EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1832 times:
This is not news as the airline ceased operations months ago (stopping their erratic domestic flights with their sole 737-200 at the time).
The nigerian government has floated many ideas about creating a new national airline, and has failed in every attempt to produce something tangible, always going in circles with new investors, ditched plans and hair-raising beauraucratic problems.... good luck finding investors now after 3 failed attempts (with SAA being the last, genuine airline to have bid, won and then simply thrown out only because SAA refused to grant nigerian investors 10% stake in SAA in return for SAA's investment in Nigerian Eagle Airlines. Wasnt this an exercise to sell NEA and not SAA?!?!?! typical Nigerian politics hampering development and progress).
5NEOO From Nigeria, joined Nov 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1745 times:
Apparently, its not just politics. Seems that Nigerians just don't like to fly a local airline.
Not exactly true. We have a wide option of local carriers that we patronise on the domestic front. Unfortunately for us, the government has refused to allow them service PRIME international routes, only relegating them to the likes of Freetown, Monrovia and other "on the edge of disintegration" nations.
Admit it, you could care less about the continent Africa!
Jasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 42 Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1717 times:
for us, the government has refused to allow them service PRIME international routes
What's up with governments anyway? The Nigerian one won't let WT fly anywhere it can make money. The Indian one won't let anyone but AI fly anywhere money's to be made. This whole miasma of government interference where its just not needed is really sad. Its as if they haven't anything else to do.
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1547 times:
Oh yes, and finally, this disgrace of an airline is being liquidated.
The SAA bid was thrown out. Simple. Reason: SAA inability to sell 10% of its shares to Nigerian investors as a reciprocity condition imposed by the Nigerian Government "in the spirit of NEPAD (African Cooperation agreement).
SAA's clear position position on this is that it is a Government-owned airline through Transnet and as such, cannot decide or modify its ownership structure before a decision on privatization. The Nigerians of course knew this but were desperate to find an excuse out of what was almost a done deal.
My own theory on this is that the Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo got frustrated at South Africans in general after he was insulted during a South African live radio talkshow (Someone called in to ask him if he smuggled some dope from Nigeria).
This, coupled with another theory of mine that Obasanjo was lured by Richard Branson's offer to set up a new national airline QUICKLY And this my friends will be confirmed tomorrow (check the Nigerian dailies tomorrow www.ngrguardiannews.com and www.thisdayonline.com) the Aviation Minister will be holding a press conference.
Don't hold your breath though because in Nigeria absolutely NOTHING is planned correctly yet alone implemented.