Dana Air and Ibom Air have signed into existence a code share agreement, the first ever in the Nigerian aviation industry.

The signing which took place on Friday is geared towards boosting business for both airlines’ by providing more route and schedule options, easy connectivity for the flying public and more importantly, profitability for both airlines in a highly competitive domestic market.

While speaking at the event, the Chief  Executive Officer of Ibom Air, Mr. George Uriesi noted that a code share between two airlines is quite beneficial as the alliance provides increased capacity and frequencies into shared destination as well as providing options for the travelling public.

In his words he said, “With the initiation of this business alliance, both airlines have embraced a key global best practice. At Ibom Air, our business model and unwavering commitment remains schedule reliability, on- time departures and excellent service. Hence we are constantly on the lookout for better and more effective ways to serve our customers.”

“It took finding the right partner with the same mind set as yours. With the same philosophy committed to provide the basics to the customers, schedule reliability, on-time performance and excellent service essentially the philosophies that tie the two airlines.”

Also speaking, Accountable Manager/ Chief Operating Officer of Dana Air, Mr. Mbanuzuo said, “This discussion started about a year ago and we are happy to be here today, formalising it. This is the first of its kind for domestic airlines in Nigeria and a huge step in the right direction for both Dana Air and Ibom Air.”

A codeshare agreement, also known as codeshare, is a business arrangement, common in the aviation industry, in which two or more airlines publish and market the same flight under their own airline designator and flight number as part of their published timetable or schedule.