Dana Air has started discussions with some of its financial partners to enable it achieve fleet modernisation and route expansion, its Media/Communication Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa, has disclosed.
In an interview at the weekend in Lagos, Ezenwa said discussions had reached advanced stages. But he did not name the partners because of the non-disclosure agreement reached by the parties.
He said Dana Air will acquire more aircraft next year to achieve its route expansion and fleet expansion drive.
The Dana Air spokesman said the additional aircraft will enable the carrier airline achieve on-time performance using customer-centric products and best in- flight services.
While awaiting the delivery of the airplanes, Ezenwa said the carrier has designed an interim measure – a smart aircraft scheduling team to cater to the needs of passengers during Yuletide.
He said though the airline has five aircraft, it has pulled out two for the mandatory C-check.
C-check is a major maintenance carried out on aircraft every 18 months in line with regulatory requirement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
He said: ”However, we really feel the pain of our guests who have had to travel by road as a result of the shortage of aircraft across the country.
“This has also occasioned a hike in fares and wish to reassure passengers of our commitment towards putting an end to this in the coming year.”