Dana Air, at the weekend celebrated its 10th anniversary in Nigeria’s aviation industry with a strong commitment to continue to offer its guests the best of service hinged on safety and customer satisfaction.
Chief operating officer of Dana Air, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, while addressing newsmen in Lagos said, ‘Despite all the challenges that airlines in Nigeria have to grapple with, Dana Air is proud to be celebrating 10 years of providing massive job opportunities, capacity development, training, broad corporate social responsibility and most of all, amazing flight service to Nigeria and Nigerians.”
Mbanuzuo added, “When we commenced operations 10 years ago, precisely on the 10th of November, 2008, our desire was change the convention and exceed the flying aspiration of our guests with our world-class services and today, with the support and loyalty of our esteemed guests, we have been able to achieve 10 years of service to Nigerians.
‘’As you may be aware, we are about the second private domestic airline in Nigeria’s history to achieve this feat, and it’s on record that over 60 airlines have gone under without being able to even survive even five years in the industry. It hasn’t been easy as we have had to grapple with a lot of challenges in the last 10 years ranging from infrastructure, multiple taxes, and high cost of aviation fuel, but we are delighted to have been able to brave the storm and I must say our commitment, proficient management style, high standards, and passion for excellence brought us this far.’’
On the airline’s CSR since inception, Obi said, ‘We have done quite a lot. Through our charitable trust, the Dana Foundation, we have been fulfilling our Corporate social responsibility with an in-flight envelope donation program and this has helped to raise millions of naira for the sickle cell foundation in Lagos, as well as autism patients. We have also supported a couple of other similar organizations like Rotary Club on blood donation and cancer fighting organizations like project PinkBlue, Children Living with Cancer Foundation just to mention a few.’’
Commenting on the airline’s sponsorship of two Nigerian clubs, the Dana Air accountable manager said, ‘Dana Air is the only Nigerian airline at the moment sponsoring two Nigerian league clubs- Heartland FC of Owerri and Akwa United fc in Akwa Ibom state. In unveiling the multimillion naira deal for both clubs, we considered their status. For Akwa, they just won the Aiteo cup at the time, and Heartland, the governor wanted something special not just for his players but his people and our partnership with the government is part of what the state-owned club is enjoying at the moment. This has also helped ease their transportation to away games, and improve their away performance.
“As part of our commitment to help our teeming youths achieve their dreams and also grow their craft, we have supported a couple of entertainment and comedy shows in Nigeria. Dana Air cannot employ every Nigerian youth even if its our desire, but how else can we help them grow?
“It is by supporting and encouraging them in whatever positive their hand finds doing and we are committed to this as a youth-friendly brand. I could go on, but I can assure you, we have done quite a lot in the area of sports, health and well-being of Nigerians, 8i development, employment and the economy with our constant support towards the success of the Nigerian Economic Summit just in our 10 years of service to Nigeria,” he said.
On the operational front, Obi said, ‘’We have also made significant and firm progress in our strategic route and fleet expansion program. Our good understanding of the workings of the industry has been an added advantage and very soon we will announce the steps and progress made. It is our desire to cover more cities in Nigeria but we have to be strategic about it.’’
Turkish Airlines Surpasses $1b Profit Mark In 9 Months
Despite the increasing fuel prices due to its increasing demand and unit revenues, Turkish Airlines posted profit from main operations of USD 1 billion 149 million, in the first 9 months of 2018.
The airline managed to increase both passenger and cargo revenue significantly, achieved a total revenue of approximately $4 billion in the third quarter of the year. With such remarkable performance, sales revenue in the first nine months increased by 20 per cent to $9.9 billion, compared to the same period of 2017.
Continuing its uninterrupted profitable growth performance, Turkish Airlines managed to increase its net profit by three times in the first 9 months of the year and completed this period with a net profit of $755 million.
In the first nine months of 2018, EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent), which is used as a cash generation indicator, increased by 16 percent to $2.8 billion, with an EBITDAR margin of 28 per cent.
Commenting on this brilliant success, Turkish Airlines chairman of the board and the executive committee, M. İlker Aycı said, “We are delighted and proud to announce our third quarter results of this year, in which we put great emphasis on strengthening and improving the infrastructure conditions we have. We would like to thank all our passengers, employees, business partners and stakeholders who have contributed to this important achievement.
“Despite the various regional and sectoral conditions that we have encountered especially in last few years, the persevering attitude we displayed has been the source of our steady rise. Today, with our significant investments, impressive growth figures and numerous successes we achieved, we continue to strengthen our prestigious position in the global aviation industry. As being one of the primary prides of our country, we are sure that this momentum will continue increasingly after moving to our new home, Istanbul Airport, as well.”
Turkish Airlines, which has strengthened its identity as a leading global airline with its extensive flight network, is operating flights to 49 domestic and 255 international destinations, a total of 304 destinations in 122 countries, along with Freetown, Samarkand, Krasnodar and Moroni routes which were opened this year.
The fleet of Turkish Airlines, one of the youngest and most modern in the world, operates a total of 329 aircraft, comprising 217 narrow body, 92 wide body and 20 cargo aircraft, as of today. Investing in the most advanced and environmentally friendly new generation aircraft, Turkish Airlines aims to reach a fleet of 475 aircraft by 2023.