MIAMI – Dana Air (9J) and Ibom Air (QI) have signed a milestone codeshare agreement, a first in Nigeria between two domestic air carriers.
Represented by Obi Mbanuzuo, Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Manager of 9J, and George Uriesi, Chief Operating Officer of QI, the two airlines signed the agreement at the QI corporate headquarters at Victor Attah Uyo International Airport (QUO).
The agreement will be referred to as the Dana-Ibom Air Alliance and has been created to offer flights to common destinations, expand the airlines’ markets, and create better opportunities for their customers.
The QI press release indicates that discussions on the partnership started last year. In the words of 9J COO, Obi Mbanuzuo, “we are happy to be here today, formalizing it.” He also said that the agreement is the first time ever for Nigeria’s domestic carriers and a “huge step in the right direction for both Dana Air and Ibom Air.”
Sustainable Growth in Mind
The codeshare is described as a sustained growth that offers a greater number of possible connections for QI and 9J air travelers opening now the possibility for QI customers to fly to destinations operated by 9J and, vice versa, by customers of 9J to those destinations flown by QI.
Both airlines have asserted their passionate engagement in airline industry growth, in promoting customers satisfaction, on time performances, operations safety and efficiency. Both airlines hopes that their partnership serves as an example of the highest interest for the air transport business.
George Uriesi, QI COO, commented the agreement and said “with the initiation of this business alliance, both airlines have embraced a key global best practice”. He also stressed that QI aim was schedule reliability, on-time performances, and to excel in service as ways to better service for customers.
According to the release, 9J operates a fleet of nine aircraft but Planespotters.com lists only two Boeing 737-300 and four McDonnell Douglas MD-82. Planespotters.com also shows that QI operates four Bombardier CRJ900 and is awaiting delivery of one Airbus A220, on lease from Egyptair (MS), while the press release indicates two A220 are on order, making for a total fleet of seven aircraft.
Ibom Air flies to Uyo (QUO), Lagos (LOS), Abuja (ABV), Enugu (ENU), and from June 7 to Port Harcourt (PHC). 9+J schedule includes LOS, its home base, ABV, PHC, ENU, and Owerri (QOW).
Featured image: Dana Air McDonnell MD82 5N-RAM. Photo: Kenneth Iwelumo (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons