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Air Nigeria used to be the flag carrier of Nigeria between 2004 and 2012. It was founded by the Virgin Group on September 28, 2004. It was originally called Virgin Nigeria Airways.[1] The first flight happened on June 28, 2005.[2] The name was changed to Nigerian Eagle Airlines in 2009.[3] It started a frequent-flyer program called Eagleflier.[4] The Virgin Group sold the airline in 2010 to the NICON Group.[5] The name was finally changed to Air Nigeria in 2010. Air Nigeria's flying license was taken away on June 13, 2012.[6] The airline shut down on September 12, 2012.[7] There were plans to restart the airline in 2015.[8]

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  1. Eric Akpo. "The Rise and Fall of Virgin Nigeria (A defunct subsidiary of Virgin Group)". Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  2. "TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Virgin Nigeria/Air Nigeria". AirlineGeeks.com. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  3. "Nigerian Eagle Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  4. "GOLDEN TULIP PARTNERS WITH VIRGIN NIGERIA'S LOYALTY PROGRAMME: EAGLEFLIER". PR Leap. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  5. "Virgin Nigeria announces funds injection from NICON Group". Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  6. "Air Nigeria Grounded For Safety Checks After Dana Airplane crash". Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  7. "Air Nigeria". www.nigeria.to.
  8. "Air transport in Nigeria has significant potential for expansion". Oxford Business Group. Retrieved 4 May 2016.