NCAA, NASENI To Manufacture Helicopters Locally

NCAA, NASENI To Manufacture Helicopters Locally

  On Nov 15, 2018 3:33 PM, “OmThe Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure are set to collaborate on local manufacturing of helicopters. The NCAA is expected to provide relevant guides for NASENI, an agency designed to conduct developmental work in the areas of manufacturing. The Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASENI, Prof. Muhammed Haruna, during a courtesy visit to the NCAA on Wednesday, said the agency had placed an order for a Dynali H3 easy flyer sport ultralight helicopter for…

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AMCON To Divest Shares Off Arik, Aero

AMCON To Divest Shares Off Arik, Aero

Many local and international investors are showing interest in investing in Arik Air and Aero Contractors, our correspondent has learnt. It was gathered that since the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria made it known that it planned to divest its shares in the airlines, there had been a lot of interests from investors within and outside the country. The Head, Corporate Communications, AMCON, Jude Nwauzor, however, told newsmen that the corporation had yet to get a good offer for the transaction. “We need to get a good offer and reach…

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Air Peace: Impossible Charges Hamper Planned International Routes

Air Peace: Impossible Charges Hamper Planned International Routes

Air Peace has blamed aviation politics for the delay in starting its flights to long-haul routes, such as London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Dubai and Sharjah. The airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide, stated that the authorities of most of the international destinations approved for the carrier were either deliberately foot-dragging in processing its application or imposing frustrating conditions to discourage it from flying into their domains. Some of the destination countries, she said, responded to the airline’s application only after about two years. Where the destination countries reluctantly…

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Dana Air: FG Support Crucial For Domestic Airlines Survival

Dana Air: FG Support Crucial For Domestic Airlines Survival

Dana Air has said that there is a need for the Federal Government to improve on its support for domestic airlines, to enable them grow. The Chief Operating Officer of Dana Air, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, who made the appeal during the airline’s 10th anniversary, said domestic carriers had so much challenges to contend with. He noted that Nigerian airlines had for a long time been weighed down by infrastructure deficit at airports, multiple taxes, and high cost of aviation fuel, among others. He, however, stated that despite all the challenges…

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Sirika: Lufthansa Responsible For Nigeria Air Suspension

Sirika: Lufthansa Responsible For Nigeria Air Suspension

The governments of the United States of America and France are interested in Nigeria Air, the Federal Government announced on Thursday. It also dismissed claims that the process for the establishment of the national carrier was suspended due to the lack of investors. Speaking at the 5th Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum in Abuja, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, also explained that the planned national carrier was suspended because the first Transaction Adviser, Lufthansa, that was to spell out the ownership model in the privatisation and shareholding process, did…

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IATA: African Airlines Record 6% Passenger Demand

IATA: African Airlines Record 6% Passenger Demand

African airlines posted about six per cent rise in demand for airline passenger transport as demand slows globally in September 2018, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA noted that passenger traffic in September went down from 6.8 per cent in August, but capacity rose 4.9 per cent and load factor edged up 0.8 percentage point to 74.6 per cent. “The healthy growth is taking place against an increasingly challenging economic backdrop for the region’s largest economies, South Africa and Nigeria,” IATA noted. However, IATA said globally demand…

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Aviation Fuel Accounts For 40% Of Operational Cost

Aviation Fuel Accounts For 40% Of Operational Cost

Airline operators have attributed the high cost of air fares to outrageous cost of aviation fuel because of the importation of the product. They also said the product, which takes at least 40 per cent of operation cost, would have been selling for less than its present price if there is efficient distribution through pipelines and hydrants at the airports. Since this year purchase and travel cost of air tickets hovers around N36,000, which is equivalent to $100 for one-hour flight, which could rise as high N45,000 during peak periods….

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IATA Projects 8.2 Billion Global Passenger Traffic By 2037

IATA Projects 8.2 Billion Global Passenger Traffic By 2037

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Wednesday revealed that present trends in air transport suggest passenger numbers could double to about 8.2 billion by 2037. The latest update to IATA’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast, shows that an increasing shift Eastwards in the centre of gravity of the industry is behind the continued strong growth.Over the next two decades, the forecast anticipates a 3.5 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), leading to a doubling in passenger numbers from today’s levels. Africa will grow by a CAGR of 4.6 per cent,…

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Akure Airport Passenger Traffic On The Rise

Akure Airport Passenger Traffic On The Rise

The Akure Airport Manager, Mrs Cecilia Oguama, says passengers’ traffic at the airport has been growing steadily in the past one year. She stated that before now, the airport recorded low traffic of about 20 passengers monthly, adding that passenger traffic had grown to thousands. “Passenger traffic has increased tremendously. There was a time we had 10 people, 20 people; but right now, we have passengers in thousands, and 4,500 people per month,” she said. The manager attributed the growth to the commencement of flights by Air Peace following a…

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Sirika: Suspended Nigeria Air To Take-Off Soon 

Sirika: Suspended Nigeria Air To Take-Off Soon 

Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika receives UAE Ambassador in Nigeria, Fahad Altaffag in his office on Monday. Source: Twitter/UAE Embassy The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said that the Federal Government would soon announce the take-off of the suspended national carrier project, Nigeria Air. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria shared the news on their unverified Twitter handle, @FAAN_Official. Their tweet read, “BREAKING: Sirika Says National Carrier Project Take Off Date To Be Announced Soon…Stakeholders’ Forum Moved To Nov. 8” Sirika reportedly made this known during the…

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