As part of events to mark the commencement of the transportation of pilgrims for 2018 pilgrimage, Max Air, over the weekend, airlifted 502 pilgrims out of the 26,000 slots from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to reporters at the event, vice chairman/chief executive officer of the airline, Alhaji Bashir Mangal, pledged that Max Air was committed to delivering excellent service to the pilgrims throughout the operation.
Mangal disclosed that a total of 26,000 slot from 15 states were allocated to the airline by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to transport passengers from Abuja and Kano. He also explained that Max Air had been involved in Hajj operation in Nigeria for over 10 years, except for the domestic operation that it recently started.
The Public Relations manager of the Airline, Mr Ibrahim Dahiru, said the airline would ensure smooth experience for all pilgrims. Dahiru said that adequate preparation had been made in terms of personnel and logistics, explaining that pilots, engineers, crew and ground staff had been adequately mobilised for the operation.
He said that 16,000 pilgrims were currently ready for Hajj exercise, adding that the operation had commenced with Kogi State pilgrims.
The airline deployed its Boeing 747-600 with registration number 5NDBK with 562 passengers seat capacity for the Abuja operations.
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