A maiden flight of Imo Air owned by the Imo State Government, on Tuesday, January 24, landed at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, Owerri with the first set of passengers.
A release issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Rochas Okorocha, Sam Onwuemeodo, said that the governor led members of the state executive council and thousands of residents of the state to the airport to celebrate the feat.
The 140-Seater plane, with Imo Air written boldly on the body, landed at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport at exactly 11.42 pm, is being operated for the State by DANA Airline.
Governor Okorocha claimed the state was yet to get the requisite license to operate full blown airline.
In his speech at the airport Governor Okorocha said it has been his dream and desire to position Imo State on the fast lane of development, prosperity and growth, adding that he won’t rest on his oars until that dream is realised.
Chief Operating Officer of DANA AIR, Mr. Mbanuzuo Obi said, “The partnership between DANA and the good people of Imo State will create employment and better working relationship for the State. Imo AIR is in safe hands and the choice of DANA AIR for the partnership is an excellent choice as DANA AIR is registered with INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION operations and security treasuring”.