By DANIEL ETEGHE
The management of Dana Airline last week disclosed its plans to resume flight operations on the Lagos-Port-Harcourt route in the next two weeks.
Speaking to newsmen in his office, Head of Corporate Communications, Dana Airline, Mr. Tony Usidamen affirmed that plans were on top gear to re-open the airline’s offices in Port-Harcourt in preparation for the commencement of its flight operations into the oil-rich region.
“I can confirm to you that in about two weeks time, we should be resuming operations to Port-Harcourt city, plans are also on the way to resume operations to the other cities we fly to, in Uyo, Calabar but specific date will be announced in due course, it is our desire to take our quality services to all of these other cities, a lot of our loyal passengers on that route have already sent in several mails, several requests asking us to come back.”
According to him, since the resumption of Dana Air’s operations on January 4, 2013, the rate of passengers’ patronage of the airline has been encouraging adding that he was very happy that the airline was back in the skies providing that quality services that Dana Air has become renowned for in the past four years.
Mr. Usidamen, however, noted that the airline would phase out the MD’s 83 aircraft and replace them with newer generation aircraft stressing that talks were on with Boeing and Airbus to ascertain the kind of aircraft the airline would finally settle for.
“We are talking to different suppliers at the moment, Boeing and Airbus and shortly we will reach a decision as to which aircraft manufacturer we will go with, so in the coming months, we will be able to add to our current fleet and over time, we are going to phase out the Mac Donnald Douglas MD’s 83 aircraft and we will replace them with newer generation aircraft,” he affirmed.
Commenting on the greatest loss of the airline since the ill-fated crash took place in Iju-Shaga area of Lagos, the Head of Corporate Communication stressed that the greatest loss to the airline was the loss of over 153 passengers on board its aircraft that crashed, praying that their gentle souls rest in peace.