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China launches first big passenger plane as it takes off for maiden flight

China’s first large domestically made passenger aircraft has taken off for its maiden flight, mounting a major challenge to Boeing and Airbus. State TV showed what appeared to be a normal take off from Pudong airport in Shanghai. The plane is a key symbol of Beijing’s soaring ambitions to enter the global aviation market. The jet by state-owned firm Comac ...

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Aircraft pilot suspended from carrying out flight operations after testing positive for marijuana

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that a pilot employed by a domestic airline tested positive for marijuana in a test randomly conducted for technical personnel in the country’s aviation industry.   While the NCAA has declined to name the offending pilot, the agency disclosed that he has been suspended.   NCAA publicity manager Sam Adurogboye said in ...

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Abuja airport: After 6 weeks of repairs, runway upgrade extended for another 18 weeks!

After the initial six weeks, the Abuja airport runway will still require another 18 weeks of upgrade, an official said on Sunday.   According to a statement circulated to select journalists by the presidency, the 18 weeks’ upgrade would however, be carried out at night, meaning normal flight operations will continue during the day.   The source also said the ...

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Aero Contractors sacked 900 of its workers after being unable to pay their salaries – Media consultant [READ]

Nigerian airline company, Aero Contractors Nigeria Limited, has sacked 900 of its workers. According to a statement by the airlines media consultant, Simon Tumba, the airline which shut down temporarily in October last year but reopened in December, has about 1500 staff members on its payroll.   Tumba said the airline has been grappling with paying the salaries of these ...

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Foreign airlines reject Kaduna route as Abuja airport is shut down

So far, only one international airline has agreed to use Kaduna airport, Mr. Sirika said. The Federal Government has formally announced the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, beginning from 12 a.m. Wednesday. This was announced by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, at a world press conference Monday in Abuja. The airport will be closed for six ...

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FG sacks all directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)

  The Federal Government on Friday announced the sack of all the directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Nation newspaper is reporting. The removal of the officials is with immediate effect, the paper said. The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, announced the development, and directed the affected officials to immediately hand over to those ...

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Dead Human Body found in Saudi airplane wheels

-A corpse has been found in the wheels of an aircraft that recently returned from Nigeria – The plane belonged to a Saudi Arabian carrier known as Flynas – It is believed that the body was that of an unfortunate stoaway A Saudi airliner which recently returned to Saudi Arabia from Nigeria was undergoing a routine check at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz ...

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Nigerian Arik Airline Shuts Down Operations as It Fuel Suppliers and Insurers Withdraw Services

Hundreds of air travellers booked on Nigerian Arik airline are currently stranded across the country, following the inability of the airline to airlift them to their destinations.   Since early morning today, none of the airline’s aircraft has been operated to any destinations in Nigeria, West Africa and other routes.   It was learnt that the massive debts of the ...

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Historic First International Cargo Plane lands at Enugu Airport (LOOK)

The first cargo plane yesterday landed at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu. The landing of the Ethiopian Airline Boeing 757 cargo plane was witnessed by an enthusiastic crowd and other dignitaries including Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.             Addressing the large crowd of people on the occasion, Governor Ugwanyi described the incident as a historic occasion that would increase ...

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Local airlines to spend N560bn on overseas maintenance

By the end of this year, Nigerian airlines are expected to spend over N560 billion for the maintenance cost of over 350 aircraft that are expected to go for both ‘C and D checks. And unless the Federal Government floats aircraft maintenance facilities, the country and airline operators would continue to lose several billions of naira to ferry their airplanes ...

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