The First Nation Airways has postponed resumption of its flight operations, earlier scheduled for September 15, by a few days. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the airline had on 17 August suspended operations to enable the aircraft in its fleet undergo maintenance. NAN, however, gathered from the airline’s ticket stand at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2, Lagos, that it might return to operations on September 17. A reliable source said that the equipment needed to fix the airplanes was only released by the Nigeria Customs Service a few days ago.
“It is hoped that the team of engineers would finish work on the engines before September 16 as the airline plans to resume operations immediately after the engines are fixed,2 it said.
Chimara Imediegwu, the FirstNation Airway’s Director of Flight Operations, had on 6 September, said that a team of engineers were coming to Nigeria to service the planes. He had debunked the claim that the airline was on the verge of folding up, stressing that it voluntarily grounded the aircraft at enormous cost to await the arrival of the manufacturer’s team.