Mixed feelings follow alleged choice of Ethiopian airlines as Nigeria Air’s technical partner

As conflicting reports continue to follow the proposed new national carrier, Nigeria Air, there are indications that the federal government has finally pitched its tent with Africa’s most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines, as the technical partner in the new airline’s packaging.

According to information circulating in the industry this weekend, the new deal will be made public very soon as officials and representatives of the federal government have gone to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to clean up the loose ends in the projects with the management of the Ethiopian airline.

Under the agreement, the African airline is expected to provide equipment, technical personnel and management for the new flag carrier.

The latest development came after the President Muhamadu Buhari-led government promised to launch another flag carrier for Nigerians at the outset, two decades after the controversial liquidation of Nigeria Airways.

While several efforts involving a huge amount of money spent on previous attempts to redeem the new airline had failed, hopes for another flag carrier under the current administration were revived this year with the appointment of a renowned pilot and administrator. , Captain Dapo Olumide as the interim director and his team members to pack the new airline.

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According to the government, majority shares of 49 percent of the new transportation project will be held by strategic equity partners, another 46 percent by Nigerians, while the federal government will own five percent of the shares.

The style employed in packaging the project continued to generate criticism, with key players accusing the government of withholding required information about the new airline from Nigerians.

However, the news that the government has chosen Ethiopian Airlines as the new flag carrier’s technical partner is starting to stir mixed feelings among some governments praising it for choosing a fellow African airline as a partner in the project.

Some of those who supported the move attributed their reasons to a good example set by the African airline so far, as evidenced by its ability to compete favorably with foreign airlines around the world, while other airlines of the continent continue to perform below expectations.

Other key players have opposed Ethiopian Airlines’ choice on the assumption that its role as a competitor to the new national carrier on the Nigeria/Addis Ababa route will not yield good results.

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According to the key players, selecting a co-competitor that operates in many destinations across Nigeria can be used to further exploit the country.

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