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First Nation get aircraft ahead of relaunch

02 August 2013, 09:09Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - First Nation Airways has taken delivery of two Airbus 319 aircrafts ahead of its relaunch later this month.

The two, which are the first such airline in Nigeria, are part of nine aircraft the airline will eventually operate.

According to the airline spokesperson, Luke Terver-Uzer, are installed with Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 220 iridium satellite global communication.

Few aircraft in Nigeria have state of the art Satellite Navigation (SATNAV) equipment.

“This is one of the most advanced SATNAV systems that support the airline flight operations quality assurance oversight. Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is actively encouraging airlines to upgrade their fleet with this equipment,” he said.

Meanwhile, as part of efforts to reinforce its management, the airline has appointed Engr John Brady, an Irish as Chief Engineer in addition to the appointment of Engr Rolando Gatchalianas as Quality Manager.

Terver-Uzer also disclosed that the airline is currently undergoing several refresher programmes and drills in readiness for world class re-launch this month.

Former staff of now defunct Bellview Airlines founded First Nation in 2011.

It ceased operations in October 2012 after it returned aicraft to lessors.

- CAJ News

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