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Akwa Ibom to Become West Africa’s Aviation Hub – Gov. Eno

... Expresses Satisfaction With Ibom Air

As Ibom Air’s latest addition, an A220-300 series aircraft with a tail number of 5N-CDA made its maiden official flight from the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, commended the flying pleasure that the new Airbus offers, expressing optimism that the state would soon become West Africa’s regional aviation hub.

The A220-300, the first of 10 new Airbus aircraft acquired by the Akwa Ibom State-owned airline, made its maiden flight on Monday, April 29, 2024, with the governor aboard, after due checks and certification by relevant aviation authorities.

Fielding questions from Government House correspondents later, Governor Eno expressed delight at the new feat recorded by the state-owned airline and commended the Captain Mfon Udom-led management team for the outstanding performance of Ibom Air in Nigeria’s aviation industry.

He described the in-flight experience of the new A220-300 Airbus as top-notch.

The governor reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the acquisition of the nine remaining aircraft by the state government, stating that they would be delivered soon.

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He noted that Akwa Ibom people worldwide and Nigerian air travellers remain proud of Ibom Air, adding that the state will support the airline’s aspiration of emerging as West Africa’s premier regional aviation hub.

“We’re proud to be Akwa Ibomites. We are the first state in this country to fully own an aircraft, neither wet nor dry leaseThis is our asset. This is just the first of the ten that are coming. We will make Uyo a regional aviation hub. It’s been a good and enjoyable experience,” Governor Eno added.

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