Nigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace’s order for 10 brand new 737 MAX 8 aircraft from American aircraft maker, Boeing has set the aviation industry abuzz.
Air Peace and Boeing penned the deal for acquisition of 10 brand new 737 MAX 8 aircraft with Boeing at an event hosted by the US Consul General in Lagos penultimate Thursday, making history as the first airline in West Africa to add the equipment to its fleet.
Air Peace already operates Boeing 737s and Embraer 145s on its domestic and regional routes. The airline, which recently added Boeing 777s to its fleet, is looking to soon launch its international flight operations. .
Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony at the residence of US Consul General in Lagos, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema said the airline was now more positioned to lift Nigeria’s economy, create jobs and transform air travel.
“We are excited to add the 737 MAX to our fleet as we expand our network to offer more destinations and serve more passengers,” said Onyema.
He added: “The fuel efficiency and superior operating economics of the 737 MAX will ensure that the aircraft will play a major role in growing our business in the years to come.”
He commended Boeing, the governments of Nigeria and the United States as well as Fidelity Bank for their different roles in assisting the airline to achieve the feat. .
For his part, the Sales Director of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (West and Central Africa), Mr. Larry Tolliver praised Air Peace for the feat.
The new aircraft, he assured, would drastically cut the airline’s cost of operations.
Also speaking, the US Consul General in Lagos, Mr John Bray assured Air Peace of the support of his country’s government. He commended Air Peace and its chairman for the feat.
The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, for his part, praised Onyema for his integrity and hard work. He confirmed that Fidelity Bank decided to support Air Peace because of its financial discipline and sound business model.
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