Appearing before a Senate Committee on Aviation, Olumide said the plane was chartered from Ethiopian Airlines to launch the country’s official airline. He further revealed that the push to secure an operating licence for the airline is still in its early stages.
The Nigeria Air MD said; “It is a pleasure to be here and to finally make our position known where I can clarify all the misconceptions regarding Nigeria Air as it pertains to the technical aspects of it.
“As you know this airline was launched with the logo in 2018. Several things have transpired since then that has nothing to do with me.
“I was invited last February, my mandate is to secure an air operating certificate for the airline not necessarily to operate the airline but to secure a licence to fly. And that is entirely my responsibility.”
After Senator Olujimi, Chairman of the Committee on Aviation, averred that the arrangement of the Nigeria Air was shrouded in suspicion, Olumide responded by saying that it was hired and does not require a license.