Continued from Part 1
I am against government by crony (Harold L. Ickes)
The cause of the mishap appears to be mismanagement (Salahuddin Haider)
If it hadn't been for the mismanagement of this administration, we wouldn't be in this mess (Frank Watson)
f care is not taken, the new national airline may suffer the same fate that befell the defunct Nigeria Airways. The airline "died" due to corruption, mismanagement and cronyism. It was a poorly managed company, as the managers, just in the words of John Gomery (1932), "failed to take the most elementary precautions against mismanagement". The classic cases of irregularities and mismanagement which happened there was clearly worse and more widespread than anybody had learned or imagined. Obasanjo bemoaned, few months ago, that when he handed over to Shehu Shagari in 1979, Nigeria Airways had 32 planes, and was flying to destinations all over the world, but, that when he returned, as the president in 1999, Nigeria Airways had only two planes that were even leased out. That made him to sell off the company.
Just like everything in Nigeria, corruption dented the company (Nigeria Airways). Apart from stealing the resources of the airways and putting the money for fleet maintenance into their private pockets, the management and senior staff of Nigeria Airways were flying themselves, their families, relations and friends, free of charge (first class), to and fro their destinations, as far as to Australia, Europe, North America and Asia, on Nigeria Airways' flights. Also, some of the senior staff were ordering the issuance of free first class tickets to their girl friends, mistresses and concubines for Nigeria Airways flights to their respective destinations, no matter where, as long as Nigeria Airways flies to the place. Due to mismanagement, foreign airlines were invited, at different times, to manage Nigeria Airways for Nigeria, but still, the Nigerian officials, didn't give the foreigners free hand to run things, and were interfering with their work. What a shame! According to Wikipedia: "Nigeria Airways Ltd., more commonly known as Nigeria Airways, is a defunct Nigerian airline. The company was founded in 1958 after the dissolution of West African Airways Corporation. It was wholly owned by the Government of Nigeria, and served as the country's flag carrier until it ceased operations in 2003. The airline's operations were concentrated at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The airline was managed by a number of foreign companies, including British Airways, KLM and South African Airways. It had its heyday in the early 1980s, just after a KLM team two-year-management period; at that time its fleet comprised about 30 aircraft. Plagued by mis-management, corruption, and overstaffing, at the time of closure, the airline had debts of more than US$60,000,000 ($76,139,653 in 2013), a poor safety record, and its operative fleet comprised a single aircraft flying domestic routes as well as two leased aircrafts operating the international network. It was succeeded by Virgin Nigeria".
Because we judge the aviation minister by the decision she made, without knowing what influenced her decision or the other options she could have chosen from; so, this writer is asking how the minister came about the decision to make Aero Contractors the national airline, the AMCON's 60 percent stake in the company not withstanding, afterall, the airline is not among the big players in the sector. All Nigerians should show concern here, because, if Ms. Ibru runs Aero Contractors, as a national airline, she can mismanage the company or cut corners thereby putting the passengers at risk or will use federal government funds inappropriately based on her previous records, just as Akira Chiba wrote that "any mismanagement can lead to unintended results".
Mark Foley (1954) noted "mismanagement is not helping anyone"; they killed Nigeria Airways, but, today, the Nigerian government officials pay and fly other African airlines to their different destinations. Nigeria Airways dwarfed many other African airlines in the 1970s and 1980s as an international player and one of the best airlines in Africa then. It was competing favourably with South African and Kenyan airlines then. While South African and Kenyan airlines have grown and are well known in the world, Nigeria Airways is defunct and forgotten. When Nigeria Airways was ruling Africa and flying to many destinations all over the world, the likes of Ethiopian Airlines were local champions. Today, Ethiopian airlines is an airline of choice for many all over the world, and is flying to different Nigerian cities on daily basis, as it dominates the Nigeria-mid-eastern routes. Nigerian officials and leaders, who go to places like Dubai to launder stolen funds, are frequent flyers of Ethiopian Airlines. These Nigerian officials have no shame: After killing their own national carrier, they're at ease flying another country's national carrier. The problems of Nigeria airways started from the beginning with its logo, that was a "flying Elephant". How on earth did the Nigerians who created that logo think that an elephant can fly? Nobody has seen an elephant flying; no wonder Nigeria Airways tried to fly, but, came crashing down, because, as an "elephant", a lot of dirty and heavy luggage like corruption, mismanagement, cronyism, it was carrying weighed it down and didn't allow it to soar, moreover, as an "elephant", flying wasn't meant for it.
While Nigerians decided to kill their national carrier, Ethiopians re-positioned theirs and supported it in all ways. Today, Ethiopian Airlines is to Ethiopia what oil is to Nigeria (Ethiopia's foreign income earner), and the Ethiopians guard it jealously. Infact, it's their national pride. Anybody who speaks ill about the airline (Ethiopian Airlines) before an Ethiopian incurs the wrath of that person. The last thing any Ethiopian will tolerate from anybody is criticism of their national carrier, and will be ready to fight to defend their airline.
According to Wikipedia, Ethiopian Airlines, formerly known as Ethiopian Air Lines and often referred to as simply Ethiopian, is Ethiopia's flag carrier and is wholly owned by the country's government. Ethiopian Air Lines was founded on 21 December 1945 and commenced operations on 8 April 1946 expanding to international flights in 1951. The firm became a share company in 1965, and changed its name from Ethiopian Air Lines to Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian is a member of the International Air Transport Association, and, since 1968, of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). The airline is a Star Alliance member since December 2011".
Ethiopian's slogan or motto is "the new spirit of Africa". Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its operations in the past, close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent's leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan African passenger and cargo network, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 74 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircrafts. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years. Today, Ethiopian Airlines is raking in one award after another. Ethiopian Airlines may not be the best in the world, but, it has carved a niche for itself in Africa and the middle-East. According to Ethioabay.com "Recently, Ethiopian won "Airline Reliability Performance Award" from the Bombardier Aerospace; "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine; "Transformation Award 2012" from Planet Africa Network; "International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality" from the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR).With its acquisition of and placing orders for several new modern fleet, the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa".
Somalilandpress wrote that "Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing Airline in Africa, won the African Business of the Year Award on 20th September, 2013, at a ceremony which took place in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Meeting. Ethiopian was recognized for its exemplary role as an African business model that is effectively harnessing opportunities and making profits while, at the same time, registering fast growth, despite the tough economic times for the global aviation industry. Ethiopian CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said, "As a truly Pan-African business organization, we are honoured to receive this award, which recognizes our contribution to the economic development and GDP growth of our great continent. Africa is on the rise and we are growing together with the continent. With our extensive and fast expanding passenger and cargo network, which now covers five continents, and our multiple hub strategy in Africa, which is creating multiple gateways to the continent, we are serving as a vehicle for the flow of tourism and foreign direct investment into the continent". Ethiopian Airlines Chief Financial Officer, Kassim Geresu, has been appointed to lead Malawian Airlines, the newly reorganized airline of Malawi, in which Ethiopian Airlines has a 49% stake. This is in line with the management agreement between Ethiopian and Malawian Airlines".
In June 2013, Ethiopian Airlines won "Best Airline Staff Service" award in Africa. Nazret.com of June 18, 2013, wrote that Ethiopian Airlines has won in the "Best Airline Staff Service category in Africa" at the 18th annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The awards -- decided by 18.2 million passengers in 160 countries around the world -- judge airlines on everything from the cleanliness of the cabin to the quality of the in-flight food and entertainment. It is the most coveted and prestigious award in the airline industry. The announcement was made during the Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony hosted at the 50th International Paris Air Show earlier today. Ethiopian Airlines also was ranked as the fifth "Most Improved Airlines" in the ranking. The Best Airline in Africa award goes to South African Airways for the 11th year in a row. South African is the only Skytrax Four-Star Airline in Africa. Dubai based Emirates has been voted the world's best airline followed by Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines. Ethiopian Airlines is ranked as 85th best in the world. It was ranked 114 in 2012. Air Seychelles has jumped from 133 last year to 56 in this year's ranking, finishing second in Africa. Kenya Airways is ranked 93 in the world.
According to Ethioabay.com of Sunday, June 9, 2013, "Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has won the 2013 Airline Reliability Performance Award from Bombardier Aerospace. This is the third time Ethiopian has won the award in a row. The award was given to Ethiopian for achieving an average dispatch reliability rate of 99 percent or better on revenue passenger flights in 2012 and stood first in the overall Q-400 product category for the Middle East and Africa region. "We are pleased to receive the award for the third year in a row. This is a testament of our dedication for excellent customer service which is in continuous improvement every day", said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian".
Where is Nigeria Airways today? Who is sure that Ms. Ibru's Aero Contractors will be a viable replacement, or will it end up just like the Oceanic Bank? Only time will tell!
Following is a list of destinations Nigeria Airways flew to all through its history as part of its scheduled services. The list includes the name of each city served, the country name, and the name of the airport served along with both its associated International Air Transport Association three-letter code (IATA airport code) and the International Civil Aviation Organization four-letter code (ICAO airport code). Airline hubs and focus cities. Please note that the list is not exhaustive.