The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika on Wednesday disclosed the name and logo at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.
Despite today’s announcement, it will not be until December this year before Air Nigeria’s first flight hits the skies. The carrier’s tagline is: “Bringing Nigeria closer to the world.”
The minister said, “I’m very pleased to tell you that we are finally on track to launching a new national flag carrier for our country: Nigeria Air,” Sirika said at the event.
The name was chosen after Nigeria’s Ministry of Aviation invited Nigerian youth and students to contribute “their ideas and creativity in developing the new Nigerian Flag carrier,” according to the website nameyourairlinenigeria.com.
“This will be a National Carrier that is Private sector-led and driven. It is a business, not a social service. Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this.
The Nigerian Government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new National Carrier. Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it,”
The government is in talks with aircraft providers, “We’ve been talking to Airbus and Boeing (and they’re present at this event) regarding the aircraft for and we will be making announcements very soon. We are currently negotiating.”he said
On job creation, the minister said the establishment of the airline will create economic and job opportunities.
“We want to use this new private-sector-led airline to make a statement that, ‘Yes, Nigeria can do it!’ and we also want to promote our cultures and traditions. It will also create economic opportunities and jobs”.
The minister also noted that negotiations are ongoing concerning the aircraft for the airline which will be announced soon.
“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.
Nigeria has unfortunately not been a serious player in aviation for a long time. We used to be a dominant player, through Nigeria Airways, but sadly not anymore.