Nigeria’s Ibom Air has taken delivery of two Airbus A220 aircraft this month. These narrow bodies are on lease from EgyptAir and join the Nigerian airline’s five CRJ900 aircraft already in its fleet. The carrier is looking to grow with its state’s economy through the use of these planes.
The two aircraft were formerly operated by Air Sinai on the outfit’s covert Tel Aviv routes. These deliveries mark two years of services for Ibom Air. The Akwa Ibom state government commenced operations with the carrier on June 7th, 2019, following a flight from Victor Attah International Airport in Uyo to Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Uniquely, this operator was the first state airline to be founded in Nigeria.
Now, the airline is looking to scale things up with two units of the praised A220. This aircraft has been receiving several accolades across the globe by airlines for its modern approach to short and medium-haul operations. Its high fuel efficiency and comfort are two of the factors that have left airlines such as SWISS, airBaltic, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, and Korean Air taking on the type.
Umaru Fintiri, the governor of Adamawa state, was at the scene to mark the arrival of the new aircraft in Uyo. He shared that these moves are growing the overall aviation industry, and by extension, unlocking the economy of the country.
“This is one airline that has been growing from number to number and from strength to strength.” Umaru Fintiri said on a conference with media
Ibom Air flies to Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Uyo, and Lagos, focusing on domestic operations. Domestic and regional activity across Africa have seen positive spells of rebounds since last summer. With a range of up to 3,400 NM (6,297 km), the A220-300 will undoubtedly fit well within Ibom Air’s network and open up new opportunities to its neighboring regions.
Overall, there are strong prospects for the continent’s aviation industry this decade with growing market segments and faith from investors. Taking on new, efficient aircraft such as the A220 conveys strong ambitions for Ibom Air in this next chapter.