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Emirates Unveils Exclusive Offer for Passengers on Economy Class

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Emirates Airlines as a firm believer in the popular saying “nothing endears passengers than an exhilarating experience on board flight”, has launched an exclusive offer the class of customers.

Truly, most airlines have First class, Business class and Economy class sections, and yearn to give passengers treats according to the class of ticket of travel.

This has often made passengers to crave for a higher class of ticket. Economy class section has always had a lesser treat compared to the First and Business Class, thus people often aspire for the latter because of the perception of the level of comfort they will get, as long as they have the financial stamina to walk the talk.

However, in order to make Economic class passengers feel elated, airlines have since started raising their games in this section of the airline.

In 1992, Emirates was the first airline to introduce individual television screens in Economy Class, and has since continued its journey of innovation. Today, customers enjoy personal seatback monitors with over 2,500 channels of news and entertainment programming, including text messaging, telephone, and internet access. Every meal has been planned and prepared with meticulous care.

These high standards in catering have consistently been ranked as leading in international travel awards and surveys. Emirates fuels conversations and capture the spirit and excitement of starting a new journey. With attention to detail in every product and service, the Emirates Economy Class experience is truly exceptional.

The latest configurations for Economy Class on board Airbus A380 flight include about 427 specially designed and contoured seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 2-4-2 configuration in the last rows in the three class A380s and up to 557 seats in the two class configuration, Seats pitched up to 33” apart and recline to over 6”, Seat cushions 18” wide,  articulated seat bottom pan which moves forward when seat is reclined, and 13.3” back-mounted LCD screen on newly delivered aircraft, linked to Emirates’ award-winning ice in-flight entertainment system. In the same vein, the Configurations for Economy Class on board Boeing 777 flight include about 386 specially designed and contoured seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 2-4-2 configuration in the last rows, Seats pitched up to 33” apart and recline to over 6”, Seat cushions 17.05” wide, articulated seat bottom pan which moves forward when seat is reclined, and a 13.3” back-mounted LCD screen, on newly-delivered aircraft.

On board Emirates Economic class, Customers can enjoy an exceptional range of in-flight entertainment and communications choices on their flights.

Emirates In-flight Entertainment program – ice – has received the Skytrax “Best Entertainment System in the World” award for the 12th time in a row. ice stands for information, communication and entertainment. ice Digital Widescreen available Airbus A380, Boeing 777-200LR and select Boeing 777-300ER includes the following features- Over 2,500 on-demand channels of in-flight entertainment which includes, Over 500 movies from around the world, Over 1,000 hours of TV programmes, Over 1,000 music and podcast channels;

Others are over 100 video games, In-seat telephone, SMS and email, Live text news, sport and business headlines updated via satellite, ‘Airshow’ displaying live information on the progress of flight, including cameras on the underside of the aircraft  providing a view of the scenery below, In-seat laptop charging points, and Personal picture viewing using “My USB”. ice (available on Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300 and select Boeing 777-300ER) has the following features-  Over 750 channels of on-demand entertainment, Over 150 movies, Over 100 TV channels, Over 540 audio channels, Over 40 video games, Live BBC text news, sports and business headlines updated via satellite, In-seat telephone, SMS and email, and Noise cancellation headphones in First Class and Business Class, and In-seat laptop charging points in First Class, Business Class and recharging points in Economy Class.

Emirates provides free Wi-Fi onboard (up to 10mb) on all Airbus A380 aircraft and most Boeing 777 flights.

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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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Construction: FAAN Advises Passengers on How to Meet Up with Flights

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has notified passengers and other airport users that the Lagos State Government has commenced the reconstruction of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Road, Lagos

The project which would last for 15 months is aimed at expanding the road for better service to users.

Appealing for understanding from all while the project last, Yakubu Henrietta, general manager, Corporate Affairs at FAAN, urged passengers and other airport users plying the road to always leave their homes earlier than usual, so as to be able to get to the airport in good time and also avoid missing their flights.

Specifically, the design of the project includes the reconstruction and expansion of the existing carriage to three-lane Expressway on both directions, construction of two-lane Service Road in both directions, construction of Ramp Bridge to provide a U-turn from Ajao Estate to Airport, construction of a flyover at NAHCO/Toll Gate and drainage works.

Others include the removal of existing Pedestrian Bridge at Ajao Estate and construction of Pedestrian Bridges at Ajao Estate and NAHCO/Hajj Camp, construction of Slip Road to provide access to Ajao Estate, construction of Lay-bys and installation of Street Lights, among others.

“Meanwhile, security agencies and other traffic officers have been mobilized to ensure that road users and passengers have relatively hitch free passage while the road is under construction.

“The Authority, in conjunction with the Lagos State Government, has put in place necessary measures to mitigate the effect of the construction on the road users while the project last”, she said.

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US May Bar Nigerian Airlines over Safety Concerns

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United States federal aviation administration has given Nigerian airlines a 65-day ultimatum to resolve specified security issues or risk being barred from flying to its country.

A team of US FAA officials who recently carried out an audit for the renewal of Nigeria’s category one safety status gave the ultimatum on August 24.

The US FAA periodically check foreign airports with which it has bilateral agreements to ensure they meet set standards.

The checks include having effective and efficient aviation regulations, operational state civil aviation systems and safety oversight functions and technical personnel qualification and training.

Others include the provision of technical guidance, tools, provision of safety-critical information, licensing, certification, authorisation and approval obligations.

John Ojikutu, member of aviation industry think tank, Aviation Round Table (ART) and CEO of Centurion Securities, told BusinessDay that he doubts if Nigeria can attain the category one safety status without having its major airports certified.

Ojikutu said airport certification is compliant to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR) Part 12.6.4, which carries obligations on the operator to continuously maintain standards and competence in operation and ensuring availability of skilled manpower in sufficient numbers, for the periodic maintenance of the facilities and the system.

“Many stakeholders would probably be asking; what is the necessity for the certification when the industry was already classified category one?” he said.

“What many do not know, however, is that the classification of Nigeria as Category one, was meant only for the NCAA Regulations and oversight competence, the way university academic programs are rated or accredited by the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC).

“Unfortunately, the NCAA is like a university that has been long accredited but has not been able to graduate a student. The NCAA, in spite of its category one status classification in 2010 and even today in 2017 after its reclassification, has not been able to give certification to a single airport among the over 28 federal and state airports in the country.”

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