Nigeria’s Aviation News Headlines for Thursday Sept. 15, 2016

Arik Air is trending and it is understandable because the airline is currently the largest carrier in Nigeria in both fleet size and route coverage. The airline has bounced back to full flight operations after Tuesday’s disruption and it’s already clearing the backlog of passengers.
Please find the headlines below and follow the link to read the story in full.

Nigeria Airlines Spend N6.3bn on Offshore Pilot Training

Dana, Arik Air
  • Arik resumes operations, reschedules flights

Nigeria spends a whooping N6.3 billion annually to have her crew go for recurrent pilots’ training overseas, New Telegraph has learnt. This, according to a 2014 report published by the Federal Government, is because of lack of simulator aircraft to train Nigerian pilots locally.
It has been ascertained that an airline with four aircraft spends at least $600,000 on simulator training for its pilots. This means that the airline spends $150,000 on pilot training for each aircraft. Consequently, major airlines spend $8.3 million (N1.25 billion) every six months, and $16.7 million (N6.4 billion) every year.
Flight simulation reduces significantly the cost of flight crew training. The Federal Government had, in 2014, said it would purchase full Jet- Flight Simulators (5000 Series B737) to be located at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.


Arik Resumes Operations
Arik Air

Nigeria’s largest carrier, Arik Air, Wednesday announced that it resumed flight by 11a.m. and operated 85 flights both on the local, West Coast and Lagos-London service. learnt that it operated three flights to Accra, Ghana yesterday and according to the airline, it would operate 120 flights from thursday.
Members of the public and our esteemed customers are advised to discountenance the disparaging allegations, unsubstantiated and uninformed claims about the airline’s inability to meet its financial obligations to aviation fuel marketers and a purported withdrawal of insurance services to Arik Air by its insurers,” spokesman of the airline, Adebanji Ola said.
Nigeria’s Independence:  Virgin Atlantic Slashes Fare On Lagos/London Route
In its own way of rejoicing with Nigeria on the celebration of its forthcoming 56th independence anniversary, Virgin Atlantic is launching a special promotional fare for customers that want to visit family and friends within the period.
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 The British carrier launched fares to London from $300 which is available for purchase from now till 26 October, 2016 on the airline’s website for trips between 8 September and 10 December 2016.
Virgin Atlantic operates daily flights between Murtala Mohammed International Airport and London Heathrow Terminal 3 with youngest fleets of aircraft with a choice of upper, premium economy or economy class.
While saying the special fare is available in economy class, the management said Virgin Atlantic’s economy class aims to give maximum value for money, with a contoured, space-saving seats, maximising legroom, state of the art inflight entertainment system offering 300 hours of video on demand where passengers can watch or listen to what they want and can start, pause or rewind their chosen movie, TV show or CD. It also has a choice of three entrees with main meal, including a vegetarian option plus special pack for children.



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