‘Why we are not operating flights’

First Nation Airways on Thursday said it is not currently operating flights because of its Airbus 319 fleet is undergoing maintenance.

The airline said its current operational challenges are attributable to the over 70 per cent devaluation of the Naira.

According to a statement by the Head of Commercial, Serah Awogbade  said the aircraft maintenance will be completed by September 15, 2016.

The statement reads: “First Nation is currently undergoing maintenance on A319 fleet.

“This maintenance exercise will be completed on or before September 15th, 2016.

“The Airline planned this maintenance action well ahead, notified passengers and flights are currently loaded online effective September 15th, 2016 – this will ensure that passengers continue to enjoy safe and reliable service that the airline is reputed for.

“Current foreign exchange constraint coupled with over 70 per cent devaluation of Naira partly contributed in no small l measure to the development . The Airline’s plan remains on track to reinstating service as advised herein.

“First Nation Airways is IATA IOSA certified and operates a fleet of Airbus A319.

“The airline is aware of a Press re lease by NCAA and the Authority was formally informed by ourselves . At First Nation , Safety is our priority and we look forward to restating service shortly upon completion of current maintenance upgrade.”

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