Air Peace has deepened competition in the aviation sector with its inauguration of Lagos-Kano-Lagos and Kano flight services.
The airline said the Kano flight operations is a very significant milestone in its vision to unite Nigeria through air travel and lift the nation’s economy through trade facilitation and massive job creation.
Speaking during a brief ceremony to mark the inaugural flight, Allen Onyema, chairman/chief executive officer, Air Peace Limited who was represented by Chris Iwarah, corporate communications manager Air Peace, explained that the event accords with the airline’s strategy to expand operations in the north of Nigeria and connect other unserved or underserved cities of the nation.
“Kano has long been recognised as the economic capital of the North of Nigeria. We are therefore hopeful that the extension of the flight services to the state will greatly positively impact the economy of the region,” Iwarah added.
Onyema disclosed that the Kano launch would be followed with the commencement of flight operations to Yola in Adamawa State on February 15, and Freetown, Banjul, Dakar on February 19; adding that last year, the airline hugely expanded its capacity to serve the flying public with the increase of its fleet to size of 24 airplanes.
The Air Peace Chairman also noted that on January 31 and February 8 the airline took delivery of two of the six Embraer 145 aircraft it recently acquired to serve cities with air transport difficulties under its new subsidiary, Airy Peace Hoper.
He reiterated that the airline is more positioned to transform air travel experience in Nigeria, West Africa sub region and beyond.
According to him, “We are reputed for our time performance and uncompromising stand on matters of safety. We promise to leverage the experience of our skilled staff and excellent business model to end the era of endless delays on the Lagos–Kano-Lagos and Kano -Abuja-Kano routes.”
He appealed for patronage and support as the airline operate twice daily from Lagos into Kano and back, once from Kano into Abuja and back and try to deliver a whole new extinction the Kano route.
Speaking earlier at the event, Muhammed Sanusi, Emir of Kano, stated that the Emirate would continue to support Air Peace to succeed on the Lagos–Kano route stating that the airline’s arrival into Kano would further engineer social and economic development.
The Emir, who was represented by Ibrahim Sambo, stated that there a very few airlines operating into Kano, adding that now that Air Peace is here , the people of Kano are very happy.
He said, “All the necessary support will be given to Air Peace to succeed. When Air Peace came to express its interest to fly to Kano, we made it a matter of importance to give them accommodation. We hope you will have affordable fare and also sustain this route.
Last week AirPeace pledged to end the travel difficulties of the nation’s unserved and underserved cities. The airline made the pledge on Friday when it took delivery of its second Embraer 145 jet in nine days.
The airline received the first of six 50-seater new generation Embraer 145 jets it recently acquired on January 31 and immediately set up a subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper to manage its plan to connect routes airlines in the country shy away from.
The new aircraft which arrived from the US touched down at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at about 7.10 p.m. on Friday.
It arrived as the carrier was finalising arrangements for the launch of its flights to Kano and Yola on February 12 and 15 respectively as well as Freetown, Banjul and Dakar on February 19.
A statement issued on Sunday by Chris Iwarah, said the arrival of the new aircraft marked 5N-BVD and named Chinonye Ezeani (Nee Onyema) was another proof that the airline was serious about its pledge to transform air travel in Nigeria, the West Coast of Africa and beyond.
The arrival of Chinonye Ezeani (Nee Onyema), Air Peace said, “has proved beyond doubt that we are indeed serious about our pledge to end the travel nightmares of the unserved and underserved cities of Nigeria. It is our vision to democratise air travel in Nigeria. We are driven by the passion and belief that no one or city should be left behind.
“As soon as we secure the approval of the regulatory authorities, we will start flight operations with our Embraer 145 jets. We will operate into the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Base in Port Harcourt and connect routes such as Enugu-Kano-Enugu, Benin-Port-Harcourt-Benin, Port-Harcourt-Kano-Port- Harcourt, Lagos-Warri-Port-Harcourt- Warri-Lagos, Lagos-Warri-Abuja-Warri, Lagos-Kaduna-Lagos, Lagos-Sokoto-Lagos, Abuja-Sokoto-Abuja, Abuja-Bauchi-Abuja, Lagos- Markurdi-Lagos, Lagos-Jos-Lagos, among others.
“It is a whole new experience we are bringing to air travel in Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa. We are pursuing our expansion project with a lot of grit. Our pledge to fix air travel in Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa is not an empty talk. In three years, we have increased our fleet to a size of 24 aircraft. We are quite serious about our business model. It is both sustainable and economically impactful.
“We will continue to work flat out to deliver the best flight experience to our loyal guests and prioritise their safety and comfort.”
The new aircraft is the fifth AirPeace has received in the last 12 months alone. The airline took delivery of three Boeing 737 aircraft on February 21, June 16, December 24, 2017 and February 31, 2018 respectively.
The carrier, which will soon launch flights to Dubai, Sharjar, London, Houston, Guangzhou, Mumbai and Johannesburg, is expecting the delivery of four more Embraer 145 jets, two Boeing 777s and a couple of Boeing 737 aircraft it recently acquired.