One month after it suspended flights to enable its aircraft fleet undergo engine maintenance, FirstNation Airways has resumed operations. The airways’ planes began flying again on Sunday.
The suspension of its flights was announced on Aug. 17, a development, which created panic in the aviation sector, coming after the closure of operations by Aero Contractors.
However, Capt. Chimara Imediegwu, the airline’s Director of Flight Operations, told newsmen on September 10 that a team of engineers were coming to Nigeria to service the planes.
Imediegwu had debunked the claim that the airline was on the verge of folding up, stressing that it voluntarily grounded the aircraft to await the arrival of the manufacturer’s team.
He said: “the FirstNation management planned well ahead and kept the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) informed of the progress of the maintenance of its aircraft.
“The airline planned this maintenance action well ahead. We notified passengers and flights are currently loaded online, effective Sept. 15.
“This will ensure that passengers continue to enjoy safe and reliable services that the airline is reputed for.”
Another airline, Arik Air, had resumed operations on Sept. 14, after suspending its flight operations for 24 hours over issues relating to aircraft insurance renewal.