FirstNation Airline Resumes Operations


FirstNation Airways has resumed flight operations in Nigeria on Sunday evening, one month after it suspended flights to enable the aircraft fleet undergo engine maintenance.
NAN reports the airline made the announcement through its Twitter account which stated that it would resume flights by 4 p.m. on Sunday 18th September 2016.
The airline announced the suspension of its flights on August 17 few days after another airline, Aero contractors made a similar announcement.
The development created panic in the aviation sector as there were speculations that the companies were closing shop due to the current economic challenges facing the country.
However, Chimara Imediegwu, the Director of Flight Operations, dispelled the rumuor that the airline was folding up, explaining that it voluntarily grounded the aircraft to await the arrival of a team to carry out routine maintenance on some of its aircraft.
He said “the FirstNation management planned well ahead and kept the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ,NCAA, informed of the progress of the maintenance of its aircraft.
“The airline planned this maintenance action well ahead. We notified passengers and flights are currently loaded online, effective Sept. 15.
“This will ensure that passengers continue to enjoy safe and reliable services that the airline is reputed for.”
Recall that another airline, Arik Air, resumed operations on Sept. 14, after suspending its flight operations for 24 hours over issues relating to aircraft insurance renewal.

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