Ethiopian Airlines has put in a bid to run Nigeria's new national carrier

(CNN)Ethiopian Airlines is the frontrunner to manage Nigeria's new national carrier, its chief executive has announced.

Nigeria unveiled plans for Nigeria Air, its new airline last month, and Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika indicated that it was in the market for investors to manage the carrier.
After enjoying a very successful financial year in which it carried its 10 millionth passenger, Ethiopian Airlines claims it is in the lead to take that role.
    "We are among a small group with an interest in establishing a national carrie