Menu Close

Aviation: Max Air resumes domestic flight operations after audit

*Max Air has commenced domestic operations with an Abuja-Kano flight Sunday morning, following  a successful audit of the airline and the closure of several gaps earlier identified in its operations by the industry regulator -Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following the successful audit of the airline by the country’s aviation industry regulator, and closure of several gaps identified in its operations, Max Air, one of Nigeria’s local airlines, returned to the air Sunday, July 30, 2023.

The airline commenced domestic operations with an Abuja-Kano flight Sunday morning, according to report.

ConsumerConnect reports the airline resumed its domestic operations two weeks after it was suspended, following the decision of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ground the operation of its Boeing (B737) aircraft type.

The airline operator announced this in a statement vis its verified  Twitter handle.

The company said: “Max Air Limited is pleased to announce the resumption of domestic flight operations from Sunday July 30 2023, following a temporary suspension due to safety concerns.

“We want to express our gratitude to our valued customers for their understanding and patience during this period

We’re committed to consumer safety as core value -Max Air

The airline also stated: “Safety is at the core of MaxAir Limited’s values, and we take our commitment to passenger safety with the utmost seriousness.

“After conducting a thorough internal investigation, it was brought to our attention that our operations were impacted by adulterated fuel.”

The statement further said: “As a result, we promptly initiated an in-house audit and, in the interest of passenger safety, voluntarily suspended our operations for two days before the intervention of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“We would like to reassure all our passengers that we have been working diligently to address the safety concerns raised during this suspension period. Our dedicated team has been working around the clock to resolve these issues.”

NCAA’s regulatory interventions

It is recalled the NCAA through a letter NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/363 had suspended Parts A3 and D43 with regards to the operation of Max Air’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

The suspension was due to several occurrences that involved your Boeing B737 aircraft, according to the aviation sector regulator.

The occurrences included, among others, the loss of number 1 Main Landing Gear (MLG) wheel during the serious incident involving a Boeing 737-400 aircraft, registration marks 5N-MBDwhich occurred between Take-off at Yola Airport Adamawa State and on landing at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Nigeria on 7th May, 2023.

Another incident was Fuel Contamination of the main fuel tanks of aircraft B737-300, Registration Marks; 5N-MHM, leading to the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) shutdown on ground Yola Airport on the 7th of July, 2023.

Meanwhile, the schedule for the commencement of flight operations are Abuja-Katsina and Lagos-Abuja before the airline returns other routes like Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto, among others.

Kindly Share This Story




Kindly share this story