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Air Peace’s 737 Max order blocked by politics as Boeing struggles to get certification

Nigeria’s airline operator, @flyairpeace is currently caught in the web of global politics while trying to expand its fleet. Just like its contemporaries in the aviation industry, the company ordered for @Boeing 737 Max before the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines deadly crashes, but four months in, the Max model is still not certified air worthy, and it’s all down to politics.

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Nigerian airline operator, Air Peace, is currently caught in a web of global politics as it tries to expand its fleet.

Just like some of its contemporaries in the aviation industry, Air Peace had ordered for Boeing‘s 737 Max before the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines deadly crashes which killed many people. Four months since the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March, Boeing’s Max model is still not certified airworthy, and it’s all because of politics.

Boeing is still struggling to get a certification authorising its controversial Max models to return to the sky. This is despite reports of fixing the MCAS software that reportedly led to the crashing of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines planes, which killed 340 people in total.

Although global industry players were readying themselves for the fourth quarter as the date when Boeing’s banned MAX models would fly again, the Acting Director General of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Dan Elwell, recently disclosed that if necessary, it will take a year before the ban can be lifted. This, he said, is aimed at ensuring safety.

[READ ALSO: Trump gives branding advice to Boeing after deadly crashes]

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The late approval of the fixed software will likely delay the manufacturing time-frame of Air Peace’s order, which was initially billed for 2021. Already, Boeing cut its production of 737 aircraft from 52 per month to 42 amid the Boeing 737 MAX groundings.

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Meanwhile, the delay in certification is being blamed on politics by the American Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Doug Parker, who said there have been continued delay in approving an already fixed software because the FAA doesn’t want to be the only regulator to make the critical decision.

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“There is an absolute software fix that’s this close to being certified, but they’ve been saying that for a while.

“I think as much as anything now it may be politics as much as the true certification … safety issue. I don’t think the FAA wants to be alone in doing this.”

[READ ALSO: Air Peace addresses plane incident in Port Harcourt]

Disagreement over the lifting of ban: Several countries have their own requirement different from that of the US. The likes of Canada, Indonesia, Europe, and Brazil have stated that they have personal conditions that must be met before they can grant the all-clear for the plane’s return to their airspace. It has even been reported that China will likely be the last country to approve 737 Max for further checks; this nullifies the possibility of a consensus on requirements, thereby affecting a unilateral ban lift on the same day.

Besides the certification delay, another obstacle preventing Boeing’s 737 Max from the airspace is the indecision by FAA as to whether pilots should be required to undergo simulator training (an exercise done to learn new plane model) on the updated Max – a requirement global regulators may insist upon. This, according to media reports, could further delay the return of 737 Max.

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In the meantime, Air Peace could avoid this political game by canceling its order like Indonesia’s Garuda did; pitching tent with Boeing’s competitors. But it doesn’t seem like the company is ready to do that. Its Founder and Chairman, Allen Onyema, had stated in April that the calls for it to cancel its Boeing orders are premature.

[READ ALSO: Boeing 737 Max may return to the sky by December]

Air Peace owns about 27 aircraft. Its bid to increase its fleet size with ten additional brand new Boeing 737 MAX 800 aircraft will probably take more time than expected. Air Peace is the only Nigerian airline company that have an order for delivery of 737 Max.

Note: The Boeing 737-Max 8 plane has been credited for fuel efficiency and has been one of Boeing’s best-selling jets. More than 370 aircraft was delivered since 2017, with about 5,000 placed orders.

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Biden to appoint Nigerian-born attorney as Deputy Treasury Secretary

Nigerian-born attorney, Adewale Adeyemo has been selected by US President-elect, Joe Biden as Deputy Treasury Secretary.

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United States President-elect, Joe Biden, has selected a Nigerian-born attorney, Adewale Adeyemo, as the Deputy Treasury Secretary.

This was disclosed by Biden on Sunday, according to Wall Street Journal.

Adeyemo, who is a former senior international economic adviser during the Obama administration, will serve under former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who Biden plans to appoint to lead the US Treasury Department.

Adeyemo’s appointment is one of many key cabinet positions Biden is expected to announce in the coming days.

What you need to know

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Born in Nigeria, Adeyemo was raised in California where he obtained a bachelor’s degree before proceeding to Yale Law School for his legal education.

Before his appointment into the Obama administration, Adeyemo worked as an editor at the Hamilton Project, then served as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to Jack Lew in the United States Department of Treasury.

He later worked as the chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and also served as the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under Elizabeth Warren.

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In 2015, he was appointed to concurrently serve as Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council.

He went on to become the first president of the Obama Foundation.

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Canada extends travelers’ restrictions to January 2021

The Canadian Government has extended a temporary travel restrictions for all travelers seeking entry into the country.

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The Canadian Government has extended the mandatory isolation order and temporary travel restrictions for all travelers seeking entry into the country, except the United States, to January 2021.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, on Sunday.

In a statement seen by Nairametrics, he explained that the travel restrictions for US citizens and foreign nationals arriving from the US would remain in place until December 21, 2020 and might be extended at that time.

READ: Apple, Google launch COVID-19 exposure notifications in phones for contact tracing

The decision was taken to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and reduce the spread of the disease in Canada. Blair said: 

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“Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is my most important responsibility. We have introduced a number of policies to keep Canadians safe but must remain flexible and adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation, while keeping your health as our top priority.

READ: Four ways Nigerian government can minimize impact of COVID-19

“The ability to align US and international travel extension dates, as well as the Mandatory Isolation Order, beginning on January 21, 2021 will enable the Government to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible and provide certainty for Canadians, US and international travelers.

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“In addition, the Government is amending its order and creating a framework for considering applications from high-performance amateur sport organizations seeking to hold International Single Sport Events.”

To be considered, applicants are expected to include written commitments of ongoing support from provincial/territorial and local public health authorities and provincial/territorial governments, as well as a robust plan to protect public health and the health of participants.

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The authorization would be issued by the Department of Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada) in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

“Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who has recently come into close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, should continue to quarantine or isolate for 14 days. At all Canadian ports of entry, the final determination on a traveler’s admissibility is made by border services officers who base their decision on the information presented and available to them at the time of entry,” he added.

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Quick Facts

  • The Department of Canadian Heritage will determine which foreign nationals can receive accreditation to enter Canada to participate in an International Single Sport Event.
  • An International Single Sport Event includes World Championships, Olympic or Paralympic Qualifications, as well as World Cups.
  • A high-performance amateur athlete is defined as an athlete competing at the international level and affiliated with his or her country’s national sport federation.

READ: COVID-19: NAFDAC to grant emergency approval for necessary products

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In March, 2020, the Government introduced several measures, including prohibitions and restrictions on discretionary and optional travel from the United States (US) and all other countries, to minimize the introduction and spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Canadians.

The measures included the requirement for all travelers entering Canada to quarantine or isolate for 14 days.

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Trump administration acknowledges likely election loss, agrees to transition with Biden

Trump administration seems to have officially commenced the transition to Biden after weeks of delay and law suits.

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The Donald Trump administration seems to have acknowledged the loss of the presidential election as the General Services Administration (GSA), after weeks of non-cooperation has informed President-elect, Joe Biden that the administration is ready to begin the formal transition process.

According to a report from CNN, this was disclosed in a letter from the Administrator of DSA, Emily Murphy on Monday afternoon, November 23, 2020.

READ: Donald Trump bans American investments in companies linked to Chinese military

The letter is the first major step taken by the Trump administration to acknowledge its defeat in the presidential election after over 2 weeks that Joe Biden was declared the winner.

Monday’s letter is coming hours after Michigan formally certified the election results and some Republican senators had called for the transition process to start. This is also as more lawsuits from Trump’s legal team were dismissed, and Georgia election earlier certified on Friday and Pennsylvania set to be certified as well.

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While making the decision to cooperate with the President-elect, Murphy said she had not been pressured by the White House to delay the formal transition and did not make a decision out of fear or favoritism.

She said, “Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official, including those who work at the White House or GSA, with regard to the substance or timing of my decision. To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination.”

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The letter signifies Murphy’s formal acknowledgment of Joe Biden’s victory, a normally perfunctory process known as ascertainment. This action will allow the transition process, which has been delayed for some weeks, to officially commence, ensuring that current administration agency officials cooperate with the incoming Biden team, and providing millions in government funding for the transition.

For some weeks after his announcement as the winner of the presidential election, the Biden team who have been denied access to government information and agencies by the Trump administration, had worked informally to kick start the transition process with some actions which include setting up a coronavirus task force, consulting with public health officials outside the government, meeting with top corporate leaders, amongst others.

READ: US Election: China congratulates Joe Biden

The delay in ascertainment meant that Biden’s team was denied access to government data and could not make contact with federal agencies, nor spend $6.3 million in government funding now available for the transition. A Biden official said the most urgent need was for the transition to be given access to Covid-19 data and the vaccine distribution plans.

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The Biden team is expected to have access to additional office space inside the agencies and the ability to use federal resources for background checks on Biden’s White House staff appointments and Cabinet appointments.

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Moments after the letter was sent, Donald Trump tweeted thanking Murphy for her work and affirming the decision to start the transition.

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His tweet reads, “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused — and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” Trump tweeted. “Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”

This letter from GSA now means that the Biden team will now have access to government agency staff with regular briefings in addition to details of administrative issues that need to be addressed immediately.

The President-elect and his vice will also be receiving classified intelligence briefings as white house officials will start to cooperate.

It can be recalled that Murphy, who was appointed by Donald Trump, had refused to go ahead with the ascertainment process, despite Biden’s clear victory. She has faced intense scrutiny and political pressure from Democrats and, in recent days, Republicans calling for the start of a smooth transition.

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