Med-View Airline has taken delivery of its Boeing 737-500 aircraft after undergoing a comprehensive check in faraway Estonia.
The arrival of the aircraft puts the number on its fleet at six while the new aircraft was immediately deployed for its Accra operations on Sunday.
The Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer of Med-View Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole received the aircraft on arrival at the Murtala Mohammed Airport two (MMA2) in Lagos alongside other top management staff of the airline.
The interior part of the aircraft was branded with First Bank logo but the MD explained that it was done to appreciate the bank for being its reliable partner over the years.
He said two more aircraft are also expected in the next one month to enable the airline open up the West Coast, start its Dubai operation and provide back-up for its London-Gatwick operation, among others.
He decried the difficulty in accessing foreign exchange by indigenous airlines, saying he bought dollar at N370 to bring back the aircraft.
He commended the efforts being made by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika to address the challenges confronting the local carriers, urging him to impress it on President Mohammadu Buhari to realize that the local airlines are a driving force for the economy.
He said, “We changed dollars at N370, that is very sad. It is very painful. We had to source for it from different local areas, both foreign partners and friends and that is the game”, he said.