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Nigeria may adopt Ethiopian Airlines as technical partner for proposed Nigeria Air

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Nigeria may have settled for the continent’s biggest carrier, Ethiopian Airlines as a technical partner and core investor for the proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air, according to a report by an online news platform TheCable.

Also quoting a source who claimed that representatives of the ministry of aviation had travelled to Addis Ababa to finalise the agreements.

“Yes, we have selected Ethiopian Airlines. We have agreed to work with the airline, and we are hoping to make the announcement soon,” the online platform quoted ThisDay newspaper report.

It was learnt that the ministry had started a training programme for the personnel of the proporsed carrier at the Ethiopian Airlines facility in Addis Ababa.

“I heard the minister sent some pilots there some time ago for training. But it was ab-initio training. They are also preparing for the training of pilots on Boeing 737 NG aircraft. Ethiopian will provide the technical management,” the source added.

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The source further said that Ethiopian Airlines would provide equipment, technical personnel and management for the airline.

“Ethiopian Airlines has the equipment needed for the startup of the new national carrier, Nigeria Air. It has many Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, which would be the equipment that would be deployed with the additional deployment of a few Boeing B737 NG aircraft. The airline is most prepared to support the Nigerian government to actualise its national carrier ambition,” the source said.

The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika had earlier revealed that the had expended N651 million on transaction advisory services for the airline project.

Sirika said the ministry would soon request the council’s approval for the full business case, a public-private partnership guided by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) regulations.

The airline had obtained an air transport licence (ATL), the preceding step to acquiring an air operator’s certificate (AOC). The airline applied for the certificate in April 2022.

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