19-Apr-2011 12:43 PM

First Nation Airways denies links with Bellview Airlines; honours defunct Bellview tickets

First Nation Airways stated it would honour unused tickets held by passengers belonging to defunct Bellview Airlines (Leadership/Airline Route/All Africa, 18-Apr-2011). The chairman of the new airline, Kayode Odukoya, who was also MD and CEO of Bellview, stated the startup airline would not fail to attend to passengers who could not use the airline's tickets before it suspended operations. He added that the new airline was ready to take on the existing competitors on the domestic routes including Kano, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. FirstNational Airways plans to commence service in May-2011 with a fleet of three A320 aircraft initially, configured with eight business and 138 economy seats. Meanwhile, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), has petitioned the Presidency, the Minister of Aviation and the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over the commencement of operations by the airline, which it has alleged is an offshoot former Bellview Airlines. In the petition, the body accused the airline of violating aviation safety rules in its conducts. FirstNation Airways has stated it has no links with the defunct Bellview airlines.

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