Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika is deepening negotiations with aircraft manufacturers and investors at the ongoing Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom (UK), as the country steps up effort to launch a new national carrier.
Sirika according to the ministry met with the Management of Airplane manufacturers Airbus to negotiate the acquisition of the desired aircraft for the nation, and that negotiations with Boeing and other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) would take place on Tuesday.
According to the Minister, the ongoing International Air Show is an opportunity to negotiate with airline manufacturers with the view of getting the most competitive and best value-for-money deals for the country.
He said he would also explore every opportunity available at the air show, an event that brings the biggest and the best in the industry, to attract more prospective investors into the Nigerian aviation environment.
Sirika explained that the show would provide an opportunity to establish a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Nigeria, concession of some airports in the country and other components of the Aviation Roadmap the federal government.