Ethiopian Airlines has explained that its Group chief executive officer, Tewolde Gebremariam never said the airline is the front-runner to partner in the Nigeria Air project.
The Airlines stated that its Group CEO only expressed interest to partner with the federal government in the management of Nigeria Air as a Pan-African Airline.
The airline said in a statement that the Group CEO was misquoted by the media on his position on the Air Nigeria project.
According to the statement, “the Group CEO never said Ethiopian Airlines is the front-runner to partner in the Nigeria Air project as what he said was that Ethiopian, as a Pan-African airline, has expressed interest to partner in the project and is among those being considered by Nigerian Government.”
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