Qatar Airways now rehiring former cabin crew

By admin


Qatar Airways is advertising for cabin crew positions, with more staff likely to be needed ahead of hopefully busy rest of the year.

However, the roles are only open on a rehire basis to former cabin crew members that it had previously let go amid the coronavirus pandemic. At this time, it looks like the deadline for applications is July 24th.

As the airline industry looks to prepare for what it hopes will be a summer of recovery, Qatar Airways is making preparations of its own. The Qatari flag carrier and oneworld member now has a listing on its careers website titled ‘Rejoining Qatar Airways Cabin Crew | 2021.’ These positions have been set aside for employees that the airline previously had to let go.

Such cuts have been widespread since the onset of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated passenger demand and, subsequently, airline schedules. This, in turn, has forced carriers worldwide to make layoffs to save money in an unpredictable market.

However, Qatar Airways is now hopeful for a more stable future. Indeed, last month, it also began rehiring pilots ahead of planned schedule increases.

As it stands, Qatar Airways plans to allow applications to come in until July 24th. However, high-demand listings in the travel sector can sometimes close early if they prove particularly popular.

While it is impossible to know, this may prove to be the case here, with the airline’s former cabin crew surely desperately eager to return to the skies to do what they love.

In the listing for the Doha-based role, Qatar Airways takes time to acknowledge its achievements amid the health crisis and the commitment of its staff, calling itself “an airline that has never stopped flying and remained resilient throughout the pandemic.”

NDIC commences payment to depositors of 14 closed bank

By Favour Nnabugwu



The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) will commence payment of liquidation dividends to uninsured depositors, creditors and shareholders of 14 closed banks.

The Director, Communication and Public Affairs Department, Bashir Nuhu, the NDIC stated that while stakeholders of eight closed banks are to receive their first round of liquidation dividend payments, those of the other six are to be paid additional sums due to them as part of their liquidation dividends.

The listed banks are: City Express Bank, All States Trust Bank, Allied Bank, Commerce Bank, North South Bank, Cooperative and Commerce Bank and Nigeria Merchant Bank.

Others are Hilltop MFB, Olomoyoyo MFB, Evo MFB, Ngwegwe MFB, Bekwarra MFB, Argungu MFB and Edet MFB
The corporation advised eligible stakeholders of the banks to visit the Corporation’s offices nationwide for the verification of their claims or do so on the Corporation’s website.

The NDIC has also commenced verification of depositors of 22 MFBs whose operating licences were recently revoked by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The verification exercise is geared towards payment of insured sums to eligible depositors.

Depositors of the affected MFBs have been advised to visit the closed banks’ addresses where their claims would be verified by the NDIC’s officials.


AIB sets up accident investigation agency for Sierra Leone

By Favour Nnabugwu



The country’s Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB-N has technically rendered support for the setting up Sierra Leone’s Aircraft Accident Incident Investigation Bureau (SL-AAIIB).

General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi said the assistance is marked by the conclusion of a recent two-day fact-finding mission to the Sierra Leone Aircraft Accident Incident Investigation Bureau (SL-AAIIB) by the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N).

This is the second time AIB-N will be assisting member countries in the sub region to establish their independent
investigation agencies. It offered similar support to Gambia in establishing its accident investigation agency.

” The agency, which is now rated as a regional leader in aircraft accident investigation has also assisted Sao Tome and Principe to conduct investigation into an aircraft crash”.

” The team led by Mr Adeniji Oni examined the Establishment of SL-AAIIB, Development of Legislation, Regulations, Manuals and Guidance Materials.

“The AIB-N team also reviewed the development of training policies and programmes for investigators (Initial, Simulators and Specialized); and how the SL-AAIIB should prepare for ICAO Audits and the implementation of Corrective Action Plan, following any gap identified”, Oketunbi said.

He also revealed that the initiative to assist the government of Sierra Leone in the set up and commencement of SL-AAIB was at the instance of the Commissioner of AIB-N, Engr Akin Olateru and the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

Speaking on behalf of the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) Director-General, the Director of Corporate Services, Alex Pratt, stated: “Let me, on behalf of the Director-General, thank you very much for the work done in this brief period. The SLCAA welcomes the recommendations made so far, and promise they would be carefully followed and implemented,” he said.

Also speaking at the occasion, The SL-AAIIB Commissioner, Mr Olubunmi
Wellington thanked the Nigeria delegation for the technical support rendered in the establishment of the SL-AAIIB. “We promise to make good use of this opportunity and we will call on you at any time to play the Big-Brother role you have already started”.

So far, the Agency has partnered with Republic of Benin, Sao Tome (who it has assisted in accident Investigation), Saudi Arabia, NTSB US, Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile (BEA- France) France AIB, AAIB UK and an effective member of BAGAIA.

Businessman, philanthropist travel solo from India to Dubai

By sdmin

A businessman and a philanthropist S.P. Singh Oberoi had travelled to India on June 12 after the ban on India flight between India and Emitares.

A UAE-based Indian expatriate has become the latest passenger to fly solo from back home to Dubai.

Dr Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi, a businessman and a philanthropist, who holds a 10-year golden visa, flew from Amritsar in the north Indian state of Punjab to Dubai via Air India flight (AI929) on Wednesday (June 23).

However, despite the ban, the UAE made exceptions for Emiratis, Diplomats, and golden visa holders. It just so happened that the gentleman in question happened to hold the aforementioned golden visa.

Wednesday was when the flight operations, which have been suspended between India and the UAE for the public since April 24 due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in the second and a lethal wave of the contagion, were supposed to resume, but have not started, despite the Dubai authorities’ announcement last Saturday (June 19).

Singh had a gala time on the flight, as he paid only Dh740 to cherish a lifetime experience.

“I was measuring the length of the plane by my steps,” Singh quipped.
He told Khaleej Times that the pilot greeted him and gave him a royal treatment amid incessant clicking of his pictures on the empty flight.

Singh vividly recalled the moment he arrived at the Dubai International Airport (DXB).

“I underwent a PCR test at the airport. The airport staff asked me about my co-passengers, and they’re surprised to know that I was the only one on the flight,” he added.

Singh praised the immigration system that has been put in place for the golden visa holders.

“Earlier, I was told by my family members and friends and that I won’t be allowed to travel. But I ticked all the boxes and had all the valid documents to enter the UAE. Surely, there are many benefits of holding a golden visa,” he said.

Singh, 66, who is a prominent social worker and hails from Patiala, an erstwhile princely state in Punjab, had played an active role in repatriation of Indian labourers and other compatriots during the Covid-19-enforced lockdown restrictions last year.

Initially, he had come to Dubai to work as a mechanic. He worked for four years and returned to his native Punjab to start his own company that supplied construction and building materials.

Later, he returned to Dubai in 1993 and started his own General Trading Company and Dubai Grand Hotel in 1998. Singh also started Oberoi Properties & Investments LLC in 2004.

The UAE authorities are allowing diplomats, golden visa holders, and Emiratis to travel from India amid the travel ban since April 24.

A memorable journey

While thanking both the Indian government and the UAE for his memorable journey, the Indian businessman said the following on his Facebook page:

“Sometimes in vital situations, we get opportunities to cherish for life. Highly appreciate the Government of UAE and India for making it a memorable journey. Thank you, Air India, for your special services. You made it absolutely a wonderful journey.”