Why we shut operations temporarily, by Max Air - THE GUARDIAN
SEPTEMBER 01, 2023
By Wole Oyebade
A domestic carrier, Max Air, has pledged commitment to safe operation, even if it warrants a temporary shutdown of operations to clear doubts.
The airline has lately grounded flight operations, following a similar invention by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in July 2023.
Executive Director of the airline, Shehu Wada, said what they sell is safety, and “we pride ourselves by our sincerity and commitment to safe and secure operation.”
He said the airline would remain focused on delivering safe and efficient flight services to Nigerians despite “attempt by some individuals and those he called fifth columnists to drag the airline back.”
Wada added that the airline has confidence in the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over the recent audit of the airline, saying the regulatory authority had done a very thorough job.
“We will not allow anybody to drag us back. Our audit is open. We may not be perfect, but safety is what we sell.
“We have been in operation over the last decade without a single accident and that is because we continue to prioritise safety in what we do. We don’t joke with the safety of our passengers and crew,” he added.
Wada recalled the recent incident involving one of the aircraft of the airline where a huge volume of water was found in the tank, saying it was an isolated case, which the airline quickly noticed and decided to ground itself before the NCAA waded in.
According to him, after the NCAA certified the airline to resume operation, it was further grounded to enable it to close other gaps identified in the operation.
He said the NCAA as a responsive and responsible regulatory authority remained thorough in its regulation of airlines to sustain the safety rating of the airline’s industry in Nigeria and internationally.
“The NCAA has certified us, and the NCAA would not want anything that would drag it in the mud in the discharge of its operation.
“When we noticed something was wrong, we were the first to announce that we were suspending our operation before the NCAA waded in. The NCAA came and it was thorough with their findings. When the NCAA noticed something was wrong again, they still grounded us until they verified everything.”
Wada stated that the founder of the airline, Dahiru Mangal, would not be discouraged by his patriotism and commitment to contributing to the development of Nigeria through his investments in various sectors.