As in our earlier report in the past few weeks, Nigerian government will open a new national carrier named “Nigeria Air” and the state will not take more than 5% of the company.
This airline aims to replace the old one – Nigeria Airways which was set up in 1958 and stopped its operation 45 years later.
The record of initial announcement on Nigeria Air
While waiting for the fresh national carrier to launch its services, you can check out these 11 facts about this promising business on Naijauto.com.
- Yes, Nigeria Air will be run as a business with maximum 5% of government share. It is not a social service with price support scheme as in the belief of many.
- The first flight is set to take place on December 24 this year.
- To name the new airline, the government has held a campaign attracting around 400,000 Nigerian adolescents with their various creative ideas.
- Nigerian applicants will be prioritized in filling up vacancies.
- Nigeria Air will not be operated or influenced by the state authority. It is investors that are supposed to take charge of it.
The possible design of Nigeria Air planes
- Governors or local authorities when travelling by plane must use this national carrier.
- $55 million (~N20 billion) extracted from the national budget is the initial investment for Nigeria Air.
- Nigeria Air is independently developed, having no relation to previous “Nigerian Airways” and “Air Nigeria”
- The business is also joint by Ethiopian Airlines.
- Nigerian government is negotiating with such reliable airplane providers as Boeing or Airbus for a plane fleet.
- The airline hasn’t decided upon its final destinations yet. However, 81 potential places are already listed.