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NAHCON inaugurates committee to select air carriers for 2020 Hajj

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In top gear preparations to 2020 Hajj, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has inaugurated technical committee to select air carriers for the spiritual journey to Saudi Arabia.

The technical committee is entrusted with the responsibility of screening local and international airliners, bearing global standard, quality assurance and capacity to deliver.

The committee is coming on board when one of the leading airline operators, Azman Air is assuring intending pilgrims of quality service ahead of Hajj 2020.

Inaugurating the committee at Hajj House, Abuja, Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan advised the c ommittee to be dedicated, honest and transparent in the course of discharging the national duties.

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The chairman, who reminded the committee of their critical role to successful airlift and welfare of Nigeria pilgrims, cautioned not to defeat the confidence bestowed on them.

He charged the committee to consider the policy trust of the commission, hinged on significant reduction in hajj fare and number of days pilgrims stay in Saudi Arabia.

A statement signed by Fatima Mohammad Mustapha of Information Unit, indicated the committee, headed by commissioner in charge of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa, draw membership from relevant agencies including aviation and other parastatals.

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They include, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA); Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET); Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

Others are selected board members from NAHCON, representatives from the State Pilgrim Welfare Boards, as well as the representatives from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) and the Nigerian Customs Service.

Speaking with journalists at the corporate office in Kano, Accountable Manager of Azman Air, Dr. Hadi Abdulmanaf, said preparation to join fleet of flight for 2020 hajj is high, with commitment to deliver best global service.

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Abdulmanaf said the airline recently acquired two latest Airbus A340-600 and additional Airbus of similar capacity as backup for Hajj and Umrah service.

“Our level of preparation is high and it is of global standard. Technical as you know, we have acquired two new Airbus A340-600 already deployed and additional one of similar capacity as backup. That is yet to arrive from Europe.

“We promise our passengers to deliver on earliest schedule to Saudi Arabia and back to Nigeria. We have the capacity and we can deliver. Already in talk with Hajj commission and inshaa Allah every arrangement will go as envisage”. Abdulmanaf explained.

With the newly acquired Airbus, Azman air is strengthening its capacity with the existing 5N-AYS, 5N-SYS, 5N-HAI, 5N-YSM and 5N-HBY fleet of aircrafts.

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