Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why we deployed Dreamliner to Lagos, by airline

AFRICA’S most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airways has said that the decision that necessitated the airline to deploy its new Dreamliner aircraft on the Nigerian route was because the country ranks as one of its top destinations in the world for the past 52 years.

An ecstatic general manager of the airline who received the newly built composite airplane last weekend, Solomon Begashaw said, “ having  serviced the country for that long, we believe that Nigeria should be the first to deserve this aircraft to enhance our customer service and reinforcing the fact that we are the reliable airline in the industry”.

Explaining why the aircraft is different from other types of aircraft, he said the Boeing B787 aircraft is very distinct with the state of the art equipment and facilities that have never been there in the aviation world before”.

According to the airline chief, “now, flying has become very simple and tireless because of the advanced technology system installed in the aircraft. The altitude inside the aircraft is 600 meters from the other jetliners, which will make it more comfortable for the passengers. We have high humidity in the aircraft, which will make it easier for passengers to travel, and there is no dryness that you will feel inside like in the other commercial aircraft,” he added.

The aircraft is the first of commercial aircraft that will have a large window; that one can see the inside, outside, and has features on it which are controlled electronically that you can use to dim it according to one’s requirements.

The airplane is the first aircraft out of the five the carrier has received, just as it plans to be rotate to most of its major routes in the continent in before the end of this year.

He, however, assured that Lagos will be served with B787 in the near future.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance), has expressed delight at last week’s epoch-making flight of Ethiopian Airline Dreamliner B787 to Lagos, describing it as a big boost to the nation’s aviation industry.

Managing Director of NAHCO Aviance, Mr. Kayode Oluwasegun-Ojo described the acquisition and eventual maiden flight of the Dreamliner to Nigeria as the impetus required to strengthen the company’s plans in making Nigeria the hub of cargo and passenger handling in Africa.

NAHCO Aviance Plc as the ground handling company for the Airline in Nigeria “is proud to be associated with Ethiopian Airline on this laudable achievement,” Oluwasegun-Ojo said, and pledged the company’s  commitment to sustaining its world class services at all times.

The Ethiopian Airline super plane Dreamliner Boeing 787, is the first of its kind in Africa and is technically advanced with the capacity of 290 passengers.

NAHCO Aviance recently commissioned a huge ultra-modern warehouse, as well as, procured several new generation Ground Support Equipment, which analysts believed was to position the company for airlines’ deployment of bigger and modern aircraft to Nigeria.

The company’s initiative was also aimed at making Nigeria a cargo hub for sub-Sahara Africa.


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