Dana pledges to boost aviation capacity with more Nigerian pilots

by | February 15, 2018 12:11 am



The management of Dana Air has pledged to train more Nigerian Pilots year in year out as it decorates two captains and three first officers.

Speaking while decorating the captains and first officers in Lagos , Segun Omole, the director of Dana Air flight operations, disclosed that most of the pilots were trained in Nigeria, some in South Africa and USA.

Omole charged the newly decorated Captains and first officers to maintain the safety records Dana Air is known for.

The director of Dana Air flight operations explained that by the time he was employed, the airline has only two Nigerian captains who were trained for the MD 83 aircraft and the rest were foreigners, adding that today 80 percent of the workforces are now Nigerians.

He said Dana will continue to train new pilots on their own and will also bring in one or two from other airlines.

Omole added that the airline want all their pilots to come in as first officers and also grow from there as those who grow with them have better experience.

He explained further that the kind of bounding Dana Air enters with their pilots are the types the airline spends about $12000 – 13000 for initial training of the pilots which are deducted gradually from their salaries and within 18 months, all the money paid for the training are fully deducted and the pilot are free.

Speaking also at the event, Obi Mbanuzuo, the chief operating officer of Dana Air charged the newly decorated officers to put in their best for the airline.

Mbanuzuo said the airline has no fewer than 16 Captains and about 17 co-pilots.

He noted that the airlines has three planes flying, two abroad undergoing maintenance and another one in the country which will add to the number of airline’s fleets when the aircraft come back from maintenance this year .

Speaking on behalf of other newly decorated officers, Kalu Sylvester thanked the management of Dana Air for the opportunity given to them to serve.

He promised that they will be good ambassadors of the airline.

Kalu also promised that he will strive with his colleagues to maintain Dana’s safety record, on-time departure and other notable qualities the airline is known for.

The airline has also unveiled a special valentine promo for its esteemed guests. From 9th to 28th February 2018, guests travelling with their spouse or partner will only need to book a return ticket to get another free.

The airline also partnered Divine Eagle Ministry, a non-governmental organization to put smiles in the faces of children from four orphanages – Ijamido orphanage, St Monica orphanage, Light for the lost orphanage and Favid orphanage with a facility tour at the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2, before treating the kids to good food and gifts.

Kingsley Ezenwa, the Communications Manager of Dana Air, while chatting with the children at the event said, “Dana Air is committed to giving back to the society and in spending time with our families and loved ones this valentine, we felt the need to also remember and show love to the less privileged in our society.’’

Speaking further on the Valentine promo Ezenwa said, “Dana Air is enthusiastic about any initiative that unites the family or encourages love in the family and society. And the Valentine season provides the opportunity to further renew the bond of love in the family and between couples.’’

 IFEOMA OKEKE