The Regional Sales Director, Equatorial Africa of AIRBUS Mr. Rafeal Gomez Noya declared the intention of the aerospace company to establish an office in Nigeria before the end of 2018. This was during a recent visit to Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).
AIRBUS, a renowned commercial aircraft manufacturer is a leader in design, manufacture and delivery of aerospace products, services and solutions to global customers. The company currently has two offices in Africa (South Africa and Egypt) and is establishing four more on the continent including the one in Nigeria.
The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, says that Airbus Group, the largest aircraft manufacturers and leasers in the world will open an operational office in Nigeria.
In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, Gauer said that the decision on the office was a mark of confidence in the Federal Government’s agenda for the aviation industry.
The statement signed by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. James Odaudu, said that Gauer made disclosure when he visited the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, in Abuja.
The ambassador said that they were in the ministry to identify with the government’s vision and plans for aviation sector as presented by the minister to various industry stakeholders.
Vice President, Airbus Group for Africa, Vincent Larnicol, who was in company with Gauer, told Sirika that Airbus’ desire to get closer to its customers informed its decision to establish its presence in Nigeria.
Larnicol promised to collaborate, through its Cooperation Programme, with the Nigerian government in the establishment of an Aviation University to which the International Civil Aviation Organisation was largely committed.