Arik Air and Delaware State University Seek Collaboration

Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest airline and Delaware State University, United States of America are in high level talks about a possible partnership.

A delegation of Delaware State University led by its President, Dr. Harry L. Williams visited Arik Air Aviation Centre at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja-Lagos on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 where they met with the airline’s Executive Management team.

Speaking during the visit, Dr. Williams said Delaware State University which is one of the few centers of excellence in USA has 35 international partnerships across the world and is desirous of partnering with Arik Air in the area of capacity building and exchange programmes.

Responding, Arik Air’s Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue said the airline would be pleased to explore areas of partnership with Delaware State University stressing that the university could design programmes to fit the airline’s needs in pilot and management training.

The Chairman of Arik Air, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide promised the visiting Delaware State University delegation that the airline’s management team would be visiting the American university to see the state of affairs before the partnership is concretized.

Delaware State University has a long and proud history as one of America’s historically Black Colleges and Universities. The University boasts aviation program that lays a strong foundation for a wide range of careers in the aviation industry.

Source: Arik Air Media Centre

A day after Nigeria entered an official recession, its oldest working airline is closing shop

Nigeria’s first recession in decades has claimed its first business casualty. Aero Contractors, the country’s oldest working airline, has grounded its flights. Established in 1959, the airline is suspending operations indefinitely, starting today (Sept. 1).
The decision is “a result of the current economic situation” as Aero has faced “grave challenges in the past six months,” said Fola Akinkuotu, the airline’s CEO.
Nigeria’s economic woes, mostly down to a dollar crunch and a drop in oil earnings and exports, have been particularly hard on the aviation industry. Because of the dollar shortage, oil marketers say they are unable to import aviation fuel. As a result, local airlines have been hit with severe fuel shortages, causing mass flight delays and cancellations.
Without a solution in sight, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority advised local airlines to “cut down their operations.” International airlines have also been affected. In May, United Airlines canceled its Nigerian flights, citing difficulties repatriating its dollar profits amid the government’s tight currency controls.
Aero’s decision to close shop worsens the gloomy outlook on Africa’s largest economy as the government starts adjusting policies to steer out of the recession. After firing 100 workers in April, the airline’s entire staff, estimated to be more 1,000 people, have now been put on an indefinite leave of absence, adding to the country’s climbing unemployment rates.

Source: QZ