BASL lauds Ibom Air over acquisition of new Airbus

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal two (MMA2), has commended Ibom Air over the acquisition of brand-new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

BASL said the arrival of the aircraft, a first in the lineup of ten orders, has indeed marked a significant milestone for the airline and underscores its commitment to providing world-class air travel services to its passengers.

“We are delighted to congratulate Ibom Air on the arrival of their new Airbus A220-300 aircraft,” Mrs Tosan Duncan Odukoya, BASL’s Chief Operating Officer, said in Lagos on Monday.

Odukoya stressed that the Airbus A220-300 is a state-of-the-art aircraft that is known for its comfort, efficiency, and performance, making it particularly well-suited for regional operations. ” This is so because it can operate from shorter runways and consume less fuel than larger aircrafts.

  “This is a testament to Ibom Air’s dedication to providing a superior travel experience for its customers. The addition of this fuel-efficient and modern aircraft to their fleet will further strengthen their position as a leading regional airline,” she added.

Stressing that the development was consistent with MMA2’s drive for excellence in airport infrastructure and management, the BASL boss said the acquisition of the Airbus A220-300 will encourage more Nigerian airlines to consider regional operations. According to her, “We believe that there is a strong market for regional air travel in Nigeria,” said Odukoya.

 “The Airbus A220-300 is the ideal aircraft for this market, and we anticipate that the success of Ibom Air will encourage other airlines to follow suit,” she said.

MMA2 is strategically positioned for regional operations, and we are prepared to be a single-hub partner for domestic airlines, facilitating seamless travel operations and potentially reducing overhead costs, thereby increasing revenue generation for domestic airlines in line with one of the 5-point agenda of the Honorable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development.

Also speaking, Remi Jibodu, Head Aeronautical and Cargo Services Department for BASL also described as remarkable the move by Ibom Air, saying such is worthy of emulation by other airlines. He said Bi-Courtney will continue to encourage Nigerian airlines that strategically advance the Nigerian aviation space as well as the continent as a whole. Jibodu added that regional operations will encourage continental trade and contribute significantly to the Nigerian economy and also raise the bar of revenue for the airlines.

Jibodu stated that BASL is committed to supporting the growth of Nigerian aviation and said the company has invested heavily in the development of MMA2 which is the most efficient airport terminal in Nigeria.

He said “the recent upgrade of the Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) by RESA to the latest version is a testament of our resolve for continuous technological advancement and our desire for seamless passenger facilitation.

“We are continuously working with airlines to develop new routes and services that will connect more Nigerians and Africans to the world. BASL is committed to providing world-class aviation services to its passengers and stakeholders.”

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