2019: Air Peace to begin long-haul flights

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

Air Peace says it will commence its long-haul flights to Dubai, Sharjah, London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai and Johannesburg this year.

The Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace, Mr Chris Iwarah, stated this in a statement detailing the airline’s plans for 2019.

Iwarah quoted the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, as saying that passengers had been instrumental to the success of the airline in the last four years.

He said the airline would focus on broadening opportunities to give its customers greater comfort, beginning with the extension of its operations from its hub at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 on January 2, 2019.

The airline also confirmed that its Lagos-Kaduna, Lagos-Asaba, Lagos-Akure and Lagos-Port Harcourt NAF Base flight operations would be moved to MMA2 from January 2, while the facility would eventually handle all flights under Air Peace Hopper, the airline’s subsidiary.

According to the airline, the expansion will create more space for it to provide exceptional flight services in an atmosphere of comfort.

The airline also assured that its main project for 2019 would be in the area of giving the flying public a reliable, affordable, safe and convenient option on major international routes, including Dubai, Sharjah, London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai and Johannesburg.

The international services, Air Peace said, would give Nigeria and West Africa a sense of pride in the global aviation industry, adding that it was in the final stage of doing demonstration flights with its Boeing 777 aircraft to Sharjah, Dakar, Freetown, Johannesburg, Port Harcourt and Kano as part of the process to induct the aircraft into its service.

The statement added, “2018 was both challenging and exciting for us. It was the year we improved on our record of firsts. In the year under review, we launched a number of domestic and regional routes under our no-city-left-behind project on the platform of our subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper. We also made history as the first domestic airline to acquire and register the Boeing 777 aircraft in Nigeria.

“We have so far acquired four Boeing 777s, with two already delivered. We also successfully renewed our International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit certificate and Air Operator Certificate after a very rigorous process. We also diversified the aircraft in our fleet with the inclusion of six 50-seater Embraer 145 jets, which have so far helped our Yuletide operations in no small way.

“The real big leap came in September when we signed a deal with American plane maker, Boeing for the delivery of 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, making us the first to achieve the feat on the West Coast of Africa.”

It added that this year, the airline would implement a series of bolder decisions aimed at giving the flying public a truly exciting experience.

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