How technology will transform passengers’ journey in 2018, by Al Bakri

How technology will transform passengers’ journey in 2018, by Al Bakri

Muhammad Al Bakri is International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional Vice President, Africa & the Middle East. In this interview, he speaks about the role of technology in facilitating seamless air travel and significant role it is going to play in 2018. Excerpts The pace of technological change is accelerating. Over the last few years the travel experience has become more efficient thanks to new technologies such as mobile internet, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, big-data, internet…

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Airbus completes flight demonstration for commercial parcel delivery drone ‘Skyways’

Airbus completes flight demonstration for  commercial parcel delivery drone ‘Skyways’

 Airbus Helicopters’ Skyways unmanned air vehicle has successfully completed its first flight demonstration at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The drone took off from its dedicated maintenance centre and landed on the roof of a specially designed parcel station where a parcel was automatically loaded via a robotic arm. Once successfully loaded with the parcel, the Skyways drone took off again and returned to land, demonstrating its automatic unloading capability. This inaugural flight demonstration…

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Dana decorates captains, First Officers

Dana decorates captains, First Officers

          L-R Director of Flight Operations, Captain Segun Omole, Newly promote Captain Sylvester Kalu, First Officer Wahab Lawal, First Officer Ilesanmi Ayotunde and Chief Operating officer Obi Mbanuzuo during the decoration of newly promoted captains and newly trained Nigerian Pilots recently in Lagos

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Unlocking Africa’s potential via single air transport market

Unlocking Africa’s potential via single air transport market

The wait is finally over as Nigeria, alongside others, ratify Africa’s Open Skies pact. WOLE SHADARE looks at the huge impact it would have on the continent’s aviation sector. Difficult air connectivity Flying from London to Athens is not generally considered a massive undertaking. It’s a given that the journey will be direct, take three-and-a-half hours, and Europeans will not require a visa. The biggest decision is likely to be which meal to select in-flight….

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Medview Airlines suspends Dubai route till March 25, 2018.

Medview Airlines suspends Dubai route till March 25, 2018.

Medview Airlines suspends Dubai route till March 25, 2018 to sort out issues with its partners Euro Atlantic as regards aircraft. Managing Director of Medview Alhaji Muneer Bankole disclosed this now at an ongoing media briefing. Medview began Dubai route December 7, 2017. Details later.  

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Missing luggage: Travellers’ worst nightmare

Missing luggage: Travellers’ worst nightmare

It’s every traveller’s worst nightmare. But what can be done to reduce the pain of lost luggage, asks WOLE SHADARE?   Confusion Imagine being the last person at the airport conveyor belt and coming to that slow realisation that your bag isn’t coming. Lost luggage can prove either highly irritating or, bizarrely, kind of convenient. If the airline loses your bag on the outbound flight, you’re left with only the clothes you travelled in, and…

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Nigeria to retain N32.4 billion yearly on aircraft repairs

Nigeria to retain N32.4 billion yearly on aircraft repairs

Nigeria is set to save $90 million dollars with the commencement of Aero Contractors Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, given that the country operates no fewer than 40 Boeing aircraft, Woleshadare.net has learnt. Hadi Sirika disclosed this to this newspaper at the roll out of Aero Contractors 737-500 aircraft from the hangar after the successful completion of a C-Check. He said the capital flight narrative is about to change with the organisation’s initiative. A C-check is…

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Improved air safety in Nigeria, others brighten global aviation

Improved air safety in Nigeria, others brighten global aviation

Many people all over the world still fly with their hearts in their mouths because of fear of plane crash. But the impeccable global aviation safety and over five years of accident-free in Nigeria’s aviation sector and the recent verdict that 2017 was best year ever for aviation safety will rekindle hope in the sector. WOLE SHADARE writes   Best year ever In a year when more people flew to more places than ever, 2017…

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Why SAA is investing in Nigerian youths, by Leke-Bamtefa

Why SAA is investing in Nigerian youths, by Leke-Bamtefa

 Splashes gifts, cash on participants  South Africa Airways participants who participated in the grand finale of the maiden edition of SAA Essay competition held in Lagos on Friday where the airline awarded cash prizes and gifts to winners.    Miss Victory Yinka-Banjo from Princeton College, Surulere, Lagos State, won the Grand finale of the first SAA Essay competition with theme; Patriotism: Making a difference as a youth competition as she went home with N100,000 cheque and other…

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Get ready for the cheapest time to fly all year

Get ready for the cheapest time to fly all year

Airlines generally know when we want to fly and when we don’t. However, they have to fill their seats all the time so they lower fares during slow periods to lure us back. One of those unpopular periods is a cold and wintry season for most of us, with kids back in school and lots of folks content to stay home. Yep, we’re talking about January, and you shouldn’t stay home if only because it’s…

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