Document shows that the proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air, mired in controversy has yet to exit Stage One of the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) pursuit before it brought in a painted Ethiopian Airline aircraft to blind side Nigerians.
This is just as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has told the airline management that its Post Holders letters of commitment has a tenure of three (3) months and has expired.
Our correspondent uncovered a letter addressed to the Managing Director of the prospective airline from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), NCAA/DOLTS/GEN/Vol. III/16123 titled Re: Request to Proceed to Phase Two of AOC Certification dated June 23, 2023, where the CAA clearly stated that the airline cannot move to the second phase without certain documents.
The letter to Nigeria Air read, “The Authority is in receipt of your letter dated May 25, 2023, on the above subject matter. Quite contrary to our earlier letter of May 16, 2023, which enumerated the documents to be submitted with the Formal Application Form OPS 002, your letter of request to proceed to Phase Two has no inclusion of a Formal Application Form and the necessary documents referenced in the Formal Application Form.
“Hence, the letter continued, “the Certification Process cannot progress to Phase Two (2) without these required documents. Please be reminded that your Post Holders letters of commitment to Nigeria Air has a tenure of three (3) months and as such expires now. Accept the assurances of our highest regards.
An anonymous source who spoke to our correspondent said that with the expiration of the tenure of placeholders the airline may have to start the process all over again.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Airline aircraft Boeing 737-800 with the registration number ET-APL, used for static display in Abuja has already flown to Turkey, Somalia, Mogadishu, and other routes according to various flight tracking applications.