Dana Air is delivering on its promise to strategically expand its routes by recently taking delivery of its first Boeing 737 aircraft. It is the very first one to be delivered and according to sources, more are to follow by the end of 2019.
The news was dished out in a statement made by the airline’s Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jacky Hathiramani, when he confirmed that the aircraft got to Lagos at about 1:00 am on Friday.
Mr. Hathiramani said the arrival of the new aircraft is a fulfillment of a promise the airline had made to its customers, after it noticed that Nigeria had very few aircraft in circulation at the time. To him, this move by Dana Air will give their passengers more flexibility when planning their trips, even during the festive season. “Earlier in the year, we noticed that there were fewer airlines in the country and less capacity to meet the demand at the time, so we decided to assure our guests that we will acquire some Boeing 737 to ensure that they travel at ease without having to worry if they will get flights to certain destinations even at peak periods.”
The delivery of the aircraft was clearly a moment of victory for the airline’s MD/CEO, who expressed that the development is a by-product of the airline’s hard work, efficiency and concern for the safety of its passengers. According to him, “The arrival of the first of our recently acquired 737 aircraft is a firm confirmation of our resilience, operational efficiency, deep passion and our commitment to continue flying safe.”
While projecting into the future, Mr. Hathiramani disclosed that the Dana Air fleet will soon amount to nine aircraft, and new routes will soon be made public. To him, the acquisition of the new aircraft will offer job opportunities to Nigerian engineers and pilots of the B737, enabling them to be gainfully employed while further cementing Dana’s already existing route network.