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Nigeria's new national carrier is given Ministerial blessing

Posted 3 June 2013 · 2 Comments

Nigeria's aviation minister Princess Stella Oduah has said on national television that the go ahead has been given for a national flag carrier which will be called either National-One or Nigeria-One.

 

The move comes ten years after the former national carrier, Nigeria Airways, ceased operation.
The minister said on the television programme ’90 minutes’ that the government was fine-tuning the arrangements for the take-off of the airline, to be called 'National One'. There are also suggestions from the Ministry that it could be called ‘Nigeria-One.’ Meanwhile the  Nigerian Air Force has reportedly  purchased a small number of Boeing B737s which were planned for a proposed airline called ‘United Nigeria Airlines.’  The of these -a B737-500- is expected in the country within the next few weeks.
Since the collapse of Nigeria Airways in 2003, several private airlines have sprung up in the country to fill the gap with Arik Air now the nation's largest airline. The Nigerian government also made a previous attempt to reenter the aviation market through a tie up with Virgin Atlantic called Virgin Nigeria. However, Virgin pulled out after accusations of corruption.
Oduah said the new airline could be launched as soon as September.

 

2 Comments for Nigeria's new national carrier is given Ministerial blessing

Michael

posted 3 years ago

I really do hope that this time ,the proper foundation is made, and the authorities have learnt from previous happenings. I am a stakeholder in the Industry and it is very painful when we see some actions which we know will cause a failure later. We owe it to to ourselves and the next generation to form an Airline which will not only give jobs, but Careers to us. A lot of outsiders do not know what is really happening in our Industry. All they just see are nicely painted Airplanes, available for their flights to various destinations.The sad situation in the Industry is very unfortunate(Insiders will know what I mean). People have jobs today , and no jobs tomorrow. So much instability. In the planned Airline, there must be checks and balances, and not one person or Organisation being given the Lion's share of equity and having ultimate authority. This is the genesis of the failure of our previous venture(s). The plan was good but no checks and balances in the system. It would have succeeded if not for that. There are also these parasites who always latch onto any project which comes up, not because of their goodwill for the project outcome but for the what they can derive from it, even if it shuts down after they have satisfied their greed. They will bleed the new project(Airline) as much as they can. They were also present in the previous venture. These are all facts that the general public are not aware of. I pray that the Authorities do consult true ,genuine, knowledgeable people in the Aviation sector, and not the quacks who are proposing starting an Airline with 30 Aeroplanes. A real white Elephant project. Even "Emirates Airlines", that you see today started with 3 leased Aeroplanes. Take a look at Etihad Airlines' history also.

Johnathan

posted 3 years ago

I really hope that this new airline has a high standard and gives Nigeria the national carrier they've been waiting for.

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