Ibom Air has the highest on-time performance of any Nigerian airline, according to passengers in the country and results of Air Travel Consumer Report.
Airport users interviewed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, also chose Ibom Air as the most punctual in recent times.
Airport officials reported on-time arrivals for 87.5 percent of all its flights.
The start-up carrier began operations in June 2019 with funding from the government of Akwa Ibom state. Ibom Air with full name Ibom Airlines Limited with callsign “IBOM” has 5 aircraft in total with an average age of 10.8 years old.
The airline currently flies to Uyo, Abuja, Lagos and Calabar.
Ibom Air currently deploys a fleet of five 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets.
LIST OF IBOM AIRLINES AIRCRAFT IN SERVICE
1, Registration Number 5N-BWL Bombardier CRJ-900 is 13.2 years old. Leasing company ‘hidden’ in documents obtained by Per Second News. The aircraft was last used by Avmax Group in Canada.
2, Registration Number 5N-BWK Bombardier CRJ-900 is 9.8 years old. The leasing company is also hidden but this newspaper findings reveal the aircraft was last used by Avmax Group in Canada and was stored at Maastricht Aachen Airport, Netherland from where it was leased by Ibom Air. Data obtained also showed the aircraft was also stored at Maastricht in March, 2021.
3, Registration Number 5N-BWM Bombardier CRJ-900 leased in March, 2019 is 12.9 years old. The leased company for this aircraft was also hidden in multiple fleet report but Per Second News gathered Oya International Airlines in Libya, was the last carrier to use it before it was leased to Ibom Air.
4,Registration Number 5N-BXO Bombardier CRJ-900 delivered in August, 2020 is 9 years old. The leasing company from where it was leased to Ibom Air is also hidden. What we know is that, it was stored at the Calgary International Airport before it was leased to Ibom Airlines Limited.
5, Registration Number 5N-BXP Bombardier CRJ-900 is 8.8 years old. The aircraft was leased in May 2020. Leasing company hidden in international planes document obtained. Aircraft was last stored at the Calgary International Airport, Canada. Per Second News gathered the aircraft was once registered to Iraqi Airways with registration YI-AQJ.
Aircraft leases are leases used by airlines and other aircraft operators. Airlines lease aircraft from other airlines or leasing companies for two main reasons: to operate aircraft without the financial burden of buying them, and to provide temporary increase in capacity. The industry has two main leasing types: wet-leasing, which is normally used for short-term leasing, and dry-leasing which is more normal for longer-term leases. The industry also uses combinations of wet and dry. For example, when the aircraft is wet-leased to establish new services, then as the airline’s flight or cabin crews become trained, they can be switched to a dry lease.