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Nigeria to partner Hungarian firm on aircraft assembly plant

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The Federal Government is set to partner Magnus aircraft manufacturing firm in Hungary to establish an assembling plant and manufacture of light airplanes in Nigeria.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated this while on an inspection visit to the Magnus Aircraft Industry in Pogany, Hungary.

He said the partnership would be to assemble airplanes locally, from start to finish, and before the end of the Buhari administration.

“If we venture with them, we may start with assembling plants and later manufacturing,” Sirika said.

According to the minister, the Magnus aircraft has an airplane that is good for military training, has an aerobatic manoeuvre and is made of fully composite materials high strength and very lightweight.

He explained that aerobatics is the practice of flying manoeuvres involving aircraft attitudes that are not used in normal flights, adding that aerobatics are performed in airplanes and gliders for training, recreation, entertainment and sports.

Sirika further expressed satisfaction with the features and more than willing to facilitate the production of the airplanes in Nigeria, saying one of the significant features of the Magnus aircraft is the use of normal car petrol.

The minister who was at the facility on the invitation of the company said the proposed partnership with the aircraft manufacturer would be subjected to further analysis to verify the market and government willingness to partner with a significant amount of money and logistics.

He said the local production of aircraft in the country would facilitate the growth of Nigeria as a regional aviation superpower as it would also come with maintenance and repair facilities to attract patronage from neighbouring countries.

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No plane crashed in Lagos – FAAN, NEMA

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Two government agencies, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and National Emergency Management Agency, have dismissed reports of a fresh plane crash in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

An internet user who saw a plane being towed away had sent the picture to the social media, concluding that it was the wreckage of a fresh plane crash in Lagos.

The aircraft, which had missing wings, was spotted on Ikeja-Agege road, causing gridlock along the route on Tuesday as the news went viral on the social media.

But FAAN in a terse statement posted on its social media handles, said Nigerians should disregard the news.

It stated, “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria would like to inform the general public to disregard the news making the rounds on social media about an alleged crash at Ikeja Airport.

“The aircraft was sold by the owner to a buyer, who was taking it to its final destination.”

Also, Ibrahim Farinloye, the zonal coordinator, South-West, NEMA, said after due consultations with all critical stakeholders and tracking of all incoming and outgoing flights in Lagos, there was no plane.

An aviation analyst, Daniel Dikio, had also tweeted his observation of the viral video.

“It is an Airbus A319, hasn’t flown domestically in years. I can see traces of a green logo; it likely belonged to First Nation Airways in its time.

“The wings are separated cleanly; this wouldn’t happen in a crash. The separation is a sign of dismantling.

“There is no damage to the fuselage, almost impossible given the purported circumstances”, Dikio noted.

 

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Kaduna airport reopens for flight operations two months after attack

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Kaduna airport reopens for flight operations — two months after attack

The Kaduna airport has resumed flight operations two months after it was attacked by gunmen, forcing it to shut down.

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and Azman Air confirmed the development on Monday.

Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs at FAAN, Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, said that flight operations commenced on Monday.

“Flight operations to Kaduna airport have commenced today with Azman Air,” she said.

Gunmen attacked the airport and killed a security guard in March.

They were, however, repelled by security operatives.

On its official Twitter account, Azman Air announced the resumption of flights to the Kaduna airport, making it the first airline to resume operations on the route since the incident.

The airline had halted flight operations into Kaduna following the attack.

“Azman Air landed at Kaduna Airport today 23rd May, 2022, to the elation and cheers of passengers, stakeholders, and staff,” Azman Air tweeted.

“It was a defining moment for the aviation community as the airport is reopened after being closed for two months. It’s so exciting to be back!”

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Domestic flight cancellations imminent over Jet-A1 scarcity – AON

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The Airline Operators of Nigeria says disruption in flight operations is imminent as the scarcity of aviation fuel popularly known as Jet-Al worsens.

The alert is contained in a statement by spokesperson for the association, Obiora Okonkwo, on Monday.

It said the fuel scarcity was affecting smooth operations of air transport operations, adding that it would lead to flight rescheduling and cancellations.

It stated, “The Airline Operators of Nigeria wishes to alert the public of impending disruptions to scheduled flight operations of members of the association. This development is being forced on members by the growing scarcity of aviation fuel popular as Jet-Al.

“The scarcity is impacting negatively on the seamless conduct of air transport operations and would lead to flight rescheduling, and, or, cancellations.”

Okomkwo however said the association and its members were working tirelessly in alliance with product marketers, government and relevant stakeholders, to ensure availability and proper pricing of aviation fuel in the country.

He added, “While pleading the understanding of the flying public in the face of this reality, we also promise to do all that is necessary, and within our powers, to restore normal flight schedules as soon as possible.”

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