I booked a DANA Air flight to Lagos for the next day as I had a meeting with the P.A. of the CEO of an organisation.
Someone I had just met introduced me to the P.A. via phone, so the P.A. and I arranged to meet in two days’ time; and hours later I booked a ticket to Lagos.
This is one of the reasons I love doing business in Nigeria – as long as you get out there and network, you’re always couple of contacts away from a business deal you want!
Next day on my way to the airport I was a bit apprehensive about flying with DANA Air as a friend of mine commented (after I bought my ticket) that she hasn’t used the airline since one of their planes crashed a few years ago. I replied ‘surely they’ve sorted out the problems that caused the crash?’, but inner me is thinking, “oh crap, this is all I need! My flight is in a few hours’ time and the ticket is non-refundable!” You can tell the inner me is an optimist, can’t you?
I know my life is irreplaceable, so I’ll just have to do some serious prayers before the plane takes off; like the passengers did in Kevin J’s flight…
Got on the plane, the pilot’s announcement was in Queen’s English and then pidgin English. That was unexpected. I’ve used other domestic airlines for travel between Abuja and Lagos, and I have never heard the flight announcement being made in pidgin English, so I’m already wondering what the deal is with DANA Air. I don’t mind pidgin at all, but this is not what I need when I’m hoping for a serious person who wouldn’t crash the plane!
Then he starts singing. The pilot is singing. No really, this is happening right now. The pilot of the plane I’m on to Lagos for a business meeting is singing. Can I get off? No, I can’t. The plane is already moving. I suppose attempting to jump out of a moving plane may be regarded as a tad…panicky, or even crazy.
Now see, I don’t care too much that the plane has crashed before, I know it’s nowhere near my time so I’m safe; but this ‘nails-on-a-blackboard’ noise disguised as singing, makes me want to jump off the plane!! Why, dear God??? Why is this happening to me!?!
The pilot is singing about the airline, thanking us for using it, that we’re the best customers ever and that they’re grateful we’re using DANA Air. I’m wondering why he couldn’t just say that, I’d even happily hear it in pidgin but I guess it wouldn’t be an experience if he did. But why did he have to go on for so long??
I look around me in disbelief as other passengers are laughing, laughing very hard; some are saying it’s so nice that an airline is expressing their gratitude this way. Others, like me, aren’t so amused. I keep telling myself ‘in 50 minutes you’ll be out of here’; then I realise something…I’m no longer thinking about their safety record!
Score for DANA Air!!