Nigeria Air will reportedly commence flight operations from October this year.
Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Mesfin Tasew, disclosed this in an interview with Bloomberg TV. He said;
“The airline will begin operation with two wide-bodied planes and six narrow-bodied aircraft. We are eager to see the airline start flying and connecting the local market to the international market.
Ethiopian Airlines will manage the operation. It is a proven model and the objective is to enable Nigeria to have a flag carrier. The prime objective is to enable Nigeria to have an air carrier. Ethiopian Airlines will have a management contract. Effectively, Ethiopian Airlines will manage the airline to be successful.
We owns a 49 percent stake in the airline, the Nigerian government 5 percent together while other institutional investors own the rest.”
Tasew expressed optimism based on the size of the Nigerian economy and the potential inherent in it.