China’s newly certified C919 Passenger Jet to be bought by Nigeria
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone –Hadi Sirika – the Minister of Aviation meant at this over the weekend at the United Nations Aviation Agency’s triennial assembly in Montreal, Canada. He similarly guaranteed that, the nation’s fledgling carrier Nigeria Air will have around 30 planes by 2025.
Reuters broadcasts that Sirika, while talking to columnists let out, the new airline would have a mixture of Airbus (AIR.PA) and Boeing (BA.N) planes, but added the carrier was also willing to look at the Chinese narrow body jet, which Chinese regulators certified on Friday.
Sirika said, “China and Nigeria (have a) very cordial and friendly relationship with mutual benefits, we haven’t looked at the new C919. But if it’s as good as the others, then why not,” On Friday, China heralded the development of its first medium-haul passenger jet as the manifestation of the nation’s push towards self-sufficiency, with safety authorization granted to a plane that strives to challenge Western aircraft giants for orders.
The first C919 aircraft, formulated to contend with popular single-aisle models made by Airbus and Boeing, will be delivered by the end of the 2022 state Xinhua News Agency said.
It stays unnerved when the plane might be certified by the United States or Europe, unlocking the way to sales in most foreign markets, but industry analysts say it will be up to a decade before China can greatly grasp the existing Boeing-Airbus duopoly.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent