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In the words of a Boeing marketing executive, 1984 turned out to be a good year, but not a great year. The 169 orders for commercial airplanes made it the best since 1981 when 193 orders were announced. In 1983, 151 total orders were announced.

Nigeria Airways has taken delivery of all four of the Airbus A310-200s it ordered. The aircraft were officially handed over to Mr O.A. Oshikoya, Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary of Nigeria Airways, by Mr Roger Béteille, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Airbus Industrie, at a ceremony in Toulouse recently. Two aircraft were ferried to Lagos on 20 December last year and the two others in mid-January. 

Government officials in Freetown, Sierra Leone, are anxiously hoping that the nation’s dogged determination to maintain an airline – against formidable economic odds – will begin to pay off this year.

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