Medview Airline starts airlift of 448 pilgrims from Osun state
Medview Airline commenced the airlift of 448 pilgrims from Osun state, Nigeria, on Monday.
The pilgrims were airlifted in a Boeing 747-400 aircraft newly acquired by the Airline.
Managing director and chief executive of Medview, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said three aircraft- B747-400, B777-200 and B767-300- were on standby for the operations, adding that the airline would operate 150 flights throughout the period of the exercise.
Bankole said the airline became the first choice of Saudi Arabia authorities for its integrity, consistency and quality services for 10 years since the airline’s foray into Hajj operations.
He said: “We are highly fulfilled. We give thanks to Allah for the life of the company and for life of Nigerians who are fulfilling their five pillars of Islam, the religious obligation.
“As you can see, we are fully on ground. The aircraft are all here. The 777-200 ER, 747-400ER and the 767-300 ER. We are going to run about 50 flights in and on the way 50, and we do another 50 in to go and bring them.
“We’ve done over 300,000 flights so far an average of 150 flights per exercise running for years. We feel fulfilled and we thank God. So the Saudi Authorities believe in this company and that is why they gave us the first choice”.
The South-West Commissioner assured that adequate arrangements had been put in place by the Commission.”
He added: “We’ve trained our pilgrims that you don’t walk in the crowd, you avoid crowd as much as possible. We have told all our pilgrims that you must follow your officials because they have the right information and with the e-track system, we can talk to all Nigerians from the tracking in their hands. So it makes it easy for us to reach out to them.”