Ethiopian Airlines has also vowed not to cancel the Nigeria Air project as it continues to receive assurances from the Federal Government.
The airline also said that the Federal Government claimed that the country lacked dependable airlines in the domestic and international markets and wanted it to help it to set up one in Nigeria.
Speaking with some select journalists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Ethiopian Airlines, said that its pedigree made the Federal Government to invite it to set up a national carrier for Nigeria.
Based on its agreement with the Federal Government, Ethiopian Airlines had planned partnering with the government for the establishment of Nigeria Air.
The airline claimed it owned 49 percent stake in the airline, while the Federal Government and other private investors from Nigeria owned 51 percent stake.
Tasew explained that because of its engagements, it at first resisted the invitation, but later agreed due to its long relationship with Nigeria.
The East African airline GCEO emphasized that while the carrier and the Nigerian government were preparing the shareholding, it received a message that some companies and airlines in Nigeria were defaming it and the government and had gone to court to obtain an order stopping the establishment of Nigeria Air.