Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Get Cheap Fares to Accra on Arik Air

Arik Air has reduced the prices of flight tickets on its Lagos-Acrra and Abuja-Accra routes.
The airline said in a statement released on Monday that passengers can pay from as low as  N51,240 to N43,000 on Lagos -Accra and Abuja-Accra route respectively one-way trip.
“Tickets can be purchased online at www.arikair.com or at any Arik Air city office, airport ticketing office or any travel agent or call 01-2799999 for reservation,” the statement read.
“Arik Air flies twice daily from Lagos to Accra at 7:00 am and 5:00 pm and daily from Abuja to Accra at 5:30 pm.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Delta Airlines Sues Alleged Fake Website

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Delta Airlines has sued a  website on allegation of tricking people into thinking they are dealing with the airline  when arranging for their pets to fly on jets.
The site — DeltaPetTransit.com — is designed to look like a Delta site and uses the airline’s logos and pictures of its planes, Delta said in the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Georgia. But the site is not affiliated with the airline and has no right to use its trademarks the complaint says.

Genuine Websites of Nigeria's Major Domestic Airlines

The internet world is a free world so both genuine and fake sites exist together .

If you are visiting any website, make sure you differeniate the real sites from the fake sites as so many people have been defrauded online by scammers who clone popular sites.

Below are the original websites of Nigeria's major domestic airlines:

Arik Air:  http://arikair.com

Aero Contractors:  http://flyaero.com

Medview Airlines: http://medviewairline.com

Friday, 22 September 2017

Nigeria Inaugurates Task Force to Address Complaints of Multiple Charges, BASA

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Nigeria's  Federal Government on Thursday September 21, 2017 inaugurated a tax force s to address lingering issues bordering on multiple charges, Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA) and the state of airport infrastructure.
Members of the task force which is chaired by the Minister of State for Aviation; Senator Hadi Sirika include, the special adviser to the president on economic matters, the director general Nigeria Civil Aviation Authourity(NCAA), the managing director Federal Airport Authourity of Nigeria( FAAN) the managing director Nigeria Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) nominees of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), the department of air transport management, federal ministry of transportation and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Etihad Launches Installment Payment for Flights

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Flying with Etihad has been simplified with a new mode of payment that allows customers to pay for flight tickets in installments. 
The United Arab Emirates National Carrier in partnership with online payment service provider PayFort now gives consumers who book via Etihad.com the opportunity to pay their fare over a period of between Three and Sixty months. 
A statement on the airline's website reads:
"People in the UAE, KSA and Egypt planning their travel and holidays with Etihad Airways now have the option of paying via monthly Installments when booking flights directly through Etihad.com.  
The Airline is the first in the region to offer fully automated online Installment plans after partnering with PayFort, the leading online payment service provider in the Arab world. The initiative is designed to allow families and those on a budget book flights to their dream destination with convenient, payment plans tailored to their requirements.
Eligibility for payment plans depends on the individual bank and plans range from three to 60 months, with 17 participating banks. Full details and the list of banks can be found at etihad.com/installments "

The airline said the initiative was designed to assist low to middle class income travellers and families.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Air Peace Secures IATA Membership

Air Peace has joined the league of Nigerian Carriers who are members of the prestigious  International Air Transport Association, IATA.  The airline was added as a member of IATA after after securing its IATA Operational Safety Audit( IOSA certificate .
IATA represents some 270 Member airlines in over 117 countries. IATA’s Members airlines carry 83% of the world’s scheduled international air traffic.
 IATA membership means that the airline has met global aviation safety standards. This membership also means that the ailrine can  participate in IATA Settlement Systems (ISS) which provides swift, reliable, and efficient movement of funds between airlines and their travel partners. 
Other Nigerian airlines  with IATA membership are : Arik Air, Overland Airways and Dana Air.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Emirates to Restore Abuja Route From November 1 2017

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Emirates Airlines will restore flight connectivity to Nigeria's Federal Capital City; Abuja on November 1, 2017 after vacating  it for one year.
The country's Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this via his Twitter handle @hadisirika.
He tweeted that he has “Concluded with Emirates return to Abuja November 1st. Looking at second leg to Lagos via Kano later on. Please bear with us.”
There are reports that the Lagos via Kano to Dubai and other destinations may also follow before the year ends .

Turkish Airlines Carries 44.9M Passengers Between Jan-Aug 2017

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Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines carried 44.9 million passengers from January to August 2017, the airline has announced.
The company said the increases in passengers carried in August from  Far East, Africa, Middle East, and domestic lines were 6.5, 12.8, 15.7, and 14.4 percent, respectively.
Turkish Airlines earned $4.6 billion total revenue in the first half of 2017, flying to 300 destinations in 120 countries, including 251 international and 49 domestic destinations.

The total number of passengers carried by the airline rose 6.1 percent in the first eight months of the year over the same period in 2016, Turkish Airlines said.
According to the company's statement sent to Turkey's Public Disclosure Platform (KAP), the numbers of passengers carried in domestic and international lines rose 6.8 and 5.5 percent, respectively.
Over the same period, the airline's passenger load factor or seat occupancy increased by 4.1 percentage points to 78.4 percent.
In August alone, Turkish Airlines hit an all-time record of seat occupancy with 84.3 percent. The airline carried 7.4 million passengers last month, a 14.3 percent yearly hike.
Last year, Turkish Airlines carried 62.8 million passengers, up 2.5 percent from 61.2 million passengers in 2015.
By the end of August 2017, the company had 329 aircraft, 90 of them wide-body along with 224 narrow-body aircraft and 15 cargo planes.
According to the company's end-year targets, the airline expects some $10.4 billion in revenue and aims to carry 69 million passengers with around a 77.5 percent passenger load factor.

ICAO Announces Job Opportunities for Young Aviation Professionals

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Young applicants interested in gaining valuable professional development experience should consider applying for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Young Aviation Professionals program. 
Young professionals will learn to explore important inter-relationships between ICAO and the airline and airport industries while working closely with IATA and ACI experts.
YAPP applicants must be less than 32 years of age, possess advanced university qualifications and have at least two years of aviation employment experience in an area of operational or regulatory responsibility. ICAO says due consideration is given to gender equality and geographic diversity priorities during the selection process.
Interested candidates must submit their applications through ICAO’s employment site by October 13, 2017.
 ICAO, in partnership with the International Air Transport Association and Airports Council International created the YAPP in December 2013.
Selected participants could be offered a 12-month long opportunity to contribute to one or more of ICAO’s strategic objectives under the watchful eye of a subject-matter expert at the organization’s headquarters in Montreal beginning in February 2018. 

Air Berlin's Administrator Takes in Bids from Lufthansa, Others

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Lufthansa and several other parties have put in bids for parts of Air Berlin by the deadline of Friday set by the administrator of the insolvent airline which employs more than 8,000 people.
Air Berlin which is Germany’s second-biggest airline after Lufthansa filed for bankruptcy in August after major shareholder; Etihad Airways withdrew funding following years of losses.
Read more: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-air-berlin-lufthansa/air-berlins-administrator-takes-in-bids-from-lufthansa-others

Emirates Offers Extra Baggage Allowance up to 10 kg in Economy Class

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 Emirates has launched a limited period offer for passengers travelling in economy class. The airline will allow passengers to carry 10 kg extra baggage allowance on select destinations.

 As reported in Financial Express,the offer is valid for sale until September 30, 2017, and the travel period is until December 13, 2017. Passengers flying to Mumbai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Karachi, Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, Jakarta, Cebu, Clark and Colombo can carry 10 kg extra baggage with them, but only on select flights. Meanwhile, the airline will also allow 10kg extra luggage on all Emirates flights to destinations like –Amman, Islamabad, Kabul, Khartoum, Lahore, Multan, Sialkot, Tunisia and Peshawar.
Read more:http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/emirates-baggage-allowance-extra-10-kg-in-economy-class-tickets-sale-validity-last-date-mumbai-flights-delhi-flights

British Airways Plane held in Paris over 'direct security threat'

British Airways plane at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris
Passengers are led off the British Airways plane. A BA spokeswoman confirmed the flight later departed safely.
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British Airways plane has been evacuated at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris for security reasons, after passengers were told a “direct threat” had been made towards the aircraft.
Flight BA303 was due to take off on Sunday bound for Heathrow in London when the incident occurred, with police and fire engines surrounding the plane on the tarmac.
One passenger, James Anderson, 20, said those onboard were informed by the pilot that an individual had made a direct threat against the aircraft. People were led off the plane and individually searched by armed officers, with luggage in the hold searched by dogs.

RwandAir Set to Dominate West African Destinations With Three New Routes

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RwandAir said it will from  30th September 2017 commence three weekly operations to Conakry 
(Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Dakar (Senegal) from its new hub in Cotonou (Benin).
 RwandAir  already serves  three West Coast destinations from Cotonou namely: Libreville (Gabon), Brazzaville (Congo), and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire). In August, the airline opened a new hub in Cotonou, Benin which will allow seamless connections to West and Central Africa.
RwandAir says the  new Cotonou hub will be synchronized with the existing operations from Kigali.
This year, RwandAir started flights to Mumbai, Harare, London (Gatwick) and Brussels. 
The new routes will extend RwandAir’s network to twenty-six (26) destinations.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Takeover Negotiations: Arik Air Sues Ethiopian Airline ,Nigerian Government

Arik Air has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Nigeria to restrain Ethiopian airline and the Nigerian Government from further negotiations on its takeover.

Shareholders of Arik Air Limited on  September 6, 2017 filed a N20 billion suit against the Federal Government and Ethiopian Airlines over recent claims in the media that they were negotiating the takeover of the airline.

 The suit was instituted against Ethiopian Airlines, the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Attorney General of the Federation.A copy of the suit was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) . 

In a 20 paragraph affidavit deposed to by Mr. Chris Ndulue, a Director with Arik Air, the plaintiff noted its takeover on February 8, 2017 by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) is being challenged by its management via two suits already pending before the Federal High Court, Lagos.According to Arik, the suits numbers are FHC/L/CS/827/17 and FHC/L/CS/826/17.

Arik Air added that the negotiations by the defendants will interfere with the outcome of the suits.
“The plaintiff avers that the agreement of the second defendant with the first defendant will be wide ranging and intricately affect every aspect of the plaintiff herein, including but not limited to the day to day running technical as well as financial management which will affect the plaintiff as being the largest domestic and regional airline in Nigeria.
 “The plaintiff further avers that the action taken by the first and second defendants will have a negative effect on the country’s image as the plaintiff being the largest airline will be pawned over to another country for management,” it said. 
The plaintiff also averred that the negotiations had caused undue hardship and irreparable damage to the Arik Air brand and ongoing investment discussions as well as unbearable distress to the airline’s shareholders and directors. It, therefore, asked the court to declare the negotiations null and void because the Ministry of Transportation had no power to transfer the management of the airline to Ethiopian Airlines while the suits over the takeover are pending. 
The plaintiff also asked the court for an order directing the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure the investigation of Ethiopian Airlines by the appropriate authorities for inducing and interfering in the administration of justice in the pending suits.
It further asked the court for N20 billion being punitive damages against the first defendant for inducing or partaking in the interference of the rights of the plaintiff and the administration of justice. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Emirates Marks 10th Anniversary of Newcastle Operations

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Emirates has marked 10 years of operations out of Newcastle International Airport. The airline said it has carried more than 912,000 passengers between Newcastle and Dubai since commencing services on the route in September 2007.
 Emirates said the figures reflect the importance Newcastle City to the United Kingdom.
Recent figures show that over 115,000 passengers travelled between Newcastle and Dubai in the last 12 months.
Emirates has ferried more than 28,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of Newcastle since September, 2017.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Arik Air : AMCON Denies Being in Current Discussion With Ethiopian Airlines

It is no longer news that Ethiopian Airlines said it is currently bidding to takeover the management of West Africa's largest airline; Arik Air.

However,the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON)  which is should have more details about any negotiations about the future of Arik has said it is not in current discussion with Ethiopian Airline.

Here is a Statement signed by Jude Nwauzor; Head, Corporate Communications, AMCON.

 "Our attention has been drawn to a barrage of media reports, which claimed that there are discussions going on with Ethiopian Airlines for the carrier to render management services to Arik. Contrary to these reports, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) is not aware of any current discussion or negotiation with the management of Ethiopian Airlines regarding Arik Air Limited (Arik).

Arik was placed in receivership last February, following the airline’s inability to repay debts in excess of N300 billion to AMCON and other creditors in Nigeria and around the world. It is on record that the Receivership Team has within the period stabilised the operations of the airline, marked by stability of schedules; improved On-Time-Performance (OTP) and revamped customer service among others. Today, the Airline has regained its dominance as the most reliable carrier in the country with growing passenger patronage and confidence.

The general public and all stakeholders will be kept duly informed on issues relating to the airline's divestment plan"

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Arik Air: Government's Negotiation with Ethiopian Airline Unpatriotic, Shameless Says Arik Shareholders

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Following recent news that Ethiopian Airline is bidding to takeover the management of  Nigeria's largest Carrier; Arik Air from the Nigerian government, the former Vice President of the airline, Senator Anietie Okon  has said the move shows “the level of lack of patriotism and shamelessness by some people in government offices” 

Speaking on behalf of shareholders of Arik Air, Senator Okon regretted that  the airline which had operated successfully for 10 years ran into financial difficulty due to the ongoing economic recession in the country  "and next line of action was for AMCON to take it over and now hurrying to hand it over to a foreign company that will sack most of the indigenous staff of the airline.”

Okon said in an interview with Thisday that Nigerian government should be more concerned about why Nigerian airlines do not survive for a long time. He urged the aviation authorities in Nigeria  to "look at their policies and operating environment"

Senator emphasised that Nigeria generates the traffic" all regional carriers including the famous Ethiopian Airlines depend on in West and Central Africa'' and wondered why the country should surrender its own airline to a foreign competing airline.
“I really will not blame Ethiopian. It is the gullible Nigerians who will sell his countrymen for peanuts" he added.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Etihad Signs Codeshare Agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas

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Etihad Airways and Aerolíneas Argentinas have launched a new codeshare partnership. 
In a Statement published on its website, Etihad said  the agreement provides its customers convenient connections via Rome and Madrid to Buenos Aires (EZE) .It also provides onward connections to nine  popular Argentinian destinations namely:  Córdoba (COR), Mendoza (MDZ), Rosario (ROS), Iguazú (IGR), Salta (SLA), Mar del Plata (MDQ), Bariloche (BRC), Trelew (REL) and Ushuaia (USH).
Etihad further disclosed that agreement gives passengers of  Aerolíneas Argentinas access to its network of over 100 destinations from Abu Dhabi via the Italian and Spanish capitals.
Codeshare agreements offer customers countless benefits, such as baggage check-in to their final destination and extra assistance during connections. 
The airline added ''Members of both airlines’ loyalty programmes – Etihad Guest and Aerolíneas Plus – will soon be able to earn and redeem miles on the codeshare flights''

Friday, 1 September 2017

Ethiopian Airline May Soon become Arik Air's New Manager

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Africa’s most profitable airline; Ethiopian Airline, has disclosed that it is negotiating to take over the management of Arik Air; West Africa’s largest Carrier.
Arik Air has been struggling to meet its financial obligations in recent times leading to the takeover of the airline by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in February 2017.

Esayas WoldeMariam, Ethiopian’s Managing Director of International Services, told CNN that the airline had made an offer, and was just waiting for the response of the government.

Investigations by gozzilousblog reveal that Arik Air under the management of AMCON has made visible improvements. Passengers are regaining confidence in the airline and the staffs are now motivated to render excellent customer service.
The current Managing Director of Arik Air; Capt. Roy Ukpebo Ilegbodu recently announced that the airline now carries approximately 4,000 passengers daily.

Gozzilousblog gathered that staff salaries have also been reviewed upwardly for the first time in over 8 years.

Arik Air no doubt has all it takes to shine in the sky; all that is required is responsible management.
Ethiopian airlines; owned wholly by the Ethiopian government, has a history of good performance and profitability so one can only wish the airline good luck in its quest to manage Nigeria’s largest airline.

Nigeria might be the big brother in other areas but when it comes to airline management, Ethiopia rules Africa!