By Kenneth Ehigiator
For repositioning Virgin Nigeria Airways into Nigerian Eagle Airlines, Capt. Dapo Olumide, the airlineâ€™s chief executive officer, has received accolades from aviation industry players and assessors.
Appreciation of his deft handling of the airlineâ€™s transition phase culminated in his bagging Nigerian Aviation Awards (NIGAV) as well as Akwaaba African Travel Market (AfTM) awards as the best chief executive officer in the industry, all within a space of one week.
Both awards recognising Captain Dapo Olumide cames on the heels of Nigerian Eagle Airlines retaining for the second consecutive time, its leadership position in the sub-region, as it clinched the â€œâ€œBest Airline in West Africaâ€â€ award at the just concluded Akwaaba African Travel Market (AfTM) in Lagos.
Receiving the awards, Captain Olumide expressed appreciation to the organisers of NIGAV, Abuja and AfTM Lagos for the recognition which he noted were recognitions of modest efforts by his management team to turn around the airline to a safer, profitable and efficient business model.
He particularly lauded the transparent nomination process of both organisations which has made the awards to serve as reference points in the industry.
â€œThe society at large is watching the strides that Nigerian Eagle Airlines have so far attained and we will not rest on our oars.Â Â Rather, we will further challenge ourselves to surpass the standards by adopting best practices as our vision is to be in the vanguard of introducing innovative and costumer-centric products,â€ he said.
Captain Olumide emerged as the best CEO following his visionary leadership style that he brought to bear as the first Nigerian Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Eagle Airlines.
He was specifically applauded for revamping Virgin Nigeria and turning around the fortunes of the airline through his change management style that birthed Nigerian Eagle Airlines as a brand.
Nigerian Eagle Airlines, which celebrates the best of African heritage, have within its short history set a pace in African aviation by going into partnership with other successful African carriers.
It recently signed a landmark Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with Ethiopian Airlines signaling a healthy cooperation, whereEthiopian Airlines will provide crew and pilotâ€s Training, Maintenance and Resource Pooling as well as provide technical oversight functions for Nigerian Eagle Airlines.
Also in keeping date with industry trends, Nigerian Eagle Airlines recently signed a Code-share and Interline agreement with Kenya Airways to harness the opportunities that abound in Africa to make traveling within and beyond the continent as seamless as possible for passengers.