It was a historic occasion on Friday for the citizens and government of Akwa Ibom State, alongside Ibom Air’s dedicated management and staff, as they joyfully received the latest addition to their air fleet: the Airbus A220-300.
According to Pilot Passion, a global aviation media organisation, this cutting-edge aircraft, designed for a capacity of up to 160 passengers, is reported to cost approximately $91 million.
Footage capturing the aeroplanes’ touchdown at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport surfaced on X, previously recognised known as Twitter
Excited users on the X enthusiastically shared this occasion, showcasing the touchdown and other festivities commemorating the remarkable milestone of Nigeria’s sole state carrier, established by former Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel.
See below footage of the Ibom Air Airbus A220-300 arrival:
IBOM AIR, OUR PRIDE
Ibom Air’s brand new Airbus A220-300 gracefully touches down at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, marking a momentous occasion in the airline’s expanding fleet. The state-of-the-art aircraft, with its cutting-edge technology and luxurious… pic.twitter.com/BylRdMAsob
— Nurse Tolu🇨🇦 (@NursetoluX) December 8, 2023
Another X user @UdohEkerete posted:
Today is the big day! Join us as we welcome Ibom Air’s new Airbus A220-300, a significant moment for the airline’s growing fleet. This advanced aircraft showcases Ibom Air’s dedication to offering a top-notch travel experience with modern technology and lavish interiors.… pic.twitter.com/RmdFop0Bat
— Ekerete Udoh (@UdohEkerete) December 8, 2023
— ANI (@isoaniekan) December 8, 2023
The accolades keep coming for the state-run commercial airline company.
This news arrives as a much-needed boost for an industry facing one of its toughest periods in over three decades. Recent reports stating Nigeria’s debt of over $1.6 billion to foreign airlines, as per IATA, added to the challenges.
While some laud the Akwa Ibom state government for this move, others question its timing and the potential impact on high ticket prices. The new aircraft raises the state carrier’s fleet to nine, enhancing its capacity across six routes.