United Airlines, Air Peace To Sign Code-share Pact, Others

United Nigeria Airlines Company Limited, operator of United Nigeria, says it is set to sign a business partnership deal with Air Peace.

The Chairman, Chief Obiora Okonkwo, said this at a dinner to mark the first year anniversary of the company.

 

United Airline’s chairman, Chief Obiora Okonkwo

The firm obtained its AOC (Air Operating Certificate) on February 12, 2021, and has since then been flying to various cities in Nigeria.

Okonkwo said aviation stakeholders have realised the huge potential in Nigeria, but grossly untapped, and have chosen to do away with unhealthy rivalry and embrace the spirit of collaboration.

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According to him, from the available records, about 10 million Nigerians travel by air regularly. He added: “We have about 10 operators in Nigeria who are doing scheduled flights. It’s still nothing for 36 states and for 200 million people. It’s still a big market.

“Therefore, we have agreed among the operators that we should stop unhealthy competition but we should be more collaborative in our approach and our nature. We’ve all agreed that we should all look out and be our brother’s keeper”.

“I’m here to announce to you in advance, with all sense of joy and happiness that in the next couple of days, I will sit side by side with my brother and friend Alex Onyeama to sign a groundbreaking agreement that will open up a new way of collaboration in the industry.

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“In it, you will see Air Peace and United Nigeria working together as partners. If you buy an Air France ticket and then you check in into KLM, don’t you ask yourself why? Why should that not work in Nigeria?”

Wole Shadare