Capt. Dapo Olumide, the acting Managing Director of the Nigeria Air, declares the aircraft that flew in with the logo of the airline was chartered from the Ethiopian Airline for the purpose of unveiling the logo.
On Tuesday, Olumide made a statement in Abuja while appearing before the Senate Committee on Aviation.
According to his statement, the airline has not yet obtained the necessary operating licence for full flight operations, as the processes are still in their early stages.
According to Olumide, an aircraft was utilised while the necessary procedures for the airline’s operation were being finalised.
According to his statement, his primary objective was to obtain an air operating certificate for the airline, rather than operating the airline itself. His focus was on securing a licence to fly.
According to sources, the aircraft in question was a valid charter flight that arrived and departed as scheduled.
In the event of a destination wedding in Senegal, it is possible for any of us to charter an aircraft.
According to the individual, obtaining a licence is not a prerequisite for the task at hand. Instead, one can simply charter an aircraft, pay for it, have it delivered to the desired location, and transport passengers without any further requirements.
The speaker recounted their actions, stating, “And that is what we did.” In this instance, the purpose was to reveal the logo of Nigeria Air.
According to Olumide, there has been a lack of concrete information regarding Nigeria Air since 2018, with only pictures and drawings of the aircraft being circulated. In an effort to provide more transparency and allow shareholders to see the real aircraft, Olumide stated that it was time to reveal what it will actually look like.
According to the statement made by the individual, institutional investors who are not involved in aviation have invested their funds for a period of 10 to 15 years. As a result, they require a clear understanding of the aircraft’s final design.
The aircraft was brought in to showcase its appearance, and subsequently, the social media aspect became a factor.
In order to obtain the necessary licence, it is mandated that the company in question possess three Nigerian-registered aircraft. This requirement is a crucial component of the licencing process, as outlined by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
According to sources, there appears to be some confusion surrounding the recent arrival of an aircraft on a chartered flight. Some have speculated that this may be a sign of the launch of Nigeria Air, a highly anticipated airline project. Despite this speculation, it has been noted that certain individuals within the aviation industry have refrained from commenting on the matter, leading to further uncertainty.
According to the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Biodun Olujimi, it is regrettable that the former Minister of Aviation did not engage the committee and other stakeholders in the Air Nigeria initiative.
In a stunning revelation, it has been reported that the individual in question failed to effectively communicate with members of the Committee in various aspects, despite the high level of respect he was given during meetings.