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Dana Air sponsors cabin crew contest in Port Harcourt

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Dana Air, Nigeria's foremost airline renowned for its commitment to Excellence, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has

Dana Air, Nigeria’s foremost airline renowned for its commitment to Excellence, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has announced its sponsorship of the Cabin Crew Contest in Wiiyaakara, Rivers State in partnership with the Crew Training Institute (CTI).

This initiative which is scheduled to hold on the 19th of April 2024 at the T-fad Hotel and Resort Wiiyaakara, Rivers State is part of Dana Air‘s broad corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts aimed at enhancing human capacity development, nurturing the passion of aspiring aviation professionals, and promoting professionalism in the industry said Kingsley Ezenwa, Dana Air’s Head of Corporate Communications.

According to him, ”this ”Special Edition” of the Cabin Crew Contest serves as a platform to identify and showcase the talents of young individuals aspiring to pursue careers in the aviation sector. By sponsoring this event, Dana Air demonstrates its dedication to nurturing the next generation of aviation professionals and providing them with opportunities for training, exposure, and career advancement.”

” Dana Air recognizes the importance of passion and professionalism in the aviation industry. Through initiatives like the Cabin Crew Contest, our aim is to instill these values in aspiring cabin crew members, emphasizing the significance of excellent customer service, safety consciousness, and teamwork.” He Added.

Apart from the airline’s partnership with MMA2, opening its aircraft doors to students of secondary and tertiary institutions during facility tours for educational purposes, recall that Dana Air also recently recruited young licensed aviation professionals and youth corp members across various departments empowering them with necessary hands-on training and exposure to the beautiful world of aviation.

Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines, operating domestic flights to major cities with a focus on safety, reliability, and customer satisfaction. The airline is committed to excellence in service delivery and making a positive impact on society through its corporate social responsibility initiatives.

 

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$20M fraud: Is Air Peace boss Onyema wanted in U.S? 36-page document reveals

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The current narrative surrounding Nigeria's top airline boss Allen Onyema is not particularly positive at the moment, despite its recent

The current narrative surrounding Nigeria’s top airline boss Allen Onyema is not particularly positive at the moment, despite its recent prominence in the global aviation industry.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were welcomed to Nigeria few weeks by Air Peace boss Dr. Allen Onyema, but DailyMail.com described the Nigerian airline boss as a fugitive who has been federally indicted in the United States for allegedly orchestrating a $20million money laundering and bank fraud scheme.

Onyema, whose airline the royals took for their flight from the nation’s capital Abuja into its largest city Lagos on May 12 was a key member of the welcoming committee that met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they touched down on the tarmac as part of their three-day-tour of Nigeria.

Dressed in navy and wearing shades and a red kufi hat, Onyema was one of a small group of dignitaries, which included senior military and government officials, photographed alongside the Sussexes as they deboarded their Air Peace aircraft.

Founded by Onyema just over a decade ago, Air Peace flies internationally and is the largest airline in West Africa.

DailyMail.com has exclusively learned that the 59-year-old businessman is a wanted man in the United States, facing multiple charges linked to millions of dollars’ worth of alleged fraud set down in a federal indictment filed in November 2019

The indictment, obtained by DailyMail.com, accuses Onyema of allegedly ‘using his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive to launder more than $20million from Nigeria through US bank accounts’

There is no suggestion that either Harry or Meghan were aware of Onyema’s history before they met him.

DailyMail.com also understands that the couple had planned to use a different airline but plans were changed at the last minute.

The charges were filed by former US Attorney Byung J ‘BJay’ Pak who has since left office. The case is now being pursued by US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Ryan Buchanan who took over the role in 2022.

Speaking at the time of filing Pak said of the man who gladhanded the Sussex’s during their ‘private’ tour of his country, ‘Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud.’

Robert Murphy, the agent in charge of the DEA Atlanta field division added: ‘Allan Onyema’s status as a wealthy businessman turned out to be a fraud. He corrupted the US banking system, but his trail of deceit and trickery came to a skidding halt.’

The indictment goes on to allege that Onyema set up various ‘innocent sounding multi-million-dollar asset purchases which were nothing more than alleged fronts for his scam’.

It states that Onyema is the founder and chairman of several organizations across Nigeria, including the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development and All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited.

Beginning in 2010 he began traveling frequently to Atlanta where he opened several personal and business bank accounts.

Between 2010 and 2018 over $44.9million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources.

Onyema founded Air Peace in 2013 and, according to the indictment, traveled to the United States in following years and purchased multiple airplanes.

Onyema is accused of using his status as a prominent business leader to launder more than $20million from Nigeria through US bank accounts

However, the Department of Justice alleges, over $3million of the funds used to purchase the aircraft, ‘allegedly came from bank accounts for the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited and Every Child Limited.’

Air Peace’s Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, has also been charged along with Onyema.

Both men were charged on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit credit application fraud and three counts of credit application fraud.

In addition, Onyema was charged with 27 separate counts of money laundering while Eghagha was charged with committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.

Investigators allege that, beginning in approximately May 2016, the two men used a series of export letters of credit to cause banks to transfer more than $20million into Atlanta-based bank accounts controlled by Onyema. The letters of credit were purportedly to fund the purchase of five Boeing 737 passenger planes by Air Peace.

The letters were supported by documents such as purchase agreements, bills of sale, and appraisals proving that Air Peace was purchasing the aircraft from Springfield Aviation Company LLC, a business registered in Georgia. But, according to investigators, the supporting documents were fake.

Springfield Aviation Company LLC, which is owned by Onyema and managed by a person with no connection to the aviation business, never owned the aircraft in the first place and the company that allegedly drafted the appraisals did not exist.

In October 2022 American citizen Ebony Mayfield, a former staff member of Springfield Aviation Company was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $4,000 for her role in the alleged scheme after charges were filed against her by the US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

The charges against Onyema and Eghagha remain pending with both men maintaining their innocence.

Neither man responded to calls and emails to Air Peace’s offices in Nigeria and the UK.

-CULLED: DailyMail

 

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Power: N12bn spent annually on airports, FG considers solar

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The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has disclosed that the Federal Government was spending N1bn monthly to power the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

He stated this Monday during the ministerial press briefing in Abuja to mark President Bola Tinubu’s first year in office.

According to Keyamo, the ministry is planning to reduce the heavy cost by investing in solar power systems.

Keyamo explained that the ministry was bypassing the power distribution companies to buy electricity directly from the generating companies, saying that method would save the Federal Government about N300m.

“We want to run our airports with solar and that will save us so much every month. Lagos airport alone, I was told we do N1bn every month, and I asked why.

“The first thing I said they should do is bypass the Discos and go to the Gencos because we are eligible customers. Why do you pay a Disco that will add profit when you are an eligible customer? Cut them off and go to the Gencos straight. We are doing that and they are protesting up and down to go and meet the president. By doing that, we are saving 30 per cent. When we are supposed to pay N1bn, we will pay N600m,” the minister stated.

Meanwhile, Keyamo emphasised that the Nigeria Air project remained suspended.

In 2023, the Ministry of Aviation, under Hadi Sirika, unveiled Nigeria Air three days before the end of former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The development elicited concerns among stakeholders nationwide over the ownership arrangement, which gave Ethiopian Airlines a 49 per cent equity stake.

The Federal Government had five per cent equity, while a consortium of three Nigerian investors had 46 per cent.

Reacting to the deal in June 2023, the House of Representatives asked the Federal Government to suspend the operations of Nigeria Air, describing it as a fraud.

In August 2023, Keyamo announced that the national carrier project was suspended until further notice.

Keyamo said, “It remains suspended. It was never Air Nigeria. It was not Air Nigeria. That is the truth. It was only painted Air Nigeria. It was Ethiopian Airlines trying to flag our flag.

“If it is so, why not allow our local people to fly our flag? Why bring a foreigner to fly our flag? So, nobody should dispute that it was Air Nigeria.

“Air Nigeria must be indigenous, must be wholly Nigerian, and must be for the full benefits of Nigeria, not that 50 per cent of the profit is for another country,” he explained.

Keyamo reiterated that the ownership structure of the suspended airline was not beneficial to the country.

Source: The Punch

 

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NAHCO launches GSE replacement plan

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In a strategic move to reinforce its leadership in the ground handling service sector across West Africa, NAHCO Aviance has unveiled an

In a strategic move to reinforce its leadership in the ground handling service sector across West Africa, NAHCO Aviance has unveiled an ambitious Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Replacement Plan.

This initiative aims to modernize the company’s fleet with state-of-the-art equipment over the next two years, enhancing service quality and operational efficiency for all airline customers.

The Board of Directors announced this groundbreaking plan during the commissioning of the first batch of new GSE at the company’s headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. This event marks the commencement of Phase 1 of the GSE Replacement Plan.

Dr. Seinde Oladapo Fadeni, Chairman of the Board, stated, “By 2026, we will have acquired all the necessary equipment to fully upgrade our fleet. This initial delivery marks the beginning of significant advancements for NAHCO and our operational practices. Despite unforeseen delays from manufacturers and port authorities, we have now initiated a consistent delivery schedule. This milestone signals the start of numerous positive transformations across various aspects of our business, including our workforce, facilities, and equipment.”

Mr. Indranil Gupta, Group Managing Director/CEO, highlighted the strategic importance of the new acquisitions. “Our focus on acquiring modern GSE to replace our aging fleet is critical for improving operational safety and efficiency. With the Board’s support, we are committed to delighting our customers and providing superior service to our client airlines. This initiative aligns perfectly with our mission statement to deliver exceptional services through professional teams, cutting-edge technology, and leading practices,” Mr. Gupta explained.

Mr. Gupta also outlined the phased implementation of the GSE Replacement Plan, which consists of three phases scheduled for completion by 2026. The current batch of equipment is part of Phase 1, with additional batches expected in the coming months. Orders for Phase 2 will commence shortly, while Phase 3 is slated to begin in 2025.

Dr. Olusola Obabori, Group Executive Director of International Business and Corporate Services, reiterated the company’s commitment to excellence. “This acquisition heralds a new era for NAHCO. We are profoundly grateful to our dedicated staff and confident that the future holds even greater achievements,” Dr. Obabori added.

Union Support and Operational Impact

Comrade Prince Nnochiri, Chairman of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), praised the company’s leadership for its timely reinvestment. He highlighted the significant positive impact the new equipment will have on operational efficiency and service excellence.

NAHCO’s robust financial performance underscores its growth trajectory. In 2023, the company reported a revenue of N28 billion, a 70% increase from the previous year’s N16.7 billion. The company also recorded a 126% increase in Profit Before Tax (PBT) compared to the previous year.

NAHCO Aviance is the premier ground handling service provider in West Africa, dedicated to delivering exceptional service and operational excellence. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, NAHCO continues to set industry standards across the region.

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Ibom Air: 5 years of unprecedented operations in Nigeria

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Established on June 7, 2019 by its founder, former governor Udom Emmanuel for the Akwa Ibom State government, Ibom Air

Established on June 7, 2019 by its founder, former governor Udom Emmanuel for the Akwa Ibom State government, Ibom Air has become one of the strongest local airline brands and increasingly becoming known internationally.

Reacting to the feat, the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom said, “While I was in the flight now, I was putting on smile because of the work the airline has done so far.

“ The aircraft that brought us now from Lagos is the only Airbus A220 300 series of Airbus and of course, you know it’s efficient and you know, that’s the real modern technology in terms of aviation, and aircraft manufacturing. We have created something and that’s the whole concept of creativity and ideas. Coming up with some concept or ideas or creativity that people can be proud of like Ibom Air is something that I must give glory to God.”

He also said for local airlines to succeed and compete favourably with foreign counterparts, the government must provide certain concessions and preferences.

Udom stated this at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Thursday while reacting to Ibom Air’s five years operations.

According to him, “I keep saying this. Forget what the western world is trying to tell us. There is no country on planet earth that does not have a kind of subsidy for the citizens. I’m not calling for subsidy for airline business, but they should be given preference on certain things because we operate from this market. So whether you like it or not, the economy of any country cannot move or cannot grow if people cannot move from one point to another.

“I think there are some concessions that should be given to the local airlines and the aviation industry so that people can move from one point to another. I wouldn’t say more than that. “

 

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Turkish Airlines to resume flight operations to Nigeria May 25

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The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), has fired back at Turkish Airlines over the claim that it sacked seven of its Nigerian

Turkish Airlines says it will resume flight operations to Nigeria on May 25 following the disruption of the company’s operations.

In a report by NAN on Friday, the airline said the decision came after discussions with officials from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) during which they assessed its request.

“Due to actions at our counter at the Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport that jeopardised our flight safety and continued for four days, we had to cancel our scheduled flights to Lagos as of Tuesday, May 21,” Turkish Airlines said.

“Turkish Airlines, prioritising the safety and security of its passengers and crew, will resume flights to Nigeria on Saturday, May 25, as it has done since 2006.

“As long as the NCAA and FAAN authorities take the necessary precautions and maintain safety of flights, crew, Turkish Airlines Lagos personnel, and passengers at the airport, we will continue to operate with the same sensitivity.”

Turkish Airlines said the decision was also influenced by a joint press release from the NCAA and FAAN, which announced that additional security measures would be implemented to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

The airline said Olubunmi Kuku, FAAN general manager, provided a written statement, promising to implement unprecedented measures to ensure the safety of its operations.

“We want to thank the authorities for the assurance they provided, and we will like to emphasise that Turkish Airlines is the airline flying to more countries than any other in the world,” the airline said.

“We adhere fully to the laws and regulations of the countries we operate in and act in accordance with international business ethics principles.

“We have informed the relevant authorities that we will not be able to carry out the scheduled flights until our flight safety is guaranteed and requested assurances from them.”

On May 22, NCAA said it would not hesitate to impose severe penalties on Turkish Airlines for its alleged mistreatment of Nigerian passengers.

NCAA said over 300 passengers were affected by the discord involving the Turkish Airlines and aviation unions, as the carrier has cancelled flights in and out of Nigeria from May 21 until May 23.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on May 21, picketed Turkish Airlines in Lagos over the dismissal of some of its members.

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Air Peace EXPOSED! How Nigeria airline operating with unserviceable hydraulic system

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Air Peace EXPOSED! How Nigeria airline operating with unserviceable hydraulic system

Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has released final reports on the Serious Incident involving an Embraer EMB-145LR belonging to Air Peace airline.

The aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BVD operated by Air Peace was involved in the serious incident at Kaduna Airport, Kaduna on 14th January, 2021

The report which was produced by the NSIB revealed that the aircraft had 53 persons made up of 49 passengers and four crew with fuel endurance of three hours before the incident occurred.

In its findings, the investigative committee discovered that the aircraft, which had earlier operated three sectors, started having issues while preparing for the fourth sector on ground in Kaduna.

“The Electric Motor Driven Pump (EMDP) was used to power the Hydraulic System. During Taxi, the Lead Cabin Crew informed the flight crew that there was an unusual sound from the over-wing to the aft of the aircraft. The flight crew concluded that the sound emanated from the EMDP and continued with pre-flight activities.

“The aircraft lined up for take-off and as it accelerated towards 119 kt, the take-off was aborted, thus initiating a sequence of events that eventually led to the failure of Number 1 and Number 2 Wheel Assemblies and additional damage to the aircraft.

The incident occurred at 12:09:20 h, daytime in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC).”

The causal factor according to the findings blamed the incident on the airline for operating the aircraft with an unserviceable hydraulic system leading to a high speed rejected take-off.

Among the contributory factors included non -leakage of Hydraulic System 1 due to a loose coupling on the hydraulic line servicing the Brake Control Valve and the pilot’s non-adherence to Air Peace Limited guidelines on diagnosis and reporting of faults.

The NSIB also released the final report on the incident involving a ground collision between the Skypower Aviation Handling Company’s (SAHCO) Lavatory Service Truck with Max Air parked Boeing 737-300 aircraft number 9/5.

The incident which happened in 2021, indicated SAHCO as a company was lacking adequate workers in its operations department.

The final report also blamed the driver of the truck for failing to act professionally by not establishing communication between himself and the marshaller for the repositioning of the truck.

 

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