NIGERIA UNVEILS NEW NATIONAL CARRIER

Farnborough, England

Nigeria’s Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has revealed the name and logo of Nigeria’s new national carrier Wednesday. Nigeria said last week that its planned national carrier would be unveiled July 18. The airline will be run as a public-private partnership and should become profitable in three years, according to the government. 

Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika tweeted Tuesday from Farnborough that he held talks on sourcing jets from Airbus SE and planned to meet with Boeing Co. and other suppliers.

Africa’s most populous nation has struggled to support a viable home-grown airline for decades, with a succession of carriers collapsing or slashing routes. This has left the oil-rich country dependent on services provided mainly by European and Persian Gulf carriers for trips beyond the region.

Nigeria’s Former flag-carrier Nigeria Airways collapsed in 2003 with successor Air Nigeria founded as a joint venture with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group folding in 2012. Private operator Arik Air was taken over by Asset Management Corp. of Nigeria last year, leading to the suspension of long-haul flights.

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