Kano Wants FG to Approve Turkish Flights

Written by  |  Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

 Kano — The Kano state government is appealing to the federal government to approve Turkish airline operations in the state. The state commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Dr. Danburam Abubakar Nuhu made the appeal during an interactive session with newsmen yesterday. He said the Turkish airlines had written proposal since last December to the federal government, expressing their interests to begin operations in Kano but the request has not been granted. "The governor discussed with the management of the Turkish airlines and presented their proposal to the federal government, but we don't know why the approval has not been given even though the Turkish airlines are ready to come to Kano any moment. In fact, their African representative called me last week to enquire about the status of the request." he said.

New research shows replacing Heathrow with a new hub airport would leave passengers, taxpayers, and business worse off

Written by  |  Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The new report, entitled “Best placed for Britain”, says that expanding Heathrow is the quickest way for Britain to get ahead in the global race, connecting the UK to growing markets around the world faster and at less cost to the taxpayer than any other hub option. The report has been compiled by Heathrow Airport with architectural and planning consultants AECOM and Quod, and was commissioned as part of new evidence to present to the Airports Commission under Sir Howard Davies.

The report shows that compared to a new hub Heathrow is:

Best for passengers. Building a new hub airport to the east of London would increase travel times for 90% of hub passengers. Even if a new hub airport came with a major investment in new transport infrastructure, Heathrow would still have 4 million more people within 60 minutes travel time. The economic cost of longer journeys to a new hub could be £26bn net present value – the equivalent to cancelling out all the benefits of reduced journey time delivered by High Speed 2.

Dreamliner Probe Widens after Excess Battery Voltage Ruled Out

Written by  |  Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

(Reuters) - U.S. safety investigators on Sunday ruled out excess voltage as the cause of a battery fire this month on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner jet operated by Japan Airlines Co (JAL) and said they were expanding the probe to look at the battery's charger and the jet's auxiliary power unit. Last week, governments across the world grounded the Dreamliner while Boeing halted deliveries after a problem with a lithium-ion battery on a second 787 plane, flown by All Nippon Airways Co (ANA), forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing in western Japan. A growing number of investigators and Boeing executives are working around the clock to determine what caused the two incidents which the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says released flammable chemicals and could have sparked a fire in the plane's electrical compartment, reports Reuters. There are still no clear answers about the root cause of the battery failures, but the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board's statement eliminated one possible answer that had been raised by Japanese investigators.
It also underscored the complexity of investigating a battery system that includes manufacturers across the world, and may point to a design problem with the battery that could take longer to fix than swapping out a faulty batch of batteries.


Written by  |  Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) recorded a total of 13.4 million passengers in 2012, according to a publication made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday. The figure represented 2.4 million increase over the 11 million passengers recorded in 2011. A breakdown of the figure shows that arrival and departure were 6.9 million and 6.5 million passengers respectively. The publication said FAAN was maintaining ``an international standard of security’’ in all its airports to increase the number of passengers and making the airports safe and comfortable for passengers. It noted that the management recorded high patronage in April, May, June, July and December 2012, and had put in place measures to ensure high record of passengers in 2013. ``Yuletide period was the peak period that the management recorded high patronage as travelers came into the country for holidays,’’ the publication said.

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