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Illegal Firm Carries out Ground Handling Operations at Lagos Airport

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An unregistered ground handling company, Menzies Aviation yesterday carried out ground handling operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos without regulatory approval.

Investigation by our correspondent indicated that the ground handling company was still undergoing certification processes with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), before it carried out the alleged illegal ground handling operations.

An NCAA source said the ground handling agent  handled Air Cote d’Ivoire at Lagos Airport.

The flight departed from Abidjan.

Investigations revealed that the ground handling company has its headquarters in Dublin, Scotland, but has its base in Accra, Ghana.

In a swift reaction, spokesman of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye,  in a telephone interview  confirmed the development, .

He said the NCAA has commenced investigations on the issue.

The unregistered company used the license of Precision Aviation Handling Company Ltd (PAHCOL), which was issued certification by the regulatory body some few years ago, but could not commence operations due to lack of equipment.

Besides, it was gathered that Menzies Aviation used the ground handling equipment of Arik Air to carry out ground handling operations on the West African carrier. Arik Air is not licensed to do ground handling for another airline, but has the right to handle some of its operations.

The source said: “The handling company came in without an operating license and they rendered handling services to Air Cote d’Ivoire today (Tuesday). It indicates that our airports are porous to the extent that an unregistered ground handling company will operate in our airport. They borrowed Arik Air equipment to commence handling meanwhile Arik Air is not a ground handling company. How did their staff get to the ramp?

“The company used PACHOL license, which NCAA has already told them that it is not transferable. NCAA actually told them to do the proper thing that if they want to come into Nigeria, they should go and register while the agency carries out security checks on them. They know that if they use PACHOL name to operate, the company cannot attract foreign and big airlines. So, they claimed to be Menzies to clients in order to attract airlines.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) did not give them apron pass; they now went to use Arik equipment to get to the apron area to commence operations. They are using PACHOL licence and Arik equipment to deceive clients and FAAN.”

A security source said such act was a breach of security standards and should attract severe sanctions from the regulatory agency.

The security source said before any company could carry out operations at the airport, it ought to go through security checks, which he said the company had violated with commencement of operations without due approval.

Adurogboye said the regulatory agency was investigating the issue and confirmed that the agency had been reported to the management.

He said: “The matter has been reported to us. I have been able to confirm that and NCAA is looking at all angles on the matter. We will look at the aspect of registration. Do they have the appropriate clearance to do what they did?

“We know they applied to NCAA for ground handling business, but what we are looking at is whether they were certified to start operating. We are investigating their operations.”

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Turkish Airlines Launches New Partnership with Warner Bros

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Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, has launched a new animated safety video, featuring popular characters from The LEGO Movie franchise in surprising new roles.

The custom-animated safety video for Turkish Airlines was created by the teams who assembled “The LEGO Movie”, “The LEGO Batman Movie”, “The LEGO NINJAGO® Movie” and the highly anticipated sequel “The LEGO Movie 2”, which is due in cinemas beginning February 2019.

In partnership with Warner Bros. the safety video will be shown on all flights and will also debut online.

The safety video, which is the first LEGO safety video ever made, demonstrates step-by-step safety procedures to passengers in a fun, unique style – complete with sensible airline-approved humor, celebrity cameos and an unforgettable song and dance number.

Turkish Airlines is proud to have one of the youngest fleets in the world and strives to achieve the best in aviation safety standards.

Whether frequent travellers or first-time fliers, the video aims to inform and entertain passengers, alongside an extensive selection of movies, TV shows, music and games available in different languages on the in-flight entertainment system.

The safety video will mark the beginning of the biggest partnership guaranteed to entertain and delight, hinting there is much more to come from the Turkish Airlines and LEGO Movie franchise alliance.

Leading up to the worldwide release of “The LEGO Movie 2”, Turkish Airlines will roll-out a global TV campaign film themed “wrapped airplanes”, in-flight and in-airport activations and even a second safety video. M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee commented; “As a leading global airline with an emphasis on safety, we are excited to partner with Warner Bros. and The LEGO Movie franchise for this video.

We are both brands that are enjoyed around the world, bringing together generations and cultures everywhere. We hope that our passengers can enjoy this new video, which has something for everyone.”

Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment said; “We are thrilled to be working with Turkish Airlines again and “widening their world” to include that of our colorful LEGO Movie universe.

The partnership showcases the best of two different brands converging in a clever and imaginative way, connecting to consumers and entertaining them.”

The LEGO Movie franchise-inspired safety video was brought to life by a 16-strong production team consisting of 2 concept artists, 3 layout artists, 7 animators and 4 lighting technicians. Lasting more than 950 days from beginning to end, the specialists used 2,938,840 LEGO bricks to animate the LEGO action.

A total of 9,658,631 CPU hours (Central Processing Units) were used to generate 973 versions of animation.

30 different versions of the new safety video were created, both in English and Turkish, to cover the safety particulars of the 15 different airplane models in the Turkish Airlines fleet.

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AIB Introduces New App to Probe Aircraft Accidents

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Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, has introduced a new App that would assist in investigating aircraft accidents and incidents.

The agency said in a statement issued yesterday that its target was to sue the App to reach no fewer than fifteen million passengers within the country’s airspace and beyond.

The statement read: ”This is the first of its kind in the aviation sector… The App will assist Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria with investigating aircraft accidents and incidents. ”

App features a live reporting menu, whereby (pictures/videos) can be uploaded by any user who has witnessed events that could result in aircraft accidents.

”It is flexible and easy to use. Our target is to reach more than 15 million air passengers annually within and out of the Nigerian airspace.

”Your swift reaction to any in flight incidents may be your patriotic contribution to preventing air crashes.”

 

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Air Peace Begins Kaduna Service August 13

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Air Peace has announced plans to commence daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna from August 13 as part of its no-city-left-behind project.

The airline had earlier announced commencement of its four weekly flights from Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Monrovia with effect from August 6.

A statement issued by the airline’s Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah said the carrier was pleased to connect and unite the South and North of Nigeria by air.

Air Peace, which recently secured the renewal of its International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate, said broadening its route network in the North of Nigeria aligned with its determination to democratise flying experience, give hope to unserved and underserved destinations as well as positively impact the economies of destinations where it operates.

The carrier assured that many more domestic routes, including Makurdi, Warri and Port Harcourt NAF Base, would soon join its network under its no-city-left-behind project. Air Peace also confirmed that it would shortly reopen its Asaba and Sokoto operations.

“We are delighted to announce that Kaduna will reflect on our route map starting from Monday, August 13, 2018, just exactly a week after commencement of our four weekly flights from Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Monrovia.

The launch of our daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna is a pleasing consolidation of our pledge to connect and unite Nigeria by air.

We are convinced beyond any shadow of doubt that Nigeria stands to gain socially and economically if the North and South are seamlessly connected by air.

“Our flights to Kaduna will afford air travellers, especially in the North, an opportunity to experience the excellent services Air Peace has been reputed for since we commenced scheduled operations almost four years ago.

The new route will perfectly fit into our strategy to end the travel difficulties of the North of Nigeria with our flights to Abuja, Yola, Kano, Sokoto, Benue, among other cities in the area.

“We are determined to replicate the success of our intervention in the travel difficulties experienced on the Kano and Yola routes, which we inaugurated on February 12 and 15, 2018 respectively, as a way of appreciating the huge support we have continued to enjoy from the North of Nigeria.

We solicit the continued support and patronage of the flying public in our determination to deliver the best in air travel in Nigeria and beyond,” Air Peace said.

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