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Nigerian airlines gain right to direct U.S. flights

By Camillus EbohABUJA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Nigerian airlines have gained the right to fly their own planes to the United States after an improvement in the West African nation's aviation safety standards, Nigerian and U.S. officials said.Airline security in Africa's most populous country had come under heightened scrutiny last December following a failed Christmas Day bombing attempt on a U.S. airliner blamed on a Nigerian passenger with explosives concealed in his underwear.But Nigeria is now one of just six African nations to have gained the "Category 1" status from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, allowing domestic carriers to apply to operate direct flights to the United States with their own aircraft.Currently, Nigerian carriers must "wet lease" aircraft and crew from another airline with Category 1 status for U.S.-bound flights, which is prohibitively expensive. Arik Air is the only Nigerian carrier certified and able to afford U.S. services."This achievement is an import...

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