Nigeria to unveil national airline next week

Nigeria to unveil national airline next week

Based on latest information from Nigeria’s aviation minister, the country would unveil name and logo of its national airline in London next week.

Nigeria’s minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika said that five airplanes will be receiv3eed before the end of the year and total fleet would be close to 30.

Cited by The Nation, Sirika said:

“We will make the investments and follow the business plan through private sector management.

“We intend to get a 30 aircraft market in five years. But we will begin with five aircraft on the day of lunch. It was not clear whether an order has been made for the aircraft, but the minister in May met a team from Boeing in Abuja.

“At Farnborough International Public Airshow coming July 18, 2018 in London, we will unveil the name, logo, colour scheme, the structure and the type of airplane about the national carrier.

“We will also place the order for the aircraft at the event,” he said.

While many might doubt the startup calendar, Sirika has a track record of keeping to his words as it was in the case when he promised to open the Abuja airport at a specific date or resign. He opened the airport a day before the due date.

Last week, the ministry of aviation did open an online contest for people to suggest names for the proposed airline, a contest that was closed in less than 10 hours after it opened to the public.

Formerly known as Nigeria Airways, the airline became moribund after it was mismanaged with huge debt pile.