#AIRPEACE GOES INTO EXPANSION MODE AHEAD OF NATIONAL CARRIER LAUNCH
(Posted 14th September 2018)
Air Peace has earlier in the week signed a deal with Boeing for the purchase of 10 Boeing B737Max8s. The move is seen against the background of attempts to launch a Nigerian national airline which, following a grand announcement at the Farnborough Air Show seems to be stuck in the starting blocks for now.
Air Peace, the leading airline in Nigeria, presently operates domestic services but has recently taken delivery of two Boeing B777s to launch international flights. The airline currently has a fleet of 17 aircraft comprising of one Boeing B772, one Boeing B773, ten Boeing B737 of both -300 and -500 variants, four Embraer ERJ145s and a single Dornier 328JET, all of them owned except for two B737s and the DO328.
Air Peace is reportedly eying regional routes too to connect Nigeria with other West African neighbours but also for routes into Southern and Eastern Africa.
The Boeing deal also signals a departure from adding pre-owned aircraft to their fleet, clearly with the objective to bolster market confidence and also to cut down on operating cost.