According to the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria Air will start flying in October.

Aug 4, 2023 - 21:44
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According to the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria Air will start flying in October.

According to Bloomberg reports, Nigerian Air, the new national carrier, will launch service in October of this year.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV on Friday, Mesfin Tasew, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, which holds a 49% ownership in Nigeria Air, stated that the company is anxious for Nigeria Air to begin operating domestic and international flights.

In tumultuous circumstances in 2022, Ethiopian Airlines won the bid to manage the operations of the projected Nigeria Air after local players argued the firm was given an edge during the bidding process.

The airline will launch operations with two wide-bodied aircraft and six narrow-bodied aircraft, according to Tasew. We are delighted to see the airline launch its flights and link the domestic market to the global market, he added.

He further stated that Ethiopian Airlines' goal is to give Nigeria a national airline by leveraging its well tested business model.

The main goal, according to him, is to provide Nigeria access to an airline. A management agreement will exist for Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian Airlines will effectively run the airline to achieve success.

Despite the challenging business environment in Nigeria, Tasew voiced hope due to the size and inherent potential of the country's economy.

After being introduced in London in 2018 by the former aviation minister Hadi Sirika less than three days before the end of the Buhari administration, Nigeria Air has become mired in controversy.

Before Sirika revealed that the plane used for the launch belongs to Ethiopian Airlines, doubts were expressed concerning its ownership.

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