Nigeria’s biggest carrier to acquire more aircraft to deepen market penetration

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Air Peace, Nigeria’s biggest carrier has disclosed that the airline will be acquiring more narrow-body and wide-body aircraft to deepen its no-city-left-behind project.

Allen Onyema, the carrier’s Chairman said the airline, which recently placed a firm order for 10 brand new Embraer 195-E2 jets and purchase rights for 20 aircraft of the same model, had ordered seven more 50-seater Embraer 145 jets to strengthen its operations under its subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper. The airline had earlier taken delivery of six Embraer 145 jets.

Onyema disclosed these during the inauguration of its board members in Lagos.  

Emeka Ngige, Renowned lawyer, Mutiu Sunmonu, former Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Benedict Adeyileka, former acting Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, and other new directors of Air Peace have assured of their readiness to work with Allen Onyema, and Alice Onyema, Vice Chairman, to deliver on the airline’s vision to transform air travel and project a positive image for Nigeria in the global aviation community.

The new directors of the airline, including Ekaete Bassey Okoro, the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Topnotch Integrated Concepts Limited, Mohammed Danjuma, Coordinator of the North East Recovery and Stability Programme (NERSP), Oluwatoyin Olajide, the carrier’s Chief Operating Officer, and Ejiro Eghagha, Chief of Administration and Finance, made the pledge on Wednesday in Lagos when they were inaugurated as members of Air Peace Board of Directors.

In a related development, Allen Onyema, Air Peace Chairman has urged Nigerians with means to invest in the country to complement the economic development efforts of the government, saying he set up the airline primarily to create jobs for the people and give the country a place of pride in the global aviation community. 

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NCAT to sensitise public on opportunities in aviation sector at its maiden event

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The Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Abdulsalami Muhammed has said that the management expects at least 1,500 guests for its maiden Open Day programme slated for Monday next week at the college.

Muhammed also said that the essence of the programme was to sensitise the public on the activities of the college, saying that several students were ignorant of the opportunities that abounded in the sector.

The programme tagged: ‘Understanding What We Do Here,’ the college said would further attract potential aviation professionals to its activities.

A statement personally signed by the rector and made available to aviation correspondents in Lagos, stated that the programme was opened to all students across the country, including undergraduates from higher institutions of learning.

Besides, he emphasised that parents and aviation enthusiasts all over the country were also being expected for the programme, stressing that apart from piloting, NCAT also does training for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs), engineers and cabin crew among others.

He said: We actually want the world to know about NCAT and its activities. We are the foremost aviation college in this country and indeed on the continent, but unfortunately, some people especially parents and students are still ignorant of the several courses we offer in this institution.

“To many, NCAT is all about piloting and nothing else, but we have to create awareness and let them know that we do more than piloting. There are many potential aviation professionals out there that don’t know much about our activities. We hope to change that orientation with the Open Day that will take place on Monday May 27, 2019 at the college.”

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Relief for airlines as 11,000bpd modular refinery starts aviation fuel production in July

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Niger Delta Exploration and Production plc, an indigenous oil company and marginal field operator, says its upgraded 11,000 barrels per day capacity modular refinery will go into full production in July this year with Jet A fuel as one the additions to its production. If the plan carries through, it will come as great relief…

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Breaking: FG to close down Enugu airport over security reasons

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The federal government has disclosed plans to shut down Akanu Ibiam International Airport over security reasons.

Some of these reasons include its bad runway and landing aids, the presence of market close to the airport attracting birds, leading to constant bird strikes and the wrong placement of the state radio mast directly facing the run way.

Hadi Sirika, Minister of State, Aviation said these challenges poses great security threats to the lives passengers and airport users and the airport has to be shut down to address these challenges.

Speaking during the 6th Stakeholder Forum in Lagos, Sirika stressed that the corporation of Enugu State governor will be needed to remove the market and radio masts.

Sirika also disclosed that the rehabilitation of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos will require about 14 billion naira.

“The Lagos airport was built to handle N200,000 people but today Lagos airport is handling eight million people. So it must collapse. Julius Berger will help give it the new look it requires.

“The airport generates most of the income, so it is only right we give it facelift it requires,” Sirika added.

He assured that the new Lagos airport terminal will be completed by the end of this year, so some of the operations at the old terminal can be moved to the new airport.

He disclosed that it is it only after the new terminal is completed that the old one can be brought down and rehabilitation will begin.

He disclosed that out of 157 aviation projects the administration set out to achieve, it has completed about 130 of such projects.

 

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South African Airways to launch direct service to Guangzhou, China

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South African Airways (SAA), one of the leading carriers on the African continent, will launch direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, China, on 18 September 2019, giving customers access to the heart of China’s export led manufacturing industries.

This is yet another strategy implementation initiative aimed at enhancing SAA’s route network.

“The decision to launch this direct service between Johannesburg and Guangzhou means we remain on track in executing our strategy to transform SAA into a fit for the future airline that will operate both efficiently and competitively,” Vuyani Jarana SAA CEO said.

The Guangzhou route will cater to a spectrum of travellers between Johannesburg and China including business and corporate travellers and will be of special interest to traders. Cargo operations will complement the viability of this route considering that high value cargo is sourced from Guangzhou.

According to statement issued by the airline, SAA will be the only carrier operating a direct service between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, with flight time of approximately 13 hours and 40 minutes, providing the shortest travel time on a nonstop basis between the two points.

“There will be three new flights per week to Guangzhou, in South China, and these will complement SAA’s current operations to Hong Kong. This means, SAA will fly four times a week to Hong Kong.  Airbus A340-300 aircraft will operate both the Guangzhou and Hong Kong routes.

“Guangzhou is the largest city in the Guangdong province in South China and the third largest Chinese city after Beijing and Shanghai. It is an important transportation hub and trading port, located on the Pearl River about 120km Northwest of Hong Kong.”

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