the airline’s teeming passengers of its commitment to guarantee sustainability and professionalism in Nigeria’s aviation industry.
‘’Since becoming an IATA member, we have received a barrage of requests for interline and code-share agreements and we can’t wait to take our unrivaled services in Nigeria to the global stage. Dana Air remains uncompromising in its commitment to maintaining global best practices and as always, we will continue to churn out world-class initiatives to meet and exceed the flying aspirations of our teeming guests,” he said.
He also stated that being a member of IATA came with benefits and responsibilities, benefits that the airline is already tapping from with the deluge of information it gets as well as the airline body’s ability to lobby government and aid in favourable policies for the airlines.
He said the airline had also successfully undergone an operational audit conducted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and its foreign partners, the Flight Safety Group.
“We also scaled the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and we wish to assure our guests that we are not resting on our oars as commitment to professionalism is unwavering,’’ he said.