Cross River State Government has taken delivery of the second plane to boost its fleet ahead of the formal commencement of commercial flight operations.
The Boeing 737-300, previously operated for AirBaltic as YL-BXX, landed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Tuesday night, amidst joy by officials of the state government led by the governor, Prof. Ben Ayade.
Re-registered as 5N-BYQ, the 21-year-old jet, which was stored at Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava in Czechia, before it was ferried down, was configured with an all-economy 144-seat cabin.
Earlier this month, the state government had taken delivery of its first aircraft, the Boeing 737-300 bought from Magnetic Leasing, to announce its readiness to partake in the nation’s aviation industry.
The State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade had said in an interview that his administration decided to float its own airline as well as a shipping line, as part of efforts to increase internally generated revenue and reduce the dependence on federal allocation.
Gov. Ayade had stated that the state was taking full advantage of its huge tourism potentials and vast maritime resources by going into both airline and maritime services.