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Aviation Firm Launches Platforms for Seamless Private Jet Booking



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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigerian business aviation firm, Falcon Aerospace Limited, has unveiled innovations designed to make private jet booking seamless and more inclusive.

The firm introduced the products as it unveiled its operational business units – Vivajets, CharterXE, and FlyPJX.

Speaking on this, its CEO, Mr Chukwuerika Achum, said that Falcon Aerospace’s business model arises from the increased demand for business aviation by more Africans doing business across and outside Africa and non-Africans flying into the continent for business and tourism.

“We are proud of our African origin and are deeply committed to the continent’s development. As an organization with deep African roots and values, we possess a significant understanding of the business terrain in Africa,” said Mr Achum.

He added that the company’s obsession with innovation had led it to create products targeted at delivering more value to customers.

“Operating through our business units, we aim to make a difference in an often exclusive and elusive market via the delivery of excellent customer service, the adaptation of technology, inclusive customer targeting, and continuous innovation.”

Vivajets is a full-business aviation company providing a wide range of services, including charter brokerage, fractional ownership, Aircraft management, sales and leasing, consulting, and training. Vivajets is the company’s operational brand and will relate with regulators and other critical industry stakeholders to get the necessary permits, certifications, and licenses for the group to operate.

CharterXE is an automated private jet booking platform that provides access to the company’s charter brokerage services through digital devices. Available as a mobile app and also via the web, CharterXE leverages cutting-edge technological innovation to cut through all the physical hassles involved in booking a private jet.

FlyPJX is a charter per-seat booking platform designed to provide access to all the luxury of private jet service without needing to book the entire aircraft. It provides important information and flight schedules that enable the user to select preferences.

From its base in Nigeria, Falcon Aero plans to extend its operations to other African countries, with West and East Africa being the focus regions. The firm also operates both local and international routes.

“Tonight, we are heralding a new future of possibilities in the African business aviation market,” added Mr Tejumade Salami, head of business excellence.

According to Mr Salami, Falcon Aero aims to ‘democratize’ business aviation and make the service accessible and affordable to more people.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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FG Rejigs Aviation Agencies for Efficiency



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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The federal government has reorganised some agencies under the Ministry of Aviation, with new directorates created for efficiency and the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari obtained for the changes.

A statement from the ministry said the Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Corporate Services and Aviation Security Directorates had been created to adequately address complaints from stakeholders.

Also, the Aviation Security Directorate was created in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to regulate the activities of AVSEC personnel, especially with their recent arms-bearing status, while the Corporate Services Directorates was saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the Procurement and Planning, Research and Departments.

The disclosure noted that Mr Buhari had approved the appointment of Mr Kabir Yusuf Mohammed as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Until his appointment, Mr Mohammed was the Regional General Manager, Central Region Airports, FAAN and Chairman of the Aviation Roadmap Implementation Committee.

Similarly, Mr Tayib Odunowo has been appointed the substantive Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). He will take over from Mr Matthew Lawrence Pwajok, who reverts to his substantive position as Director of Operations of the agency.

The Directors-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Mr Akin Olateru, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof Mansur Matazu and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu are to run the remaining course of their tenures in line with the Acts setting up their respective Agencies, while the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, Captain Alkali Modibo has been granted a one-year extension, also in line with the Act setting up the College.

In order to reposition the Agencies to perform their statutory duties, the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, has also approved the appointment of some new Directors.

The appointments are:


  1. Managing Director – Mr Kabir Yusuf Mohammed –
  2. Human Resources and Admin. – Shehu D. Mohammed
  3. Commercial and Business Management – Olumuyiwa Femi-Pearse
  4. Corporate Services – Barr. Azubuike Okorie
  5. General Manager (Statistics) – Kingsley Uchechukwu Okunji
  6. General Manager (Special Duties) – Jemilu Abdulrahman


  1. Director General/CEO – Capt Musa S. Nuhu
  2. Director, Airworthiness Standards – Engr Gbolahan Abatan
  3. Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standards – Engr. Godwin Balang
  4. Director, Operations – Capt. Ibrahim Danbazau
  5. Director, Air Transport Regulations – Mr Olaniyi Saraku
  6. Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection – Capt. Chris Najomo
  7. Director, Aviation Security – Air Cdr Hambali Tukur
  8. Director, Corporate Services – R. M. Daku (Mrs)
  9. Company Secretary/Legal Adviser – Mrs Mary Tufano
  10. General Manager (Audit) – Mrs Dawa Gyaks
  11. General Manager (Accounts) – Mr Aminu Tasi’u


  1. Director General/CEO – Engr Akin Olateru
  2. Director, Finance and Accounts – Mr Ori Bassey
  3. Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection – Dr James A. Odaudu
  4. Director, Corporate Services – Oliobi Godfrey Ikemefuna
  5. Transport Investigation – Capt Tosin Odulaja
  6. Company Secretary/Legal Adviser – Barr. Illitrus Ahmadu


  1. Director General/CEO – Prof Mansur Bako Matazu
  2. Human Resources and Admin. – Saleh Tukur Yusuf
  3. Director , Weather Forecasting Services – Daniel Okafor Chibueze
  4. Public Affairs and Consumer Protection – Ahmed A. Sanusi
  5. Director, Research and Training, Prof Effiong Essien Oku


  1. Director General/CEO – Engr A. Tayib Odunowo
  2. Director, Operations – Matthew Lawrence Pwajok
  3. Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection – Khalid Emele
  4. Corporate Services – Mr Uchendu Chibuzo Oji
  5. General Manager, Public Affairs – Amaka Udeh Walker (Mrs)

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FG Sacks FAAN MD Rabiu Yadudu, As Kabir Mohammed Takes Over



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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Rabiu Yadudu, has been sacked by the federal government.

He has been replaced with Mr Kabir Mohammed, who is expected to resume office in the coming days, according to reports.

It was gathered that Mr Yadudu was asked to leave office last Friday alongside five other directors of FAAN. The reason for their removal could not be immediately confirmed by Business Post.

The sacked FAAN chief was appointed in 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The new chief executive of the agency was, before his latest appointment, the Regional General Manager for North Central and Airport Manager of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

He was appointed as the Chairman of the Aviation Roadmap Implementation Committee in January 2022 by the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika.

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NIMASA Seeks Collaboration in Tourism, Maritime for Development



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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr Bashir Jamoh, has called for collaboration between the tourism and maritime sectors in Nigeria, seeing it as a pathway to boost economic development.

Mr Jamoh stated this at the 6th National Tourism Transportation Summit and Expo organised by the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria, ITPN, in collaboration with the Ministries of Transportation, Aviation, Information and Culture at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He noted that with the enormous resources inherent in the maritime sector, the tourism industry would be a low-hanging fruit for Nigeria’s economic development agenda.

Speaking on the topic, Tourism and the Development of Nigeria’s Blue Economy, Mr Jamoh observed that investment must not necessarily involve huge materials and human capital.

He noted that, like other economic sectors, small and medium-scale business was also possible to generate the number of jobs and other economic benefits associated with the tourism sector.

“I must acknowledge here that tourism is one sector that Nigeria is doing very well. But unfortunately, the marine tourism component is one area where we are currently lagging behind when compared to other economies of the world.

“I am fascinated and must commend the organisers of this event because a well-managed tourism sector can support conservation while contributing to sustainable development and providing income opportunities and a higher quality of life,” he noted.

Speaking further, Mr Jamoh said the relationship between the maritime and tourism sectors depended heavily on improving safety and security.

He stressed that there was a need for stakeholders to support all engagements and policies statement of government on the preservation of Nigeria’s biodiversity, maritime ecosystem and other endowments, which are valuable assets for marine tourism development.

He also noted that the benefits from tourism would only be achieved with security guarantees, suggesting that this could be achieved by closing gaps and linking associated cities through building of infrastructure, while the bodies of water between them are used for tourist attractions.

“Research shows that the Oceans economy is worth about $20 trillion. These include the fishing, pharmaceutical and renewable energy industries. Therefore, we have to develop, preserve and protect our maritime endowments and link these industries appropriately to achieve the desired goal.

“As an agency of government, NIMASA will always play that complementary role of supporting economic growth and development.

“We have invested a lot in the acquisition and deployment of maritime security assets, so I urge stakeholders in the maritime sector to take advantage of what we have done and invest in relevant marine tourism areas because our waters are now safe,” Mr Jamoh said.

He called for proactive measures, stressing that pollution of marine and freshwater resources, Soil and land resources, desertification and salinification due to excessive water use, overuse of fertilizers, erosion, air pollution, loss of cultural resources, and social disruption could be a result of marine tourism development.

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