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Air Nigeria To Build Maintenance Facilities

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In a bid to reduce the cost of maintaining its aircraft, Air Nigeria plans to build its own maintenance facility.

The managing director of Air Nigeria, Mr. Kinfe Kahssaye, said the facility will reduce the cost borne in maintaining its aircraft overseas as well as inconveniences associated with taking aircraft abroad for major maintenance.

It costs airlines colossal sums of money to fix their aircraft abroad as there is no major hangar in Nigeria for major aircraft maintenance, forcing airlines to take their airplanes to either Europe or Asia.

Also, Arik Airline plans to set up its own facilities in Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the country for the maintenance of its aircraft.

Speaking on other plans by Air Nigeria, Kahssaye said: “Within the framework of the first phase of the turn-around plan, we have stabilized the operation and progressively strengthened our regional and domestic route network base to support our existing hub and spoke model at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos”.

He noted that with the expected aircraft deliveries, Air Nigeria will further build strong hub and spoke operation in Lagos which will be used as a launching pad to start its long-haul international flights.

According to him, “As part of our fast and profitable growth strategy, we are to introduce modern aircraft consisting of both short and long haul for our international and intercontinental operations”, adding: “From our current fleet of ten aircrafts, we would be operating up to 30 aircrafts within the next three years”.

He noted that in addition to the fleet renewal and expansion plan over the next three years, Air Nigeria plans to build a modern facility to undertake major aircraft maintenance.

Meanwhile, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has rolled out new security measures for the global aviation industry.

The new measures emphasize more extensive screening of Cargo, mail and other goods prior to placing them on board aircraft and better protection from unauthorized interference from the point where security controls are applied until the departure of the aircraft.

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FAAN Lauds FG For Procurement Of Fire Fighting Simulator

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The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has commended the Federal Government over the recent procurement of a firefighting simulator for the aviation industry.
Yadudu, who made this known in a statement through the Corporate Affairs office of the agency on Wednesday, noted that the simulator was first of its kind in Africa.
He said that the multi-functional simulator was capable of delivering a realistic aircraft emergency training for different types of operational incidents involving aircraft in the aerodrome and its vicinity.
The FAAN boss emphasised that this was an indication of serious business drive for the aviation sector to become a hub for training rescue fire fighters from other countries, adding that it was a quantum leap in the country’s list of achievements.
Yadudu also commended the efforts of the fire fighters in the industry, pointing out that they deserved better working environment, support and encouragement.
According to him, the training needs of the fire fighters must be intense and realistic.
He explained that the Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) was a special category of firefighting that involved the response, harzard mitigation, education and possible rescue of passengers and aircrafts involved in an airport ground emergency.
“Airports may have regulatory oversight by an arm of their individual national government or voluntarily under standard of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Due to the mass casualty potential of an aviation emergency, the speed with which emergency response equipment and personnel arrive at scene of the emergency is of paramount importance.
“Firefighters work assiduously to ensure, in the event of an accident, that the passengers were rescued anywhere it happens”, the statement added.
Yadudu also applauded FAAN management for its support in ensuring that the firefighters excel in their duties of protecting and saving lives and property.

 

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FG Plans Agro Allied Cargo Terminal For Benin Airport

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An agro-allied cargo terminal is to be built at the Benin Airport by the Federal Government, as part of incentives to boost economic activities in Edo State.
This was contained in a statement made available to The Tide by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) last Tuesday.
According to the statement, the agro allied cargo terminal was part of the government’s plan to promote economic growth through agriculture.
FAAN said that the Federal Government was committed to develop transport and airport infrastructure in Benin, and that the commitment of the state government had encouraged the Federal Government to do more.
“The upgrade of Instrument Landing System (ILS) to Category Two in Benin Airport was to allow all aircrafts to land at the airport at night and in poor visibility.
“Agro-allied cargo terminal will be sited for Benin Airport, and civil work will commence very soon, and more will be done in the airport.
“Now, we have the ILS which can allow pilots in reduced visibility, in bad weather, to be able to approach and land just like they do in other developed airports”, FAAN said.

 

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Minister Promises To Tackle Emerging Challenges In Aviation Industry

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The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has promised to work with aviation unions to advance the sector and position it to meet emerging challenges. .
Sirika made the promise on Wednesday in Abuja when he assumed office after he was inaugurated along with 42 other ministers by President Muhmmadu Buhari.
The minister commended the unions and staff for welcoming him warmly into office, declaring their support and solidarity as “amazing”.
“I promise that there will be good understanding between you and me to drive the activities of our industry towards enhancing national development.
“I will do everything possible to make the ministry grow up.
“This task, I think, is for you as well; not for me alone. It is for all of us.
“We will continue to hold stakeholders meetings with the unions, staff and the management.
“We will make what you are doing better. The roadmap is there; we will make things better including your welfare,” Sirika said.
He thanked President Buhari for counting him worthy of a second term in his cabinet, and Nigerians for their trust in him.
According to him, Nigeria will work together with other countries to promote the aviation sector globally, pointing out that the sector contributes much to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of any country.
He also said that efforts would be made to improve safety and security in the sector.
President-in-Council, Joint Consultative and Negotiating Council (JCNC), Mr Hector Naadi, had earlier affirmed that no minister had ever been so received by the union.
The president assured the minister of the full cooperation and support of the unions, saying that the workers shared his dream of a strong aviation industry that would power the nation’s economy.

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