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Dana, ASKY Successfully Conclude First Phase of Partnership

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Leading domestic carrier, Dana Air and ASKY have successfully concluded the initial partnership arrangement which involves the aircraft leasing aspect, whereby ASKY provided Dana with aircraft.

Speaking shortly before the Boeing 737-7000 touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) recently, chief operating officer for Dana Air, Mr. Obi Mbanuzuo, said the deal with ASKY gives Dana Air the opportunity to fly early flights to Abuja on an ASKY aircraft with Dana call sign, Dana in-flight services and catering.

Mbanuzor added that the agreement also avails Dana the opportunity to have an aircraft on the 7am schedule and the deal further acts as a buffer for the airline as two of its McDonnell Douglas (MD83) are currently undergoing C-Check in France with one scheduled back at the end of the month.

The COO said that when Dana Air announced in February that they were entering partnership with ASKY.

He equally informed that the initial partnership has various levels and what Nigerians were seeing now “is the aircraft leasing aspect of the partnership, where ASKY will provide us with aircraft.

“You know we have had some operational constraints, currently we have two of our aircraft in France undergoing C-Check, and hopefully one will be back before the month end. Part of it is creating aircraft capacity. We are also preparing for fleet augmentation which is also successfully on track.

“For this partnership, ASKY is partnering with three Boeing 737-700 aircraft there will initially be three flying at different times, it’s a complex wet lease operation and so they will provide and aircraft and they might take it and put another in the system.

“There is also a 737-800 as well all being used interchangeably. As time goes on, this partnership will help our staff get acquainted and trained with the 737-700 aircraft type. Without going deep, it is part of what we are looking at in furtherance of this partnership.

“ASKY right now this has to do with the aircraft but we did mention in February that we have entered an interline agreement, we will go further to entrench it with the codeshare. So we are discussing many of those agreements even with other airlines. So this is the first part of that agreement we mentioned in February,” Mbanuzor said.

On the Ethiopian Airline connection Mbanuzor said,” I can tell you we’ve had no discussion with Ethiopian, we had zero discussions with them. Even in terms of the aircraft, this is strictly between Dana Air and ASKY. For now, it’s an aircraft lease agreement and what we are getting in return, we are getting the aircraft, and we are giving the standard economic remuneration for that. I repeat, this has nothing to do with Ethiopian Airlines and if there is anything ASKY is doing with Ethiopian it is on their own level. The interline and codeshare once we sign it is also between us ASKY.”

On their passenger traffic, Mbanuzor said, “Since July surprisingly we are also carrying with our two airplanes, we are almost carrying more what we use to carry with three of our aero planes before, so this aircraft coming in is actually going to help us increase.”

Mbanuzuo said hopefully midway into 2019, the airline may have codeshare with other domestic airlines as discussions were ongoing, ” Because Dana Air’s plans right now is sometimes not necessarily spreading our own operations in terms of stations, we want to reach out, I want people to come into our offices, go to our website, buy tickets to fly to Sokoto, we don’t fly to Sokoto right now and we discussing with a particular airline now domestically and in return, will sell my Owerri, so we are on that path and is something we have recognized and we are working on it,” he said.

On the settlement of the proceeds and having a clearing house, he said IATA was trying to work out something for the domestic carriers who showed interest in such alliance to boost their operations.

“In the last two IATA had a meeting locally where they are trying to do a local clearing house that would help to move things further. We have something similar with Medview and this is done local on one to one basis, he phones me, I phone him for tickets, I think what IATA is trying to do will help. After we signed the first one with Medview, I can tell you for sure, two other airlines have approached us,” he added.

Mbanuzuo noted that one of its two of its aircraft which were flown out to France for maintenance would be brought back to the country this week, adding the new B737-700 would be deployed on the Abuja flown by ASKY pilots who apparently are Nigerians with Dana cabin crew on all the flights.

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