Honda to Recall 405,400 Vehicles

Honda Motor Co. said it is recalling about 405,400 vehicles, including the Odyssey minivan, in the United States and three other countries due to a glitch in the computer chip used in the airbag system.

According to Reuters, Honda is recalling about 342,000 Odysseys from the 2003 and 2004 model years in the United States and Canada, as well as 63,400 Acura MDXs from 2003 model year in the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia.

Bombardier’s CSeries Prepares for Maiden Flight

Bombardier Inc carried out final preparations for the maiden flight of its CSeries on Monday, hoping to translate its ambitions to shatter an Airbus and Boeing duopoly into faster sales of Canada’s most ambitious jet, Reuters reported.

Appearing in blue and white livery under broken skies, the jet was due to fly from Bombardier’s Mirabel factory in Quebec at 9.30 am, capping a five-year $3.4 billion development of the first all-new plane in its class, in decades.

Car Makers Shrug Off New China Sale Restrictions

China plans to restrict vehicle sales in eight more cities to curb traffic congestion and pollution, but car manufacturers are not worried, since they expect organic growth in the world's biggest auto market to outweigh any restrictions.

According to Reuters report, environmentalists say any such measures are unlikely to make much of a dent in air pollution.

New car sales are already restricted in four Chinese cities –Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Guiyang - by limiting the number of license plates and selling them to consumers through auctions and lotteries.

National Carrier to Begin Operations with 50 Aircraft

The federal government and its private investor partners may have concluded that the new national carrier, known as Nigeria One, would start operation with 50 aircraft that would be delivered before the end of next year.

Among the aircraft types that would be operated by the national airline include Embraer, Bombardier and Boeing.

THISDAY reported that while Embraer short haul aircraft types would be used for domestic operations, medium haul Bombardier would be used for regional services and Boeing planes would be used for long haul international flights.

FG Secures $500m Aviation Infrastructure Loan from China

The Federal Government has finally signed a $500 million loan agreement with China for the construction of four international airport terminals in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano.

The loan, which was one of many agreements and Memorandum of Understandings signed by both countries, was approved in Beijing yesterday as President Goodluck Jonathan formally commenced a two-day state visit to China.

BA Takes Delivery of First Airbus Superjumbo

Super-jumbo aviation arrived in the UK with the recent delivery to Heathrow of British Airways’ first A380.

The airline, according to a release, is the first UK carrier to take delivery of the double-decker, which is the world’s largest commercial jet. British Airways is also the first airline in Europe to operate both the A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first two of which landed at Heathrow last week.

Association Commends FG over Automation Upgrade

The Aeronautical Information Services Association of Nigeria (AISAN) has commended the Federal Government and the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for the automation of the agency’s Aeronautical Information Service (AIS), saying that the completion of the project would elevate NAMA to one of the best airspace managers in Africa.

The Association noted that NAMA has already installed two antennae each at 11 airport stations across the country and would expand same to all the airports in the country.

Automotive Council Disburses ₦7b Loan to Manufacturers

The National Automotive Council (NAC) said it has disbursed ₦7 billion loans to vehicle manufacturers in the country under its auto development scheme.

Aminu Jalal, the Director General of the Council, recently in Abuja, said five companies out of the 10 that applied have accessed the loans.

He further listed the beneficiaries as Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) –received ₦3 billion; Innoson Motors of Nnewi –₦1 billion; and Dunlop (Nigeria) Limited accessed ₦1.2 billion.

The Aviation Industry -Will Mergers Reshape the Sector?

The Nigeria Aviation industry has contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of Nigeria as it is central to global aviation business in Africa. Only a vibrant Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) that is run as business concern would be able to tap into the potentials. The Nigerian Airspace presents itself as a shorter route for aircraft traveling to the American continent from Asia. It is often the bride of most international airlines. However, Nigeria aviation sector is full of bottlenecks and delays that are designed to exploit and strangle the growth of the industry”.