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Med-View Airline is a Nigerian airline based in Lagos, Nigeria and offers mainly domestic flights.
The airline is was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Murtala Muhammaed International Airport.
Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, who disclosed this at the weekend said that over 17,000 pilgrims would be airlifted back home and assured that the return trips would be completed in two weeks.
The airline airlifted pilgrims from Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Kaduna, Kwara, as well as South-South and South-East states. It also airlifted thousands of pilgrims of tour operators under the aegis of Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON) from Lagos, Kaduna and Kano zones.
Med-View also conveyed pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Djibouti and Guinea Bissau.
Bankole, in a chat with journalists on the commencement of return journeys said three aircraft – Boeing B747- 400; B777-200 and B767-300 would be deployed to return the pilgrims back home.
According to him, the airline had in the last 11 years of its involvement in Hajj operations airlifted 350,000 pilgrims without any hitch.
He also advised the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to avoid last minute approach in planning for the annual pilgrimage exercise to make it smooth and seamless for the pilgrims.
“What I always believe in is to appreciate God Almighty first and second is to thank my team, my colleagues for their dedication, commitment. It is not me that is running the show. It is everybody and you can see the commitment.
“Before we closed the shop last year, we have already planned for 2017. We got all the necessary documentations passed across to GACA (General Authority of Civil Aviation) and every organization in Saudi Arabia. So it makes it a piece of cake. So closing from Nigeria on time is part of the planning. We deployed three aircraft- 747- 400; B777-200 and B767-300 for the Hajj,” Bankole said.
The CEO of Med-View addressed NAHCON and said: “We should learn from what they do in Tabung Haji, the Malaysian Hajj authority, the Indonesians, they have over 220,000 pilgrims, no issue. We shouldn’t be the last to do the planning. What we are doing in 2019, we should be talking about it in 2017, two years ahead planning. We have to desist from this approach of last minute’s game plan.
“This is the advice I will give to NAHCON and other stakeholders. We should work ahead of time. So if we do early planning, get your normal details, then we are back home. We have to learn from each lesson of every Hajj, it comes with its own peculiar problems and from this we get there.”
Med-View Airline has taken delivery of its Boeing B777-200ER aircraft to boost its international routes network.
The aircraft with registration no – CS-TFM arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Tuesday.
According to the airline, the modern generation aircraft will be positioned to service the Lagos – London route.
The aircraft is configured to accommodate a total of 326 passengers – 24 (flatbed seat) business class and 302 economy.
The aircraft is also installed with IFE on individual seat of both classes of the cabin.
Since its debut on the Lagos – London route on November 20, 2015, the airline has operated with B767 and later B747, which is now being replaced with B777 aircraft.
Speaking at a brief reception, Med-View Airline Chief Operating Officer/Accountable Manager, Engr. Lookman Animashaun, said the deployment of the B777 on London route is part of the airline strategy to rebrand its international operations, especially the London route.
He said the airline would soon commence operations to Francophone West African countries – Abidjan (Cote’d’ Ivoire), Conakry (Guinea) and Dakar (Senegal).
The COO said Dubai would be added to the airline route network in November.
Med-view Airlines has expanded its domestic passenger services with the commencement of flight from Ilorin to other cities in the country
The Chief Operating Officer, Engr Lukman Olanrewaju Animasahun addressing journalists at the Ilorin International Airport said the expansion of route to Ilorin was informed by the desire to provide efficient and effective services across the country.
He noted that though Medview had been involved in Hajji operations in Ilorin since 2007, the scheduled flights between Ilorin and other cities is significant to improve the socio economy of the State and the country at large.
Animasahum clarified that Medview had not come to compete with existing airlines coming into Ilorin but to provide attractive options to passengers from Ilorin and neighboring States.
According to him, the expansion is in line with the airline's strategic long-term roadmap to build a more efficient intra-city network.
7th June 2017
In an interview with the Nigerian press last month, Bankole alluded to the impending delivery of a B777 as well as a B737-800 currently undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks.
According to This Day, the B777 will be deployed on flights to Dubai Int'l while the B737 NextGen will be used to open up flights to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo. No specific dates or frequencies were revealed.
Arik Air was the last native Nigerian carrier to serve South Africa until it was taken over by the Nigerian government through its proxy, the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) in February.
Med-View Airline currently operates two B737-400s, one B737-500, one B767-300(ER), and one B747-400 (wet-leased from Air Atlanta Icelandic for use on its Lagos-London Gatwick service).
Fleet (as of November 2015)
2 Boeing 737-400
1 Boeing 737-500
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