Tuesday 4 August 2015

2015 Hajj: Medview to transport 10,000 pilgrims

Medview Airlines on Monday said it would transport not fewer than 10,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2015 Hajj. 

The airline's Managing Director, Alhaji Muneer Bankole announced this while speaking at the inauguration of a new Boeing 767 to its fleet in Lagos.

Bankole noted that the airline would deploy a Boeing 777-200 to transport the pilgrims beginning from Aug. 16.

He said this would be first in the history of Pilgrimage in Nigeria, adding that the aircraft had capacity of 314 to 451 passengers.

The Boeing 777-200 is a family of long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliners developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. 

It is the world's largest twin jet and has a typical seating with a range of 5,235 to 9,380 nautical miles (9,695 to 17,372 km).

Bankole said with the inauguration of the Boeing 767, the aircraft in the airline's fleet had increased to six.

According to him, the aircraft which was bought on lease, with a registration number 5N-BQN, will be deployed to Jedda and Dubai route from September.

He said:"This was one of the message I gave to you at the beginning of the year that we are expecting a 767. This airplane flew last from Euro Mexico.

“We are, as usual, poised to give our customers the best of service and with the introduction of our additional new baby, we will definitely expand our fleet and operations. 

"The aircraft you are seeing today has undergone significant internal enhancements to ensure that our customers enjoy the unique and outstanding on-board experience they have come to expect from us.

"We bought the aircraft on lease purchase and for the aircraft to come here, we did a thorough C- Check it. 

"We flew the aircraft all the way from Atlanta to Lagos and it arrived on Sunday on scheduled for about 10-hour flight time," he said.

Bankole noted that the total seat capacity of the aircraft was 221, adding that it had 30 business class seats to meet the yearning of the airline's customers.

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