Akwa Ibom Government-owned Nigerian carrier, Ibom Air will fully join major operators of the Airbus range of aircraft when it takes delivery of its newly-purchased ten A220s jets.
Ibom Air currently operates two Airbus A220-300s which it acquired in June, this year. The addition of more big haul Airbus range of aircraft will see the airline move away from its smaller 75-seater fleet of about five CRJ-900 jets as they were becoming limited in capacity fast.
Ibom Air Management was at the just-concluded Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Tuesday, and placed a firm order with Airbus International for the delivery of the aircraft.
The signing was signed by the Chief Executive Officer of Ibom Air, Mr Mfon Udom, with the Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, Mr Christian Scherer, in the presence of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Remarking at the signing ceremony, Tuesday, CEO of Ibom Air, Mfon Udom, said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here to announce Ibom Air’s order for 10 Airbus A220s.
“As an organization, we at Ibom Air are delighted with the steep growth we have achieved in just over two and a half years since we commenced operations, a growth chiefly driven by the massive embrace of our product and brand by the Nigerian domestic flying public.
“The addition of the A220 to our fleet will support our growth strategy and boost operational efficiency. It will also offer our passengers more space and enhanced cabin experience, as a value add for choosing us.”
Also remarking, State Governor, Emmanuel, said: “The A220 will allow us to increase the number of annual passengers through Akwa Ibom Airport, in Uyo, thus bringing more first-time visitors and business travelers to the region. These efforts reflect our commitment to supporting local commerce and making a positive contribution to socio-economic growth in Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria.”
On his part, the Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, said Christian Scherer, said: “We are thrilled to add Ibom Air as a new Airbus customer. The A220 is ideally suited to Nigeria’s aviation needs, providing operational flexibility to grow the business by responding to demand for increased passenger services. Through this investment, Ibom Air is underscoring its ambition for regional and in due course, international connectivity and operational efficiency.”
The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and a wide body comfort experience in a single-aisle cabin, with extra wide seats, more leg room and onboard connectivity for entertainment and communication.
By the end of October 2021, the A220 had accumulated a total of 643 firm orders worldwide.