Nigerian Airways and other national airlines that have gone into extinction

Some of the factors that accounted for the extinction of previous National carriers were poor infrastructure, mismanagement and corruption.

Senator Hadi Sirika, Ministry of Aviation in Abuja, the Minister of State for Aviation, said that the airline would be inaugurated at the end of this year.

But Nigerians are sceptical as to whether the airline will come alive due to various unfulfilled promises as well as the corruption that has bedevilled the aviation sector of the economy. Some of the factors that accounted for the extinction of previous National carrier were poor infrastructure, mismanagement, corruption and abuse of patronage from government officials and loyalists.

Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa looks at some of the national and proposed carriers that have gone into extinction in the past years.

Nigerian Airways

Nigeria Airways was a Nigerian airline was founded in 1958 and by 1961, the Nigerian owned 100% of its stake and made it the country's flag carrier.

It was plagued by mismanagement, corruption, and ran into half a billion dollars debts before it was liquidated in 2003.

Air Nigeria – Virgin Nigeria

Air Nigeria was the national flag carrier of Nigeria which operated scheduled regional and domestic passenger services.

The airline replaced the defunct Nigeria Airways and was founded in 2004 as a joint venture between Nigerian investors (Jimoh Ibrahim and others) and the Virgin Group.

Virgin withdrew from the business during 2008-2010. It was grounded in June 2012 and ceased operations on 10 September 2012.

Nigeria Eagle

The country commissioned an aircraft but didn’t fly and had to take the aircraft back.

Founded on September 17, 2009 and ceased operations from June 2, 2010.

Nigeria One

Former President Goodluck Jonathan unveiled Nigeria One Airline on the 53rd anniversary of Nigeria's independence in 2013. It was stated that it will start by the end of 2013 by the federal government but the dream never came to past.

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