- Air Peace has taken delivery of its third Boeing 777 airplane
- The airplane was received at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, with fanfare
- The company is seeking to expand its operations with its new Boeing 777 planes
Air Peace, Nigerian famous airliner and biggest in West Africa, got the delivery of its third Boeing 777 airplane on Wednesday, March 20.
The airplane touched down at exactly 3:20 pm at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, 13 months after it took delivery of its first Boeing 777 on Saturday, February 23.
Vanguard reports that the airline was received with a water salute by officials of the Fire Service Department of the Federal Airports of Authority of Nigeria as staff of the airliner rejoiced.
The aircraft labeled, Anuli Peggy Onyema, will handle flight operations to Sharjah, Dubai, London, Houston, Guangzhou-China, Mumbai and Johannesburg.
Air Peace chairman and chief executive officer, Allen Onyema, said that the airliner is the future of the county in aviation.
He said the purchase was part of the company’s plan to begin long-haul operations as against claims that it was only acquiring aircrafts without plans for them.
“I don’t think Air Peace is parking aircraft for fun. We brought in these aircraft to use them. We want to do this country very proud. We want to make every Nigerian proud of their own.
“Both the government and people of Nigeria have been complaining that there has never been any successful Nigerian airline. This is one airline out of Africa trying to do something different. All we need at this point in time is the support of everyone – both the government and people of Nigeria.
“I set up Air Peace in order to create jobs in a country with so much potential yet nothing to show for it. I and my wife just created this to give back to society. And that is very evident in the way we are running Air Peace. This particular aircraft will create at least another 1,500 jobs," he said
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Air Peace released a press statement on its moves to purchase new aircraft and the progress its has made so far, days after the Ethiopian airline crash.
The airline said that it is yet to get delivery after its order for not less than 10 brand new Boeing 737 max 8 aircraft. It said that it is still at the design and configuration stage of the process, adding that it is fixed on monitoring developments after the ugly incidence to ensure the flying public that they can still trust and patronise the air line.
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