Foremost Nigerian Airline, Dana Air says it’s working on creating more flight routes before the end of 2019 by increasing its fleet.
Dana’s Media and Communications Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa disclosed this during an event to mark the airline’s 11th year anniversary. Ezenwa who said the airline had airlifted 5.4 million passengers since it began operations, explained that with the addition of two of its recently acquired B737 aircraft, it would expand its flight services.
“We are looking at creating more flights and providing massive capacity at underserved destinations within our route network this yuletide. This is to ensure seamless travel experience for our guests to avoid the uncertainty of last year,” Ezenwa said.
He added that the airline hoped to double the figure by sustaining its operational efficiency, increasing its fleet size, maintaining its record on-time performance, and raising the bar of its excellent service delivery in the coming years.
“Having completed a commercial analysis of our loads in the last 11 years and confirmed it to stand at 5.4 million, we have set the ball rolling for the next nine years.
“We have commenced reviewing plans and we intend to raise the bar of our operational efficiency, increase our fleet and improve on our excellent service delivery to remain on top and keep the commitment and loyalty of our staff and guests,” Ezenwa concluded.
You may recall that on June 3, 2012, a Dana Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operating as Flight 992 crashed into a two-story building at Iju Railway, Ishaga, Lagos, killing all 153 passengers in the process.
On February 7, 2018, Dana was on the news for the negative reason when one of its flight exit doors fell off while taxiing on the runway after landing in Abuja.
Again, on February 20 of the same year, a Dana Air MD-83 with registration, 5N-SRI veered off the runway at Port-Harcourt international airport during a night landing.
Dana, in November 2018, suspended flight operations, citing inadequate number of aircraft in its fleet as reason, but it was later discovered that the airline decision was because of the problem it had with recertification of its Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC).