21 SEPTEMBER 2009
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NIGERIAN EAGLE AIRLINES is the new name of Virgin Nigeria. Unveiling the brand last week the carrier’s Chief Executive, Captain Dapo Olumide, said it was not just about a name change, but “a new dawn that has birthed, an aspirational airline that will rule the African skies and a representation of the future of African aviation.” What remains open to speculation is where the 49% shareholding by Virgin Atlantic is likely to go and whether additional funds will be made available. In January Virgin Nigeria, the Lagos-based airline, cancelled its long haul services to Gatwick and Johannesburg citing severe economic conditions. It recently took delivery of a second Embraer 190 and has eight more on order, expected over the next two years. A further six 190/195s on option would replace the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet when their leases expire in 2011. www.virginnigeria.com
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