First Nation Airline Shuts Down Operation

Barely 48 hours after Aero Contractors suspended operations, First Nation

Airline, allegedly linked to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has also suspended its
operations. This was disclosed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority,

Recall that the second largest commercial carrier in the country, Aero
Contractors Airlines, had Wednesday, announced an indefinite suspension of
its scheduled flight services and its staff with effect from Thursday,
September 1, 2016.

Similarly, the Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, announced
today that First Nation had suspended its operation, saying the decision
was necessary in order to ensure that the airline embark on the required
maintenance of its aircraft.

A statement made available by the NCAA on Thursday said, “The First Nation
Airlines on its part is in the middle of an Engine Replacement Programme
for one of its aircrafts.

“Another aircraft is due for mandatory maintenance as allowed by the
regulatory authority.

“In these circumstances, these airlines clearly cannot continue to
undertake schedule operations, hence the inevitable recourse to
self-regulatory suspension.”

Usman said there was no way the domestic airlines could permanently shut
down their operations, but were only on a temporary break to carry out
some maintenance.

“They are merely suspending their operations temporarily to enable them
undertake certain operational overhaul and strengthen their overall
operational outlay,” he said.

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