FG Unveils New National Carrier, ‘Nigerian Air’ In London

The Federal Government today (Wednesday) unveiled the name and logo of a new National Carrier, known as Nigeria Air.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who disclosed the name and logo at the Farnborough International Airshow in London during the unveiling, said the National Carrier will be private sector driven and not a “social service”.

“This will be a National Carrier that is Private sector-led and driven. It is a business, not a social service. The government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this”.

He added that the Federal Government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new National Carrier.

The minister also noted that negotiations are ongoing concerning the aircraft for the airline which will be announced soon. The target kick off is December 2018.

“We’ve been talking to Airbus and Boeing (and they’re present at this event) regarding the aircraft for #NigeriaAir, and we will be making announcements very soon. We are currently negotiating”.

Nigeria’s first national carrier was established in 1958 and stopped operations in 2003 with more than 30 aircraft on its fleet in the 1980s.

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