The management of the Akwa Ibom State-owned airline, Ibom Air, has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the airline since its establishment.

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In a statement signed by the General Manager, Marketing and Communication, Ibom Airlines Limited, Mr. Aniekan Essienette, yesterday, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ibom Air, Mr. George Uriesi, bared his mind while reflecting on activities of the airline to mark its fourth anniversary.

 He noted that in the country, the airline had emerged as the preferred choice for travelers seeking safety, comfort, reliability, and affordability.

“On the 7th of June, 2019, exactly four years ago, Ibom Air took to the skies on its inaugural flight from Uyo to Lagos, armed with a vision to offer industry-leading schedule reliability, on-time departures, and excellent service to passengers.

“Established and owned by the government of Akwa Ibom State, the airline has recorded significant milestones, surpassing even the projections it set for itself.

“With its modern fleet of aircraft, commitment to safety, and unparalleled customer service.

“It is with immense pride that we celebrate Ibom Air’s 4th anniversary today. Over the past four years, we have witnessed tremendous growth, exceeding our business plan projections and delivering on the very high expectations of our shareholder,” he said.

According to him, “these significant milestones were achieved through the careful and painstaking execution of our business plan and the hard work and dedication of our very committed staff compliment.

“I am pleased to say that Ibom Air’s DNA, our unique internal culture of Excellence, Safety, Integrity, Passion, and Innovation, has become institutionalised and permeates our entire business.

“This culture underpins our determination to continue to offer our customers the highest quality of service in our industry.”

The statement added: “Earlier in the year, Ibom Air was awarded the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification, another testament to its commitment to the highest safety standards in the industry.”

Commenting on the feat, the COO stated, “the achievement of IOSA certification, the imminent entry into service of the new, ultra-modern hub terminal in our home base, the commencement of aircraft maintenance at the brand-new MRO facility also in Uyo, and the forthcoming delivery of our first brand new Airbus A220-300, together represent a pivotal moment for the Company as we prepare to expand our services into West and Central Africa in the second half of the year.”

The COO also expressed gratitude of the airline to its loyal customers, associates, and stakeholders across the country and beyond for their support these past four years.

As part of activities to mark this year’s anniversary, a fun event had been planned for June 9, 2023, to fete customers and other stakeholders.

Ibom Air’s current fleet includes five Bombardier CRJ 900 and two Airbus A320s, covering seven destinations and nine routes.