Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika on Wednesday unveiled the name and logo of Nigeria’s national carrier at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.
Sirika said the national carrier is Nigeria Air.
At the unveiling ceremony, the minister said, “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,” he said
He added that government is in talks with Airbus and Boeing for the provision of aircraft for the service.
Below are other points to know about the proposed airline:
- Nigeria Air is a domestic, regional and international airline
- It intends to cover 84 flight destinations
- Private sector to hold 95% stake while government will hold 5%
- Name is Nigeria Air and motto is Bringing Nigeria Closer To The World
- Aircrafts expected to include: Nigeria-Air-A330-Livery, Nigeria-Air-B737-Max-Livery
- Expected to be launched in December 2018
Nigerians have expressed various views about the new project which is set to take off in December 2018.