More than a year after suspension of flight operations, First Nation Airlines resumed commercial activities on Monday, September 30, 2013.
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s check on Thursday, October 10, 2013, revealed that the airline which is struggling to find its feet in the industry began operations with one of its new Airbus A319 aircraft around 11:15 am. And their destination for now is Lagos-Abuja.
We gathered that they fly twice daily on two A319-100s, leased from the International Lease Finance Corporation. According to our source, airfare was initially an average of N19,000 but has escalated to around N25,500 due to the current hike in airfares.
First Nation was founded in 2011 by the management of the defunct Bellview Airline. However, liquidity problems forced the green and white airline to suspend flights in 2012 after its fleet of three A320-200s planes was repossessed by the lessors, The Aviation Group.
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, we contacted the airline’s public corporation manager, Luke Terver Uzer, but his aide who spoke on his behalf declined to make any official statement.
– FEMI OYEWALE