Med-View Airline to Acquire B777, 737-800 Aircraft


Chinedu Eze

Medview Airline Plc plans to acquire Boeing B777 and Boeing B737-800 in order to add more international routes to its destinations as it begins flights to Dubai in July.

The airline’s Managing Director, Alhaji Muneer Bankole made this known recently in Lagos, disclosing that the aircraft to be acquired were already undergoing seat configuration from the Air France base in France.

“The aircraft as am talking to you is undergoing seat configuration from the Air France base, close to brand new seat on the Air France level. Business class seat is reduced to 24 from 30, so by the grace of God we are looking at the end of the month to the first week of June, the first one will be B777 while the second one will be B 737-800 which you are used to, but it is going to open your mind to the Jobourg route,” Bankole said.

According to him, the airline would start the Dubai route with two flights weekly, Tuesdays and Saturdays and subsequently would increase the frequencies to the busiest Middle East destinations.

“Dubai is two flights, Tuesdays and Saturdays, that is the one we are starting and London will increase from three to four which will go back to Mondays as you know we are doing Sunday, Friday, Wednesday as we are now back to three and as soon as the aircraft arrive that frequency will increase”

He explained further on the planned Dubai flights, “I will be honest to tell you that Dubai has been in the front burner for couple of two seasons, the rule of the game is for you to have a base, we have succeeded in getting the base, put employees on ground, work around the CAA (Dubai Civil Aviation Authority). We have gotten all the permits and now ready to open up the route. We make a suggestion of using a B777 and Boeing B767, so this is one of the reasons I went to meet our partner up there and by the grace of God, we are comfortable to bring one of these airplanes to join our fleet, and as we grow, we will continue to improve on our sector. We opened the West Coast last year and other Anglophone countries in the West Coast, we are hoping to open soon on the Francophone lane. This is what we have in the next two years.”