Airlines groan over aviation fuel scarcity, pilgrims stranded

Airlines groan over aviation fuel scarcity, pilgrims stranded

The on-going airlift of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia may have run into a hitch occasioned by scarcity of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet A1. The situation has left over 200 Nigerian pilgrims stranded in the Holy Land; a situation that has affected airlines on charter operations specifically granted rights to airlift them to Saudi Arabia. There was scarcity of the commodity but the operators said the situation is getting with regular supply. Jet A1…

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AirAsia, Airbus ink deal for 12 more A330neo, 30 A321XLR aircraft

AirAsia, Airbus ink deal for 12 more A330neo, 30 A321XLR aircraft

 Air Asia and Airbus have entered a multi-billion dollar deal for an additional 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft. The contract was signed by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman, AirAsia X Berhad and Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus in Kuala Lumpur today, in the presence of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.  Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Group, who was present at the signing, said: “This order reaffirms our…

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Uganda relaunches national airline

Uganda relaunches national airline

Twenty years after its collapse, Uganda has launched a national airline, restoring its status as latest African country to revive its national airline.   Commercial services resumed on Tuesday with a flight from Entebbe to Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya that the airline hoped will usher in a profitable new era for the formerly debt-ridden brand. Uganda Airline said its fleet of twin-engined Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jet airliners will soon connect to destinations including Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania,…

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Sirika returns to familiar terrain

Sirika returns to familiar terrain

  The return of Hadi Sirika to Aviation as a Minister has opened a vista of what he did and did not do in his first term. WOLE SHADARE writes that now is the opportunity to set aviation on perfect path Second coming Not a few believe that newly appointed Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika would be given the nod to complete what he started when he served for four years as Minister of State, Aviation. Sirika’s appointment…

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Nigerians brace for BA pilots’ strike

Nigerians brace for BA pilots’ strike

Crisis to cost airline £120m  Nigerians are bracing up for planned British Airways strike that is expected to disrupt flights in and out of Nigeria. As a result, travellers and travel agents are working round the clock to see how they can reschedule or cancel their clients’ flights within that period in what may cost the British carrier around £120 million. The airline operates services to Lagos and Abuja with daily flights to the two…

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Plane makes emergency landng ‘after pilot faints in cockpit’

Plane makes emergency landng ‘after pilot faints in cockpit’

AJet2 flight had to make an emergency landing on its way from Manchester after the pilot fainted.  The flight, which was on its way to Maderia, had to divert to Porto in Portugal due to an ‘on-board medical situation’, according to the airline. The pilot is understood to have been taken to hospital on arrival.  The alarm is said to have been sounded around 10.20am local time today and a runway was closed for half…

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First EgyptAir A220-300 makes maiden flight

First EgyptAir A220-300 makes maiden flight

The first A220-300 for EgyptAir has successfully completed its inaugural test flight from the Mirabel assembly line. The first of 12 aircraft EgyptAir has on order is due to be delivered to the Cairo-based airline in the coming weeks.  The A220 for EgyptAir will provide passengers with superior comfort, its innovative cabin design featuring the widest economy seats of any single-aisle aircraft and panoramic windows for more natural light. The aircraft which is outfitted with…

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Airlines’ health worries stakeholders

Airlines’ health worries stakeholders

Except urgent solutions are found, the health of Nigerian airlines has created concern for stakeholders and other aviation watchers. Managing Director, Centurion Aviation Security Limited, Group Captain John Okikutu (Rtd), told Woleshadarenews that many of the operating private airlines of today were not financially healthy and are substantially not compliant with the economic regulations of the Nig. CARs. He hinted that most of them were probably recycling the business plans of defunct airlines, stressing that airlines like…

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Qantas tests 19-hour direct flights from UK, US to Sydney

Qantas tests 19-hour direct flights from UK, US to Sydney

Qantas plans to test non-stop flights from London and New York to Sydney this year to see whether passengers and crew can tolerate 19 hours in a plane. The Australian airline will carry 40 passengers and crew on three flights in October, November and December, with a decision on whether to introduce the ultra-long routes commercially due by the end of the year. The test passengers will mainly be Qantas employees, as well as scientists,…

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Omni-Blu Aviation appoints Capt. James Daniel Managing Director

Omni-Blu Aviation appoints Capt. James Daniel Managing Director

  The Board of Directors of Omni-Blu Aviation Limited (OBA) has appointed Captain James Ayodele Daniel as the airline’s Accountable Manager/Managing Director to oversee the affairs of the firm.  Capt. Daniel took over from Captain Sunny Adegbuyi from the company with effect from August 15th 2019  Executive Director, Corporate, Legal & Admin Services Omni-Blu Aviation Limited, Joy Duncan in a statement to announce the exit of Agbeluyi said,  “While we are happy to welcome Captain…

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