Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ethiopia files sue against Nigeria


Though Ethiopian maintained Chanchangi Airlines' plane and engine, the plane is still grounded in Ethiopia because of Chanchangi's failure to pay the maintenance costs. The Eighth Bench of the Federal High Court scheduled a second appearance for the Nigerian domestic flyer, Chanchangi Airlines, which failed to appear on April 1, 2012, to defend itself against charges filed against it by Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian went to court on January 25, 2013, claiming that Chanchangi had failed to settle a 14 million Br bill for maintenance services they provided. The initial deal between the two airlines was signed for 772,346 dollars on February 9, 2004. Ethiopian agreed to service an aircraft and engine. Ethiopian's Maintenance repair and Overhaul Service, where the Nigerian airline was served, is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Established in 1945, it undertakes complete repair, modification, overhaul and testing for various aircraft and engines. Chanchangi, one of seven domestic airlines inNigeria, is located inKadunacity, the capital of Kaduna Region in north centralNigeria. According to the claim, Chanchangi would have to settle the payment in 60 days or pay 584,072.62 dollars in order to receive the engine, after which it would have to pay the remaining 188,273.83 dollars in four months in four equal instalments. Failure to do that would entail a 12pc fine. None of that happened. Chanchangi was summoned to appear in court on April 1, 2013; when Ethiopian's lawyers informed the court that the summons had not reached the defendant by then, although it was mailed from Ethiopia on January 31. The court reconvened on April 7, and Judge Hussein Yimer adjourned the case for May 8, 2013. Ethiopian's lawyer told the court that they were not able to deliver the summons in person because of the distance to Chanchangi's headquarters. The court has now ordered the Ethiopian Postal Service to deliver the summons and for the state-owned Addis Zemen newspaper to publish it.  Source ( AddisFortune)



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