British Airways Test Runs 25-Second COVID-19 Tests For Passengers

British Airways is testing a 25-second rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test ahead of the start of mass travel, which begins in a matter of days. The Pelican COVID-19 Ultra Rapid test is a saliva-based digital antigen test that identifies 98 per cent of people who are infected and 100 per cent of people who do not have the virus yet. The Independent of UK disclosed that the airline will experiment with the rapid test, developed by a firm known as Canary Global, on flight crew to compare the results against standard…

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2021 May Day Address By NUATE National President

May day 2021 address by the national president of national union of air transport employees (NUATE), Comrade Ben K. Nnabue 1.  It is with mixed feelings that I address you all, great members of our great union, on this 2021 May Day celebration. On the one hand, the crisis occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world of work, particularly that of aviation. And Nigeria is no exception. On the other hand, we are exceedingly grateful to our Maker for sparing us till date and granting us the…

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Air Peace First To Land At Brand New Anambra Airport

The management of Air Peace airline today recorded another first by becoming the first commercial airline in Nigeria to officially land at the Anambra International Passenger and Cargo Airport. The foremost airline deployed two of its aircraft- an Embraer 145 and a Boeing 737- for the demonstration flights to unveil the airport sited in the Umuleri axis of the state. Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State at the event Chief Allen Onyema who spoke at the event, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for approving and enabling the project. Onyema…

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Aviation Experts Blame FG For Not Investing In Aircraft Maintenance Facility

As the country grapples with capital flight in most sectors of the economy, aviation experts in Nigeria have criticised the federal government for failing to do anything to prevent capital flight by setting up a functional Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in the country. If that was done, they believe indigenous airlines in the country would not be spending the huge amount of money they do for offshore maintenance of aircraft continue unabated. Airline in Nigeria have continued to suffer under the heavy cost of embarking on these maintenances just…

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United Nigeria Airlines Begins Scheduled Flight Operations To Port Harcourt, Others

United Nigeria Airlines said it has commenced regular scheduled flight operations to the Domestic Wing of Port Harcourt International Airport. The inaugural flight to Port Harcourt, according to Head, Corporate Communications for the airline, Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, was expected to depart the Murtala Mohammed Airport terminal two (MM2) in Ikeja, Lagos at 1.30pm. Regular flights from Port Harcourt to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja was also expected to depart at 3:00pm daily while flights from Abuja to Port Harcourt would depart at 4:30pm every day. United Nigeria would also operate…

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Arik Air Resumes Lagos-Kano Direct Flights Operations

The management of Arik Air has said that the airline will be resuming direct flights from Lagos to the ancient city of Kano effective April 27, 2021. The three weekly flights, according to Adebanji Ola, the airline’s spokesman, will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Ola said the decision to reintroduce direct flights between Lagos and Kano was informed by the importance of both cities as centres of commerce, adding that Arik Air has always been known for the promotion of economic activities among the components states of Nigeria. Similarly,…

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Air Peace Pilots, Crew Receive Jabs

The pilots, cabin crew and other customer-facing personnel of Nigeria’s foremost airline, Air Peace, have started receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to help curtail the spread of the virus and give passengers more confidence to fly with the airline. Stanley Olisa, Spokesperson of Air Peace, who disclosed this to journalists on Friday, stated that the vaccine was being administered by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Olisa, who commended the Federal Government for making the vaccine available, stressed that Air Peace prioritises the wellbeing and safety of its staff and…

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NG Eagle: AMCON Planning Strategic Exit From Aviation Sector

Information reaching us from the head office of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in Abuja has it that the Corporation has concluded plans to float a Holding Company (HoldCo) structure, which will enable it warehouse, effectively manage and sell off all its aviation assets. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of AMCON Mr Ahmed Lawan Kuru has been harping on the need for a more strategic exit from the sector, which is heavily challenged especially since the dawn of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that crippled aviation businesses the world…

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Ethiopian Airlines Celebrates 75 Years Of Operations

On April 8, Ethiopian Airline Group, the largest Pan-African aviation group, celebrated its 75th anniversary. The airline made its maiden international flight on April 8, 1946 to Cairo, Egypt. Since then, the Airline has overcome the ups and downs of the aviation industry and the challenges unique to Africa to become Africa’s largest, most profitable and award-winning Aviation Group. Ethiopian kicks off a yearlong celebration under the theme “Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence”. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “As we celebrate 75 years of excellence, we take…

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Security Measures Put In Place Over Planned Terror Attacks On Nigerian Airports

Following the planned terror attacks on major Nigerian airports, the authorities have announced that security around the nation’s airports will be heavier. The ministry of aviation in the country received alert over planned attacks on airports across the country including Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos. A memo dated April 9, 2021 signed by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) deputy general manager of administration and logistics, S.M. Mamman and addressed to airport chiefs of security hinted that criminal elements were already planning attacks at the airports and that…

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