Welcome to the Nigeria page of "Walther-Weltreisen", a German international
travel agency maintaining excellent business and private relations with West
Africa in general, and Nigeria in particular.
As a result of our close association with the West African travel industry,
we have been monitoring developments in this sector right from the time that
Nigeria launched an airline of her own. This is what we observe.
Nigeria Airways is an airline we remember fondly. Like other companies and
corporations early in the "golden seventies", the national carrier was an
object of pride and admiration, not only for Nigerians but also for their
Unfortunately, Nigeria Airways ceased to exist in May 2003.
What went wrong during the thirty-odd years of its life?
Shortly before the airline's exit, the then Minister of Aviation deplored
that Nigeria Airways staff and her relatives had been using the national
carrier's aircraft as if it was their private property. Mis-management and
corruption killed Nigeria Airways. Surprisingly, the company survived this
disease for almost three decades but in the final stage, it could not recover
from it. It is painful, anyway, to see an originally gallant flag carrier
disappear from the scene.
What next? Goverment resolved to launch a new national carrier to be known as
"Nigerian Eagle Airlines".
Advisors and consultants were appointed, and South African Airways was supposed
to become the Eagle's technical partner.
After a lot of toing and froing, the result was zero, and the project was
packed up. Nobody seems to know (or to say) exactly why the Eagle did not take off.
The travelling public does not really want to know what went wrong. Passengers
simply want to get on a plane that takes them reliably and punctually from or
If there is no "Eagle", what air transportation will Nigeria then offer her
citizens? The new "national carrier" of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is to
be an airline called "Virgin Nigeria". Many Nigerians already know the
"Virgin Atlantic" connections from London to Lagos and Port Harcourt, and may
have heard about the legendary British multi-millionaire and business tycoon,
Richard Branson, who initiated this enterprise.
Obviously, he has now found his way to the very top of the Nigerian Government.
People ask themselves how he managed to do this, and what "Virgin Nigeria" is
We believe that it is a shame that Nigeria cannot run an airline without
so-called technical partners. It is not partner airlines that Nigeria needs,
but technical expertise which simply involves employing experts in the various
branches of airline operations, to run the airline on a contract basis for an
agreed span of time. Nigeria has all the money it takes to purchase aircraft and
equipment, or alternatively, to lease all the aircraft she needs.
Right now, many patriotic Nigerians feel short-changed, seeing that the "Virgin"
itself does not own a single aircraft - they are all on lease. What an irony!
ANY OTHER AIRLINES?
Taking a look at the Nigerian sky, what do we see? After saying good-bye to the
flying elephant and the self-styled eagle, we are now
left with a virgin. Let us watch her growing up.
However, we feel pity for its would-be Nigerian competitors. An airline like
A.D.C., for example, which has performed fairly well on Nigerian domestic
routes, was promised traffic rights by the Nigerian Government to various places
outside Nigeria, including Brussels. A.D.C. are now in the same quandary with
other domestic carriers as there is no clearance for them yet.
In the meantime, "Virgin" is going to operate all the lucrative routes.
We believe you can see from the foregoing that we are a travel agency that cares
for its Nigerian passengers.
It is our ambition to keep you briefed about current developments objectively
but also to present our own personal opinion in the hope that you will share
your own views with us.
Meanwhile, please feel free to become our customer. Our travel agency is committed
to help all prospective clients to find special-rate tickets on the airlines
they prefer. We spare no effort giving you what you expect from a brilliant
travel agent: Friendly and efficient service; reasonable fares; comprehensive
information on all travel-related matters.
ALL AIRLINES - ALL DESTINATIONS
Nigeria, as you know, has four international airports: Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja
For our Nigerian passengers, we have wonderful fares to all these destinations,
on reputable airlines, such as K.L.M., Iberia, Air France and many others.
Just contact us for details. Please also remember: Our modern Computer
Reservation Systems take bookings up to eleven months in advance. If you book
your flight early, you stand a better chance to travel at a low-cost rate.
By the way: We arrange air tickets not only to and from Nigeria but to all
destinations outside Europe.
We are anxiously awaiting your enquiry by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also get in touch with our head office in Bonn by phone (0228-661239) or
by fax (0228-661181). Thank you.