Nigeria’s regional carrier, Dana Air has receive its membership certificate from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
At the official presentation ceremony held in Lagos on Wednesday, Chief Operating Officer and AOC Accountable Manager for the airline, Obi Mbanuzuo, said the airline will continue to maintain global best practices in the aviation industry.
“Since becoming an IATA member, we have received a barrage of requests for interline and code-share agreements and we can’t wait to take our services in Nigeria to the global stage. Dana Air remains uncompromising in its commitment to maintaining global best practices and as always, we will continue to churn out world-class initiatives to meet and exceed the flying aspirations of our passengers,’’ he said.
According to Mbanuzuo, Dana Air is the only Nigerian carrier to have undergone an operational audit conducted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and its foreign partners, The Flight Safety Group. “We also scaled the IATA Operational Safety Audit IOSA and we wish to assure our guests that we are not resting on our oars as commitment to professionalism is unwavering,’’ Mbanuzuo said.
The IATA Area Manager, South-West, Dr Samson Fatokun, speaking at the event, said not all airlines are members of IATA as a result of its stringent admission process but commended Dana Air for making the list and joining over 300 airlines presently on the association’s registry.
“We have requirements for any airline that wants to join the to the IATA family and one of that requirement is that they must pass the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and this has kept most of them back. IATA comes with a requirement of quality and people expect the airline to operate with recommended standards of aviation globally. We commend Dana Air for this feat and hope that they will keep up the good work.’’