African airlines July traffic up by 6.8%- IATA report

African airlines July traffic up by 6.8%- IATA report

African airlines’ July traffic rose 6.8 per cent, second highest among the regions according to International Air Transport Association (IATA). July international passenger demand rose 5.3 per cent compared to July 2017, which was a deceleration compared to the 8.2% growth recorded in June. Total capacity climbed 4.7 per cent, and load factor edged up half a percentage point to 85.0%. All regions reported growth, led by Asia-Pacific for the first time in three months. Although…

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Airbus lands NATO deal

Airbus lands NATO deal

  The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded Airbus the Enterprise NATO Public Key Infrastructure (E-NPKI) contract to design, implement and deliver a new framework of services for the management of public key certificates. The purpose is to improve secure communications among NATO organisations as well as between NATO and other organisations and countries. The new E-NPKI system will provide accredited certificate services on NATO networks up to secret level. Full service support…

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MMA2, ATSSSAN tango: Setting aviation backward

MMA2, ATSSSAN tango: Setting aviation backward

At a time the country’s aviation sector is said to be enjoying relative peace, aviation unions, especially Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) are poised to puncture that peace as a result of endless ultimatum given by to Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) to unionise or get its operations disrupted. WOLE SHADARE writes that many unions in aviation are becoming clog in the wheel of aviation progress   The fresh threats by…

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Strong hub airports key to airlines’ connectivity

Strong hub airports key to airlines’ connectivity

Countries need more than the advantage of geographical loca­tion to become a hub, write WOLE SHADARE   The dichotomy The air transport market in sub-Saharan Africa presents a strong dichotomy. In southern and eastern Africa the market is growing, with three strong hubs and three major African carriers dominating international and domestic markets, which are becoming increasingly concentrated. In contrast, in central and western Africa, the sector is stagnating, with the vacuum created by the…

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‘Why under-capitalised carriers default on financial pact’

‘Why under-capitalised carriers default on financial pact’

As air travel volume has more than doubled in the past 15 years in response to a growing global economy, airlines are finding it increasingly difficult to meet up with their financial obligations, Woleshadarenews has learnt. In Nigeria particularly, the carriers’ under-capitalised status has made them to default on aircraft lease, maintenance and to the various aviation agencies. Many of them are grossly under-capitalised to less than N500 billion; a situation that has led to…

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Police arrest popular actor, Iyke over assault on airline staff

Police arrest popular actor, Iyke over assault on airline staff

Vandalises airport facilities Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke was  today arrested by the Nigerian police, Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos Command for slapping a security staff of Dana Air, simply identified as Suleiman. A report gathered by our correspondent indicated that Iyke who had arrived late for the flight out of Lagos to Abuja was reluctant to be screened by the security personnel of the airline, but the insistence of one of them increased his aggression. It was…

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Airbus Perlan Mission II soars to over 62,000 feet

Airbus Perlan Mission II soars to over 62,000 feet

Set second altitude world record and crossing Armstrong Line   Airbus Perlan Mission II, the world’s first initiative to pilot an engineless aircraft to the edge of space, made history again yesterday in El Calafate, Argentina, by soaring in the stratosphere to a pressure altitude of over 62,000 feet (60,669 feet GPS altitude). This set a new gliding altitude world record, pending official validation. The pressurized Perlan 2 glider, which is designed to soar up to…

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90% estimated 6, 000 travel agencies not registered, says NANTA

90% estimated 6, 000 travel agencies not registered, says NANTA

NCAA raises alarm over fraudulent ticketing practices President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agents (NANTA), Mr. Bernard Bankole lamented that about 90 per cent of the estimated 6, 000 travel agencies in the country are not registered with NANTA. He stated that that the economic situation in the country had further compounded the situation, pointing out that when people lose their jobs, the first thing they do is to quickly go into travel business, creating…

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AIB’s procedures, standards world class, say Finnish Peer Review experts

AIB’s procedures, standards world class, say Finnish Peer Review experts

Agency to review regulation   Nigeria’s apex accident investigation body, the Accident Investigation Bureau’s (AIB) processes and procedure have been adjudged to be in line with global best practices according to former Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) representative, Mr Caj Frostell and Chief Air Safety Investigator, Safety Investigation Authority, Finland, Mr. Ismo Aaltonen  He has been an international auditor (audit / gap analysis) of the aircraft accident…

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Air Peace acquires second Tripple 7, set for international operations

Air Peace acquires second Tripple 7, set for international operations

Nigeria’s flag carrier airline, Air Peace on Saturday took delivery of its second Boeing 777 aircraft. In a related development, the airline, which made history as the first Nigerian carrier to acquire and take delivery of a Boeing 777-200 on February 23, 2018, assured that it would soon announce dates for the launch of its long-haul operations to London, Houston, Dubai, Sharjah, Guangzhou-China, Mumbai and Johannesburg. The new aircraft, a 320-seater Boeing 777-300 named “Ojochide”…

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