Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Stowaway Dies On Arik Air’s Flight To Johannesburg

I wonder while some people like taking suicidal risk? That best describes the case of a stowaway whose lifeless body was found on Arik Air’s flight from Lagos to Johannesburg.

Arik Air in a statement said the dead body of the yet to be identified stowaway was found in the main wheel well of one of her A330-200 aircraft on arrival at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg South Africa on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

As narrated by Arik Air “Engineers of South African Airways Technical facility at the Oliver Tambo International Airport where the aircraft was scheduled for a routine maintenance check discovered the body of the stowaway during inspection phase”.

While the airline says investigations into the incident have commenced, it has become very necessary for all those in charge of providing security at the airport to review their security procedures as this is neither the first time nor the last time this issue of stowaway will occur.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

EMIRATES Offers MTN Customers Discounts to Dubai and Select Cities

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MTN Nigeria has really changed for good as they have introduced a lot of goodies to their loyal customers in recent times.

If you a loyal customer of MTN, please request for 20 percent discount the next time you are flying from Lagos to Dubai via Emirates airline.

I just got a text message from MTN that reads"For being an MTN loyal customer, MTN and Emirates airline are offering you up to 15% and 20% off your Economy and Business class tickets to Dubai and select cities"

According to MTN, this promo runs from November 2016 to February 2017.
If you are a loyal customer,  you can buy your next ticket on Emirates airline via using the password MTNCUSTOMER.

It will be nice for Nigerian airlines like Arik Air to form  such alliance with GLO! 

Nigeria's Aviation News Headlines For Tuesday November 29, 2016

It's a new day, please find the headlines below and follow the links to read the stories in full.

Arik, Air Peace, Others To Commence Flight Operations To Niger

The new development was disclosed during a meeting between Technical Committee from the Ministry of Transportation and the concerned airlines held on Wednesday 23rd of November, 2016 at the Aviation House, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) headquarters in Lagos.
According to an official statement signed by the General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, the Committee and the Nigerian Civil Aviation have agreed to curb the voluminous road transportation between the two countries prior to commencement of flight operations.
Before now, Nigeria and Niger had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2015 to promote a seamless transit between the two neighbours.
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There are indications that some international airlines that departed Nigeria and cut frequencies in the face of recession ravaging the country’s economy may return or restore their frequencies following hint that travel demands are rising marginally.
A source very close to some foreign carriers said Nigeria is a very important market for them and may decide to increase their flight number, which they cut drastically owing to their funds that were trapped in the country and other issues that affected their operations.
Commercial Director, East and West Africa for Delta Airlines, Bobby Bryan, who corroborated rise in air travel demand, said his airline witnessed demand in load factor and capacity. Analysis shows that international business travel to and from Nigeria fell by 40 per cent late last year and October; a situation that forced airlines to cut flights and in surprise move stop flights.
FAAN Inaugurates Automated Car Park at Lagos Airport
FAAN inaugurates automated car park at Lagos Airport
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has inaugurated a modern automated car park at the Domestic Terminal 1 of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, disclosed this in a statement she released to newsmen on Monday.
The statement said that the facility, inaugurated by the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, would curb leakages and boost FAAN’s revenue base.
“This modern facility is uniquely designed to ensure that parking fees are paid at the payment booths by its end-users before they exit the car park unlike in the past when they were paying at the entry point.
“This facility also has a special billing system which is programmed to give the end-users the exact amount for time spent at the parking lots,” it said.
The statement said that it would automatically eliminate long queues, reduce traffic, speed up passenger and vehicular movements at the landside of the terminal.
It would also ensure seamless facilitation of passengers and airport users, it said.

How to Reduce Airlines’ Operating Cost, by Operator

Former Assistant  General Secretary, Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Mohammed Tukur, has  advised operators to acquire light and fuel efficient aircraft to reduce  their cost of operation.
Tukur said the advice  became necessary as  recession is hitting hard on the sector. He said many airlines collapsed within 10 years of operation because they had the wrong type of aircraft in their fleet.
According to him, some airlines deploy “jumbo” aircraft meant for six-hour flight for an hour flight on domestic route, which makes it unprofitable.
He said: “The only way domestic airlines will survive is for the operators to acquire less fuel consuming aircraft such as jets.
“There is a need for airlines to change their aircraft types; they should get jet aircraft and not the B737. If they have the less fuel consumption aircraft, it will reduce their burden,” he said.

Nigerians to pay VAT on passports –FIRS

Nigerians to pay VAT on passports –FIRS

The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Monday said Nigerians will soon pay Value Added Tax (VAT) before obtaining their passports.Mr Tunde Fowler said this at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board which had the theme: “ Increased Inter-Agency Co-operation to Enhance Tax Compliance and Optimise Revenue Collection’’ in Abuja.
He also announced that Nigerians who either want a new passport or renew an old one must show evidence of being a tax payer.
“We did take a position and I believe it would be implemented in the very near future that before you get any services from the immigration department: renewal of passports etc, you’d have to show that you are a tax payer.
“These things are normal all over the world, In an effort to serve Nigerians and Nigeria better.
“People believe that payment of tax is a burden and I’ll repeat that you only pay tax on income and profits.
“So if you reside in Nigeria and you are benefiting from being a Nigerian resident, it is only fair that you contribute to the system that makes you enjoy that standard of living.’’

FRSC to Raise Driver’s Licence, Number Plate’s Fees –Oyeyemi

Image result for logo of frscThe Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has cried out to the Joint Tax Board (JTB) to facilitate the payment of over N700 million owed it by various states in the country.
He also said the commission was tinkering with the idea of increasing the cost of procuring the driver’s licence and vehicle plate number, stressing that the current rate of N6,000 and N12,000 for both items respectively, was no longer sustainable judging from the hike in operational cost.
Speaking at the 136th meeting of the JTB held in Abuja yesterday, the Corps Marshall said the debt was crippling its operations nationwide, adding that its running cost keeps swelling as many states have failed to supply generators to the FRSC offices where vehicle plate number plates and drivers licence are procured.
He however hailed some states like Anambra and Delta for offsetting their debt, even as he urged others to toe the same path.
“FRSC is owed N700 million. I’ve written to the JTB. We need this money badly because it’s hurting our operations. Some states have credit balance of millions. We offer credit facilities but paying for service rendered is now very key. I hope the JTB intervenes”, he said. On the plate number and driver’s licence, Oyeyemi said the FRSC was spending much more to produce the two items due to recession, a development that is forcing the commission to push for an increase in the cost of procuring them.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Delta Airlines Blacklist Disruptive Trump Supporter for Life

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Trump has been elected the next President of America but his supporters need to be counselled on how to manage victory.
The story is all over the internet on how a Trump supporter on board Delta Airlines flight bullied one Hillary supporter and the airline got a heap of blame for allowing the rude passenger to continue with that flight.
The good news is that Delta has blacklisted the uncivilized passenger for life.
 According to the Chief Executive Officer of Delta Airlines;  Ed Bastian "He will never again be allowed on a Delta plane"
 The airline has also apologized to all the customers on-board that flight and promised to refund the cost of their tickets.

Ethiopian Airlines Honours Crew Members for Honesty , Integrity

I love this! Ethiopian Airlines is honouring three of her crew members for returning large amount of money found on board.
The airline is proudly tweeting it. That's the way to go Ethiopian, #honesty and #Integrity pay.
awarded 3 Cabin Crew Members for their exemplary deeds for handing over large amounts of cash to passengers.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Nigeria's Aviation News Headlines For Monday November 28,2016

Abuja Runs Out Of  Supply As Aviation Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder
Arik Air: Nigeria's largest airline worst hit by scarcity of aviation fuel

Respite may be far from coming the way of airline operators who have been facing shortage of aviation fuel in the last one month as the scarcity bites harder across the country.
At the moment, Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has run out of supply as major fuel suppliers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) do not have it in stock.
According to an airline CEO, who spoke with Daily Trust yesterday, most operators are currently running helter skelter in order to meet their daily fuel supply for flight operations.
Virtually all local carriers are affected while Arik Air which is the worst hit has slashed its flights in the wake of the deteriorating scarcity.
Though Med-View Airline, Dana Air and Azman Air say they have operated their scheduled flights 100 per cent, it has been hectic for them getting fuel. The situation across airports was not different yesterday as many flights were delayed.
Accountable Manager of Dana Air, Mr. Obi Mbanuzuo, told Daily Trust that apart from Abuja not having fuel at all on Sunday, the supply in Lagos and Port Harcourt was epileptic, saying the fuel scarcity, rather than thaw, continued to exacerbate.
“The situation has not improved. For example today (yesterday) we don’t have any fuel in Abuja, we are picking from Lagos and it is not readily available. No fuel in Abuja, just little fuel in Port Harcourt. So the effect is still there”.
Also speaking, Director of Engineering, Med-View Airline, Engr. Lookman Animasahun, said, “The situation is getting worse and no airline is exempted from the effect of the scarcity”.

NCAA Intensifies Surveillance of Airlines to Ensure Safety

In order to ensure that airlines do not compromise safety and security standard in flight operations because of the prevailing economic recession, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has intensified surveillance of the domestic carriers.
Forex challenges, paucity of aviation fuel and high cost of maintenance have constituted a big hurdle to Nigerian carriers, so there is the fear they could cut corners, especially as there is significant reduction in passenger traffic, which means less revenue.
 The Director General who spoke in Lagos, said NCAA had sanctioned some airlines and pilots recently when they strayed from the rules, and disclosed that the authority, while supporting the operators in every way possible, would ensure they do not compromise standards.
But the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar Usman, has allayed the fears of air travellers over possible accident, especially during the yuletide. He said at the weekend that the authority had intensified the monitoring of the activities of the operators.

Friday, 25 November 2016

#BlackFriday: Etihad Offers 15 percent Discounts From Lagos to London,NewYork, Abu Dhabi

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Airlines operating in Nigeria are beginning to catch the #BlackFriday fever as  Etihad offers 15 per cent discounts off flights departing from Lagos to New york, London or Abu Dhabi.
This offer runs from November 23 till 30th and customers can access this discount at any Etihad's Sales office in Nigeria on presentation of #Jumia BlackFriday receipt.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Lufthansa Cancels 900 Flights as Pilots Embarks on Strike

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About a 100,000 passengers are currently stranded around the world as Pilots from Lufthansa German airline commenced a two day strike at midnight due to a protracted dispute over salaries.
 Lufthansa says  about 100,000 passengers will be affected by flight cancellations. 
 Pilots’ union ;Vereinigung Cockpit (VC)  which has been coordinating the strike - along with 13 others  unions since April 2014 said in a statement that almost 900 flights were cancelled by Lufthansa on Wednesday including all the long-haul and short-haul connections departing from Germany.
Hope this will not lead to chaos at major airports around the world! Lufthansa needs to find a lasting solution to the issues raised by the pilots.

TransAsia Airways Shuts Down Operations Amid Financial Woes

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It is painful to watch a  65 year old airline go down!

But that is the situation the Chairman of  65 year old TransAsia Airways;Vincent Lin is facing at the moment.
He  has announced plans to  dissolve and wind  down services of the Carrier due to financial difficulties.

Vincent Lin said the company had decided to bow out of the aviation industry because of its deteriorating financial situation.

He made the announcement after the company's board passed a resolution at an extraordinary board meeting on Tuesday to dissolve TransAsia Airways, which was founded in 1951.

Lin described the decision as a "painful" one.

He said all efforts to revamp the company  after the airline was involved in fatal accidents on domestic routes in July 2014 and in February 2015  did not yield positive results as the accidents had tarnished its image and drove its passenger load factor to below 70 percent.

TransAsia floated  a low cost airline called V Air, in December 2014, but that company struggled to stay afloat and its operations came to an end on October 1 due to heavy losses.

Lin said the company lost NT$2.7 billion in the first 10 months of 2016, and was averaging losses of NT$200 million to NT$300 million per month, or about NT$10 million per day.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Virgin Atlantic Plane Makes an Emergency Landing in Canada

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A Virgin Atlantic plane has made an emergency landing at the Goose Bay airport Canada following what the airline termed a "technical issue".
A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic; Lisette Kwong told the company will send another plane to Goose Bay immediately to enable the affected passengers continue their travels.
The flight from London to San Francisco was diverted when the pilot "requested a priority landing" as a precaution, following what the airline is calling a "technical issue."
"We would like to apologize to customers for the delay to their journey, and are working hard to ensure they can continue as soon as possible," Virgin wrote.
The truth is that any aircraft can develop technical issues, how an airline manages the situation whenever it occurs is what matters and I think Virgin is taking a customer-centric step to minimize the impact on the affected customers.

Boeing Appoints CEO, Launches Integrated Business Services Unit

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Manufacturing giant Boeing has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive to succeed
Vice Chairman Ray Conner due for retirement in 2017 even as it sets a new unit to manage business services.
The President , Chairman and CEO of Boeing; Dennis Muilenburg in a statement published by named Kevin G. McAllister president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes .
Muilenburg also appointed Stanley A. Deal president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, a new business unit to be formed from the customer services groups.
 According to the statement” Boeing Global Services will bring together core capabilities currently within Commercial Aviation Services and Boeing Defense, Space & Security's Global Services & Support group”
Boeing says some defense and commercial customer fleet support will remain within the two existing business units while the new unit will provide a broad portfolio of advanced services and incorporate the capabilities of various Boeing subsidiaries, including Aviall and Jeppesen”

Monday, 21 November 2016

14 Best Most Punctual Airlines in the World: African ,American Airlines Missing

 Now we have the list of most punctual airlines in the world and expectedly, no Nigeria Carrier made the list. Even United States Carriers are nowhere to be found. 
In aviation business,On Time Performance is keybecause apart from safety, time and speed are what  people pay for when they choose to travel by air. ranking is one of the most comprehensive of its kind and takes into account a number of metrics in three key areas: Quality and Service, On-Time Performance and efficient processing of complaints and compensations.
Here are the winning airlines starting from the fourteenth in the list to the First: British Airways, Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa, Finnair, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific Airways, Air Baltic, Virgin Atlantic Airways, KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Qatar Airways.
Congratulations to these Carriers!