At this point, travellers must be wondering if there will ever be an airline that can be tagged best in Nigeria. Although the airline market in Nigeria is about to get better, promising passengers an improved travel experience with the innovative use of technology, we are still way behind the pecking order.
The "surprises" that passengers, particularly young ones, can look forward to which are the affordability, timeliness, comfort and refreshment are usually not met. Nowadays, airlines are capitalizing on the internet, and among others, Air Peace Airlines, Medview Airlines and Airk Airlines use the internet to ease the passengers' booking experience.
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Some airlines are changing the games, and they should be acknowledged. Maybe we should refer to them as the most popular airlines in Nigeria. Let's check them out below:
Air Peace Airline
The Air Peace currently offers Economy Class, Premium Economy and Business Class.
Air Peace allows passengers to check-in up to 25kg of luggage in Economy Class. If you are travelling in Business Class your allowance is increased to 40 kg of checked in luggage.
Each passenger (adult), is allowed to carry one piece (only) of hand luggage which must not weigh more than 6 kg in Economy class and 10kg in Business Class. The size may not exceeding 45x33x20 cm in addition to a carry-on purse or handbag or laptop.
Air Peace operates a loyalty program called “Peace Advantage”. Customers earn who are enrolled in the Peace Advantage program earn “Peace Points” which can be redeemed for air travel and other rewards. Air Peace serves the following destinations: Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Benin City, Lagos,Owerri and Port Harcourt.
In December 2016, an Akwa Ibom Indigene gifted a cow to Air Peace as a symbol of gratitude on behalf of the people of the state as the airline successfully completed its maiden flight to Uyo.
Azman Air Services Limited operates scheduled domestic passenger services with its main base in Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
Arguably one of the fastest growing privately owned Nigerian Airlines, the airline focuses on offering world-class aviation services, good customer relations, effective online services and operational competence in relation to punctuality and safety.
Their fleet of aircraft consists of the B737 series and has recently introduced 2 new generation aircraft to its fleet. They are both Boeing 777 series, the first of its kind in the history of Nigerian Aviation Industry for the purpose of conducting 2016 hajj operation and beyond. Azman Air flies to eight destinations: Kano, Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Yola, Maiduguri, Kebbi and Portharcourt.
Azman Air allows passengers to check-in up to 20kg of luggage in Economy Class. And if you are travelling in Business Class your allowance is increased to 30 kg of checked in luggage.
MedView Airline is a domestic and regional airline based at the Murtala Muhammed International in Lagos. Known as “the airline of Nigeria”, MedView was founded in 2007 to provide rescue operations for pilgrims stranded in Ilorin, Lagos, Sokoto, Maiduguri and Yola, as part of an operation controlled by the authorities of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON).
It wasn’t until November 2012 that the airline began to provide domestic commercial services to the Nigerian travel market. Since then, the airline has expanded its reach to include destinations such as Abuja, Port Harcourt, Yola, Enugu and Maiduguri in Nigeria, as well as Accra in Ghana and London-Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom.
As of October 2014, MedView Airline offers a fleet of 5 aircraft that includes three Boeing 737-400, one Boeing 737-500 and a Boeing 767-300ER.MedView has various industry standard baggage allowances in place for travellers - a maximum of 23kg for Economy class domestic flights and 40kg for business class regional flights.
The aircraft are clean and well-maintained and the cabin crew are dedicated to ensuring the safety and comfort of each passenger. Standard seating arrangements are found onboard each aircraft, which means sufficient legroom and overhead compartment space comes standard.
Dana Air, with its tumultuous history after the 2012 crash is said to have come a long way. The airline re-opened for business in 2014, under the command of Francois Bouteiller (Director of Flight Operations).
Dana Airlines Limited, part of the Dana Group of Companies, is a fully private sector-owned carrier operating as Dana Air. Headquartered in Ikeja, Dana Air serves domestic routes to a handful of Nigerian destinations alongside its charter operations. Its white, red and blue aircraft, featuring the slogan “the smartest way to fly”, offer convenient and low cost flights. The airline is also responsible for the operation of a virtual carrier called Imo Air, operating regular scheduled passenger flights in Imo State.
Dana Air currently has a fleet of 5 aircraft that includes one Boeing 737-500 and four McDonnell Douglas MD-83s, soon to be replaced by a Boeing 737-800. Dana Air is due to lease five Boeing 737-800s from Ryanair to bolster their fleet in the near future.
The airline has various baggage allowances in place for travellers with a maximum weight of 30kg for Business Class passengers, 23kg for Economy Class passengers and10kg for infants. Hand luggage should not exceed 6kg or 45cm x 33cm x 20cm.
Dana Air passengers can expect a basic yet comfortable in-flight experience. As all the flights are domestic, no long haul entertainment or facilities are available. Music and videos are provided on all flights as well as light meals. Special meal requirements must be made known prior to departure. The airline also offers an in-flight magazine Cloud 9. Partnerships/Code Share Agreements Dana Air is currently in no partnerships with other airline service providers.
Arik Air in Nigeria flies to about 20 domestic destinations with hubs at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV) and is headquartered in Lagos. The airline's fleet of 25 Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Hawker planes have both one-cabin (Economy Class) and two-cabin (Economy Class and Business Class) configurations.
The Arik Air frequent flyer program is called Affinity Wings. Affinity Wings points are earned when you make an Arik Air booking. The frequent flyer program is designed to reward customers with free flights, upgrades & excess baggage allowance on international and domestic services.
Arik Air makes business travel a pleasure. Business travellers flying in Premier Business Class can relax and unwind in Arik’s exclusive onboard bar and lounge. The ‘Kira’ bar is situated in the centre of the business cabins. It has bar seats as well as a surrounding seating area for guests to enjoy complimentary drinks. The Kira Bar is stocked with a selection of well-known brand name spirits, red and white wine, champagne, beer and of course a selection of soft drinks.
First Nation airline operates scheduled passenger flights to Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. Officially known as First Nation Airways Ltd, the airline was founded in 2011 and headquartered at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.
The airline operates a fleet of three Airbus A319 aircraft. While its current focus is domestic, it has stated on its website that its ambition is to expand regionally as well. The airline operates on the SSS principle, focusing on Safety, on-time Scheduling and Service.