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Ibom Air ends wet-leased aircraft operations

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Ibom Air has announced an end to it’s wet-leased aircraft operations. A move which is part of its operation to enhance it’s long-term fleet programme.

In a press release signed by Aniekan Essienette, the GM, Marketing and Communication, Ibom Air, the company said that this decision aligns with the delivery of the company’s maiden Airbus A220-300 aircraft, marking the commencement of a new era in the airline’s operations.

The arrival of the Airbus A220-300, the first of the ten ordered from Airbus in October 2021, signals a significant milestone for Ibom Air. With the imminent entry into service of the A220, the interim usage of two wet-leased Airbus A320s draws to a close.

George Uriesi, the Airline’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, affirmed, “We resorted to wet leasing aircraft to meet the growing demand for our product, while we worked on our fleet growth program. Now with these aircraft being delivered, it is time for us to benefit from the significant operating efficiencies and enhanced service the A220-300 brings to the business.”

The introduction of the A220-300 to Ibom Air’s fleet couldn’t be timelier, given the prevailing needs of the Nigerian airline industry. The A220 promises operational efficiency, boasting a 25 percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to other aircraft in its class, coupled with unparalleled comfort, safety, and environmental sustainability.

However, the management said that the transition from wet-leased aircraft will necessitate a temporary adjustment in Ibom Air’s flight schedule for a few weeks as the first two A220s are phased into service.

Uriesi expressed regret for any inconvenience caused by the reduced schedule, assuring customers of a period of enhanced and stable all-round service with the introduction of these new aircraft.