Leading Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, is set to take the country’s aviation business by storm following its acquisition of the coveted Boeing 777-200ER airliner.
Air Peace becomes the first Nigerian airline to obtain the brand new B777 which prides itself as the world’s largest twinjet.
The Boeing 777 belongs to the family of long-range wide-body twin-engine airliners and usually has the capacity to convey about 314 to 396 passengers in a single trip.
Air Peace, with this acquisition, is set to commence operations to various international destinations.
Its newly acquired 777 arrived the country to a water salute by officials at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State.
Speaking on the company’s giant stride, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, expressed confidence that the indigenous airline will compete favourably with foreign carriers especially with its commencement of operations to destinations like Houston, Mumbai, South Africa, Dubai, Guangzhou-China, and London.
“Air Peace is ready to begin operations on these routes as soon as we get the cooperation of our aviation agencies, our home governments, and the outside governments of the countries we are going to.
“This is the first time a Nigerian carrier is acquiring a B777. What we have had in the past is through leases which were not favourable to the airline operators.
“So, I don’t believe that Nigerian airlines cannot compete favourably with the others. What we have been lacking is the necessary support.
“Within the last three years, we have been able to increase our fleet size to 24 aircraft. That is rapid growth and we are still growing stronger,” said Onyema.