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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has downgraded First Nation Airways belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, and ex-Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Tinubu for her use of sole plane.
The decision to down grade the airline to undertake only charter operations followed maintenance of its airplane.
First Nation Airways by this order is to run Charter services until October when it plans to re-commence scheduled flight services.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) regulations stipulate usage of at least two aircraft for airlines. The regulator can then give a waiver if one of the operator’s airplanes goes for checks or maintenance.
The NCAA would only give six months to operate sole airplane by scaling down the carrier’s schedules but restore it once the other airplane arrives.
First Nation had earlier been granted the six months grace which elapsed last month, forcing the regulation to be applied to return the airline to online charter operations until it brings back the airplane that had gone out for checks.
Capt. Usman Muhtar, Director-General of NCAA made the disclosure to the Media when officials of the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) came to the NCAA’s office to commence the audit of Nigeria’s aviation industry which could lead to Nigeria retaining its Aviation Category One status that was first awarded to the country in 2010 and retained in 2014.
“Yes, they use one aircraft and they were on schedule services, but the present status now is that the certificate of the airworthiness of the status has been changed to non-schedule service, which is charter service. So, they are no longer into schedule service until they are able to meet the requirement for scheduled service”said Muhtar