By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A multi-risk travel insurance worth $500,000 designed to provide passengers with a truly unique offer for stress-free and hassle-free travel has been introduced by Emirates.
This cover is the first of its kind in the airline and travel insurance industry and it is being offered by Emirates at no additional cost to its customers.
The policy, which allows air travellers to fly with even greater assurance and peace of mind, is provided in collaboration with AIG Travel.
A statement issued by the firm disclosed that this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover will automatically apply to all Emirates tickets purchased from December 1, 2020, and extends to Emirates codeshare flights operated by partner airlines, as long as the ticket number starts with 176.
It was stated that Emirates customers will be covered when they fly to any destination, in any class of travel and will get Out-of-Country Emergency Medical Expenses & Emergency Medical Evacuation up to US$500,000, valid for COVID-19 (contracted during the trip) and other medical emergencies while travelling abroad; Trip Cancellation up to $7,500 for non-refundable costs if the traveller or a relative (as defined in the policy) is unable to travel because they are diagnosed with COVID-19 before the scheduled trip departure date, or for other named reasons – similar to other comprehensive travel cover products.
The package also offers Trip Cancellation or Curtailment up to $7,500 if the school year is extended due to COVID-19 beyond the departure date, and the traveller or a relative (as defined in the policy) is a full-time teacher, full-time employee, or a student at a primary or secondary school.
Customers will also get Trip Curtailment up to $7,500 for non-refundable trip costs and additional costs to return to their country of residence if the traveller or a relative (as defined in the policy) falls critically ill, for instance, contracts COVID-19 while travelling abroad.
In addition, they will receive Travel Abandonment up to $7,500 if the traveller fails a COVID-19-related test or medical screening at the airport and is required to abandon the trip.
Furthermore, customers will get $150 per day per person, for up to 14 consecutive days if, while outside of their country of residence, the traveller tests positive for COVID-19, and if they are unexpectedly placed into a mandatory quarantine outside their country of residence by a governmental body.
Commenting, the CEO of Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, stated that, “Emirates was the first airline to offer complimentary global COVID-19 cover for travellers back in July and the response from our customers has been tremendously encouraging.
“We’ve not rested on our laurels and instead continued to look at how we can offer our customers an even better proposition. We’re very pleased to be able to now provide this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover, which is another industry first, to all our customers.
“We see a strong appetite for travel around the world, especially heading into the winter holidays as people seek warmer climates and family destinations like Dubai. By launching this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover, we aim to give our customers even more confidence in making their travel plans this winter and moving into 2021.”
Capital Hotels Demands N5.5bn from 11 Plc for 51% Stake
By Dipo Olowookere
One of the hospitality companies in Nigeria, Capital Hotels Plc, will soon become highly competitive in the industry if the proposed sale of its 51 per cent stake to an energy firm, 11 Plc, formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, goes through.
11 Plc is considering investing in the company and has held discussions with the board on this and Capital Hotels wants over N5 billion for this to happen.
On Monday, June 14, 2021, the board of the company held an emergency and it was agreed that the oil giant can acquire a 51 per cent stake in the organisation.
Checks by Business Post revealed that as at Friday, June 18, 2021, according to information harvested from the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Capital Hotels has shares outstanding of 1,548,780,000 units.
The total worth of the hospitality firm on the stock exchange was N3.7 billion at the close of business last Friday as its share price closed at N2.40 per unit.
But in order to achieve its goal of being one of the leaders in the sector, the board wants the new investor to pay N7.00 per share for about 789,877,800 units of the company’s equities, which represents 51 per cent of the total shares. This will mean that 11 Plc will have to cough out about N5.5 billion to acquire the controlling stake of the firm.
In a statement signed by its company secretary, Mr Alex Ugwuanyi, Capital Hotels, however, emphasised that this transaction would still have to be approved by shareholders of the company.
It was also stressed that 11 Plc will also still have to accept to pay N7.00 for each of the company’s stock, while the current core shareholder, Hans Gremlin Nigeria Limited, will also have to agree to let go of its 50 per cent stake.
According to the notice, the main reason for accepting to sell the 51 per cent stake of Capital Hotels to 11 Plc is to enable the company to “offer the right competition in the Abuja hospitality market,” where it operates the Sheraton Abuja Hotel
“The board also agreed that in order to balance the interest of Capital Hotels Plc, Hans Gremlin Nigeria Limited and 11 Plc, the transaction could be structured with an offer for sale and offer for subscription subject to obtaining approval required from the regulatory authorities.
“The board further agreed that if the new investor accepts the conditions herein stated, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) would be convened to get the approval of the shareholders for this transaction,” the disclosure said.
7Star Global Hangar Gets Aircraft Maintenance License
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has granted 7Star Global Hangar Limited, an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO), a licence to operate an all-inclusive Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of 7Star Global Hangar, Mr Isaac Balami, an aircraft engineer and former National President of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), said the development will see the country witness a boom in aircraft maintenance that could save the country over $1 billion annually.
“The huge capital in aircraft maintenance we often experience, amounting to over $1 billion that is annually spent in West Africa alone is going to help to create jobs here in Nigeria.
“We are happy to say goodbye to four years Inspection/Maintenance on Augusta 139 helicopters which most VIPs, even the presidency operates. We also have EC 155 up to 6000 hours/12 years’ inspection.
“On the Learjet 45, about 9,600 hours’ inspection. On the small Cessna aircraft, we have about 100 hours/annual inspection,” he disclosed.
According to him, the company has authorisation to work on the Bombardier DHC-8 100/200/300 (C Checks/8000FH), DHC-8 400 (C checks/8000FH), Challenger 601/604/605 (2400 hours inspections), Hawker Siddeley HS 125-850/900 (A-G Inspections).
“Others are the Bell 429 (5000 hours/five years inspections), Embraer 135/145 (Up 5000 hours/48 months inspections), Embraer 600/650 (20000 hours/96 Months Inspections) and Boeing 737-300/400/500 (Up to 8A inspections).
“This is the highest inspection in most of the aircraft as stipulated in the manufacturer’s manual. That means a lot of job creation for the aviation industry and we are happy,” he said.
The former NAAPE president noted that the company was the first independent privately owned MRO in West and Central Africa because it was a stand-alone and had registered since 2012.
He explained that he was happy to announce the approval after over 15 months of the NCAA reviewing its variation and operational specifications (OpsSpecs) and also expanding the company’s capability list in Wheels and Brakes, NDT etc.
The aviation expert added that the company had finally finished phase five which was the last stage in the certification process and it had been granted final approval.
Mr Balami noted that as a former NAAPE president, he alongside the technical team and board members had seen the difficulties airlines go through to fly their aeroplanes overseas for repairs, incurring huge costs to operators of the aircraft.
He said the company had gone through the process of certification from phase one to phase five and today, with about six to seven experienced NCAA inspectors assigned to the project, the company had been able to go through the process.
The former NAAPE chief said the company was fully ready for operations and it was going to be operating with other sisters MRO and hangars across the country.
He said the company had also invested over five million dollars on equipment alone, adding that those were the equipment the NCAA team came to inspect.
“NCAA is satisfied and the equipment is all overhauled, calibrated, and up-to-date, and our engineers are well-trained on how to operate the equipment,” he said.
Mr Balami lauded the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, for all the support and encouragement, the Director-General of NCAA, Mr Musa Nuhu; the Director of Airworthiness, Mr Kayode Ajiboye, with his team who participated in the success of the certification.
He gave assurance that the aviation ministry, aviation stakeholders and the general public that the trust bestowed on 7 Star Global Hangar would not be taken for granted.
FG Denies Planning to Stop Youths from Travelling Abroad
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The federal government has said it has no plan to prevent youths from travelling abroad, stressing that reports insinuating such are totally untrue.
A statement issued by Towoju Raphael on Saturday on behalf of the Director Press at the Ministry of Interior said the reports quoting the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Mr Shuaib Belgore, as saying so purely misinterpreted him.
The Presidential Committee from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) had recently visited the ministry and Mr Belgore welcomed them on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.
In the statement issued yesterday, the ministry advised Nigerians to be cautious of manipulative misrepresentation of the federal government’s intentions, statements or activities.
It emphasised that any Nigeria willing and ready to follow the legal channels to travel around the world are allowed to do so.
In its clarification, the ministry said Mr Belgore only told his guests that the committee should work with the Citizenship and Business Department of the Ministry to facilitate opportunities for youths to benefit from the local content prospects of its expatriate quota program, thereby creating decent job opportunities for youths in Nigeria.
The statement further said the Permanent Secretary said the Ministry of Interior, with its associated agencies, remain committed to ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians, public safety and citizenship integrity of all.
“Among the presidential deliverables of the Ministry is full automation of services in the Ministry and its agencies, which includes the new passport regimes and sweeping nationwide reforms witnessed with the Nigeria Immigration Service; aimed at delivering swift and seamless access to citizenship services for Nigerians,” the statement further quoted Mr Belgore as saying during the meeting.
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