Interview with Chief Innocent Njoku, CEO Trans Atlantic Airlines
EXCLUSIVE interview with Chef Innocent Njoku, CEO of Trans Atlantic Airlines
On July 2, 2003 the Chief Executive officer of the new Trans Atlantic Airlines, Chief Innocent Njoku sat down for an exclusive interview with our Interviewing staff (Felix Nnorom and Oliver Mbamara, Esq.) at the New York head office of Trans Atlantic Airlines, located at 132 Nassau Street, Suite 411, New York, New York.
Below is the text of the interview.
AE: Good evening and thank you for granting us this exclusive interview.
Chief: Thank you, very much. I am glad that you could make it.
AE: Chief, congratulations again on the inception of this bold venture - The Trans Atlantic Airlines.
Chief: Thank you.
AE: Since the successful inauguration of this airline, we have been getting e-mails and sometimes verbal queries from those who browse through our coverage of your inauguration on our website. Their questions mainly bothered on when the airline will commence services to the many Africans yearning to fly with it.
Chief: First, let me commend you for the wonderful work you are doing through your website - www.AfricanEvents.com.
AE: Thank you indeed. We are flattered.
Chief: Yes, we are ready to start servicing the African routes, but as you know we want to be excellently ready before we embark on it. Everything is being authenticated through the necessary aviation authorities. Some time in September, we will launch our inaugural flight and all will be let loose.
AE: Presently, what is your anticipated flight arrangements?
Chief: We have scheduled Two flights (KC 510) to take off thrice weekly (every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) from New York (JFK) and Baltimore respectively. The flights (KC510) will return every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday respectively.
The route will be JFK-Banjul-Lagos, and Baltimore-Dakar-Freetown-Lagos. Soon we will be adding a Houston-Freetown-Lagos route.
AE: What kind of Aircraft are using?
Chief: We are using the Airbus 330, the newest Aircraft to ply that route.
AE: What other developments are we expecting from your airline.
Chief: Thank you for asking that question. We have opened offices in Freetown and Lagos. In Lagos, we are at No. 11 Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, and our contact person is Mr. Augustine Mgbemere, Phone: 080-23044794. In Freetown, our office is at No. 10 Howe Street , Freetown, Sierra Leone, and our contact person is Mr. Sidie M. Tunis; Phone: 232-2221344, Fax: 232-22221345. E-mail - Sidietunis@yahoo.co.uk
AE: It is exciting to know that everything is on course.
Chief: Yes, in fact, we will be holding a press conference very soon (this month) to bring the public up to par with what is going on and how we are proceeding. You are invited in advance.
AE: thank you, Chief. We will certainly be there.
Chief: In addition, you are also invited to travel with us in our inaugural flight so you can see and report everything for your self.
AE: That is very thoughtful and generous, Chief. We will take you up on that, and thank you for your time.
Chief: Thank you for having me, and keep up the good work.
AE: Thank you.
INTERVIEW BY: Oliver Mbamara, Esq. and Felix Nnorom, July 2, 2003