Sirika negotiates aircraft acquisition with Airbus, Boeing

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*Senator Hadi Sirika (3rd right) leading Nigerian aviation officials at a meeting with the Airbus group.

Ahead of the launch of Nigeria’s national carrier in December 2018, the minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has started negotiation with aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing for the acquisition of aircraft for the airline.

Speaking in the United Kingdom at the ongoing Farnborough Airshow, Sirika said the exhibition is an opportunity to negotiate with aircraft manufacturers with the view of getting the most competitive and best value-for-money deals for the country.

He said he would explore every opportunity available at the event which “brings the biggest and the best in the industry to attract more prospective investors into the Nigerian aviation environment given the ongoing efforts to establish a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Nigeria, concession of some airports in the country and other components of the aviation roadmap the federal government launched at its inception.”

Meanwhile, it was gathered that the minister had met with the management of Standard Chartered Bank and will also be meeting with the management of Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers on Tuesday.

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