Ibom Air ends regime of wet-leased aircraft

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The management of Ibom Air has announced the end of equipping its fleet with wet-leased aircraft.

The airline said in a statement that the decision was taken in the wake of the delivery of a new Airbus A220-300 aircraft, the first of 10 ordered from Airbus in October 2021.

“With the imminent entry into service of the A220, the ‘place holding’ work of the two wet-leased Airbus A320s now comes to an end,” the airline’s executive director and chief operating officer, Mr George Uriesi said in the statement.

He added: “We resorted to wet leasing aircraft to meet the growing demand for our product, while we worked on our fleet growth program. Now with these aircraft being delivered, it is time for us to benefit from the significant operating efficiencies and enhanced service the A220-300 brings to the business.

“The A220 could not have come to Ibom Air at a better time, when the airline business in Nigeria badly needs operationally efficient aircraft that consume 25 per cent less fuel than other aircraft in its category while offering class-leading comfort, safety and environmental friendliness.

“The transition from the wet-leased aircraft will result in a reduced flight schedule for a few weeks as the first two A220s are phased into service.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience our reduced schedule may cause as we transition into a period of better and stable all-round service, with these new equipment.”