FG Permits Nigeria Air To Lease Aircraft To Begin Operations

A photo combination of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and a graphic of the proposed Nigeria Air in flight.

 

The Federal Executive Council has given approval to Nigeria Air to lease aircraft to start operations.

The Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika made the announcement while briefing State House correspondents after the council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Minister, who didn’t disclose when the national carrier would starts its operations, said the company would begin with three aircrafts.

He added that Nigeria Air is open to investment from any of the country’s airline companies.

NCAA Presents Operating License To Nigeria Air

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has presented an Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of Nigeria Air.

Nigeria Air is the country’s proposed national carrier, led by Captain Dapo Olumide.

An ATL certification is a document that states the kinds of operations a carrier will embark on scheduled, non-scheduled, cargo air services within and outside Nigeria.

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This licence precedes the Air Operator’s Certificate which empowers the airline to operate scheduled commercial flights.

The ATL signed by the Director-General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, will run for a period of five (5)years from June 3rd, 2022 to June 2nd, 2027.

The new national airline is expected to provide scheduled and non-scheduled services. It is one of the licenses received by airlines before they can commence operation just as they await the all-important Air Operator Certificate (AOC) that fully guarantees them the right to begin air services.

Nigeria Air Limited, the country’s proposed national carrier had in April 2022 applied to the NCAA for a license to operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo service

Nigeria Air To Get Operating License On Monday

 

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A logo of the NCAA.

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is expected to present Nigeria Air, the country’s proposed national carrier with Air Transport Licence (ATL) on Monday.

The licence will be presented to the interim management of the airline at the headquarters of the aviation regulatory body in Abuja.

This was made known on the Instagram handle of the Ministry of Aviation @fmaviationng which reads, “The @NigerianCAA will on Monday, June 6th, 2022 present the Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of the #NigeriaAir, Nigeria’s national carrier at the NCAA’s Corporate headquarters, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja”.

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The new national airline is expected to provide scheduled and non-scheduled services. It is one of the licenses received by airlines before they can commence operation just as they await the all-important Air Operator Certificate (AOC) that fully guarantees them the right to begin air services.

Nigeria Air Limited, the country’s proposed national carrier had in April 2022 applied to the NCAA for a license to operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services.

Emirates’ Offer To Partner Nigeria On National Carrier Will Encourage Bidders, Says Sirika

A photo collage of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and Nigeria Air airplane.

 

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has reacted to the offer by the management of Emirates Airlines to partner with the Nigerian government in its quest to establish a national carrier.

The Minister in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Public Affairs, James Odaudu said the offer serves as an encouragement to the many bidders currently preparing their Public-Private Partnership (PPP) bids for Nigeria Air in response to the recently advertised Request for Proposal.

Sirika, in the statement which was obtained by Channels Television on Monday, added that “the offer by Emirates cannot be anything other than an endorsement of the need, the zeal, and, of course, the process for the national carrier project. It is also an expression of confidence of the international aviation community in the commitment of the Buhari government to it.”

According to the statement, the management of Emirates Airlines recently made an offer to partner with the Nigerian Government in its quest to establish a national carrier and this has elicited requests for clarification, mostly from the media and industry stakeholders.

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Speaking recently during a panel session moderated by Richard Quest to discuss the future of Aviation at the Dubai Expo 2020, Tim Clark, President of Emirates said the organisation would be very happy to help if any assistance was required in starting the national carrier.

Clark said the establishment of a national carrier is an almost compelling case for Nigeria, going by certain indices.

The statement had quoted Clark as saying, “Of course, Nigeria needs a National Airline. There is an enormous business case for the national carrier. Nigerians are seeking to travel all over the world. Nigeria is a powerhouse of Africa. We are very interested in flying there because it is a rich nation in terms of demand for services.”

The Minister of Aviation assured Nigerians that the process for the acquisition of the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and the Air Transport License (ATL) is well on course for the expected launch date of the airline.

Nigeria Air: FG Opens Bid To Private Partners

File photo of the Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika

 

The Federal Government has issued the request for proposal to intending private investors on National Carrier.

In a statement shared on the official Twitter handle of the Aviation Ministry on Monday, the Federal Government said the move is part of efforts towards diversification of the economy and to promote economic growth.

The statement also added that the private sector partners are expected to comprise – Nigerian Financial and Institutional Investors (min. 46% shares) so that the total  Nigerien shareholding will hold a minimum of 51% of the shares of ‘Nigeria Air ‘ (including the 5% non-interactive FGN share), as required by international laws for a National Carrier.

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This comes less than one week after the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika announced that the Federal Government will issue requests-for-proposal for the establishment of Nigeria Air.

Sirika while making the announcement said because the government intends to own only five percent of the airline shares, it is going to go ahead with the AOC (Air Operator Certificate), which has commenced since.

He also said the Federal government will give the prospective investors some weeks to respond to the request, then an announcement will be made concerning the winning bidder.

 

Find below the full statement…

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Aviation is seeking to reposition Nigeria’s Aviation sector, as part of efforts towards the diversification of the economy, promoting competitiveness of the sector, boosting productivity, and enhancing economic growth.

To this end, the FGN, through the Federal Ministry of Aviation, is inviting interested private parties to submit proposals for the take-over and further development of the National Carrier, the recently launched ‘Nigeria Air’ to take advantage of the opportunities of the largest market in Africa.

The private sector partners/ consortia are expected to comprise of on international Airline {max. 49% shores), and Nigerian Financial and Institutional Investors {min. 46% shores), so that the total Nigerien shareholding will hold o minimum of 51 % of the shores of ‘Nigeria Air ‘ {including  the 5% non-interactive FGN shore), as required by international laws for a National Carrier.

Interested parties con download the RFP and the Information Memorandum (1M) from the website: www.nigerianaviationpppprojects.com

Any addendum issued to the RFP will be published on the same website. Clarifications and enquiries may be sent via email to  [email protected] and [email protected] jects.com

All responses to the RFP must be received in hard copies not later than 15 :00 hrs. on the 10th of May 2022 or the address below:

The Permanent Secretary

Federal Ministry of Aviation Federal Secretariat Complex

Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja, Nigeria

Attention: Director, Planning Research and Statistics

Nigeria Air To Take Off By April 2022, Says Aviation Minister

This screengrab was taken at the unveiling of the name and logo of the national carrier at the Farnborough International Airshow in London on July 18, 2018.

 

The national carrier, Nigeria Air is expected to take off in April 2022, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has announced.

This follows the approval of the outline business case for the establishment of the national carrier by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday.

Sirika, who made the announcement in Abuja while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting, explained that it was the sixth attempt to get the outline business case approved.

“Today in Council, civil aviation presented two memoranda,” he said. “The first one is approval for the award of contract for the provision of Automated Civil Aviation Regulatory Equipment, including software support and training, which will be located in Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

“The next one also is approval of the outline business case for the establishment of the national carrier and this is the sixth time the memorandum appeared before Council. The sixth time, we got lucky to be passed by Council.”

“The structure of the proposed airline, government will be owning not more than five per cent. So, five per cent is the maximum equity that government will take, then 46 per cent will be owned by Nigerian entrepreneurs.

“So, if you add that, it’s 51 per cent. So, it’s 51 per cent majority shareholding by Nigerians and then 49 per cent will be held by strategic equity partner or partners that will be sourced during the procurement phase, which is the next phase,” the minister stated.

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When the outline kicks off expectedly in April 2022, according to him, it will generate about 70,000 jobs in the first few years – a number higher than the aggregate number of employees in the Federal Civil Service workforce.

“But one important item is the AU agenda 2063, which speaks to the integration of Africa, which speaks to the cause and trade within Africa that is intra-Africa and, to which also, another flagship project of AU agenda 2063 called the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).

“Now, the only way, the quickest way that you can integrate Africa is by air because if you want to interconnect all the 54 nations of Africa, via rail or road, or waterways, which is even impossible, the quantum of money that you need to do all of these, the time it will take to develop this infrastructure, as well as the maintenance cost, is almost prohibitive,” he added.

Noting that such a project is doable but time-taking, Sirika believes within a year, the African countries can be connected via aviation with the right policy in place.

He said the government arrived at the choice of name, colour, and logo, among others for the national carrier after a national debate that involved thousands of people.

“It was launched also in Farnborough as far back as 2018,” the minister said. “So, the business case is a public document. It will be on our website; you can download it and we can give you copies. This airline will pick up and start, by God’s grace, on or before April 2022.”

On the Automated Civil Aviation Regulatory Equipment, he explained that it would allow all of the activities of civil aviation regulation to be done electronically on one platform.

“It is called ‘the truth machine’ in the quotation in Europe because all of the truth of regulation of civilisation will appear on this platform, it’s an extremely important software that the world has now come to terms with,” said Sirika.

AON Commends FG For Suspension Of Nigeria Air

 

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has commended the Federal Government for suspending the proposed new National Carrier, Nigeria Air.

In a statement on Friday it said, “The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) would like to commend the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) for taking the bold step to suspend the planned National Carrier Project in the interest of the nation and in response to the many cries for reason put forward by AON that has continued to 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”.

According to the statement, the AON Chairman, Capt. Nogie Meggison, described the National Carrier as an “obsolete just for Ego/Pride” idea.

He believes the country has more important issues which he says should be prioritized rather than investing $3bn in an airline.


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“Setting up of National Carrier will cost Nigeria at least $3bn (a single B777 as of today costs about $320m.)”.

He, therefore, asked: “Is it wise and our priority as a nation to take $3bn from the Nigerian coffers today and put into a venture that will for sure go down the drain within a maximum of 5 years to establish a “National Carrier”?

Meggison also noted that apart from the $3bn, the National Carrier will need an additional cash injection of $500m subsidy per year on average for the next 10 years to keep the airline afloat.

This according to him is not a wise investment. He stated that about 97% of the 200 million Nigerian masses today still struggle for the basic necessities of life.

The AON further stated that it kicked against the idea because the process was neither transparent nor did it clearly define the role of private investors in the entire process.

“At this time of limited resources, AON would like to state that there are private Nigerian Airline Investors ready to invest and already investing heavily on the sector and only asking for a more friendly operational environment and infrastructure support,” it said.

Quoting industry personalities worldwide, the AON stressed that “Nigeria does not need a National Carrier. Like what operates in advanced countries of the world, what Nigeria needs are strong private airlines that are allowed to operate in a friendly operational environment with a level playing field and policies that ensure their survival.”

It further explained that although Nigeria is a natural Hub for Africa, airlines don’t make a hub. “It is world-class infrastructure that makes a hub. Then the airlines and airplanes will come in”.

TRENDING: Suspension Of Nigeria Air Causes Twitterstorm

The suspension of Nigeria Air by the Federal Government has caused a storm on Twitter, trending with the #Nigeria Air.

Many Nigerians took to social media to express their views on the news of the indefinite suspension of the Nigerian National Carrier.

Many in their tweet expressed disappointment at the suspension of the Nigerian Airways after the funds and investment into it. Among those who expressed disappointment is Gombe State Governor Hassan Dankwambo and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal.

 

 

 

Some other Nigerians in their tweets expressed sadness noting that the news of the suspension is sad and disheartening. They also wonder why the national carrier failed barely a few months after the name and logo were launched at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.

 

 

 

Few others find the news of the national carrier suspension funny. They simply created funny memes and GIF about the news.

 

National Carrier: Nigeria Air To Commence Operations In December, Says Minister

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has announced that Nigeria Air which is the National Carrier will commence operations from December 2018.

He disclosed this on Wednesday during the launch of the name and logo at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.

He said that the airline will fly about 81 routes, 40 for domestic, regional and sub-regional and 41 for international.

The airline will shuttle between the Lagos to Abuja airports which will add 11 million passengers capacity in each of the two airports.

“Lagos currently does 8 million per annum  which was built in 1979 for 200,000 passengers annually while Abuja does 5 million.” He added.

Speaking on the need for a National Carrier, the minister explained that “Nigeria has not been a player for a very long time. We use to be a dominant carrier in the continent of Africa through Nigeria Airways. Sadly, Nigeria Airways is no more.

“The Government has been quite liberal by liberalizing the sector at the tail end of the 70s and early 80s to allow the private sector to participate in creating a robust airline that would serve the market, and that would transform the economy of that region.

“Unfortunately, the stories of the initiatives which were well recognized and respected has not yielded the desired goals of achieving a top class, competitive, efficient and vibrant carriers. With the government of Nigeria, it is extremely important that the service is provided.

“The reason being, there is a service that is needed and also, it will offer employment opportunities that will kick start, ginger, double up and rush the growth of the economy of Nigeria.

“So we take it as an extremely very important venture. And that is why the government thought it has the responsibility upon itself much more than a society in trying to create a new National Carrier that will be typical and private sector led and driven through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arraignment.

He noted that the airline will be used to promote the culture and tradition of the nation.

Nigeria’s first national carrier was established in 1958 and stopped operations in 2003 with more than 30 aircraft on its fleet in the 1980s.