FirstNation Airways has delayed resumption of its flight operations earlier scheduled for Thursday.
Officials at the airline’s ticket stand at the Murtala Muhammed airport 2 (MM2), Lagos, said operations might now begin on Saturday.
FirstNation suspended all operations on August 17, 2016 attributing the development to the necessity for the aircraft in its fleet to undergo engine maintenance.
Quoting a reliable link, NAN said the equipment required to repair the air planes were recently released by the Nigeria customs service (NCS).
“The airline had anticipated that all customs formalities would have been done last week Friday, before the Sallah holidays,” the agency quoted the source as saying.
“It is hoped that the team of engineers would end work on the engines before September 16, because the airline plans to resume operations right away after the engines are repaired.’’
On September 6, Chimara Imediegwu, FirstNation’s director of flight operations, told newsmen that a team of engineers were coming into the country to service the planes.
Imediegwu denied the claim that the airline was on the verge of packing up, adding that it voluntarily grounded the aircraft at huge cost to await the arrival of the manufacturer’s team.
“The FirstNation management planned well ahead and kept the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) notified of the progress on the maintenance of its aircraft,” Imediegwu had said.
“We notified passengers and flights are presently loaded online effective from September 15.
“This will ensure that passengers continue to relish safe and reliable services that the airline is reputed for.”
Arik Air resumed operations on Wednesday after it suspended its flight operations for 24 hours, whereas Aero Contractors is yet to announce its commencement date for flight operations.
The aviation industry is feeling the impact of the current plummeting of Nigerian economy.