Ibom Air, a Nigeria airline owned by the Akwa Ibom government has taken delivery of the fifth Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft.
The aircraft, with registration number 5N-BXO, arrived Lagos from Calgary, Canada at 00:05 am local time, Saturday morning, (1st August, 2020).
In a statement, the airline’s management said, after delays occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ibom Air is pleased to finally receive it’s fifth Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, the second of the two additional aircraft purchased in December 2019.
With the arrival of this aircraft, our modern and efficient fleet grows to five aircraft and Ibom Air continues to operate the youngest fleet amongst Nigeria’s airlines. This fleet strategy is in line with our vision to be a world-class African regional airline.
A key benefit of Ibom Air’s very modern fleet of Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft is that they all come factory-fitted with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. HEPA filters are high-intensity filters that do not just filter dust, but effectively capture greater than 99.97% of the airborne microbes in cabin air, including microscopic particles such as bacteria and viruses. Cabin air in HEPA equipped aircraft generally pass through the filters every 2-3 minutes, removing contaminants and greatly enhancing the quality of air in the cabin.
Ibom Air thanks the Hon. Minister of Aviation, the Federal Ministry of Aviation, the NCAA, FAAN, NAMA and the Akwa Ibom State Government, for their consistent support.
The management further said, we thank our highly valued customers for your continued loyalty and assure you that Ibom Air is now better prepared than ever to continue to deliver the trademark services you have come to rely on us for: schedule reliability, on-time departures and excellent service! As our destination footprint expands, we look forward to welcoming more and more passengers on board our flights.
With the arrival of this aircraft, our modern and efficient fleet grows to five aircraft and Ibom Air continues to operate the youngest fleet amongst Nigeria’s airlines. This fleet strategy is in line with our vision to be a world-class African regional airline.#pressrelease pic.twitter.com/nWfUafegkh— Ibom Air (@ibomairlines) August 1, 2020
On May 5, 2020, Ibom Air, took the delivery of the fourth Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft. The aircraft arrived Lagos from Calgary, Canada, at 10:48pm local time. Ibom Air has to ferry the fourth aircraft with the support of minister of aviation, Federal Ministry of Aviation, NCAA, NAMA, FAAN and the Akwa Ibom State government during this period when the COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the world.
The airline in a statement said that keeping the aircraft in Canada while waiting for the pandemic to be over would incur huge and unnecessary hard currency costs for the company.
Source: Airline Press Release