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Is Nigeria Key To Ethiopian Expansion Plans?  
User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
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Ethiopian Airlines first flew its brand new and first B787 to fly a third world livery to Lagos Nigeria. This was a very historic and symbolic gesture and may signal the importance of Nigerian market to Ethiopian.

http://nigerianaviation.wordpress.co.../ethiopian-plans-flights-to-enugu/
Now Ethiopian is planning to fly directly to 5 Nigerian cities - Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu. This is a first for any foreign airline in Nigeria, and the first scheduled international service to Enugu. Nigeria's fast growing economy is largely unaffected by the recession in Europe and America. Nigeria with 160 million people, has an insatiable appetite for Chinese and Asian consumer goods and agricultural products. Thousands of Nigerian businessmen fly regularly to China, India and other Asian countries.

Nigerians mostly fly to Asia through three indirect routes. Through the Gulf States airlines (Emirates, Qatar, Etihad) or by Ethiopian Airlines and Kenyan Airways. Is the Nigerian market critical to Ethiopian Airline's expansion plans and its stated goal to be the pre-eminent African airline?


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User currently offlinebehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4850 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

Nigeria is the equivalent of India in Africa...in China main market is CAN followed by PEK then HKG.

1000s of Nigerian students study in India especially in the I.T. universities there.


User currently offlineafricawings From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2366 times:
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And they can't offer their citizens a decent airline to ferry passengers around the world?

How sad.


User currently offlineFCAFLYBOY From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

Quoting africawings (Reply 2):
And they can't offer their citizens a decent airline to ferry passengers around the world?

I can assure you, having flown Arik Air and Virgin Nigeria (when they were around) that their product offering, especially Arik on those A340-500's, is VASTLY superior to anything offered by BA/VS/DL/US/UA and the like - WAY above. True, they are the only decent operator, but don't forget this is Africa, not the US or Europe, who have NO excuse for some of the shambolic airlines flying there
 


User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
Is the Nigerian market critical to Ethiopian Airline's expansion plans and its stated goal to be the pre-eminent African airline?

Hi Alibo5NGN.
Yes, Nigeria as a whole is a very important market for ET. I am very happy to see that they have big plans to serve even more cities within the country. As you have stated, any carrier who ignores Nigeria within Africa is locking itself out of a large and lucrative market. Again, glad to see that ET believes in Nigeria and its yet unrealized potentials.

I fully expect KQ, EK and others to follow suite. That's all good news for the flying public.


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
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Quoting africawings (Reply 2):
And they can't offer their citizens a decent airline to ferry passengers around the world?

Governments are not designed to run airlines. The only successful example of a Government owned airline in Africa is Ethiopian. In this rare example, the Ethiopian Government interferes very little in the day to day running of the airline. Airline business is not only capital intensive (which is difficult to come by in Africa) but subject to heavy regulations. It will take time for Nigeria or any other African country to produce a viable privately owned and run airline in the 21st century. Arik Air in spite of its problems and the owners quirky management style is on its way to join SAA, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways and Egyptair as Africa's best and biggest airlines.



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User currently offlinejustinlee From China, joined Aug 2012, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

Quoting behramjee (Reply 1):
behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4279 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted Mon Sep 17 2012 23:38:19 your local time (1 day 21 hours 5 minutes ago) and read 496 times:

Nigeria is the equivalent of India in Africa...in China main market is CAN followed by PEK then HKG.

1000s of Nigerian students study in India especially in the I.T. universities there.

CAN has the largest African community in Asia with a population of 300,000. Now CAN has flights to ADD, NBO and TNR. Quite a big market!


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