Nigeria Air: COVID-19, others delay acquisition of aircraft

The acting management of the national carrier, Nigeria Air, has explained why the proposed new airline had not been able to take delivery of any aircraft required for its operations.

The Chief Executive of the airline’s management, Capt. Dapo Olumide spoke at the headquarters of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority after receiving an Air Transport Licence for Nigeria Air.

He categorically stated that “it is very difficult to get the aircraft,” attributing this to the effect of COVID-19 on the aviation sector globally, among other factors.

Olumide, who received the license on behalf of the proposed new airline, however, stated that efforts were ongoing to get all the aircraft, as this was a basic requirement by the NCAA before the issuance of another vital certificate.

The ATL with the number NCAA/ATR1/ATL214, which was presented to the airline, was signed by the Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, and would run for a period of five years from June 3, 2022, to June 2, 2027.

The issuance of an ATL to Nigeria Air on Monday came four years after the branding and livery of the new airline were unveiled by the Federal Government during the Farnborough Air Show in July 2018 in London.



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