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Nigerian Eagle Airlines' first aircraft arrives

Management team of Nigerian Eagle airlines led by its managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Captain Dapo Olumide received the first aircraft in the full colour of the airline on Friday in Lagos.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-300, marked 5N-VNF arrived at the apron of Presidential Lounge of Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos from Europe where it was painted by Lufthansa Technicks, at about 11.00am to the waiting crowd of journalists, aviation gurus and other well wishers of the newly born airline.

Speaking at the occasion, the managing director of the airline Captain Dapo Olumide, said the arrival of the aircraft in the full brand of Nigerian Eagle Airline colour, is the first great step in the transition project of the former Virgin Nigeria airline to a fully owned Nigerian airline.He added that the management of the airline has been preparing for the transition in the last one year.

Olumide who also advocates that the private sector should be seen to make visible participation in the Re-branding Nigeria project, said this is a step from the aviation sector in the project. He therefore admonished Nigerians to be proud of their achievements.

“What I want to tell Nigerians is to be proud. The aircraft you see behind you and the airline is the symbol of Nigerian pride. Because we have to make sure that Nigeria moves forward and progressive, and private sector has a role to play in this. We cannot leave it all to government to re-brand the country. If private sector is involved, visibly, not with words, because I can upset you with words and painted the aircraft in another colour; but we want it be seen by everybody that we are all part of this together.” Olumide said

Also speaking at the occasion, a member of the Aviation Round Table, Taiwo Adenekan said it is a commendable effort at moving Nigeria and Nigerians forward in the aviation world.

“We have just put our feet on ground, any airport this aircraft land with this brand its stop of range. Its very attractive very very attractive very imposing and it speaks volume about the country called Nigeria and about the sector called aviation sector. I congratulate them for lifting us up.” Adenekan elogised

Alhaji Muhammed Tukur, Assistance Secretary, Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, who was among the aviation dignitaries on hand to receive the new aircraft, said the airline operators are proud of the achievement of management of the former Virgin Nigeria Airline for taking a step that led into the birth of the Nigerian Eagle Airlines. While urging all Nigerians to support the vision noted Nigerians should know that they now have a Nigerian carrier.

“And we are very proud of them and now we believe we have an airline that belongs to us. We cannot sit down seeing people siphoning money from us. So we support their idea and we pray that now Nigerians we should know that we have a Nigerian carrier.” Tukur said

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