The Chief Executive Officer of Overland Airways Limited, Capt. Edward Boyo has called on the general public and aviation stakeholders to respect local airline operators in the country because of the role they are playing in satisfying the travelling public.
Speaking at the Quarter4 2018 Business Breakfast Meeting organized by Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI), Boyo said “talking down on Nigeria airlines has become entertainment. At every opportunity, you talk down Nigerian airlines. Do you know what we go through to provide service? All we are doing is to provide service to passengers but what do we get? If you are in Nigeria, you must respect Nigerian airlines. Without the passengers, the airlines won’t be there. We set out to serve the customers. Unfortunately, we have a very hostile environment,” he said.
Boyo said Nigerians want cheap flights and top service but cannot pay for it, adding that until local flight is priced at a minimum of $200, the level of service being asked for may not be available. “We give the service but don’t get the price right,” he said.
On the preference of passengers for brand new aeroplanes, Boyo said the Nigerian market does not pay enough for an airline to have a new aircraft, even though “there is nothing like a brand new aircraft. Age of aircraft is measured in terms of circle and this is more important than the calendar. An aircraft can have 60 year old lifespan for calendar purposes but the key thing is airworthiness of that aircraft.”