The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has awarded the operators of the ill fated 3rd June 2012 Boeing MD-80 plane, Dana Air, the best domestic carrier for 2011.
The Regional General Manager of FAAN, Mr. Christopher Batoure, while presenting the award to the Abuja Station Manager, Dana Air Mr. Kayode Adeniro, said, the airline did extremely well amongst all domestic carriers in 2011 hence the need for the award. .
Batoure said, “They were selected as the best considering their passenger load, the frequency of their landings and take offs and their response to payment of bills in 2011. They had the best volume, they were punctual in their operations, and they had an excellent service discharge.”
The manager said the event was not pre planned following the air mishap recently witnessed by the airline and the fact that there only just recently got back their license to commence operations, rather the award was an encouragement to them to be at their best again.
He said, “We did not plan it. We would have held the award earlier this year but could not because of the massive remodelling of the airport, which required the attention of everyone involved. But in all fairness they did their best and we need to recognize that and encourage them to get back to their feet.”
During a press session, the Dana Air station manager said besides the regrettable tragedy, Dana was giving the best services to its customers.
According to him, “The air disaster involving our aircraft was unfortunate. In aviation world as a whole you cannot rule out accidents but we thank God that the black box which is currently being investigated by the Boeing Company in America will soon tell what actually happened.”
He said that the airline will overtake the standard it has already set as soon as it done with the present fight and gets permission from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).