Ahead of flight resumption, one of Nigeria’s leading carrier, Dana Air, has succeeded in a dry run exercise at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) and shakedown flights from Lagos to Port Harcourt and back.
According to a statement by the airline’s Media and Communications Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa, Dana Air had to carry out the exercise to demonstrate its readiness to resume flights as soon as the airspace is opened.
The statement stated that, ”Although all through the lockdown, we had our engineers on ground to ensure proper storage and steady maintenance of our fleet for resumption at any time, and as part of our post covid-19 resumptions plans, we had to get our team fully on ground last Wednesday, for a dry run at the MMA2 terminal, under the supervision of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)”.
It said that, ”after a successful dry run, we conducted shakedown flights from Lagos to Port Harcourt with our newly acquired Boeing and MD aircraft in our fleet.
Explaining rationale for the exercise the statement noted that, ”uncertainty is a normal sentiment among travelers and we had to carry out the dry run and shakedown flights strictly to guarantee the safety of our staff and valued customers”.
The statement further said. for Dana airline; following guidelines and standards is its corporate priority and assured customers that as the restrictions are lifted, all what will be offering its guests is peace of mind on every flight.
On Dana Air’s level of preparedness, Kingsley said ”Dana Air is 100% ready, so is MMA2 and some other terminals we operate from. All Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, have been made available for all staff, crew and passengers who might not come around with one.”
He further shed more light on all the preliminary tasks that are imperative in the post covid-19 flights that, ”all recommended trainings, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all staff have been updated and concluded. All our aircraft are fitted with HEPA filters which filter 99.9% of unwanted particles and viruses in the air. It also helps passengers breathe normally. All aircraft in our fleet have also been disinfected as recommended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) and we have an optimized cleaning protocol to provide all-round peace of mind for our guests.”
The statement entreated the passenger thus, ”We advise our guests to get to the airport at least 2 hours to their flights and also explore all our innovative online and self-booking platforms available at MMA2. And as a customer- centric airline, we are also working on user-friendly booking and reservation processes which will guarantee social distancing and seamless stravel for our guests ”
Dana airline expressed appreciation to the regulatory authority thus,” We wish to also commend the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the progress made so far, by being proactive, meticulous and engaging the stakeholders in the interest of the airlines, service providers, agencies, staff, customers and overall interest of the economy at large. Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a total of 9 aircraft in its fleet, a mix of Boeing 737 and McDonnel Douglas. The airline is reputed for its innovative online products and services, unrivaled in-flight service and on-time performanceShare