President Muhammadu Buhari, 20 APC governors and other bigwigs flew 95 aircraft into Jos, Plateau capital, on Tuesday for the flag off of the presidential campaign of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima.
Of the 95 aircraft are about 32 private and chartered jets as well as helicopters which ferried the governors and other top notchers to the historic city and state popularly known as the “Home of Peace and Tourism”.
The Yakubu Gowon Airport recorded the heaviest traffic in recent times with commercial planes complementing the private jets.
Those on the presidential fleet are PAF Boeing 737 with registration no. 5N-FGT, PAF Nigerian Air Force helicopter with registration no. HIPO04, PAF helicopter with registration no. 5N-FGI, and NAF aircraft F900 with registration no. NGR961.
While about 17 private jets and helicopters arrived at the airport for the august political gathering, over 15 regional jets and turboprops also touched down at the aerodrome, according to the airport authorities.
Among the luxury private jets which were flown into the city are Canadian-made Bombardier Challenger 601 operated by Air First Hospitality with an American registration number N320MK, Hawker Siddeley HS 125 operated by Trobell with registration number 5N-ALG, and Learjet 45 operated by Max Air with registration number 5N-BLW and Challenger 601 operated by West Link with registration no. 5N-PDA.
Others are United Aviation’s HS125 with registration no. 5N-AMM, Gyro Air’s HS125 with registration no. 5N-AUB, Global Aviation’s HS125 with registration no. 5NBNM, Triaxell’s Gulfstream IV with registration no. 5N-PZE, Nest Oil’s Gulfstream IV with registration no. 5N-BYO, and Mounthill Aviation’s Learjet 45 with registration no. 5N-BZS.
Also on the list are IZY Air’s Challenger 601marked 5N-1ZY, Dornier Aviation’s Beechcraft B190 with registration no. 5N-BYW, and Dornier Aviation D328 with registration no. 5N-BYN
Some of the regional jets that landed in Jos also include Max Air Embraer E135 with registration 5N-BXK, Air Peace Embraer E145, Jet Support Embraer E135, and Aero Tak’s E135 with registration number 5NLRK.
Others are Jet support’s Embraer E145 with registration number 5N-BZT, KS R3 Global’s Embraer E145 with registration number 5N-LOS, Jaz Aviation’s Aviation’s Embraer 135 with registration number 5N-JLA, ValueJet’s Bombardier Challenger CRJ9 and Max Air’s Boeing 737 plane.
Others include Xejet’s Embraer E145 with no. 5N-BZN, Azman Air’s Boeing 737-300 with registration no. 5N-AIS, Arik Air’s Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 with registration no. 5N-BKW.
Persecondnews gathered that because of parking space at the Jos airport, some of the pilots of the aircraft had to fly back to Abuja to park of about 25 minutes flight to fly back to Jos to pick their passengers.
It will be recalled that in October at the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s campaign inauguration in Uyo, Akwa Ibom capital, about 15 private and chartered jets flew in dignitaries.