Nigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace, has acquired a B737-800NG with capacity to carry 160 passengers. The 160-seater aircraft comprises of 16 business class seats and 144 economy class seats.
The airline in a statement issued over the weekend noted that the new acquisition is to enable the airline sustain its expansion plan on both domestic and regional operations.
According to Mr. Stanley Olisa, Corporate Communications Executive of the airline, Air Peace is determined to spread its operations across the length and breadth of Nigeria in order to ease the burden of travel within the country and the West African sub region.
Air Peace in 2018 became the first airline in sub Saharan Africa to place a firm order for 10 B737 Max. The airline also made an order for 20 brand new 124 seater E195-E2 jets from Embraer earlier this year, making it the launch customer of this new aircraft in the entire Africa.
In 2017, Air Peace became the first airline to acquire and register a Boeing 777 in Nigeria. It had gone on to acquire more three 777s for its international operations which it kick started on July 5, 2019, with flight operations to Dubai through the Sharjah International Airport.
The airline also expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for creating an enabling aviation environment which has aided it to achieve this feat within a very short time of its existence.
“Our Chairman, Allen Onyema, is eternally grateful to President Buhari for making it possible for Air Peace to become what it is within the four years of President Buhari’s regime through the zero-tax regime on imported commercial aircraft and aircraft spares introduced by his administration,” Olisa stated.