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Private Hangar To Start Aircraft Repairs In Lagos

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A privately owned hangar, 7Star Global Hangar Ltd., says it is set to start aircraft maintenance and repairs in Lagos in February.
Chief Executive Officer of the hangar, recently approved by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Isaac Balami, disclosed this last Thursday in Abuja.
Balami, an aircraft engineer, said the company had concluded arrangements on equipment needed and personnel competency training to begin maintenance and repairs of aircraft locally.
He said that the facility would begin operation with Boeing aircraft type in line with the approval from the regulator, adding that the company would extend operation to other aircraft types in future.
He added that the company engineers have the requisite training and capability to handle other types of aircraft such as the Airbus, Bombardier and Gulfstream, among others.
The aircraft engineer said the facility would help domestic airlines and private aircraft operators to save cost and time associated with carrying out checks overseas.
According to him, absence of hangar in Nigeria is one of the major challenges confronting domestic airlines in the country, making it difficult for them to survive.
He said: “We believe that this year, our local hangars in this country should be fully functional to reduce the cost of operations for airlines, instead of taking aircraft to overseas.
“The airlines are forced to take their aircraft to Europe and Asia for checks.
“They are forced to look for dollar, pay for navigational charges for flying across different countries, paying for accommodation and allowances for pilots and engineers going for the check.
“It is a whole lot of expenses for the airlines and so we want to commence operation in our new hangar facility by the end of January, hopefully.
“We have been able to get all equipment and gadgets that we need to check the aircraft.
“Even though all the engineers have been certified by aircraft manufacturers and NCAA, we want all the staff to understand the vision of the company.’’
According to him, the company’s target is the local airlines and private aircraft owners and we are in talks with their heads of maintenance.
“They are just waiting for us to start because we want to ensure that the day we are going to start our operation, we will invite all the airlines to come and see what we have and the quality of our personnel and the equipment that we have.
“The facility is going to help local airline enhance their operation because of time and cost saving.
“It is also going to reduce the issues of flight delays and cancellations.
“If you have an issue with your aircraft, instead of waiting for engineers to come from Europe and America, we will be on ground to handle it within a day instead of waiting for weeks for engineers to come from Europe,’’ he said.

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PH Airport Set For Certification …Airport Manager Gives Dec Date

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The Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, which has been going through the process of certification for some time now, is to be licensed in December this year.
The Airport Manager, Mr Felix Akinbinu who also doubles as the Regional General Manager, South South, disclosed this in an interview with airport correspondents, Wednesday.
According to him, the airport authorities are looking up to the 23rd of December this year, for the certification of the airport.
“This airport has been going through the process of airport certification. We are looking forward to December 23, this year for Port Harcourt International Airport to be licensed.
“Licensing means that the airport is safety compliant in all standard, and the implication is that the insurance of premium for either the flights or passengers that operate or use this airport will be reduced”, he said.
On the coming of Ethiopian Airlines to operate in Port Harcourt International Airport, the regional manager said that their coming was an answered prayer.
According to him, the Port Harcourt Airport needs more international flight operations, saying this is due to the fact that the airport terminal capacity at the moment is more than the flights that are operating currently.
He said that they were also looking forward to see the operations of Ethiopian Airlines to be a permanent one, where they will be operating both in Enugu and in Port Harcourt.

 

Corlins Walter

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Oyo To Partner FAAN On Ibadan Airport Upgrade 

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The Oyo State Government has agreed to partner with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for the upgrade of facilities at Ibadan Airport to accommodate wide bodied aircrafts.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, disclosed this when the management of FAAN paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Ibadan, Tuesday.
He noted that the Ibadan Airport is important to the economy of the state and promised to collaborate with FAAN to resolve the challenges facing the airport.
The governor said that the airport was key to the plans by his administration to expand the economy of the state and affirmed his administration’s resolve to improve infrastructure and security at the airport.
“I have made some promises about the airport. I promise that the intending Muslim pilgrims will fly from the Ibadan airport directly to the holy land from next year and I count on FAAN to make this promise achievable.
“We are also thinking of expanding the runway to make it easy for bigger aircraft to operate at the airport and I promise to partner with FAAN to make it happen”, he said.
Earlier in his speech, the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, thanked the governor and the people of Oyo State for their support and patronage since the inception of the airport 37 years ago.
The FAAN boss, who was accompanied by the Director of Engineering Services, Salisu Daura and Director of Security Services, Group Capt. USA Sadiq (rtd), said the management had already written a letter to the governor on areas of assistance.
He, however, assured the governor and other stakeholders of the commitment of FAAN to achieve and sustain its service delivery target.

 

Corlins Walter

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FAAN MD Hails Ugwuanyi Over Safety At Enugu Airport

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The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has expressed gratitude to the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for tackling security challenges at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Yadudu, in a statement made available to airport correspondents last Wednesday through the Corporate Affairs Department, expressed satisfaction with the work done by the governor based on the request made by FAAN.
According to him, FAAN was satisfied with the interventions made so far by the governor such as the relocation of the Orie Emene market, abattoir, and the dismantling of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service Radio/TV mast.
The FAAN in the statement also disclosed that the issue of relocating the ENPOWER free trade zone, adjacent to the runway of the airport has been resolved with the management of the establishment.
Yadudu, while seeking further timely intervention of the governor, however frowned at the attitude of those that turned the airfield near the airport to residential place and urged the governor to take prompt action on the matter.
The Tide reports that Governor Ugwuanyi had assured earlier that the state would intervene promptly on the matter and stressed that his administration was fully committed to the safety of lives and property as well as the progress of the Enugu airport.
According to the governor, issues affecting the safety of the Enugu airport will not be undermined in his administration, saying that they will be resolved expeditiously.

 

Corlins Walter

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