FARNBOROUGH — The Federal Government of Nigeria through Senator Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation, unveiled the branding and livery of a new national flag carrier, being Nigeria Air, which is due to commence operations by the end of this year.

Senator Sirika, the Honourable Minister of State for Aviation, said:

“I am very pleased to tell you that we are finally on track to launching a new national flag carrier for our country: Nigeria Air.”

“We are all fully committed to fulfilling the campaign promise made by our President, Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. We are aiming to launch Nigeria Air by the end of this year.”

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“I want to personally thank our Transaction Advisers, led by AMG, and the Special Task Force, who have worked diligently to achieve the results so far and overcome the challenges involved.”

“We obtained the Certificate of Compliance from the Nigerian Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) two weeks ago and can now go into the investor search.”

“I am confident that we will have a well-run national flag carrier, a global player, compliant with international safety standards, one which has the customer at its heart.”

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The minister concluded his statement saying:

“An airline that communicates the essence of our beautiful country, an airline we can all be proud of.”

“Following extensive market research, the branding of our new airline, Nigeria Air, demonstrates a true flag carrier of our nation, soaring through the skies in the shape of our nation’s eagle.”

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The branding and the name of the national carrier come from the social media campaign from the airline encouraging Nigerian youth and students for their input and creativity to come up with a new name for the carrier. 400,000 people entered into the competition.

The Nigerian Government has said that they will support the launch of the carrier through a viability gap funding through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) guided by ICAO standards.

Once they have completed their IOSA audit, they can then quickly apply for IATA membership respectively.