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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, 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?

More Photos

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.

While mixed reactions continue to thrill the new Nigeria national carrier, Nigeria Air, the former minister of education and convener of Bring Back Our Girls Campaign #BBOG, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili as she is fondly called, has lent her voice as she kicks against the national carrier, Nigeria Air project.

In a series of tweets via her tweeter handle @obyezeks, Mrs Obiageli, calls the new National Carrier a wrong priority as she wishes the National Carrier to fail.

I actually believe that at some point the Federal Government would have “advised itself” and know that the so-called “National Carrier Project” is a waste. Sadly not so as they are determined on what is clearly a wrong priority. It shall fail. For the sake of the country, it must fail. She said.

She tweeted this on 28 March 2018, but many Nigerians ignored it. The tweet was exhumed when the Minister of state for aviation Sen. Hadi Sirika unveiled the Name, Logo and tagline for the new National Carrier at Farnborough International Public Airshow in London.

The former World Bank Vice President explained why she made the above statement after a Twitter user asked her to withdraw her “It will fail” statement. She maintained that she is still standing on her words that the government has no business owning a National Carrier.

There’s nothing to take back. My March 2018 tweet is where I STAND. ANY WASTE of LEAN PUBLIC RESOURCES for ANY WHITE ELEPHANT project MUST FAIL. We simply CANNOT AFFORD such frivolity in the midst of GROWING POVERTY. So, don’t wait.

You, like some, have still not figured that my position is anchored on my Fundamental Conviction that FG has NO BUSINESS STARTING an Airline BUSINESS into which it has obliged ‘initial capital’ PENDING WHENEVER it can offload 95% of the Company to ‘POTENTIAL Private sector’.

Although, the minister of state for aviation, Sen. Sadi Sirika, made it clear at the unveiling in London that the new National Carrier is purely a private sector affair. He also disclosed that the government has only 5% stake while the private investors take 95%. The government will not be involved in running the Nigeria Air as the private investors will take charge of all that.

In another tweet, Mrs Oby questioned who the investors are that will invest the remaining 95%. She also questioned why the federal government will acquire aircraft and invest initial capital up to the tune of $300 million. The former World Bank vice president said, if she is the president and her aviation minister presents a memo to set up a national carrier with an initial capital of $300million & acquire aeroplanes, she will sake the minister immediately.

Question: Who makes up the rest 95% of the ‘National Airline’ that you say is for Private Sector?
Minister: We’ve been talking to xxx. We’ve been talking to abc. We’ve been talking to xyz.
I: Haa! Our BLEEDING & LEAN Public Treasury SHALL NOT AGAIN SUFFER HEMORRHAGE. NO!

A National Airline’ which disclosed details raises more questions than they answer. They chorus: ”Yen, yen, yen. FG is only 5% & private sector is 95%.” Which Private Sector, please? What is the Push Factor for FG HASTE in RUSHING a ‘Deal’ it has NOT FOUND the rest 95% owners?

If I were President & my Aviation Minister sent me a Memo asking for my approval to set up a ‘National Airline’ with initial capital of FG’s $300million & acquire aeroplanes, I will instantly send him a reply. It will be Goodbye. Pls hand over the Ministry to the Perm Sec.

A BOGUS PLAN to WASTE up to $300M on a grandiose ‘National Airline’ Project has awakened some of you to debates even if it laced with abusive words. I LOVE THAT YOU ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED. I have made my point. Make yours too.

Waste of time and resources by the FG.@AsoRock. Remind me again what Bill Gates told them about wrong priorities? How in the world can FG’s greatest plan in Aviation Sector in 2018 be The establishment of a “National Carrier”? What a disaster.

The former minister of education, Mrs Oby, however, advises the federal government to focus on policy, regulatory, safety and standards right in the aviation sector as she sees the project as a campaign strategy.

The Aviation sector SADDENS me greatly. This is a sector that with the right policy & regulatory framework complemented with quality safety standards & security infrastructure will SURELY attract global capital. But NO. Lovers of the Statist system want to give us “National Carrier”.

A “National Carrier” DOES NOT BY ANY ECONOMIC MODELING” rise up to the high ranking of a PRIORITY that this FG .@AsoRock @NGRPresident @MBuhari is according it. Leave this to the PRIVATE SECTOR! Get the Policy, Regulatory, Safety and Standards RIGHT in Aviation. That’s FG ROLE.

As emotionally uplifting as it may sound to some citizens or even ‘economically viable’ to others (Some people say, “it will create jobs”), setting up a ‘National Airline’ should NOT make the LIST OF TO DOs in our Aviation Sector. Follow my RT of my old tweets on this, next.

Other than the repair of the Abuja Runway (which I commended for keeping with the deadline) I am interested in learning of the Program of Reforms that is being delivered in the Aviation Sector. Let’s all learn about Reforms. Don’t bother throwing a ‘Nigeria Airline’ tantrum here.

All the Contradictions and Opacity that are driving the Grandiose Election Year ‘National Airline’ project are all too OBVIOUS for all to see. Some have chosen their own optical illusion. Just know you are entitled to your Joyride but it won’t be by WASTING SCARCE RESOURCES.

Mrs Oby added that she will remain unpatriotic if been patriotic means supporting anything even when they are not viable.

If optimism and patriotism mean endorsing what appears like a patchwork of grandiose return to those woebegone eras of Nigeria Government’s tragic adventure in Business, please feel free to call me whatever you choose; but I shall not partake of your Kool-aid.

The New Nigerian National carrier logo, name and tagline/slogan were unveiled yesterday at the Farnborough International Airshow in London by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

He said during the unveiling that Nigerian government will not own more than 5% equity of the National carrier. He also declared that the government will not be involved in running the New National carrier.

“The Nigerian Government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new National Carrier. The government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it,” he said

Furthermore, Sirika disclosed that the government and major aircraft manufacturers (Boeing and Airbus) are in talks concerning the New National Carrier aircraft. The Minister said that announcement will be made soon concerning the aircraft that will be used for the national carrier.

Lots of Nigerians have reacted to the logo design. From the findings, the majority did not give the logo a second thought before pouring out their anger on the new logo. Some thought it was a flying flag; some said it’s a ribbon. A Facebook user said the logo designer lack intellectual capacity and relevant to 21st-century thinking.
Nigerians will always be Nigerian. Someone asked “will it reduce the price of garri Oh…have they rescued the chibok girls and Leah Oh….why are they doing this when Fulani herdsmen killing people blab bla bla.

Twitter critics noticed the eagle but he asked why is the eagle going backwards. “Even the logo indicates the eagle is going back”

The designer of the bankrupted Nigerian Eagle said he will choose his own logo ten times over the Nigeria Air logo.

After looking at the logo for a long time, we realized that it is indeed an Eagle. Look closely at the logo; you will spot the eagle’s eye.

Nigeria Air: The Deep Meaning Behind The National Carrier Logo
The Eagle eye on Nigeria air logo

A Twitter user, Wunderkid, gave a breakdown analysis of the Nigeria Air logo and what it signifies.
He said

Taking a first glance at it, it looks like a waving flag/ribbon, more on the ribbon side though. But a critical look at it, you’ll realize it’s actually an Eagle which signifies 3 things HEIGHT, STRENGTH AND VISION

For any airline, characteristics required to succeed are VISION; to dream big, STRENGTH; to withstand any turbulence and HEIGHT to lift its customers from pickup point to destinations. A great concept the name “Naija Airline” would have done more for National branding though.

https://twitter.com/WunderKid_/status/1019635303714304000

PS: The logo design analysis is Wunderkid personal opinion and does not the view of Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

Have you seen the Nigeria Air logo? If yes what do you think?

Just as we reported recently, that the federal government has concluded plans to reestablish the Nigeria national carrier. Today, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika led government officials to Farnborough International Airshow in London to unveil the much-awaited national carrier.

The New National Carrier was unveiled at exactly 1:18 Pm Nigeria time. The New name for the Nigeria National Carrier is NIGERIA AIR while the tagline is BRINGING NIGERIA CLOSER TO THE WORLD. The new National carrier will still maintain the formal colour – green and white.

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