SAA to finalise deal on new Nigerian airline

SAA to finalise deal on new Nigerian airline

LAGOS – South African airline officials are in Nigeria for final talks on the takeoff of a new national carrier for the west African country, officials said yesterday.

South African Airways (SAA) last year emerged as strategic investor and technical partner in Nigeria Eagle Airline, a new national carrier that will replace the troubled Nigeria Airways, on the verge of liquidation. A South African Airways official said a team of top managers of the company arrived Nigeria this week for the final talks on the establishment of the new national carrier.He said Maria Ramos, group chief executive of Transnet, the holding company supervising SAA was leading the delegation which would meet President Olusegun Obasanjo and officials of the ministries of aviation and finance as well as other stakeholders in the sector.Nigeria plans to set up the new carrier before the end of year to replace the ailing Nigeria Airways, established in 1959, but run aground by huge foreign, corruption and mismanagement.Critics of the airline derisively call it Nigeria air waste.- Nampa-AFPA South African Airways official said a team of top managers of the company arrived Nigeria this week for the final talks on the establishment of the new national carrier.He said Maria Ramos, group chief executive of Transnet, the holding company supervising SAA was leading the delegation which would meet President Olusegun Obasanjo and officials of the ministries of aviation and finance as well as other stakeholders in the sector.Nigeria plans to set up the new carrier before the end of year to replace the ailing Nigeria Airways, established in 1959, but run aground by huge foreign, corruption and mismanagement.Critics of the airline derisively call it Nigeria air waste.- Nampa-AFP

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