Nigeria’s aviation sector has a new player in the air, albeit two years after NG Eagle’s first flight was planned.

The airline, owned by Nigerian freight operator Galactic Aviation, flew its single Airbus A320-200 on a short domestic hop from Abuja to Lagos on 10 December.

The aircraft was greeted at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) by a water salute, shown in a video shared by a spokesperson for Nigeria’s aviation minister.

The aircraft is leased from Lithuania’s Heston Airlines on a wet-lease arrangement.

Managing director of the new airline, Capt. Dare, said the airline was inspired by Nigeria’s energetic entrepreneurial business environment, known as Naija Spirit.

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“The… inaugural flight of NG Eagle represents an incredible milestone for us, embodying our dedication to revolutionizing travel experiences while reflecting the rich values of the Naija Spirit. We are thrilled to commence this journey and offer passengers an extraordinary flying experience.