Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, assisted by his Edo State counterpart, Governor Godwin Obaseki, today further silenced the opposition elements in the State when he formally launched two Airbus A320 series Aircrafts to boost operations of the state owned Airline, Ibom Air.
Governor Emmanuel thanked God for the progress and the management of Ibom Air for sustaining the state’s pride as a sub-national operating Nigeria’s flight of delight.
The governor described the acquisition of the new Airbuses as a timely and appropriate response to the business environment, given the anticipated demands of the coming season.
He attributed his administration’s achievements in the aviation industry and other areas of development to the support of God Almighty, coupled with his team’s capacity to think, creativity and ideas.
“Today, we are receiving into our fleet, brand new huge white birds decorated with the name Ibom Air. We respond to the business environment we are operating and as we respond we are bound to succeed.
“So today we respond to the demands of the season we’re about to enter”, he stated.
“This MRO you’re seeing here can take two Boeing 747-800 series aircrafts and eight CRJs at the same time.
“But today, with the support of God Almighty, with our capacity to think, creativity and ideas, we are building MRO with naira that does not have value in the market, he added.
According to him the MRO will serve as a cash cow for Akwa Ibom State overtime as it will start spinning hard currency earnings from January 2023, adding that Airbus is currently negotiating for lease of the facility to take care of its regional flights.
“We’re going to open up this place (MRO) by January next year for commercial activities. Akwa Ibom will be earning dollars from here from next year, not naira”, he announced.
The new airbuses were inaugurated by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State who commended Mr Emmanuel for his economic programmes and projects in the State.