Posted by Sade Williams
The management of United Nigeria Airlines Company Limited has been lauded for achieving the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), two years after it commenced operations.
Commending the airline in a letter addressed to its Chairman, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MM2) in Lagos, said it was proud to be associated with United Nigeria Airlines, which it described as “a distinguished airline”.
In the letter signed by the duo of Oluwatosin Onalaja and Oluremi Jibodu, Head, Corporate Communications and Head, Aeronautical and Cargo Services respectively, Bi-Courtney said the IOSA certification was a “remarkable achievement” by United Nigeria Airlines.
Bi-Courtney further said “we are proud to have such a distinguished airline operating within our terminal and we are thrilled to see your hard work and dedication being acknowledged in such a meaningful way”
According to the MM2 Operator, “being recognised in this way is a testament to United Nigeria Airlines’ commitment to safety, service and excellence” adding that “it is truly an honour to work alongside such a respected and accomplished organisation”.
The terminal operator also lauded United Nigeria Airlines for ‘the contributions you make to the success of the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal 2”, noting that “your dedication to providing top-notch services to your passengers is evident in our interactions with your team, and we are grateful for the positive impact you have on our passengers’ travel experiences”.Wishing Unite Nigeria Airlines continued success, Bi-Courtney said it “looks forward to continued partnership” with the airline.
It would be recalled that IATA had on March 13, 2023 certified United Nigeria Airlines as IOSA compliant after a thorough and rigorous operational audit.
IOSA’s Senior Vice President, Operations, Safety and Security, Mr. Nick Careen, who conveyed outcome of the audit to the management of United Nigeria Airlines, had said in his message that: “IATA is proud to recognize that United Nigeria Airlines Company Limited has been successfully registered as an IOSA Operator under the IATA Operational Safety Audit Programme (IOSA), in accordance with the provisions of the IOSA Program Manual”.
Commenting on the development, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of United Nigeria Airlines, Mazi Osita Okonkwo, said the IOSA certification is a major achievement for the airline.“We are extremely excited that we have formally achieved our target, set on the first day of operation, of operating according to best international standards, which IATA is the custodian of, within two years of taking to the skies. I must say that the audit process, which was thorough and tasking, has been a worthwhile exercise as it provided us invaluable opportunities for improving our processes and standards. Our profound gratitude goes to the great Team United Nigeria that worked diligently and tirelessly to prepare and follow through the audit processes. We also thank our esteemed customers; your patronage and belief in us have pushed us to continue to push excellence in operations as we fly you daily to unite safely and joyful with your families, friends, associates and businesses. We thank our regulators and services partners who have guided and supported us in our journey so far.”
Okonkwo further stated, “The certification affirms that we are operating according to the best international operational safety standards. I can assure our esteemed customers that we will remain committed to these high standards as we expand our local operations and prepare for regional and eventually, international operations of which being on IATA Registry is a requirement.”