Tuesday 27 November 2012

FG, open talks with Embraer on Re-fleeting of Domestic Airlines.

Sky Watch Nigeria.

The Federal Government and major aircraft manufacturer Embraer have began talks on a mutual development agreement to aid the acquisition of new aircrafts by domestic airlines in Nigeria.
Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. George Ureisi disclosed that this came as a result of preliminary talks opened last week, pointing out that the Federal Government was set to alter its strategy for the development of the aviation sector.

The talks which began on Wednesday 21 November 2012, were held on at the headquarters of Embraer in Brazil and was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Aviation led by Mr. George Ureisi, the Rector of NCAT, Capt.Chinyere Kalu and the Director, Air Transport Management in the Ministry, Engineer Hassan Musa, while the Embraer team was led by the 
Senior Vice President Opreations/Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Luis Carlos Affonso.

While relating the outcome of the talks, Ureisi highlighted the need for the use of proper equipment by domestic operators, hence the need for government to intervene directly in the acquisition of efficient aircrafts.

He emphasized that Embraer had a robust and effective low operating cost aircrafts suited for the Nigerian market, adding that once the needs of the domestic carriers are determined,  the company would manufacture equipment that will be custom-made for the  regions routes, expressing optimism in the partnership.

Speaking on behalf of Embraer, Luis Carlos Affonso said the company welcomes the opportunity to work, partner and collaborate with the government of Nigeria in its desire and determination to assist domestic  Carriers acquire new and more efficient fleet.
Both parties agreed to continue more specific and detailed discussions on the subject matter in the days and weeks to come. Highlights of the visit was a tour of the expansive Embraer manufacturing plant.

Joe Obi
SA (Media) to Aviation Minister 


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