The southeast and Anambra Government Felicitates with Dr Obiora Okonkwo on the Launch of United Nigeria Airlines
The Anambra State Government alongside, southeast states have noted with joy the launch on Friday, February 12, of Nigeria’s latest scheduled air carrier, United Nigeria Airlines, headed by a well-known business leader, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, who is also a worthy son of Igbo.
The inaugural flight took off from the domestic wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, and landed at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Only a courageous and audacious entrepreneur can launch an airline anywhere in the world today in view of the state of the industry worldwide with coronavirus pandemic dealt a serious blow to the airlines, aviation sector
Dr Okonkwo deserves commendation for the bold move. He is following in the footsteps of another great ambassador of Anambra State, Chief Allen Onyema, chairman of Air Peace Airlines, who is increasing his fleet from 27 to 40 aircraft, despite the current turbulent state of the global airline business.
The Government and people of Anambra State are proud that while most airlines are struggling and making use of old and second-hand equipment, Air Peace is deploying brand new machines in its local, regional and international operations.
We are supremely confident that United Nigeria Airlines will take the aviation industry by storm, as Air Peace has done since 2013, especially with regard to the safety record, schedule integrity and quality ground and inflight services.
Much as United Nigeria Airlines has thus far demonstrated reasonable social consciousness, we would like to highlight to it a message which strikes a harmonious chord in the people of Anambra State and has become a key component of the strategy driving the phenomenal progress which our state has experienced in the last few years: Aku lue uno, or Think Home.
Chief Onyema, for instance, has pledged to build a hanger at Anambra International Cargo Airport still under construction. The hanger will cause a lot of local and international carriers to bring their equipment to the airport for maintenance and repairs. What is more, Chief Onyema is already working with the Anambra State Government to get the Embraer of Brazil, the world’s fourth-largest aeroplane manufacturer, to locate a service centre for the African region at Anambra Cargo International Airport which will be commissioned later in the year.
United Nigeria Airlines is most likely to be a huge success, and the people and Government of southeast States will be glad to work with it to achieve its goal. The carrier and its founder are worthy ambassadors of Igbos.