Nigeria Air Aircraft in the Sky

The Nigerian government has named Ethiopian Airlines as the technical partner and core investor for establishing its planned national carrier (the Nigeria Air) following bids from several prospective partners.

In a development announced on Thursday by the minister of aviation at a press conference in Abuja, the choice of Ethiopian Airlines puts an end to months of speculation.

According to reports in the media, a team from the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Aviation had traveled to Ethiopia to begin talks indicating that agreement was in the offing after the scheduled talks.

Minister of Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika briefing reporters at a press conference in Abuja
Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation briefing pressmen. © Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria

The Federal Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, told journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital, that talks were held and Ethiopian Airlines emerged as the preferred bidder among many other interested partners.

According to the minister, the consortium had been subjected to due diligence. The minister further stated that the national carrier will kick off with three wet-leased aircraft from East African Airlines but would expand the fleet to 30 in the coming months.

Nigeria Air begins recruitment process 

In another development, Air Nigeria has started the recruitment of staff for its immediate take-off. The minister told pressmen that the airline would take off with 3 Boeing 737 – 800 configurations, which is best suited for the Nigerian market.

The minister also added that the national carrier would start with a shuttle service between Abuja, the nation’s capital, and Lagos, the nation’s commercial city.

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