Posted by Sade Williams
Rano Air, a Nigerian-owned brand new airline, on Sunday, operated its inaugural flight to the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Ikeja, Lagos, amid fanfare.
The aircraft on arrival at the MMA2 Apron, was greeted with a water cannon, a symbolic act that could be interpreted as a welcoming blessing for safety of flight operations, and an act of baptism into the trade.
The aircraft, an Embrier E145, is a 50-seater commercial aircraft that will be flying between Lagos and Abuja, Kano, Maiduguri and Sokoto.
Sunday’s flight had 35 passengers from Kano State on board to the at MMA2 while it flew back to Kano with over 45 passengers.
The Pilot, Captain Moses Egbekun looked excited at the warm reception put together by the management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, jointly led by its Acting Chief Operating Officer, Tosan Duncan, and Head of Operations, Blessing Ewah.
“The plane is so new. The flight was so smooth. We hope this luxurious experience can be sustained,” one of the passengers, who wishes to remain anonymous, said to the waiting crowd.
As a tradition, the aircraft on arrival at the MMA2 Apron was greeted with a water cannon, a symbolic act that could be interpreted as a welcoming blessing for safety of flight operations, and an act of baptism into the trade.
Speaking on the development, Ewah, said the latest addition to the fleet of airline companies plying their trade with MMA2, “is the manifestation of BASL’s commitment to upholding global best practices on providing a conducive environment for business, comfort, safety, and security of airlines, passengers, vendors, and other terminal users.
“This is a further validation of our success in the construction and management of airport infrastructure, making it a safe zone for airlines to do their business and serve the flying public,” he added.