According to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, ‘ I am pleased to witness the signing of the agreement between Ibom Air and Air Bus to order ten (10) A220 aircraft at the ongoing Dubai Air show, taking place at the purpose built DWC event arena in Dubai.
The order of the ten (10) Airbus A220 is in line with our aggressive growth plan, which will see Ibom Air expanding its footprint into new domestic routes as well as regional routes covering West and Central Africa in the immediate future. The first phase of this expansion is set to cover cities like Malabo, Douala, Libreville, Kinshasa, Accra, Abidjan, Freetown, Banjul and Dakar. Ultimately the airline intends to operate throughout the continent of Africa.
After test running the initial two A220 aircraft, we can say the all-new A220 is suitable for the expansion, it is purpose built for efficiency, targeting the 100-150 seat market. It burns 20% lower fuel per seat compared to previous generation aircraft and flies to a range of up to 3,400 nm (6,297 km), offering performance similar to larger, single-aisle aircraft. The A220s combination of a superior cabin product and low operating costs are a perfect fit for the airline’s network growth strategy and will help Ibom Air offer its customers an unrivaled value proposition
Ibom Air’s giant leap in just two (2) years and five (5) months since we commenced operations is a validation of our aviation development pillar of our completion agenda which is on course. I have said and will reiterate that, till the very last day, I will keep working for and in the interest of Akwa Ibom people.