Thursday, January 3, 2013

► NIGERIA: Dana Air to resume flights tomorrow 4 January 2013.

Dana AirNigerian carrier Dana Air (9J) is to resume flights on Friday, 4 January 2012 using a fleet of five MD83s. Initial operations will resume with Abuja-Lagos with schedules to be announced "in due course".

Dana air MD83
Dana air MD83 (Dana Air)

Thereafter, the Lagos-based carrier was forced to send its employees on compulsory leave in mid December after the Nigerian House Committee on Aviation recommended that "its operations should remain suspended and that the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren, should be sacked for the alleged roles played that led to the accident."

Associated Press reports claim Dana Air sold tickets Thursday for flights between Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and its largest city of Lagos, though Dana Air's website, while active, does not accept any bookings. 

As part of efforts to improve its image and safety record, the airline has also short listed a Boeing 737-700 and another Airbus A319 aircraft as possible additions to its fleet.