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Airbus enthusiastic about further collaboration with Nigerian aviation sector to improve local airlines – Hadi Akoum




Hadi Akoum, Airbus’ Vice President for Sales in Africa, has said the European multinational aerospace corporation is enthusiastic about collaborating with the Nigerian aviation sector to enhance the operations of local airlines in the country.

In a letter to the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, Akoum noted that the Minister’s recent visit to the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, along with a delegation of government officials and airline executives, spurred the corporation’s enthusiasm to support the Nigerian aviation sector, enabling local airlines to cater to their market effectively.

Akoum further noted that in the coming weeks, Airbus will follow up on the proposals made by the Keyamo-led Nigerian delegation during their visit to France. These proposals are particularly focused on facilitating access to foreign currency for local airlines acquiring new aircraft and resolving the requirement for airlines to obtain local insurance for foreign-financed aircraft.

The letter stated that this approach will advance the mutual benefits of Nigeria and Airbus by enhancing Nigeria’s air transport with modern, eco-friendly aircraft, thereby reducing the operational expenses of local airlines and mitigating environmental impact.