SAD: How Indonesia Plane Missed Shortly After Take-Off

According to reports monitored by the AFP, Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air lost contact with one of its Boeing 737 passenger planes shortly after take-off from the capital Jakarta, the transport ministry said Saturday. “A Sriwijaya (Air) plane from Jakarta to Pontianak (on Borneo Island) with call sign SJY182 has lost contact,” said ministry spokesman Adita Irawati. “It last made contact at 2:40 pm (0740 GMT).” It was unclear how many passengers and crew were aboard the Boeing 737-500, which has a capacity of about 130, when it took off from Jakarta’s…

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Capt. Ado Sanusi Resigns From Aero Contractors

File photograph of Capt. Ado Sanusi (left) with Mr Aminu Ismail, Executive Director Operations, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) during the launch of the Aero MRO in Lagos  After four years in the saddle, one of the most experienced aviation personalities in Nigeria, Captain Ado Sanusi has resigned from his position as the Managing Director of Aero Contractors. The decision by the brilliant aircraft pilot to leave at a critical period of the carrier’s life was not immediately made known to the media. But Jude Nwauzor, Head, Corporate Communications…

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Nigerian Airlines Share N4b Palliative As Azman, Air Peace Receive ‘Lion’s Share’

At long last, the list of other beneficiaries of the palliative in the aviation industry has been released by the authorities. Interestingly, it was not only the airlines that benefited from the largesse as aviation ground handling companies, aviation fuel marketers, registered airport taxi operators and travel agents were among the beneficiaries. The palliative was created by the federal government to help get them out of the woods following the devastating effects of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that nearly destroyed the aviation and travel industry following travel restrictions and…

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Air Peace Operates Direct, Non-stop Flight to Jamaica

Air Peace in a show of strength, has added to its list of achievements by embarking on a direct, nonstop 11 hours flight from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos to the Island country of Jamaica on December 21, 2020. The airline deployed one of its three Boeing 777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BVE for the historic flight, which departed at 17:00hrs conveying 132 passengers on board and has arrived Montego Bay, Jamaica. The aircraft will fly into Montego Bay again on December 27, 2020 for the return flight…

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Nigeria’s Air Peace Launches Direct Flights To Johannesburg, South Africa

Air Peace, one of Nigeria’s leading local carriers has launched direct flight services between Lagos and Johannesburg even as Chief Allen Onyema, the Chairman of the airline insists that Nigeria airlines were capable of breaking barriers only if given the enabling environment to operate. Onyema, made the who spoke with journalists at the end of a brief ceremony organised to mark the launch of the flight at the Murtala Muhmmed International Airport, Lagos expressed satisfaction at the accomplishment of Air Peace, said Nigerians will now heave a sigh of relief…

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Nick Fadugba, Peter Tshisevhe, June Crawford, Others To Serve On Interim Board Of SAA

The government of South Africa has appointed Mr. Nick Fadugba as one of six other personalities to serve as members of the Interim Board of South African Airways (SAA) for the repositioning of the ailing airline. Until this appointment, Fadugba is President and Chief Executive Officer of African Aviation Services Limited He would serve on the board with Mr. Geoff Qhena, Mr. Peter Tshisevhe, Ms. June Crawford, Ms. Bembe Zwane and Professor Edna van Harte. The appointment, which was announced through the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said the board…

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Arik Re-Strategises Amid Challenges

By Wole Shadare Nigeria’s flag carrier then, Arik was a model to many airlines in the country. The airline burst unto the country’s aviation scene. Never had Nigeria witnessed entrant of a new airline with brand new airplanes like what Arik did by purchasing the newest airplanes comprising wide-body A340, A330, B737NextGen and smaller state-of-the art aircraft. The airline was a reference point as it competed with recognized global airlines in terms of fleet and quickly spread its wings outside the shores of Nigeria to London Heathrow, Johannesburg, Dubai, New…

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Emirates Airlines Biofuel Powered Environmentally Friendly A380s Out

Emirates has rolled out its 116th A380 as the first of three A380s to join its fleet in 2020. The newest member of the Emirates fleet is powered by a blend of jet fuel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). This is the first time the airline is using SAF to power an A380. The biofuel used for the flight was produced from used cooking oil in Finland. Emirates is scheduled to receive two more A380 aircraft later this month, one of which will feature its long-awaited signature Premium Economy product.…

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Airlines Reach Settlement Plan Agreement With NCAA Over N22bn Debt  

Nigeria’s domestic airlines operators we gather, have reached an agreement with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on how to defray the N22 billion debt they owe to aviation agencies. Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the NCAA, made this disclosure in Lagos on Thursday when the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation did oversight of the agency. It would be recalled that the minister of aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, had at recent public hearing in Abuja revealed that local airlines’ total debts to the aviation agencies stood at N22…

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Ibom Air Records 96% On-Time Performance In November

Maintained above 95% average all year Ibom Air has reported an On-Time-Performance (OTP) this November of 96% after steadily improving on services month after month since the restart after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced the operators to shut down businesses earlier in March. According to the management of Ibom Air, the airline throughout the year maintained its above ninety-five per cent on the average all year round providing one of the best statistics for OTP on the average across board. The airline, which placed the announcement on its website compared…

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