On the occasion of its fourth anniversary on Wednesday, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ibom Air, George Uriesi, said the state-owned airline is already a success despite the difficult operating environment. Uriesi said the airline is a testament of what is achievable where careful planning and strategic business plan meet hard work. It will be recalled that on June 7, 2019, Ibom Air took to the skies on its inaugural flight from Uyo to Lagos, armed with a vision to offer industry-leading schedule reliability, on-time departures, and excellent service to passengers. Established and owned by the Government of Akwa Ibom State, the airline has recorded significant milestones, surpassing even the projections it set for itself. Reflecting on the journey so far, Uriesi said: “It is with immense pride that we celebrate Ibom Air’s fourth anniversary today. Over the past four years, we have witnessed tremendous growth, exceeding our business plan projections and delivering on the very high expectations of our shareholders. “These significant milestones were achieved through the careful and painstaking execution of our business plan and the hard work and dedication of our very committed staff complement. I am pleased to say that Ibom Air’s DNA, our unique internal culture of excellence, safety, integrity, passion, and innovation, has become institutionalised and permeates our entire business. This culture underpins our determination to continue to offer our customers the highest quality of service in our industry.” Earlier in the year, Ibom Air was awarded the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification, another testament to its commitment to the highest safety standards in the industry. On this, the COO said: “the achievement of IOSA certification, the imminent entry into service of the new, ultra-modern hub terminal in our home base, the commencement of aircraft maintenance at the brand-new MRO facility also in Uyo, and the forthcoming delivery of our first brand new Airbus A220-300, together represent a pivotal moment for the company as we prepare to expand our services into West and Central Africa in the second half of the year”. The COO also expressed, on behalf of the board, management, and staff, the profound gratitude of the airline to its loyal customers, associates, and stakeholders across the country and beyond for their support these past four years.
June 22, 2023
June 22, 2023