Air Peace begins long-haul flights to London, Houston, Dubai, others

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Air Peace has concluded plans to launch its international operations.

Although it is silent on the commencement date, the airline said in a statement that it would operate long-haul flights to Sharjah, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai.

The airline said it was set to give Nigerians, Africans and the flying public a reliable alternative on the international routes.

As part of preparations for the international operations, Air Peace deployed one of the four Boeing 777 aircraft meant for its international flights for local showpiece operations on the Port Harcourt-Abuja and Abuja-Port Harcourt route last Easter.

It explained that it deployed the wide-body aircraft for the Easter

operations “to give Nigerians and the flying public an Easter gift and showcase our readiness for our international operations, starting with our inaugural international flights to Sharjah/Dubai.

“Other international routes, including Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai will later follow. We are set and ready to give Nigerians, Africans and the flying public a reliable alternative on our chosen international routes. But we are pleased to give our loyal customers on the domestic routes a foretaste of our long-haul offering.

“We are pleased to give our loyal customers on the domestic routes a foretaste of our long-haul offering. It sure will be a memorable experience starting with our Port Harcourt-Abuja and Abuja-Port Harcourt services,” said the airline Although some domestic airlines had operated the international routes in the past without much success, some passengers who spoke to The Travellers Network believed the airline was on the right track to provide exceptional international travel experience.

A passenger on the airline’s Abuja-Port Harcourt flight, Justice Sotonye Denton-West commended Air Peace for giving its customers a wonderful experience on its Boeing 777 aircraft.

“I was surprised when I saw the aircraft scheduled for my trip and when I boarded I was greeted to its luxurious atmosphere. With that, you can see the airline is on the right track with the state-of- the-art aircraft and wonderful service,” she said.

For his part, the director of legal services at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Kaltungo Moljengo, who was on board the Abuja- Port Harcourt flight, said he was satisfied with the luxury interior of the airline’s aircraft, its well- mannered and courteous crew and exceptional service.

He predicted a bright future for the airline on the international routes.
Meanwhile, Air Peace has strengthened its board membership with the appointment of a renowned lawyer, Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), the former managing director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, former acting director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Benedict Adeyileka to its board.

Other new directors are the founder/chief executive officer of Topnotch Integrated Concepts Limited, Ms. Ekaete Bassey Okoro, coordinator of the North East Recovery and Stability Programme (NERSP), Mr. Mohammed Danjuma, the carrier’s chief operating officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide and chief of administration and finance, Mrs. Ejiro Eghagha.

The new board members assured of their readiness to work with the airline’s chairman/chief executive officer, Mr. Allen Onyema and vice chairman, Mrs. Alice Onyema to deliver on the airline’s vision of transforming air travel and projecting a positive image for Nigeria in the global aviation community.

Speaking at the, inauguration of Mr. Onyema urged Nigerians with means to invest in the country to complement the

economic development efforts of the government.
He said he set up the airline primarily to create jobs for the people and give the country a place of pride in the global aviation community.

“The reason I started Air Peace was to create employment opportunities for Nigerians and help in national development, because I know that all the violence and security challenges we are facing will reduce if our youths are positively engaged. I enjoin all Nigerians with means to invest in the country

and help to create jobs to complement the efforts of the government,” he said. He assured that Air Peace would make Nigeria proud with its soon-to- start long-haul operations in spite of the challenges occasioned by unfair competition and aero politics.

He said the airline was acquiring more narrow- body and wide-body aircraft to deepen its no- city-left-behind project. He said the airline, which recently placed a firm order for 10 brand new Embraer 195-E2 jets and purchase rights for 20 aircraft of the same model, had ordered seven more 50-seater Embraer 145 jets to strengthen its operations under its subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper. The airline had earlier taken delivery of six Embraer 145 jets. Onyema described the

new members of board of directors as Nigerians who are passionate about efforts to develop the country and create employment opportunities for the people.

For their part, the new directors said they agreed to join Air Peace board because of Onyema’s consistent display of integrity and sincerity.

They pledged not to fail in the discharge of their duties as directors of the airline, saying they would work to deepen and sustain the carrier’s success. TN

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