Nigerian Akwa Ibom State Government Owned Carrier Ibom Air Orders 10 Airbus A220s
At the Dubai Airshow today, Akwa Ibom state government owned airline, Ibom Air, signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A220s. The order was signed by Ibom Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mfon Udom, and Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer.
On Tuesday (November 16, 2021), Airbus announced from the Dubai Airshow that the Akwa Ibom state government owned airline in Nigeria, Ibom Air, has signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A220s. The agreement was signed by Ibom Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mfon Udom, and Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, Christian Scherer, in the presence of the Akwa Ibom state Governor, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel. Ibom Air currently operates two Airbus A220s and offers service to Uyo, Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Lagos and Port Harcourt.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Ibom Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Mfon Udom, said,
“It gives me great pleasure to be here to announce Ibom Air’s order for 10 Airbus A220s. As an organization, we at Ibom Air are delighted with the steep growth we have achieved in just over two and a half years since we commenced operations, a growth chiefly driven by the massive embrace of our product and brand by the Nigerian domestic flying public. The addition of the A220 to our fleet will support our growth strategy and boost operational efficiency. It will also offer our passengers more space and enhanced cabin experience, as a value add for choosing us.”
Akwa Ibom state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, added,
“The A220 will allow us to increase the number of annual passengers through Akwa Ibom Airport, in Uyo, thus bringing more first-time visitors and business travelers to the region. These efforts reflect our commitment to supporting local commerce and making a positive contribution to socio-economic growth in Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria.”
Also commenting on the A220 order, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, Christian Scherer, said,
“We are thrilled to add Ibom Air as a new Airbus customer. The A220 is ideally suited to Nigeria's aviation needs, providing operational flexibility to grow the business by responding to demand for increased passenger services. Through this investment, Ibom Air is underscoring its ambition for regional and in due course, international connectivity and operational efficiency.”
The Airbus A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market. With a range of up to 3,450 nm (6,390 km), the aircraft gives added flexibility to operators. Bringing together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest generation geared turbofan engines, the A220 delivers a fuel burn and CO2 reduction of up to 25 percent per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The aircraft also delivers NOx emissions which are 50 percent lower than the industry standard, as well as a noise footprint which is half that of previous generation aircraft, making the A220 a good neighbor around airports. As of October 31, 2021, the A220 had accumulated 643 firm orders.