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Med-View increases fleet, acquires B737-400 plane

By Chika Goodluck-Ogazi
17 April 2015   |   9:00 am
Towards expansion of its fleet, Med-View Airline has acquired a Boeing 737-400 Classic aircraft as part of its plans to boost its operations. According to the carrier, with the additional aircraft, Med-View fleet now grows to five Boeing aircraft.

medviewTowards expansion of its fleet, Med-View Airline has acquired a Boeing 737-400 Classic aircraft as part of its plans to boost its operations. According to the carrier, with the additional aircraft, Med-View fleet now grows to five Boeing aircraft.

The aircraft is configured for 150 passengers; business and economy classes. The Managing Director of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said that the aircraft had undergone the necessary inspection and certification by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s inspectors before it was flew into the country from Thailand.

He said that the introduction of the aircraft was an integral part of its long-term business model, adding that the aircraft would immediately be deployed to Yola route. Bankole explained further that another Boeing 767 aircraft would join the airline’s fleet very soon, saying that the expected aircraft would be deployed to Jeddah and Dubai, which it hoped to commence by the last week in June.

He explained further that First Bank of Nigeria Plc financed the acquisition of the aircraft for the airline, informing that out of its five aircraft, the bank had bankrolled three.

His words: “We are as usual poised to give our customers the best of service and with the introduction of our additional new baby, we will definitely expand our fleet and operations.

The aircraft you are seeing today has undergone significant internal enhancements to ensure that our customers enjoy the unique and outstanding onboard experience they have come to expect from the airline.

Our plan to grow our fleet is a gradual process and in the next couple of weeks, we will add another Boeing to our fleet to make it six. He added; “We started the business with First Bank and since we commenced business deal with it, the bank has been appreciating us for our commitment and consistency.

The bank has supported us with this additional baby that we are unveiling today, too.” On why the airline’s fleet only comprises of Boeing aircraft, Bankole explained that the aircraft manufacturer had been dependable over the years, adding that 90 per cent of his team were from the defunct national carrier, Nigeria Airways, which operated majorly Boeing aircraft.

However, he appealed to the Federal Government to intervene in the skyrocketing price of Jet A1, otherwise known as aviation fuel, lamenting that the product alone takes about 40 per cent of the local airline’s operating costs.

He also urged the operating airlines in the country to embrace interlining and partnership in order to grow the sub-sector, maintaining that no airline could go it alone.