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Nigeria air since the day the name, logo and tagline were unveiled by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, at the Farnborough International Airshow, London, it has been under criticism. While some highlighted the needs and benefits, some also pointed out the reasons why Nigeria don’t need a national carrier in Nigeria.

Notable among those that kicked against the national carrier is an aviation expert, Managing Director/CEO of Smile Air, Mr Alexander Nwuba. He started by criticizing the name, logo and colour. He described the logo and the colour as lack of creativity.

“Nigeria Air, the name, quite a disappointment, the name Nigeria Airways became Nigeria Air, could have been more creative; worse, the logo, a green-white-green ribbon on a white background, please Google green white green ribbon and you will be sorely disappointed by the lack of creativity.”

The government said the national carrier will be managed by private investors without government intervention. So far, private sectors that have indicated interest to manage the airline are Ethiopian Airways and Qatar Airways.

He hit back at the government asking why they are negotiating for the aircraft since the airline will be managed by private operators without government intervention. He also suggests that the airline should be managed by capable Nigerians and foreigners. His reason is; if Nigeria air is successful, it will be a threat to the airline managing it.

“Should it be given to another airline to run? Absolutely not, it’s the pride of every Nigerian, capable Nigerians and capable foreigners should work together to make it a Nigerian success. My poser, would you give your wife to a competitor to perform a birth for you? Certainly not, a successful Nigeria Air is a threat to all incumbent national airlines of other countries that are also their pride.

One thing that distinguished Mr Alexander Nwuba, from others that criticized that the new airline is that he offered a solution on how to make the Nigeria air work. He shared his rear expertise experience in the aviation industry.

Here are 6 points on how to make Nigeria Air work

First, no agreements with any African airlines, they are just trying to turn the lights off. Hire the best local talent with the right mix of global talent. Local talent understands the domestic market and customers; global talent understands the skin and bones of running an airline.

Second, right size the aircraft for the domestic market which was 4.5 million passengers in 2016.

Third, enhance Lagos airport as a regional hub

Fourth, build a regional network so that you enter into alliances with global carriers to feed traffic domestically and regionally.

Fifth, sign alliance agreements that create a Lagos to Everywhere Africa hub, this means sheath the plans to go to Dubai, China, USA etc. you’ll never be able to cover enough markets to be a real competitor.

Sixth, domesticate maintenance if you have new aircraft (which is not recommended) this requirement will not be a requirement for a few years. If you buy near new fuel-efficient aircraft, you’ll get prices that don’t break the bank or lease.

The market is waiting, so why was I opposed to it? Because I know the government can’t run anything.

Do You Agree with Mr Alex Nwuba? If you have a contrary view, let’s read it in the comment below.

The Minister of State For  Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika, shared photos of the newly completed Terminal D of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja as he promises to complete the new Abuja terminal before the end of the year.

On the 18th August 2018, the Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) opened the Terminal D at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja for full operations.

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Photos of The Completed Terminal D of the Airport, Abuja
Waiting Area at Terminal D of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
Photos of The Completed Terminal D of the Airport, Abuja
Terminal D Hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
Photos of The Completed Terminal D of the Airport, Abuja
Elevator at Terminal D of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, who was a guest speaker during the 47th convocation ceremony of the Air Force Institute, Kaduna, disclosed how the Nigeria Air staff will be recruited.

The minister said that there will be zero government interference in the recruitment process. The minister did not specify when the recruitment process will take place but review that the Nigeria Air staff will be recruited through a world-class recruitment agency.

Sen. Sirika, also noted that there is a large difference between the Nigerian Airways and Nigeria Air. While the former was owned by the Nigerian government, the latter is a private sector affair.

On why the Nigeria Air name, logo and tagline was unveiled in London, the minister explained that Farnborough International Airshow, London, is the biggest Airshow in the world and was chosen because of visibility.

I want to warn you that the people who are going to do the recruitment will be a company that is world-class. Nigeria Airways died due to so many reasons, including governance issues and also that of finance. Nigeria Airways was owned by the government of Nigeria and over time it lost track and lost funding and someone, therefore, decided to shut it down and it died. He said

The government will own less than (5%) five per cent in Nigeria Air because it is a private sector driven.

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Contrary to what some major media houses in Nigeria and Channels Television reported that public servants must fly Nigeria Air, the minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has denied the report that public servants must fly Nigeria Air and described it as false. The minister who stated that his primary duty as a minister is to make policy that will promote business, provide service and employ people, said that he did not refer to Nigeria Air, rather all registered Nigerian carriers.

In a tweet sent out via his twitter handle, the minister said that the government will not kill other local carriers instead, the will promote them.

The information on Channels TV is not correct. I never said public servants must fly Nigeria Air. If there will be such a policy, it will be to fly all Nigerian registered carriers. The intention of Government is to promote businesses not to kill them.

On the promotion of Nigerian carriers and to make it viable, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said his ministry is planning to send a Fly Nigeria Act to the National Assembly in order to achieve their object of promoting Nigerian Carriers. The minister also said that the act will compel all public servants travelling on the public fund to use any Nigerian carrier excerpt in the case where the route is not served by any Nigerian Carrier.

However, any public servant who wishes to travel with his/her personal money is at liberty to travel with any airline of his/her choice. The act is just for those travelling on public fund.

As part of efforts to make airlines viable in Nigeria, the ministry is making moves to have the National Assembly pass a fly Nigeria act. This act will require that anybody travelling on a ticket bought with public funds must travel on a Nigerian carrier unless the route is not served by a Nigerian carrier. However, with your private funds, you can do as you like. Many countries including America has such as Act.

There are about 8 (eight) active Nigerian carriers at the moment pending till when Nigeria Air will join. The active Nigerian carriers are Air Peace, Dana Air, Air Contractor, Azman, Arik, First Nation, Overland and Max Air.

What is your take on this? Will the public servant obey the new act?

Ever since the lunch of the new Nigeria National Carrier, Nigeria Air by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, at the Farnborough International Airshow, London, the carrier has attracted lots of criticism both positive and negative criticism. From logo design saga to tagline and now the carrier domain name.

It was reposted recently by a tech blog that one Olumayowa Elegbede may be N48 million richer as he bought the supposed domain name for the new national carrier.

Olumayowa Elegbede bought the different versions of the National carrier domain name from NigeriaAir.ng to NigeriaAir.com.ng and then put it up for sale as high as $66,000 (N48,000,000).

Nigeria Air: A Domain Hawker loss as National carrier gets New Domain Name
Nigeria Air domain name posted for sale by Olumayowa Elegbede

Many Nigerians hailed him for been sharp enough to buy the names. Some questioned the brand management team for allowing such a mistake to occur. Some Nigerians questioned why the minister unveiled the name, logo and tagline of the Nigeria National carrier without securing the domain name in the first place.

Some tech experts began to profess solution upon a solution. Some advised the government to go for .gov.ng which is only reserved for the government agencies. Since it is a private sector affair, using .gov.ng will not make any sense. What about .org.ng? ooh! .org is not a top level domain name.

Some Nigerians had to force the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association, Rev’ Sunday Folayan to open the law book and let the world including Olumayowa Elegbede to see what the law said about buying and reselling domain names. And he responded with speed of light with the law from all to see and read.

Nigeria Air: A Domain Hawker loss as National carrier gets New Domain Name
Twitter User Asking the government did not buy the domain Name before unveiling name in London

Super-long post, especially if you are concerned or you are in the Domain Name business.

Many friends and associates have been tagging me up and down on social media, that the promoters of the Airline-in-formation were not smart enough to pre-register their digital asset, and that some smart-alec registered nigeriaair.ng, nigeriaair.com.ng and all its variants, and is offering it for sale at N48m or more. He said

In the midst of this domain saga, the ministry of aviation has come out clean to tell Nigerians and the world at large that they did not leave any stone unturn. As a matter of fact, Nigeria Air has a domain name which was reserved prior to the unveiling of the Name in London.

Further to the incorporation of the company with nominal directors the domain name www.flynigeriaair.ng has been reserved and will be made active very soon as part of the project evolution and marketing process. Some people whose only desire is to steal Nigeria’s commonwealth by hawking domain names will not a get a kobo from the people of Nigeria. They can eat their domain names.

A quick check on the proposed domain name FlyNigeriaAir.ng by Sagetravels.com, it shows that the domain is active and under construction. It seems to us that the developers are working at the backend putting things in order and in the right place and will very soon the website will be active and ready to use.

Nigeria Air: A Domain Hawker loss as National carrier gets New Domain Name
Nigeria Air Website Under Construction

At the end of it all, this shows that Olumayowa Elegbede has lost both the N48 Million and the money he used to buy the domain names.

I can confidently say that Olumayowa Elegbede and others are the ones that are not smart. I can also say that Olumayowa Elegbede is not a frequent flyer or a good tech guru. It would have occurred to him that most of the airlines in the world have this “fly” prefix before the airline name.

Apart from using the flynigeriaair.ng, the government can still get the domain name from Olumayowa Elegbede without paying a dime. Olumayowa will go to jail for a minimum of 2 years. And may also be required to pay N5 million or more in fines. Given the registration date and tough task of proving ownership of that brand name, Cybercrime Act 2015 (Section 16) makes this a cybersquatting case.

Which of the domain name do you prefer? (a) FlyNigeriaAir.ng (B) NigeriaAir.ng (C) NigeriaAir.com.ng

Let us know the domain name you chose from the above option in the comment section below?

The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika, has met and held a series of meetings with the proposed investors. In photos retweeted by the minister via his twitter handle @Hadisirika, it shows that the investors are not far from those that have been rumoured about.

It was reported earlier by the major news outlet that Qatar Airways and Ethiopian airlines are in talks to take over the 95% stake for the new Nigeria National Carrier.

Nigeria Air: Aviation Minister Meets With Potential Investors
Sen. Hadi Sirika and team, meeting with CEO Ethiopian Air Mr Tewolde GebreMariam at the Farnborough Airshow

Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and other investors met the minister at the Farnborough International Airshow in London to further straighten their talk for the Nigeria Nationa Carrier Project, Nigeria Air.

Nigeria Air: Aviation Minister Meets With Potential Investors
Hadi Sirika With HE Akbar Al-Baker the Group CEO of Qatar Airways

Earlier this month, Sen. Hadi Sirika met with African export-import bank (AFREXIM) team as they show interest to invest in the National Carrier Project. African export-import bank (AFREXIM) has supported Ethiopian, Rwandan, Kenyan and South African.

Nigeria Air: Aviation Minister Meets With Potential Investors
AFREXIM meeting with HMSA Hadi Sirika in the early hours of today, eager to invest in the National Carrier Project.

When Sagetravels.com contacted one of the team members of Minister of State for Aviation to inquire if any investor or investors have been selected for the National Carrier, he disclosed that none has been selected. However, he noted that the selection process is in accordance with ICRC regulations.

No, it will be a competitive process in accordance with ICRC regulations. Qatar and Ethiopian alongside other prospective investors have indicated interest to participate in the procurement process. he said

Recall that the minister in Farnborough International Airshow, London, disclosed that the new Nigeria Air is strictly a private sector affair as the private sector will have upper hand more than the government.

From the look of things, it seems that the battle is going to be between Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Which among these two Airlines would you like to manage the Nigeria National Carrier, Nigeria Air?

Do you have any Investor in mind that you would like to recommend for the New Nigeria National Carrier, Nigeria Air?

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Nigeria Air: Aviation Minister Meets With Potential Investors
Sen. Hadi Sirika and team, meeting with the potential investor, CEO Ethiopian Air Mr Tewolde GebreMariam at the Farnborough Airshow
Nigeria Air: Aviation Minister Meets With Potential Investors
HMSA Sen. Hadi Sirika seating with potential investors at the Farnborough Airshow.
Nigeria Air: Aviation Minister Meets With Potential Investors
CEO Ethiopian Air Mr Tewolde GebreMariam and his team discussing with Hadi Sirika at the Farnborough Airshow
Nigeria Air: Aviation Minister Meets With Potential Investors
AFREXIM meeting with HMSA Hadi Sirika in the early hours of today, eager to invest in the National Carrier Project.

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