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Aero Contractors gets NCAA Approval for C-check Maintenance

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Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors, has received certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to handle C-checks on Boeing B737-300, B737-400 and B737-500.

Capt. Ado Sanusi, Managing Director of Aero Contractors, made this known while briefing newsmen on yesterday in Lagos.

Sanusi said the NCAA approval that takes effect from Sept. 2 was given to the Aero Contractors’ Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

”This represents for us a significant achievement and is a major instrument for our turn-around efforts. This feat has benefits far beyond Aero Contractors.

”The fact that C-check on the B737 Classic can now be performed in Nigeria by Aero Contractors will reflect directly in significant drop in maintenance cost for airlines in Nigeria and the sub-region as well as reduction in downtime for such checks.”

Explaining further, he said that a normal C-check cost between $1.8 million to $2 million outside the country, adding that performing it in Nigeria would reduce the demand for foreign exchange as airlines could now pay in Naira.

“So, it is a very positive development for Nigerian airlines and the Nigerian aviation industry because it will improve the ease of doing business,” Sanusi added.

He disclosed that the airline spent N60 million to renovate and expand the MRO facility which had been in existence for over 50 years in order to meet the required local and international standards.

According to him, the airline has also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with international partners, including the maintenance unit of Ethiopian Airlines and South African Technik, to render assistance on the C-checks. Sanusi said that domestic airlines alone operate about 22 B737 Classics, stressing that the facility would have a viable market.

“We want to appeal to the Federal Government to give us the Free Trade Zone status. “We want to have free access to import tools and aircraft spares without hindrances from Customs when our demand increases,” he said.

The Aero boss commended the NCAA for its professionalism and encouragement during the certification process.

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Nigerian-Canadian, Lola Kassim Appointed New GM for Uber West Africa

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Lola Kassim as its new general manager for West Africa

By peter oluka

Uber, Monday, announced, the appointment of Lola Kassim, a Nigerian-Canadian, as its new general manager for West Africa.

Most recently, Lola worked as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company where she led teams providing strategic business advice and implementing organizational and operational improvements in the energy, public, and financial services sectors in West and Southern Africa.

A seasoned professional with over 10 years of global experience working at senior private sector and government levels in Africa and Canada, Lola will be responsible for driving Uber’s overall strategy for West Africa, which includes improving reliability and service levels for uberX and creating additional value adds for driver-partners.

“I am immensely pleased to be joining Uber at a pivotal point in the company’s growth and expansion curve. My vision for West Africa, in particular, is to ensure that we are aligned with Uber’s overall objective of creating sustainable, alternative modes of mobility. In addition to creating value for driver-partners and riders, I will also be focused on ensuring that we continue to engage with our key stakeholders and relevant partners with a view to continued positive impact across West Africa.”

Speaking on Lola’s appointment, Alon Lits, general manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber said: “As a company that is deeply committed to diversity and inclusiveness, we are excited to have Lola join the team of other incredible women at Uber – who are pushing the envelope towards achieving the global vision of creating value for riders and driver-partners alike. In West Africa, Lola will be supported by a highly skilled and enthusiastic team covering Operations, Marketing, Communications, Legal and Policy. As we often say at Uber, we are #superpumped.”

Prior to joining Uber, Lola spent 3.5 years as a Management Consultant at McKinsey and Company. She also worked as a Governance Advisor with the Liberian Presidency through the

Africa Governance Initiative, supporting a unit driving delivery of Presidential infrastructure priorities. She began her career with the Canadian government where she served as Policy Advisor to senior officials and managed units developing policy, strategy, and business cases regarding socio-economic development programming for Canada’s Aboriginal communities and foreign policy.

A Nigerian-Canadian, Lola holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MSc from the London School of Economics where she was a Chevening Scholar.

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NIPOST to Begin Banking Services Soon

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The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), will soon introduce agency banking services in its operation, according to Mr Godwill Magulike, district manager (Ilorin).

 

Magulike, said that the agency’s banking services would enable Nigerians to send money across the country and beyond, thereby complimenting its courier services.

 

He said that NIPOST had earlier introduced other products aimed at reviving the postal system, serving the people better and increasing patronage.

 

He listed the products as money order, electronic stamps and address verification, among others.

 

“We have come to an era in NIPOST where we have to re-examine the activities of postal service in line with modern technologies.

 

“We also try to showcase our new products in the market apart from our core posting responsibility.

 

“For instance, with the introduction of agency banking, people can easily send money to their loved ones, across the country.

 

“We target bringing out new potentials of the service to meet the present demands in the country.

 

“This effort requires strong collaboration with the private sector whose investment capital and expertise are crucial.

 

“We are indeed getting back on track as we are reinventing, embracing digitization, redefining our value proposition and developing new product services”, he said.

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Airfrance KLM Partners Jumia Nigeria To Reward Passengers

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Determined to give customers additional value for their money, Jumia Nigeria and AirFrance KLM have announced a unique partnership to reward Nigerian-based flyers registered with the airline’s Flying Blue loyalty programme.

The Flying Blue initiative which is tailored to give additional benefits to customers will also expose them to over 1,000,000 product assortment on Africa’s largest online store, Jumia.

Usually when Air France KLM Flying Blue members earn miles, accumulated miles can be used to pay for tickets, upgrades, hotel stays, and excess baggage allowance. However, with this new partnerships, miles can now be used to purchase items on Jumia Nigeria website.

This seamless process requires AirFrance KLM Flying Blue members to visit www.flyingblue.com then – spend miles – blue store – leisure – shopping voucher to retrieve their vouchers. The vouchers are of 3 values, each indicating the cash value and miles value. Members can buy the voucher of their choice and have the miles deducted from their Flying Blue account. An email will be sent to them with an online shopping code for jumia.com.ng.

Alternatively, members can also combine the value of the voucher with cash to pay for the item of their choice. Members who have insufficient miles for an airline award or who have miles expiring soon can convert these miles into vouchers to shop on Jumia.com.ng.

In a statement by Juliet Anammah, the CEO of Jumia Nigeria, she stated that “Jumia is proud to unveil a driving partnership with AirFrance KLM airlines to reiterate its commitment to customers. This collaboration will create unparalleled opportunities for the passengers and also allow customers to enjoy the convenience and wide selection available through shopping online with Jumia.”

“Air France and KLM continue to pursue new ways of adding value to our customers. At different occasions, when customers provide us with feedback on how to make the customer loyalty program flying blue more attractive, the question often asked is if it would be possible to use flying blue miles on more products, especially products customers need in their day to day life. As we like to listen to our customers and try as much as possible to improve on the services we offer, we decided to look for a partner to turn this dream into a reality. Today we are happy to announce that we are joining forces with the biggest online retailer in Nigeria – Jumia! “Arthur Dieffenthaler, commercial director, Air France KLM, Nigeria & Ghana.

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