Wednesday, 31 August 2016

List of Domestic Destinations Aero Contractors Services

With the announcement that the airline will commence indefinite flight suspension from September 1, 2016, customers will have to choose another airline.
Aero Contractors operates from her hub in Lagos to the following domestic destinations.

Nigeria’s Foremost Domestic Airline; Aero Contractors Suspends Operations Indefinitely

The Nigerian economy is biting hard on individual s and businesses. Many businesses are struggling and airlines are the worst hit as every aspect of airlines business is dollar-driven.
Now Aero Contractors Airline which used to be the pride of the aviation sector in Nigeria can no longer sustain scheduled flight operations! From tomorrow, September 1, 2016 Aero….the reliable way to fly will go off the radar indefinitely. Members of staff have also been sent on compulsory leave of absence pending when the airline is able to resume flight services.
This is shocking but it is the reality as announced by the Chief Executive Officer of the airline; Capt. Fola Akinkuotu.
A statement from Akinkuotu says Aero will suspend scheduled flight services from September 1 to re-strategize and re-position the airline to profitability.
The statement by Capt. Akinkuotu reads “The impact of the external environment has been very harsh on our operational performance, hence management decision to suspend scheduled services operations indefinitely effective September 1, 2016 pending when the external opportunities and a robust sustainable and viable plan is in place for Aero Contractors to recommence its scheduled services. The implication of the suspension of scheduled services operations extends to all staffs directly and indirectly involved in providing services as they are effectively to proceed on indefinite leave of absence during the period of non-services,”
He added that “We are aware of the impact this will have on our staff and our highly esteemed customers, hence we have initiated moves to ensure that we are able to return back to operations within the shortest possible time, offering reliable, safe and secure operations, which the airline is known for.”
As Nigerians prepare to witness solar eclipse tomorrow September 1, 2016 one just hopes this does not mark the final eclipse of Aero Contractors?

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Nigeria’s Aviation News Headlines for Tuesday August 30, 2016

I am happy you are here!

Nigeria’s Aviation is still developing and Domestic Airlines which are owned and run by private individuals are trying their best in these trying times. Hopefully the Nigerian Government will come up with policies that will make the Aviation sector thrive.
Find today’s headlines below and follow the link to read the stories in full.

Again, Aviation Fuel Shortage Grounds Domestic Flights

 Super Eagles and Watford Football Club of England forward, Odion Ighalo, was one of the passengers stranded in Lagos yesterday as perennial fuel scarcity again bit harder nationwide. Ighalo others in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt waited several hours in airport terminals as airline operators struggle to get aviation fuel to power scheduled flights.


Arik Air's Boeing 737-800NG Photo credit:


The Guardian gathered that the limited available supply had gone to about N250 per litre with marketers demanding for money before each supply. Besides the hike of 100 per cent, compared to the price offered some months ago, most of the airlines had
difficulties doing cash-and-carry as now demanded by marketers.
Except for airlines like Air Peace, Aero Contractors, Dana Air, Azman and Med-View airlines that operated some of their schedules enroute Lagos, Abuja and Kano, others, including Arik Air summarily grounded their operations, leaving passengers waiting for
long hours.
Spokesman for Arik Air, which operates the largest number of flights daily, Banji Ola, confirmed that it has been tough to get aviation fuel.Ola said that the marketers were getting the products in trickles and far short of the daily requirement to carry about 120daily flight operations nationwide.

FAAN: Power Supply Restored to Lagos Airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said Monday that electricity supply had been fully restored to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
According to FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati, the power supply was restored at about 10.50a.m. on Sunday after two days of interrupted power supply.
Dati said the engineers successfully corrected all defaults, adding that normalcy had been restored to the affected areas.
He said that the power surge at about 8.56p.m. on Saturday adversely affected the k16 transformer that serves the E-Wing Air-bridges and rendered them unserviceable.
“This affected operations of some departing flights as the heavy rainfall further delayed attempts by engineers to effect repairs immediately,’’ he said.
Dati assured the public of safety and security at the nation’s airports and apologised to the passengers and airlines for the inconvenience caused by the interruption.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that flight operations at the international terminal of the MMIA on Saturday and Sunday were disrupted following the power outage.

Stakeholders Praise Govt for Cargo Flights into Enugu 

Aviation stakeholders have praised the Federal Government for facilitating cargo flights into the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
They noted that former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, should get kudos for actualising the government’s plan of making Enugu an international airport during her tenure.
They said with the commencement of cargo flights into Enugu Airport, businessmen and women can now bring in their cargoes seamlessly.

NiMet Predicts Thunderstorms, Rainy Weather for Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted chances of thunderstorm in Abuja, Lafia, Makurdi, Jalingo and Mambila Plateau on Tuesday morning.
This is contained in the Weather Outlook issued by NiMet’s Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Monday.
NiMet predicted localised thunderstorms and rains over the region in the afternoon and evening with day time temperatures of 29 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius.
It said that the Northern states would experience chances of thunderstorm over Maiduguri, Potiskum and Dutse in the morning.

 Effective Crew Communication Boosts Flight Safety
Unfamiliarity and lack of good communication between the cockpit and cabin crew complicates air safety. Keeping the same cockpit and cabin crews together as often as possible would engender air safety. WOLE SHADARE writes
The factor
Many factors have influenced the quality of communication between the cockpit and cabin crews over the years. But one factor that should be of utmost concern is the growth of the industry. Within small airlines, communication between the crew is rarely a
problem; the same cockpit and cabin crews fly together often and tend to know each other quite well. As an airline grows, so does the number of crewmembers

 Aviation Reports $212m Half Year Net Profit
… as Lufthansa Cargo acquires majority stake in courier firmBOC
Aircraft lessor, BOC Aviation, has reported 24 per cent first-half net profit boost on strong passenger demand growth from Asia-Pacific airlines.
In the six months to June 30 this year, the company’s net profit rose to $212 million, up from the $171 million reported in the previous year. Total revenue rose 8.2 per cent to USD$579 million. With 265 owned and managed aircraft, BOC Aviation is the largest
Asia-based plane lessor.
It has commitments to acquire 218 aircraft for delivery through to 2021.