Ahead of its Launch of flight services to Mumbai, India, Nigeria’s largest carrier airline, Air Peace, plans to acquire Boeing 787 to boost international operations.
Allen Onyema, chief executive officer of Air Peace made the disclosure at a SkyConnect Leadership Dialogue webcast hosted by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
Onyema while speaking on the airline’s fleet plans said the company is in talks with Boeing manufacturer for a possible order of the wide-body jet airliner.
“We have our B777s, and we are also discussing with Boeing for the Dreamliner, which I feel will come very soon,” Onyema said.
This comes as the privately-owned airline plans to start an international route to Mumbai on 31st March 2023, as announced in February.
Air Peace is already flying to Dubai International (UAE), Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (South Africa), Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Dakar Blaise Diagne International (Senegal), Douala (Cameroon), Freetown (Sierra Leone), and Monrovia Roberts (Liberia).
In July 2022, Air Peace began flight operations to Guangzhou, China, becoming the first Nigerian airline to fly into the Asian country with scheduled weekly flights.
The airline reportedly plans to also begin flight services to Tel Aviv (Israel), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), and Kinshasa N’Djili (DRC), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but no definite date has been announced.
Meanwhile, Air Peace had been awaiting the delivery of a Firm Order of fifteen B737 MAX, including seven B737-8s and eight B737-10s, all “paid for”.
According to the latest Embraer order book, Air Peace also has an outstanding order of eight E195-E2s out of a total order of thirteen, with five of the type already delivered.
Air Peace has about 40 aircraft of different types (Airbus A320, Boeing, 737, 777, Dornier Do-328, Embraer E2, ERJ 145, etc.) in its fleet, with an Average Fleet Age of 19 years, according to information on Planet Plotters.net.
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