ARIK Air remains best airline for us, says NFF
Just as ARIK Air came out on Sunday night to explain that its plane conveying the Nigeria U-23 team to The Gambia for a training camp did not
lose an engine, NFF President Amaju Pinnick yesterday regretted the misunderstanding that led to panic reports of ‘lost engine’ and ‘near plane
Pinnick stated: “I was contacted immediately after the incident and I know that the airplane was not in any serious problem. When these things happen,
the tendency is for people to sensationalise.
“ARIK Air has remained one of the safest and best airlines, and we will continue to patronize them. They have provided us excellent services in
recent times, flying the Super Eagles to and from Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Swaziland, without any untoward incident.”
Pinnick commended the aircraft in ARIK’s fleet and said the airline’ssafety precautions are marvelous.
“They have flown us with their excellent Boeing 737-800 and the Bombardier Jet in recent times, and players and officials have never had any reason to complain.” ARIK flew the Super Eagles to and from Tanzania for a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in September, flew the Eagles B delegation to and from Burkina Faso for a 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier in October and also flew the Super Eagles to and from Swaziland for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier last week.
The NFF yesterday reiterated the statement by ARIK Air’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, Banji Ola, that “the captain saw an indication light and as a precautionary measure, he had to make an air return.