Ooni Enitan Ogunwusi, has commended the management of Arik Air for flying the flag of Nigeria high and reiterated the need for Nigerians to patronise what was theirs.
The Ooni gave the royal endorsement when he and his entourage flew Arik Air from Lagos to New York on a tour of America recently.
The Ooni, who was accompanied by his wife, Olori Wuraola, was received by a team from Arik Air led by the Chief Pilot, Capt. Adetokunbo Adekunbi, at the departure lounge of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
According to a statement signed by Arik Air’s Communications Manager, Mr Ola Adebanji, on Tuesday in Lagos, Ooni Ogunwusi said his decision to fly Arik to New York was a deliberate one aimed at “reinforcing the need to patronise our own.”
The statement said the Ooni, while reiterating his foremost position in Yoruba land, expressed optimism that his flying Arik Air with other traditional rulers would bring good fortune to the airline.
It said the Ooni’s entourage, numbering over 50, had no fewer than 10 other Yoruba traditional rulers from Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States.
Arik Air is Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline and operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
The airline operates a fleet of 28 state-of-the-art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft, including two Airbus A340-500. It operates a combined number of about 120 daily flights from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja and currently serves 19 destinations.