Monday 5 November 2012

DANA Air Safety Commitment and Re-Certification Update.

By Tony Usidamen
(Head,Corporate Communication,Dana Air)

The provision of safe, reliable world-class air transport services has always been our focus at Dana Air and we will continue to adhere strictly to safety procedures as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act and all other relevant local and international regulations.


·Following the lifting of the suspension on the airline’s operations by the Federal Government on September 5, 2012, the airline commenced a process of recertification by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The recertification exercise is a standard safety measure taken by the authorities to ensure that all the aircrafts in the fleet are fully serviceable, and Dana Air has been cooperating fully in the exercise.

·Of the 5 aircrafts in our fleet, 3 are currently on ground at MMA2 and have undergone thorough internal engine inspection and systems by NCAA, while the other 2 are undergoing scheduled C-Checks in Istanbul, Turkey and Miami, Florida. The airline also organised an independent inspection of all aircrafts by Aircraft Leasing and Management (ALM) - a leading aviation consulting company based in the United Kingdom.

·A five-year contract has been signed with FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. for its flagship automated information reporting system (AFIRS) 228 at an estimated 1M USD. The contract requires the Canadian firm to install the AFIRS 228 on all the five (5) Boeing MD-83 aircrafts in our fleet to provide real-time flight data monitoring and to assist in achieving maintenance and operational efficiencies.

· Station inspections including operations offices, engineering stores and maintenance facilities have been completed. Airline procedures and manuals verification have also been concluded, and credentials of key post holders and management staff have been satisfactorily verified.

·Refresher courses and recurrent training for all our staff have been completed: All Pilots have gone through Simulator Training, Crew Resource Management (CRM), Familiarization and Touch and Go Flights Training as well as Ground School Training; Cabin Crew Recurrent Training has been completed and, as recommended by the NCAA, the programme included additional days for safety and fire drills. All ground staff have also concluded requisite training.

· More than 50 hours of Demonstration Flights, with full crew and NCAA inspectors on board, were successfully completed on October 24, 2012, and the airline is expected to be issued its new Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in a few days.

· Beyond the requirements by the NCAA, the airline is also committed to completing all audit requirements for listing in the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry by 2013, a process it began several months back. IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents about 240 airlines worldwide and IOSA is the benchmark for global safety management in airlines.

The programme is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. The implementation of IOSA recommended practices by member airlines ensures continuous updating of standards to reflect regulatory revisions and the evolution of best practices within the industry.

Vision & Mission Statement
Dana Air’s vision is “To be recognized and respected as Nigeria’s most reliable and customer-friendly airline”, and her mission is “To earn the loyalty and respect of our customers by consistently demonstrating our commitment to service, and providing affordable regional air transport services that focus on innovation, quality and service excellence.”

Courtesy: Nigerian Aviation News


  1. I hope a proper due process attitude will be implemented this time, the families of all those who lost their lives should give DANA perspective on the dangers of neglect.