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FAAN names Dana Airline as Best Domestic Carrier in Nigeria



Despite a plane crash that claimed the lives of 153 people some months ago and the fact that families of victims of the crash might find it offensive, Dana Airline has been named the best domestic carrier for 2011 by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Over the weekend, FAAN’s Regional General Manager, Mr. Chris Bature, said the airline was awarded the prize for its good customer relations and prompt payment of dues. He also added that the airline was selected because of its outstanding performance. “Mode of selection includes passenger capacity, frequency of the landing and take-off, their response to payment of bills. Among the domestic carriers, they were the best. They had the best volume, they were punctual in their operations,” Guardian quoted him as saying.

Reacting to a question on the timing of the award which is coming four months after the June 3rd Dana Air crash, Mr Bature explained that the award would have taken place earlier in the year and that the reward came after the operator’s license had been restored.

In all fairness, they did their best and we need to recognize that and encourage them to get back to their feet,” he added.

Dana’s Station Manager at the Abuja airport, Mr. Kayode Adeniran, stated that the airline’s commitment to best customer service and timely departure earned it the award. “We have this policy in our company that we must not delay passengers and we introduced another type of system. If your flight is delayed by 40 minutes, we give refreshments to all passengers that already had their boarding passes. So people were so impressed by our service.”

On June 3rd 2012, a Dana plane crashed into a residential area in Lagos state, killing the entire 153 passengers and crew members on board, in addition to other victims in the residential area. The Federal Government promptly seized its license, but restored it 93 days after the crash, provoking outrage across the country.

The Airline is already planning to resume operations soon and has commenced demonstration flights as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Although this award was presented based on the Airline’s performance in 2011, do you think this award is insensitive coming at a time when the pain and loss from the crash is still fresh in our minds?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Graceful

    October 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

    this is very pathetic….I WEEP FOR NIGERIA!

  2. Hesey

    October 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Dat was 2011….not now!

  3. non professional opinion

    October 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

    God punish the devil. Money can turn red into white in Nigeria.

  4. eesha

    October 22, 2012 at 10:57 am

    NIGERIA, i hail thee!!!

  5. Sylvia

    October 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

    This is a sick joke…

  6. jigga

    October 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

    This is really sad and pathetic!!!

  7. Abana

    October 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I don’t understand this. But let us look at things objectively. If a plane crashes in Nigeria, chances are that the airline will go bankrupt and that’s the end of that. But Dana still lives on. It was given back its license amidst outcries from many Nigerians and now it’s been given an award as best domestic carrier by FAAN.
    1. Whether or not they are the best, the fact that the was an air crash should have made FAAN withhold the award or give it to another airline.
    Are FAAN and the minister of avaition being objective at all? Cos it’s either DANA is indeed the best carrier in Nigeria, they have bribed numerous officials or their JUJU is STRONG!!!!!!

    • kem

      October 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      agreed with u, they re looking for means to bring them back by painting their image good…………………… politics smh

  8. Janet

    October 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This is the biggest insult!!! What kind of rubbish is this? So for those 160+ that lost their lives we should remember that “they tried their best” absolute rubbish. Nigeria we need to do better!’nn

  9. Theodora

    October 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Seriously yyyy this is bullshit, chiaoooooooooooooo Nigeria and their dirty politics, so is this how they want to get Dana back on by giving them this award, haba, who is masterminding this, who is behind this………Nigeria my country i no come understand again oohhhhhhh.

  10. Joke

    October 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Shame on so called FAAN

  11. feyi A

    October 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    two words….. shameless stupidity

  12. rew

    October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm


  13. Alake

    October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Insensitive bunch! if only they lost just one family member in the crash *hiss

  14. Nadia

    October 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    This should not come as a surprise to Nigerians. I mean, common, we know this is a country that has no value whatsoever for human life. This award reeks of insensitivity and absolute disregard for the lives that were lost in June.

  15. Chattyzee

    October 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Oh Gosh! How ironic? Bt on the on the other hand, their choices are limited so what can we say?

  16. Turn turn turner

    October 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Absolutely insensitive. People are still wearing black for their departed relatives for goodness sake! This is just like rubbing salt on their wounded hearts! Seriously could this announcement not wait? Of what benefit is it to declare this right now?

    RIP Maimuna dearest, we will never forget you and your beautiful family 🙁

  17. Nneka

    October 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    This is just sad. If they are the best airline in Nigeria, I wonder what you have to do to be the worst airline. Maybe kill more people.

  18. deiz

    October 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    This is wickedness on the part of FAAN. So because they pay their dues on time and serve refreshments when passengers are delayed qualifies them to be the best? without considering the lives that were lost cos of their carelessness. I mean, this is soooo unfair.

  19. folake

    October 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    This goes to show the depth of how bad things are in this country. we need to pray God help us.

  20. Ochuko

    October 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    What Nonsense!! Best wat??? Refreshment fire…. My uncle’s and his wife died and his body has still not been found. Dana Air Rendered my cousins orphans. 9ja sha, we focus on the wrong things atimes and it is so so SAD 🙁

  21. Gifty

    October 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Come on guyz, let’s sound educated here. I was priviledged to be @ d awards ceremony and it was done to honor recipients of 2011 not this year. The crash that occured this year 2012 was most unfortunate and I sympathize with the families. However, let’s not allow sentiments cloud our reasoning

    • ij

      October 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      since you are the only educated one here , will you agree that the timing was wrong, the celebration was done in bad taste , they should not have bothered about it , because it seems like they are celebrating an airline that was responsible for the death of so many people, its like a slap to the faces of those people who didn’t even have a body to bury , hence they will never have closure, so the sentiments expressed here are 100% valid

  22. chichi

    October 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    This is the same useless airline that my dad flew and said he almost had a heart attack and swore never to patronize them again..smh…
    “The Airline is already planning to resume operations soon and has commenced demonstration flights as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)”.. Really??clearly, something fishy is going on here..All these complaints will only make sense if nigerians refuse to use them..but hey, we are nigerians..all talk and no action..

  23. Blossom

    October 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    After all this our talking and commenting on BN, Dana Air will still record hefty PROFITS AFTER TAX . We need a violent revolution in this country, I swear.

    • feyi A

      October 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      dont be surprise that them dana buy the award for millions. nigeria don gbaje na curse de follow us so. smh

  24. Konnie

    October 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    The people that made the nominations and affirmed this idiocy should all be investigated for malpractice and given jobs where they can not affect peoples lives with their stupidity

  25. Banjo Omolara

    October 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    This is wickedness. I think Dana airline should have rejected the award based on moral obligation to the victims (dead).

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