Nigerian airline Ibom Airlines has taken delivery of their fifth Mitsubishi CRJ900 jet in the early hours of 01 August 2020.
The second of the two aircraft ordered by the airline in December 2019, 5N-BXO becomes the fifth Mitsubishi CRJ900 to be operated by the airline. Formerly Bombardier, Ibom Airlines placed orders of these two modern regional jets in December 2019. The aircraft arrived in Lagos from Calgary, Canada.
Announcing the delivery through its Twitter account Ibom Airlines said: “With the arrival of this aircraft, our modern and efficient fleet grows to five aircraft and Ibom Air continues to operate the youngest fleet amongst Nigeria’s airlines. This fleet strategy is in line with our vision to be a world-class African regional airline.”
The fifth aircraft comes at a time the airline has recently resumed domestic flights, under new health protocols in the wake of the Coronavirus. On ensuring passenger safety on board its fleet, Ibom Airlines said, “a key benefit of Ibom Air’s very modern fleet of CRJ900 aircraft is that they all come factory-fitted with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters.”
HEPA filters are high-intensity filters that do not just filter dust, but effectively capture greater than 99.97% of the airborne microbes in cabin air, including microscopic particles such as bacteria and viruses.
In July Ibom Airlines resumed flights to Calabar from both Lagos and Abuja. The airline now flies daily from Uyo, Abuja, Calabar and Lagos.
In ending the statement, the airline expressed its gratitude to Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and other aviation related stakeholders.
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