First Nation suspends operations

First Nation Airline has announced the indefinite suspension of its operations.
This comes barely 24 hours after another airline, Aero Contractors, suspended its operations indefinitely and sent its workers on compulsory and indefinite leave.
Making the announcement,the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Muhtar Usman, said First Nation was in the middle of an engine replacement programme for one of
its aircraft.
Usman said, “The First Nation Airlines, on its part, is in the middle of an engine replacement programme for one of its aircraft. Another aircraft is due for mandatory maintenance as its allowable by the regulatory authority.
“In these circumstances, these airlines clearly cannot continue to undertake schedule operations, hence the inevitable recourse to self regulatory suspension.”
Confirming the suspension of First Nation Airline operations, yesterday, Managing Director of the airline, Mr. Kayode Odukoya, said: “First Nation is currently undergoing maintenance on A319 fleet. This maintenance exercise will be completed on or before  September 15, 2016. The airline planned this maintenance action well ahead, notified passengers and flights are currently loaded online effective September 15, 2016.
“This will ensure that passengers continue to enjoy safe and reliable service that the airline is reputed for.
“Current foreign exchange constraint, coupled with over 70 percent devaluation of Naira partly contributed in no small measure to the development. The airline’s plan remains on track to reinstating service as advised herein.”

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