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British Airways Sacks Air Hostess over Racist Chants against Nigerians

British Airways Sacks Air Hostess over Racist Chants against Nigerians

By Ofonime Essien

British Airways cabin crew racist chants

British Airways has sacked 23-year-old air hostess, Joanne Wickenden, who shot a racist video where she was seen ranting and insulting Nigerian passengers.

She sparked outrage after the video in which she was seen in her British Airways uniform before flying from London Heathrow to Abuja on Friday night.

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According to MailOnline, Ms. Wickenden told officials at British Airways that the video which she uploaded via her Snapchat was ‘just a joke’, adding that she was set up by a British Airways colleague who recorded her and shared the clip.

In a statement on Tuesday, British Airways said Wickenden no longer works with the airline as their staff were expected to be of utmost professionalism when representing the airline.

“She no longer works for British Airways. We expect the utmost professionalism from our staff when they are representing British Airways,” it said.

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Meanwhile, Ms. Wickenden, who wants to be an actress, told journalists that she is not a racist.

“I am not a racist.

“I have been framed by another British Airline employee. They were encouraging me, egging me on to say things. They were recording me and sent it around to our friends, she said I don’t want to fly anymore,” she said.

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British Airways Launches Investigation against Air Stewardess Making Racist Comments about Passengers

British Airways Launches Investigation against Air Stewardess Making Racist Comments about Passengers

By Ofonime Essien

Air Stewardess

The British Airways stewardess apparently filmed herself as she was about to fly from London Heathrow to Abuja

British Airways has launched an investigation after a video emerged of an air stewardess making racist comments about passengers on a flight to Nigeria.

The woman, dressed in a BA uniform, apparently filmed herself as she was about to fly from London Heathrow to Abuja on Friday night.

The footage was recorded in her car and has been circulated among shocked cabin crew who reported it to BA.

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The airline said today: ‘We expect the utmost professionalism from our staff when they are representing British Airways. We are investigating this video.’

In the expletive-filled footage, the unidentified woman said ‘all Nigerians are going to be asking for f****** upgrades’ – after claiming the men would need more leg room in an apparent joke about the size of their privates.

During the one-minute clip, broadcast on Snapchat, the blonde female worker also revealed how she was going to deal with passengers on the six-hour flight.

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A source told MailOnline that the video – which was captioned ‘I can’t cope with this flight’ – was circulated among ‘horrified’ BA cabin crew who are ‘very concerned’.

The woman filmed herself saying: ‘Alright, so all of yous are there getting ready for your Friday night, getting in the pre-drinks, you know, as you do.

‘And I’m here, getting ready to go to work, put on a yellow life jacket, point out the exits, hand out chicken or beef, what sort of Friday night is this for me?

‘The upside is I’m going to Nigeria and there’s gonna be bare B**, I’m joking, I’m joking.

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‘All the Nigerians are gonna be there like ‘gimme Coca Cola, gimme me beef, why you have no beef left? I want beef.’

‘And I’m just gonna be there like, ‘Sorry sir, we ran out of beef’.

‘All the Nigerians are gonna be there asking for f****** upgrades because they haven’t got enough leg room because their B**s are in their way. Big d**** like this swinging from side to side.’

The source told MailOnline: ‘My friend was horrified. BA has a culture of dealing with things like this internally, she passed it to me because she was concerned that nothing was done.’

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Ryanair Ltd is Hiring 125 Pilots to Clean Up its Cancellations Mess

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Ryanair Ltd. is Hiring 125 Pilots to Clean Up its Cancellations Mess

By Ofonime Essien

Ryanair Ltd.

Ryanair is hiring 125 pilots to avoid additional flight cancellations and could force 500 existing pilots to change holiday plans.

According to Sky News, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said on Thursday that that the firm would recruit 125 pilots in the next week or two and increase pay for others.

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He also said the airline is considering forcing 500 pilots to change their holiday plans to avoid risking additional flight delays.

Ryanair this week offered pilots a bonus to work 10 additional days to alleviate a pilot shortage that has caused the cancellation of over 2,000 flights in September and October, hitting the airline’s share price and reputation.

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O’Leary told Ryanair’s Annual General Meeting that it did not have sufficient spare pilots for September, October and November to ensure smooth operations and was considering forcing some pilots to change their annual leave plans.

He admitted “significant management failure” regarding the rostering of pilots, and warned that the moves would not guarantee an end to disruptions.

(Business Insider)

 

 

 

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NCAA Certifies Lagos Airport, Says It Meets International Standards

NCAA Certifies Lagos Airport, Says It Meets International Standards

By Ofonime Essien

Lagos Airport

After months of remedial work and remodeling of facilities at the Murtala Muahmmed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has certified the nation’s busiest airport for meeting global safety and security standards as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

This is the first international airport out of the four that would be certified in the next few weeks; the others are the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

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With the certification, the Lagos airport would now be cited among the standard airports in the world and airlines, which hitherto could not operate to the airport due to lack of categorisation can now operate to the airport.

The certification is also expected to bring down insurance premium on Nigerian airlines and the airports, as insurers describe the Nigerian operational environment as hostile but the certification shows that the airport and the other international airports that would soon be certified have met all safety and security standards in tandem with other major airports in the world.

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Speaking at the event in Lagos yesterday, the Director-General of NCAA, Muhtar Usman, said the current drive towards the certification of Nigerian airports was very significant not only as a requirement by the ICAO and Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, but even more importantly as one of the critical safety targets set by the Abuja Ministerial Declaration of July 2012, that mandated all African states to certify their international airports.

“The certification is an enabler for the attainment of a regional hub which Nigeria desires for Lagos and Abuja. It is an enabler for airports in its territory to meet regulatory safety requirements on a continous basis, and that it is providing uniform conditions for safe and efficient operation of aircraft from all other States, as required by Article 15 of the Chicago Convention.

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“Aerodrome Certification is therefore an ICAO strategy for the standardisation and harmonisation of airport services, facilities and procedures, as well as ensuring uniformity in safety critical aerodrome elements irrespective of differences in ownership and management of such aerodromes,” Usman said.

He also said that the certification would assist states to effectively implement the critical elements of a safety oversight system in accordance with Annex 14 Vol. I, and other relevant ICAO specifications.

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Usman noted that the certification would signify to aircraft operators and other organisations operating at the aerodrome that, at the time of certification, the aerodrome meets the specifications regarding its facilities and operations, and that it has, according to the certifying authority, the capability to maintain these specifications for the period of validity of the certificate.

He remarked that NCAA is required to immediately commence the implementation of a post certification surveillance plan for the continuous monitoring of airport services, facilities, procedures and manpower levels to ensure that the Acceptable Level of Safety is not infringed on.

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The Director of NCAA said:” In the regulatory body’s safety oversight responsibilities, it would ensure compliance with ICAO and national regulations at all times, and where necessary, sanctions would be imposed or certificate suspended to enforce compliance with standards.”

Similarly, FAAN has the utmost responsibility of operating the Murtala Muhammed Airport in accordance with ICAO standards and recommended practices, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, as well as any special conditions on which the certificate is issued.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is also required to promptly notify the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority of any changes in aerodrome services, facilities, procedures or staffing levels that can affect the certification of the aerodrome.

(ThisDay)

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Condor Airline Pilots Secretly Filmed Flight Attendants Having Sex

Condor Airline Pilots Secretly Filmed Flight Attendants Having Sex

By Ofonime Essien

Condor Airline

Condor Boeing 767-300ER Photo: Prasertwit

Pilots at Condor Airline allegedly secretly filmed and photographed flight attendants having sex in and outside airplanes, according to a German media report.

The videos and photos were handed around like trophies amongst the pilots, reported Focus Online on Friday.

The news outlet released the report on Friday, referencing information from company circles and a letter from Condor’s management.

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In its report, Focus quoted from an official company letter released by Condor on June 12th which warned of the “criminal relevance” of “secret video footage and its distribution”.

“There are obviously some Condor pilots who are secretly taking photos and video footage of female colleagues showing them in sexual acts,” Focus quoted from the company letter.

The pilots would then distribute this material to colleagues without the knowledge or the consent of the colleagues concerned, Focus claims.

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The letter warns the perpetrators of “serious consequences” regarding employment and criminal law. Employees were also threatened with imprisonment for up to two years.

In response to the report, Condor said it was “following all initial suspicions” rigorously. They also said that, so far, they had no evidence or statements “with regard to the above-mentioned rumours” which would be a starting point for prosecution.

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Condor employees were “clearly informed about the disapproval and legal consequences by the company” by means of an official letter which was circulated amongst everyone, the airline said.

The pilots knew very well about the explosive nature of their actions, reported Focus. They also knew that the flight attendants involved were afraid of going to the police and to human resource colleagues because they didn’t want the public exposure.

(The Local)

 

 

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Ryanair Cancels 82 Flights After It ‘Messed Up’ Crew’s Time Off

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Ryanair Cancels 82 Flights After It ‘Messed Up’ Crew’s Time Off

By Ofonime Essien

 RyanairRyanair Holdings Plc scrapped 82 flights on Sunday, the start of a six-week program of cancellations it’s making as it seeks to reduce a backlog of crew vacation required by Irish regulators before the end of the year.

“We have messed up in the planning of pilot holidays and we’re working hard to fix that,” Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement Saturday.

In the statement, the Dublin-based carrier said it expected to cancel 40 to 50 flights daily, “with a slightly higher number this weekend.”

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Ryanair will offer refunds or alternative flights to affected customers over the period, it said in a statement on Friday, adding that the cancellations, which amount to about 2 percent of its network, won’t have an impact on earnings in September and October. Between 308,000 and 385,000 passengers could be impacted over the period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on the airline’s passenger statistics.

Ryanair is mandated by the Irish Aviation Authority to bring time off for the staff in line with the calendar year from Jan. 1, requiring it to distribute the backlog before the end of the year. That’s left the carrier without enough pilots and flight attendants to man its full fleet of Boeing Co. 737s until the start of its winter timetable in November.

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“We have operated a record schedule and traffic during the peak summer months of July and August but must now allocate annual leave to pilots and cabin crew,” spokesman Robin Kiely said in the Friday statement. “We apologize sincerely to the small number of customers affected by these cancellations, and will be doing our utmost to arrange alternative flights and/or full refunds for them.”

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The move is also aimed at bringing punctuality back up to 90 percent by providing additional standby aircraft, after Ryanair’s on-time performance fell below 80 percent in the first two weeks of September. The delays have been prompted by air traffic control issues in France, the U.K., Germany and Spain, as well as thunderstorms, it said in the release.

Flights are operating as usual for customers who haven’t received emailed communication from the carrier, Europe’s biggest discount airline said in an update Saturday. Ryanair has been flying its 189-seat planes at record load factors, with 12.7 million customers in August and an occupancy rate of 97 percent.

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Ryanair’s shares slid 2 percent on Friday, to 17.07 euros ($20.39) in Dublin. That followed a 3.4 percent dive on Sept. 14, after a ruling by the European Union’s top court was seen leading to a possible increase in employment costs. They remain up 18 percent on the year.

(Bloomberg)

 

 

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Aero Contractors gets NCAA Approval for C-check Maintenance

Aero Contractors gets NCAA Approval for C-check Maintenance

By Ofonime Essien

Aero Contractors conducts C-Check

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.

Newsmen report that the Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi, made this known while briefing newsmen on Wednesday 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.

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”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.

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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.

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“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.

(NAN)

 

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Boeing Strikes Deal to Redesign Bankrupt Russian Transaero’s Jets as Air Force One

Boeing Strikes Deal to Redesign Bankrupt Russian Transaero’s Jets as Air Force One

By Ofonime Essien

Bankrupt Transaero Air Force One

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Two Boeing 747-8 commercial jetliners once owned by defunct Russian airline Transaero will receive hundreds of millions of dollars worth of design upgrades before eventually becoming the US president’s personal ride, Air Force One.

Transaero ordered the aircraft from Boeing in 2013 but ended up going under two years later.

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On August 1, Sputnik reported the US Air Force was on track to purchase the pair of jets for a nearly 50 percent discount as President Donald Trump seeks to trim costs for Air Force One.

“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion,” Trump said via Twitter on December 6 during the lame duck period. “Cancel order!” he added, though he had not yet had the authority to issue such an order until January 20.

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“The plane is totally out of control, it’s going to be over $4 billion,” Trump said in December. “I think it’s ridiculous,” he said.

The design deal worth $600 million and awarded to Boeing stipulates the defense and aerospace giant will modify the planes’ communications systems, electrical circuits, install a medical facility, create an executive suite, and add defense and autonomous ground operations capabilities, the service said in a statement.

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“Following the award of the contract to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft, this contract award is committed to working with Boeing to ensure the [Presidential Airlift Recapitalization] program meets the presidential airlift mission requirements,” Maj. Gen. Duke Richardson said in a September 13 statement, “as well as the president’s affordability expectations.”

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Air Force One’s fuselage can withstand a nuclear blast occurring on terra firma while at cruising altitude and features flares hidden in its wings to keep enemies guessing about its location, Business Insider reported in January. “Beautiful. Great plane,” Trump said following his first flight on Air Force One, the outlet said.

According to the White House, it is common to refer to the two huge 747s designed for the president’s unique needs as Air Force One, but technically ‘Air Force One’ “can describe any Air Force aircraft carrying the President.”

(Sputniknews)

 

 

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Air Berlin Cancels 100 Flights After 250 Pilots Call in Sick

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Air Berlin Cancels 100 Flights After 250 Pilots Call in Sick

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Air Berlin lost €782m last year and pilots fear they could be made redundant. Photograph: Roland Weihrauch/AFP/Getty Images

Air Berlin was forced to cancel about 100 flights Tuesday after an “unusually high number” of pilots called in sick, in what is believed to be a wildcat strike against possible redundancies at the bankrupt airline, reported The Guardian. 

The carrier, which declared bankruptcy last month after years of losses, is negotiating the transfer of staff to a potential buyer. Bids for the airline must be submitted by Friday, with a decision on the sale expected as early as next week.

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On its website, Air Berlin cited “operative reasons” for the cancellations on Tuesday, and asked passengers to call a helpline and refrain from travelling to the affected airports.

Because the carrier no longer offers compensation for cancelled flights, customer advice centres recommended that people affected by the strike book replacements at their own expense.

Berlin’s Tegel airport and Düsseldorf airport, Air Berlin’s hubs, were hit hard by the strike action, which also affects 42 planes run by Air Berlin on behalf of Eurowings and Austrian Airlines.

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Spiegel Online said about 250 pilots called in sick on Tuesday morning. Air Berlin employs approximately 1,500 pilots.

Vereinigung Cockpit, a collective bargaining group for German pilots and flight engineers, has expressed concern that the airline is planning to offload its long-haul flights branch, which pays staff higher wages.

The airline’s chief executive, Thomas Winkelmann, accused pilots of “playing with fire” as the canceled flights would cost the company several million euros (dollars), making it less attractive to potential buyers.

“A stable operation is an essential precondition for successful negotiations,” Winkelmann said. “This is the only way we can protect as many jobs as possible.”

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German media reported that the airline is in a dispute with pilots about the transfer of staff to a new owner.

Air Berlin has already announced that it will cease to operate flights to the Caribbean and Boston from 25 September.

Air Berlin made a loss of €782m (£703m) in 2016. Last month, Etihad Airways, which owns almost 30% of Air Berlin, said the developments were “extremely disappointing”, but it could not keep injecting cash after investing an additional €250m in April.

 

 

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British banker left 8,500 miles from home after getting on wrong flight

British banker left 8,500 miles from home after getting on wrong flight

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British banker

Samuel Janowsky boarded the wrong plane and ended up in Las Vegas, United States

A British banker trying to fly home to Essex says he boarded the wrong plane and ended up in Las Vegas – despite airport staff checking his boarding pass three times.

Samuel Janowsky was booked on to a Eurowings flight to Stansted after meetings in Cologne but had a shock when he realised his plane was headed for Las Vegas.

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The 29-year-old was asleep on the jet before he woke up to discover from the in-flight tracker that his plane had passed the UK, The Times reported.

When he asked a fellow passenger where the plane was going, he was stunned to find out it was heading to the US – 8,500 miles from home.

He flew back to Cologne but said he had been banned by Eurowings so had to travel to Stuttgart for a flight home.

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“How could I have boarded the aircraft without a valid boarding pass for that flight? Staff checked my boarding pass three times.

“The whole experience not only cost me time but also I am €878.66 out of pocket for the food, hotel and flight home,” he told the Times.

A spokesman for Eurowings said: “The passenger had passed through passenger control and the identification documents had been properly checked by the federal police. Due to an error by a service provider’s employee, the passenger managed to board the long-haul flight. According to authorities and Eurowings, at no time was there any safety risk.”

(Standard)

 

 

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