…to resume suspended routes February
Air Peace has added a boost in the employment rate in the Aviation Industry as the Chairman of Airline, Barr. Allen Onyema, has said that the 13 brand new Embraer E195 the Airline just acquired would create no fewer than 8,000 direct jobs in the Industry.
Onyema who made this known recently, at the Airline’s delivery of the first of its 13 firm orders of Embraer E195-E2 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Recife Airport, Brazil.
He however called on Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer to establish a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Nigeria to help create more jobs.
Air Peace is the first African carrier and second globally (following Lufthansa which ordered 35) to take delivery of this brand new aircraft type in with 30 requests , which include 13 firm orders and 17 purchase right orders
Onyema thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for making the delivery of the ordered plane possible with the waiver on Value Added Tax (VAT) and Customs duties on the new planes, which he described as a big financial burden lift.
He also thanked the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for his tireless support and encouragement to Nigerian airlines, noting that it was in response to his challenge of the airlines to acquire new planes that spurred Air Peace to order the new aircraft.
The Air Peace Chairman also thanked the National Assembly Committees on Aviation for facilitating the passage of the waiver to airlines, adding that the 13 aircraft create 8000 jobs for Nigerians.
Sirika who was at the occasion described the aircraft delivery by Air Peace as a step in the right direction stating that the bold step by the airline aligned with the federal government’s road map for the Aviation Sector.
The Minister said the use of newer airplanes by Nigerian carriers will change the dynamics in airlines’ profitability and sustainability; by driving down maintenance and fueling cost.
In a speech, the Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ricardo Guerra de Araujo, said the feat of Air Peace was a remarkable for Nigeria and Africa, as Air Peace is the launch customer of this aircraft type in Africa.
He also expressed optimism that Air Peace would consider direct flight between Nigeria and Brazil.
Speaking about the aircraft type, the President/ CEO, Commercial Business Aviation, Embraer, Mr. Arjan Meija, said: “The E195-E2 tagged Profit Hunter aircraft will help Air Peace achieve its ambition of connecting not just all of Nigeria, but the whole of the African continent, while feeding long-haul flights from their Lagos hub.
“Air Peace is also the first airline to configure a premium cabin with our staggered seat option. Each of the 12 Business Class seats is slightly offset from the other to give more space and privacy. There are three rows of seats arranged two-by-two at 51-inch pitch at the 124 seater aircraft.
“Passengers by the windows have unobstructed access to the aisle; they don’t need to awkwardly step over their seatmates or ask them to move.
Meija also said there are large overhead bins on both sides of the aircraft, which is different from other configurations that have a narrow bin along one side of the premium cabin that transitions to a larger bin at the start of the economy cabin.
In another development Air Peace has announced that in February it will resume suspended routes as part of its expansion plan.
The new routes are Enugu-Kano-Enugu, Enugu-Asaba-Enugu, PHC-Kano-PHC, PHC-Kaduna-PHC, Ilorin-Lagos-Ilorin, Ilorin-Abuja-Ilorin and Ibadan-Abuja-Ibadan while the suspended routes to be resumed are Kano-Owerri-Kano, Kano-Asaba-Kano, Lagos-Yola-Lagos and Abuja-Yola-Abuja.
The Chief Operating Officer of the Airline, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, who disclosed this in a press release, stated that the Airline will be receiving all its aircraft on overseas maintenance in February, hence the decision to launch the new routes as well as reactivate suspended ones.
She added that the planned launch of the new routes is an exemplification of the airline’s strong commitment to meeting the air transportation needs of Nigerians, driving economic development and fostering unity among various parts of the country.
“As you know, most of our aircraft are on Maintenance in different parts of the world but they are all returning in February 2021. For us, it is great news as this means the launch of new routes and the resumption of routes suspended consequent upon the COVID-19 outbreak,” she said.
Olajide emphasized that the new connections are also a testament to Air Peace’s ‘no-city-left-behind’ initiative and unbridled determination to provide affordable access to safe and seamless connectivity across Nigeria and beyond,
She added that the Airline ‘is constantly reviewing its route network to reflect the air travel needs of the flying public.’
The Airline currently operates 16 domestic routes, five regional routes and two international destinations, one of which is South Africa, launched in December 2020.