Since it became public that the federal government is in talks with Africaâ€™s most profitable carrier, Ethiopian Airlines as its choice of core investor/ technical partner for the planned national carrier, Nigeria Air, industry stakeholders have reacted differently to the report
Last week, a team from the Ministry of Aviation met with Ethiopian Airlines management in Addis Ababa over its selection as the core investor for the national airline and being the only airline that bided after the Ministry advertised for bidders.
THISDAY learnt that after waiting for some time and no other bidder showed interest, the Ministry of Aviation started talks with Ethiopian Airlines.
From the Ethiopian end, it was learnt that the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, MesfinTasew confirmed that Ethiopian participated in a bid floated by the Nigerian government inviting airlines interested in partnering with the government in establishing a new national airline.
After evaluating the proposal, the Ministry of Aviation picked Ethiopian as a preferred strategic partner. â€œThey have sent a letter to us informing us of their decision,â€