December 01, 2023


Sofema Aviation Services shares the latest events in the Aviation business from around the world in our
Aviation Weekly News Roundup:

> Flights Suspended After United Nigeria Airlines Airbus A320 Lands At The Wrong Airport
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has launched an investigation into a flight operated by United Nigeria Airlines (UNA), which landed at the wrong airport. According to local reports, the regulatory body has suspended the airline’s wet-leased aircraft, significantly disrupting its schedules and leaving several passengers stranded. Read more

> Turkish Airlines and Vietnam Airlines consider cargo joint venture
Turkish Airlines and Vietnam Airlines yesterday signed an agreement to cooperate on air cargo with the possibility of forming a joint venture in the future. Following the agreement, the two airlines said they would examine the potential launch of an air cargo JV providing customers with the “benefits of a larger, faster network with enhanced direct flights, a wider range of destinations, and increased frequencies”. Read more

> Toronto-area Buttonville Airport Calls It Quits
Rumors regarding the fate of Toronto-area Buttonville Municipal Airport (CYKZ) have swirled for years, but the airfield—which was designated as an official airport in 1962—is permanently closing today. At its peak, CYKZ was one of Canada’s busiest airports, seeing 220,000 operations a year. Read more

> FAA Revises Safety Alert on 5G Interference
The ongoing issue of potential interference to radio altimeters (radalts) and related equipment from 5G C-band cellular broadband signals has prompted the FAA to issue revised Safety Alerts for Pilots (SaFo) 21007. Read more

> Malaysia’s MYAirline agrees to pay overdue salaries
Insolvent Malaysian low-cost carrier MYAirline (MYM, Kuala Lumpur Subang) has agreed to pay 158 employees MYR4.3 million ringgits (USD917,900). Malaysia’s Labour Department secured the payment on behalf of the employees’ union, which was pursuing the airline for unpaid salaries. The payments will start in January but are contingent on the carrier securing fresh investment. Read more

> Is sustainable fuel as green as the aviation industry claims?
This week marked what the aviation industry saw as a triumphant first with the successful flight of a Virgin Atlantic aircraft powered entirely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) across the Atlantic. Upon landing in the US, Sir Richard Branson said the achievement will hopefully mean “the start of a future where people will be able to fly on planes that are not emitting carbon”. Read more

> Lufthansa Gives Up Plans To Sell Lufthansa Technik Stake
After three years of talks with potential investors, Lufthansa Group has finally abandoned plans to sell a minority stake in Lufthansa Technik. Instead, management has now committed to major investment in its MRO business in an attempt to grow the unit. Read more

> EU Commission Banns Iraqi Airline Due to Safety Concerns
The European Commission has added the Iraqi airline, Fly Baghdad, to the list of airlines banned in the EU zone, following the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recommendation. In the same announcement, the EU Commission has made clear that the ban on certified air carriers in Nepal will remain effective, considering the ongoing security concerns, as an evaluation visit of authorities to Nepal made in September concluded, reports. Read more

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> Delegates from Fraport Slovenija completed the EASA Airports Compliance Management & Auditing course in Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) is pleased to share that the EASA Airports Aviation Compliance Management and Auditing was completed by delegates from Fraport Slovenija. Read more


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