AON applauds FG for suspending planned National Carrier

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has commend the federal government of Nigeria for taking the bold step to suspend the planned National Carrier Project in the interest of the nation. AON said in a statement that the suspension was in response to its many cries for reason and continued call for a rethink by government regarding the project in the light of the tough economic situation in the country today and the fact that it is a moribund idea. The AON chairman, Capt. Nogie Meggison stated that: “We thank…

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FG announces suspension of new national carrier

The federal government has announced the suspension of the proposed new national carrier, Nigeria Air indefinitely. The minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika who disclosed this development via his twitter handle @hadisirika on Wednesday said the Federal Executive Council took the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim. Sirika noted that the federal government will honour all due commitments. The minister tweeted on Wednesday on his Twitter handle @hadisirika that: “I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend…

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Nigeria Air: FG working towards successful take-off

The director general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muktar Usman has stated that the government is working round the clock for a successful take-off. Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Captain Usman said talks surrounding the proposed national carrier project died down because most Nigerian people are beginning to understand and buy into the project. Usman explained that the Nigeria Air project arrangements would continue until it is delivered to the Nigerian people. He noted that even though people are now quiet about it, it does not mean…

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‘Ethiopian Group CEO never said airline is front-runner to partner Nigeria Air’

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…

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Sirika dismisses report compelling public servants to fly Nigeria Air

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has dismissed the report that he is compelling public servants to fly Nigeria Air Senator Sirika said there was no time in promoting Nigeria Air that he publicly or otherwise said the public servants must fly the new airline. The minister while responding on his twitter handle @hadisirika to a report on one of Nigeria’s electronic media (television), denied ever saying that public servants must fly the new Nigeria Air.   The minister said, “I never said public servants must fly Nigeria…

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Minister explains concerns on Nigeria Air

By Sen. Hadi Sirika Dear Nigerians  Since the very successful unveiling of the national carrier name and logo at the Farnborough Air show and the wide acclaim of Nigerians and Investors. A few nameless and named Nigerians have unfortunately gone to social media to spread falsehood about the national carrier project. Constructive criticism is the hallmark of democracy but spreading falsehood does our nation and people no good service. The current campaign of falsehood, unfortunately reminds me of what happened when we decided for safety reasons to close Abuja Airport…

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FG unveils new national carrier, Nigeria Air

Nigeria now has a new national carrier as the federal government on Wednesday in London at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow unveiled, Nigerian Air, the country’s new national carrier. Speaking during the unveiling, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed that the government will not own more than five per cent of the airline. Sirika stated that: “This is an important day for Nigeria. The largest economy in Africa, largest population, GDP of around half a billion dollars, and the only true aviation player in West and…

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