Gearing up for the expected heavy passenger traffic as the yuletide season approaches, the United Nigeria Airlines Company Limited has acquired an Airbus A320 aircraft, that would be deployed to upgrade services on its expanding routes.
The Airbus, which entered Nigeria in the early hours of yesterday, was welcomed with a water salute by operatives of the Fire Service of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Head of Corporate Communications of United Nigeria Airlines Company Limited, Mr. Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, in a statement, explained that the aircraft would be deployed to serve on the airline’s routes.
According to him, the carrier which currently services Enugu, Port Harcourt, Warri, Owerri, Asaba, Anambra, Bayelsa, Lagos and Abuja, would soon expand its services to connect travellers to Sokoto, Kano, Jos in Plateau State, Benin in Edo State and Ebonyi state with improved customer services.
He noted that the addition of the Airbus was in line with the strategic visions of the company to expand its routes and unite more Nigerians with their destinations in safety and comfort.
He said: “Our Airbus arrived Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday(yesterday). It arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and after immigration formalities taxied to the MM2 where it was received with a water salute. The arrival of the Airbus is in line with the strategic expansion visions of the airline which our chairman, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, had spelt out severally.
“Recall that our chairman had promised that United Nigeria Airlines would take delivery of an Airbus within the month of October with another one joining the fleet in early December. He had also hinted that two E190 aircraft types will also join the airline fleet in the first quarter of 2024. This is about value -addition. All these are part of the vision of United Nigeria Airlines to connect with more Nigerian cities in safety and comfort while offering seamless services to the travelling public.”
There were indications that the company has increased flight frequencies on all its routes, offering the travelling public more options for safe travels.
For instance, Enugu, Anambra, Owerri, Port Harcourt, will have more daily flights as Sokoto and Kano join the destinations flown by the airline.