Buhari led FG begins shopping for Nigeria Air, one plane to cost over N42.8bn

Nigeria is considering buying China's newly-certified C919 passenger jet, worth over $99 million or N42 billion. 

The Minister of Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, made the revelation at the United Nations aviation agency's triennial assembly in Montreal, Canada.

Adding that the country's fledgling carrier Nigeria Air will have around 30 planes by 2025.

Reuters reports that Sirika said the new airline would have a mixture of Airbus (AIR.PA) and Boeing (BA.N) planes, but added the carrier is also willing to look at the Chinese narrowbody jet, which Chinese regulators certified on Friday.

He said; "We haven't looked at that C919. But if it's as good as the others then why not. 

"China and Nigeria (have a) very cordial and friendly relationship with mutual benefits." 

Nigeria Air was one of President Muhammadu Buhari's election campaign pledges in 2015, and it now looks like the president will get the airline up and running after several years of planning.

Details of the C919 passenger jet 

On Friday, China hailed the development of its first medium-haul passenger jet as the embodiment of the country's drive towards self-sufficiency, with safety approval awarded to a plane that aims to challenge Western aircraft giants for orders. 

The first C919 aircraft, designed to compete with popular single-aisle models made by Airbus and Boeing, will be delivered by the end of the year, state Xinhua News Agency said.

It remains unclear when the plane might be certified by the United States or Europe, opening the way to sales in most foreign markets.


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