Canada Blocks Air Peace Repatriation Flight For Nigerians

Air Peace announced on Wednesday that its repatriation flight, scheduled to depart from Canada to Lagos on 14th…

Canada Blocks Air Peace Repatriation Flight For Nigerians

Air Peace announced on Wednesday that its repatriation flight, scheduled to depart from Canada to Lagos on 14th May, has been postponed. The airline said in a statement that some logistic issues had prevented the Candian government from allowing the flight to be operated. The Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa is in negotiations with the Candian government to reschedule the flight to bring the Nigerian citizens home.

Air Peace has been denied landing rights by the Canadian government for the scheduled evacuation of Nigerians. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia

Nigerian High Commission is in talks with Ottawa

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, explained on Thursday that the flight could not operate because the Candian government had denied landing rights to Air Peace. At the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the minister said that the Canadian government had refused to grant a landing permit to the carrier. This was because the airline does not have a license to undertake commercial flights to Canada.

He added that the Nigerian High Commission is currently engaging with the Candian government on the issue. He stated that the challenges were because Air Peace was flying the route for the first time. In a statement carried by Africa News, he said,

The argument our High Commissioner is making is that this is not a regular commercial flight, but instead an emergency evacuation flight. So negotiations are ongoing with the Canadian government.”

The special flight, APK 8711, had planned to bring more than 200 Nigerians home from Canada to Lagos.

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Air Peace was chosen to operate the repatriation flights because it was more affordable. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr

Why did Nigeria choose Air Peace

Air Peace, which was founded in 2013, is a private airline based in Lagos. The airline mainly operates flights within Africa, although international flights are offered three times a week to Sharjah, UAE. Air Peace had plans to expand its service to include other parts of Asia during 2020. However, COVID-19 forced the airline to suspend all its flights on 27th March.

A part of the issue in Canada was that the airline was not known for operating commercial flights, so why did Nigeria choose Air Peace to handle the repatriation flights from Canada?

The High Commission said that they opted for Air Peace because the airfare was more affordable than to the offers of other airlines that were contacted. This seems like a responsible choice from the Nigerian government and is in contrast to some other governments who have provided flights at a high cost.

Air Peace was also the only airline that offered to schedule flights departing from more than one location within Canada.

Nigeria wants to bring 4,000 citizens home

The flights scheduled from Canada were part of an operation to return 4,000 Nigerian citizens to the country following the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government has so far evacuated approximately 600 Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the UK, and the US. Not all flights have gone as planned, though, as recently, a flight to Lagos from Dubai had to turn around as a passenger gave birth on board. 

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Where Do Pilots Sleep On A Plane?

Where do pilots sleep onboard aircraft during long haul flights? Depending on the plane and the trip, pilots…

Where Do Pilots Sleep On A Plane?

Where do pilots sleep onboard aircraft during long haul flights? Depending on the plane and the trip, pilots have access to a private bunk area near the cockpit, a private ‘cabin,’ or a sectioned off business class seat.

Where do the pilots’ onboard aircraft rest when in flight? Photo: Jetstar via Wikimedia Commons.

Why do pilots sleep on planes?

At first, it might seem a little alarming that a pilot would sleep on an aircraft; after all, their job is to fly the plane. But pilots are just like you and me and need to take breaks, or even sleep depending on how long the flight is.

For a shorter flight, a pilot won’t leave the cockpit except for a bathroom break. But when the flight is over eight hours, pilots will swap with a relief counterpart and then hit the hay before landing—more on that below.

There are three different classes of rest areas for cabin crew and pilots, depending on the length of the flight.

  • Class 3: This class only requires a cabin seat that can recline and has foot support. Found on smaller short-haul aircraft or private aircraft, as a blocked seat at the front of the plane. Pilots don’t leave the cockpit for such short flights, so we don’t see this one often.
  • Class 2: This class requires access to at least a lie-flat seat and separation from passengers by a curtain. Typically a business class seat put aside.
  • Class 1: This class requires access to an area physically separated from the flight deck and the passenger cabincontain bunks or other flat areas for sleeping; have provisions for sound and lighting isolation. 

Most long haul flights are categorized as Class 1 and will require the aircraft to have a separate area away from the passengers for the pilots.

The crew rest area onboard the Qantas A380. Photo: Qantas Roo Tales

Where do pilots sleep onboard long haul aircraft?

Thus, most long haul aircraft have a special rest area for the pilots, behind a generic electronically locked door at the front of the plane.

Some pilot sleep areas come with private compartments (more significant than just the bunks provided to flight attendants), lights, first-class pillows and duvets, and even isolated temperature control. Depending on the aircraft (and fit-out by the airline), some rest areas have entertainment screens. Next time you fly, your relief pilot could be upstairs watching the same film as you!

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Whether or not pilots get enough rest during their journey is another question. Photo: Getty Images

When do pilots sleep on aircraft?

On a regular long-haul flight, say around 12 hours, there will be three to four pilots.

  • Pilot A will be selected as ‘Pilot Flying‘ and will perform takeoff and landings.
  • Pilot B will be selected as ‘Pilot Monitoring‘ and will need to be present during the takeoff and landings as the first officer.
  • Pilot C and additional pilots are selected as ‘Pilot Relief‘ and will step in during the flight to relieve any pilots moving to the rest area.

All pilots need to be in the cockpit for takeoffs and landings, and it is against FAA regulations to be in the rest areas during these times. In a 12 hour flight, approximately ten flying hours (time removed for takeoff and landing) will be split among the three or more pilots equally for rest.

What do you think? Do you want to sleep in the pilot rest area? Let us know in the comments.

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