Monday, 13 November 2017

Arik Air Jumbo Jet Rots Away At Lagos Airport

Since the takeover of the crisis-ridden airline, Arik Air by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in February this year, the fortune of the carrier has continued to nosedive. At takeover, the fleet of the airline was 10 from a massive 26 aircraft, but today, the fleet has depleted to just four under AMCON. Several of the airline’s aircraft are either abandoned at numerous maintenance hangar facilities or are in airports across Nigeria parked at aprons unused.

Since the takeover of the crisis-ridden airline, Arik Air by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in February this year, the fortune of the carrier has continued to nosedive.
At takeover, the fleet of the airline was 10 from a massive 26 aircraft, but today, the fleet has depleted to just four under AMCON.
Several of the airline’s aircraft are either abandoned at numerous maintenance hangar facilities or are in airports across Nigeria parked at aprons unused.
One of such aircraft is its Superjumbo Airbus 340-500, which Arik had mostly used to ferry passengers between Lagos and Heathrow Airport in London.
An investigation by SaharaReporters indicated that the aircraft has been parked at the apron side of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos since March 2017 when the new management decided to suspend all long-haul operations of the airline.
The aircraft with the registration number CS-TFW, it was learned may have been cannibalized by the new airline management just like some of the aircraft in the fleet of the airline.
Further investigation by SaharaReporters indicated that the aircraft, which is 9.5years old was wet-leased from Hi Fly Airline in the United States in December 2008 with the configuration number C36Y201 with engine 4x RR Trent 500.
Arik's Superjumbo A-340 rotting away at Lagos Airport
The investigation revealed that the aircraft was originally manufactured for Kingfisher Airlines (India) under the registration number VT-VJD by Airbus, but it was under ‘not taken up’ (NTU) by the airline and was given to Airbus Industrie (France) in September 2008 with the registration number F-WJKH.
Further investigation revealed that three months after the acquisition of the aircraft by Airbus Industrie, it was then acquired by Hi Fly with the registration number CS-TFW in December 2008 before being leased to Arik Air by the new owner same month on December 11, 2008.
The aircraft is now under grounded at the Lagos Airport since February 2017.
It would be recalled that the former management of Arik had in May accused AMCON of cannibalizing the airline’s aircraft.
A source close to Arik Air had confided in our correspondent that AMCON recently used the parts of one of the aircraft in the fleet of the troubled carrier to repair the fleet of Aero Contractors another troubled airline under the receivership of AMCON.
According to the source, an engine of a Bombardier Dash 8Q-400 aircraft with the registration number 5N-BKV was taken away from Arik and given to Aero to fix the same aircraft type which broke down recently in Kaduna.
According to a source who was involved in the engine swap, it was a second engine of the aircraft that was removed in a lease agreement in which Aero would be paying Arik $25,000 a month until the engine was returned to the airline.
Credit: Sahara Reporters.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Aero Contractors' Aircraft Maintenance Services to Save Nigeria 30 Billion Naira

Nigeria's foremost domestic Carrier Aero Contractors to save Nigerian airlines 30 billion naira as the airline now maintains Boeing B737 Classics to the C-Check level. This additional offering has made the struggling airline more attractive to investors that even the former owners are reportedly interested in recovering full ownership.
 Reports in Thisday says that Aero would offer maintenance services on Boeing B737 classics, which is the major aircraft type operated by many Nigerian airlines and the airline is expected to also rake in revenues from the maintenance session of the company which has already started receiving requests from airlines to conduct maintenance checks for them.
The maintenance facility was approved recently by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and given certification to the airline as Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) for C-Check on the Boeing B737-300; 400 and 500 Classics.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Father/Daughter British Airways Pilot Team fly Together for Final Time

David and Kat Woodruffe landed at Heathrow after completing Mr Woodruffe's retirement flight from New York


British Airways's only father-daughter Boeing 777 pilot team have flown together for the final time.
David and Kat Woodruffe touched down at London Heathrow on Thursday November 2, after Mr. Woodruffe completed his retirement flight from New York.
Mr Woodruffe, who joined the airline in 1984 and held the role of captain, said he felt mixed emotions during his final flight alongside his daughter.
Miss Wooddruffe ;35 year old mother of two believes the father-daughter bond helped them in the cockpit as they are 'familiar with each other and communication is very easy'
The 64-year-old told the Press Association: 'I'm sorry to be leaving BA after so many years, but equally glad that she will be remaining in the airline to continue our legacy, and doing a job I know she has the same passion and enthusiasm for as I do.'
Mr Woodruffe said they were '100 per cent professional' on the flight deck.
He joked that 'like any father I always end up paying' when they went out for post-flight meals.