Nigeria Air Plane’ Flown Into Abuja Belongs to Ethiopian Airlines

Nigeria Air Plane’ Flown Into Abuja Belongs to Ethiopian Airlines

In a development that has caught many Nigerians by surprise, recent investigations have shed light on an intriguing revelation regarding the Boeing 737-800 series aircraft that the federal government flew into Abuja for the highly anticipated unveiling of Nigeria Air. Surprisingly, it has been discovered that this aircraft actually belongs to Ethiopian Airlines.

According to a report by Daily Trust, the aircraft took off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at 9:55 am on Friday and smoothly landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at 12:43 pm, marking its arrival on Nigerian soil. However, what makes this discovery even more astonishing is the fact that the aircraft is owned by Ethiopian Airlines and had been actively flying under its service until just a few days prior to the Nigeria Air event.

Curiosity surrounding the origin of this aircraft was piqued further when Flightradar, a popular flight tracking website, confirmed that the same aircraft had been operating a route between Tel Aviv and Mogadishu, Somalia, as recently as May 21, 2023. This raises intriguing questions about the connection between Ethiopian Airlines and the Nigeria Air project, especially considering that Ethiopian Airlines holds a majority stake in the venture.

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who made the announcement regarding the arrival of the aircraft, has chosen to remain silent on whether this particular aircraft was purchased specifically for the Nigeria Air project. This silence has only served to fuel the curiosity and speculation surrounding the true nature of the aircraft’s presence at the unveiling event.

It is worth noting that in the previous year, the Minister of Aviation had revealed to journalists that the Federal Executive Council had approved the leasing of three aircraft for the Nigeria Air carrier. The initial plan involved starting with a fleet of three aircraft, carefully selecting a combination of Airbus and Boeing models, as it is widely recognized that successful airlines often utilize both manufacturers’ aircraft in their operations. The intention was to commence with domestic flights, gradually expanding to international routes, regional connectivity, and eventually establishing intercontinental services.

While the Nigerian aviation industry is currently grappling with certain challenges, the Minister of Aviation expressed unwavering optimism that these issues are temporary and not unique to Nigeria alone. He emphasized that the aviation sector is known for its resilience and ability to adapt, and therefore, it is only a matter of time before the industry overcomes these challenges and begins to thrive once again.

However, the recent revelation regarding the Ethiopian Airlines-owned aircraft used for the Nigeria Air unveiling has prompted a fresh wave of discussions and raised pertinent questions about the extent of Ethiopian Airlines’ involvement in the project. Stakeholders and the Nigerian government will likely face increasing scrutiny as they are called upon to clarify the exact nature of the relationship between Ethiopian Airlines and Nigeria Air, as well as the implications of utilizing Ethiopian Airlines’ aircraft for such a significant event.

The comprehensive understanding of these circumstances is of utmost importance, as it will shape public perception and confidence in the future operations of Nigeria Air. Clarity, transparency, and effective communication from all parties involved will be crucial in ensuring that the Nigerian public has faith in the success and viability of the country’s new airline venture.