According to aviation minister Hadi Sirika, Nigeria will explore purchasing China’s recently certified C919 passenger jet as it expands the country’s nascent airline Nigeria Air to 30 aircraft by about 2025. Reuters reported
A combination of Airbus (AIR.PA) and Boeing (BA.N) aircraft will be used by the new airline, according to Sirika, who also noted that the company is open to considering the Chinese narrowbody jet, which Chinese regulators approved on Friday.
According to the official Xinhua News Agency, the first C919 aircraft, which is intended to compete with well-liked single-aisle versions produced by Airbus and Boeing, will be delivered by the end of the year.
Although the timing of the plane’s certification by the US or EU, which would enable sales in the majority of overseas markets, is still unknown, industry analysts estimate that it will take China up to ten years to seriously challenge the current Boeing-Airbus monopoly.