FAAN vs Air Peace: Pilots Leave In Anger, Fidelity Bank Still Backs Air Peace

The Federal Airports Authority, FAAN, has been battling to extricate itself from the ethnic slur being given to the Ground handling company in the way they handled the Air peace landing crisis. Recall that a Boeing 737-300 acquired by Air Peace was denied Landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by FAAN for several hours.  After several hours of wrangling, the Aircraft was allowed to pack at the Cargo terminal instead of the normal parking bay. The visibly angry foreign Pilots who were expected to train the crew on…

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Plane Crash: After US Ban, FG Makes U-turn

By Uche Mbah After the US government placed a blanket ban on Boeing 737 Max 8 throughout the entire United States, the Federal Government, in a volte-face, decided to ban the aircraft from the Nigerian Airspace. President Trump, after days of pressure, on Wednesday placed a blanket ban on Boing 737 max 8 from the American airspace, thereby reversing the earlier position that the aircraft will continue to fly pending result of crash investigations. Some 42 countries have banned the aircraft that has been involved in two major mishaps in…

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No Boeing 737 Max 8 Owned By Nigerian Airlines, Says NCAA

By Uche Mbah The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA has allayed fears of possible air crash involving the Boeing model following the crash of Ethiopian Airline Flight 302 minutes after take off, killing all passengers on board. As a result of the crash, many countries either grounded their Aircraft pending investigations, or ordered for immediate checks on the Airline.  At least 114 planes have been grounded worldwide, with China leading with 97 planes. The groundings  has posed many administrative and logistic bottlenecks for such airlines, resulting in flight cancellations, loss…

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ET 302: China, Others Ground Boeing 737 Max 8 As Air Peace Expects Order

  By Uche Mbah In response to the crashed Ethiopian Airline ET 302, China and Indonesia have grounded their domestic flights involving Boeing 737 Max 8 plying their Airspace. China and Indonesia are the two leading Asian Aviation markets for the Aircraft, with China Owning over a hundred Max 8 Aircraft, a situation that spells disaster for the American Boeing company and for China’s Civil aviation. Ethiopian Airline flight ET302 had crashed over the weekend, killing all the Passengers on board, including two Nigerians. One was Professor Pius Adesanmi, popular…

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Finally, the Bayelsa International Airport Takes Off With An Inaugural Flight

By Uche Mbah It was a carnival of  sorts as Governor Seriake Dickson today inaugurated the Bayelsa International Cargo Airport, estimated to have gulped N60 billion. The Airport, which was meant to be a state and Federal government joint venture, suffered a setback when the Federal Government pulled out of the deal. Dickson doggedly continued with the building of the Airport. The Airport was built by Dantata and Sowe, an indigenous construction company. The Airport could have been opened last August, but that date was not feasible. By November last…

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Make the Corpse Walk: Why De-feathered Air Nigeria Did Not Fly

By Uche Mbah Finally, the fear of skeptics have materialized: Air Nigeria has become the latest still-born child of the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government. Three months after the Logo was unveiled in Faraway London, the Minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, a former senator who was the chairman Senate Committee on Aviation, announced to a bemused world that the proposed National Carrier has been suspended mid air till further notice. “I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier…

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Nigeria Air Suspended Indefinitely By FG

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday, announced the suspension of the planned national carrier, Nigeria Air. On his Twitter handle, @hadisirika, Sirika tweeted: I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim. All commitments due will be honoured. We thank the public for the support as always.” Details later….

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“Stolen” Aircrafts: Chevron role in the game

By Uche Mbah Topbrass  Aviation Services, a local operator, is said to be in the middle of a scandal involving two Bombadier Aircrafts, Dash 8 Q300. Topbrass has leased the aircraft from Seagold Investment Limited. Headed by Roland Iyayi, an Aviation expert, Topbrass has been having a legal tussle with Seagold , over the ownership status of the two aircrafts with registration numbers 5N-TBB and 5N-TBC). Despite the tussle, the aircrafts were acquired through the Agencies of government allegedly for Aerocontractors, a company that has been taken over by the…

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After fifteen years, Nigeria Unveils New National Carrier

By Uche Mbah After fifteen years in limbo, Federal Government resurrects Nigeria Airways with a different name: Nigeria Air. Incidentally, the unveiling of the logo of the new airline was done in London, the international capital of Nigeria. Most policy pronouncements of Nigeria in recent times are usually done in London. The unveiling of the logo as done during the ongoing international Airshow in Farnborough London, Minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, was elated with the prospect of having a new national Carrier which, according to him, will only…

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Fate of Nigeria Airways Workers May Jeopardize New National Carrier

By Uche mbah The war of words between the former staff of the defunct Nigeria Airways and the Finance minister Kemi Adeosun may have sent distressing signals to the general public that the much touted New National Carrier may not take off despite assurances and plans for the later. The Finance Minister had said that there has been no presidential approval for the release of funds for the settlements of arrears of pension and other emoluments, which she put at a total cost of N45billion. But in a swift reaction,…

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