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Nigeria Air might buy a few COMAC C919s from China

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China’s domestically produced COMAC C919 narrowbody passenger planes may be purchased by Nigeria Air, the country’s projected flag carrier, according to China’s aviation minister Hadi Sirika.

On October 1, 2022, Nigeria’s aviation minister told Reuters that the airline, which is close to certification after about four years of failing to take off, would buy some Chinese narrow-body aircraft. The minister claims that at some point, the COMAC C919 might join the mixed Nigeria Air fleet.

“China and Nigeria have a very cordial and friendly relationship with mutual benefits,” Sirika said. “We haven’t looked at that C919. But if it’s as good as the others then why not.”

Nigeria Air anticipates beginning passenger service with three Boeing 737-800 aircraft by the end of 2022 and has a fleet expansion goal of 30 aircraft by 2025. Airbus narrow-body aircraft of various types should also be included in the fleet.

Regarding the original Nigeria Air network, the airline would begin operations with a shuttle service between the country’s largest city, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV), in Abuja.

“We will initially fly between Abuja and Lagos and are in the process of getting ready for launch. We will keep you [updates, ed.-] about the activities,” Nigeria Air wrote on LinkedIn.

In July 2018, the new flag carrier made its debut at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom. The airline was scheduled to launch in December 2018 and was prepared to travel 81 potential routes. However, before operations had began, plans were abandoned.

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