Air Peace launches Lagos-Kaduna flights with Embraer 145

Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (2nd left) exchanging pleasantries with the representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (2nd right) at the Kaduna International Airport, while the Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (right) and others look on during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

 

… as Onyema promises to unite Nigeria through seamless service

Posted by Sade Williams

 

One week after it started scheduled flights from Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia in Liberia, Air Peace on Monday, launched daily flight services from  Murtala Muahmmed Airport ( MMA) to Kaduna International Airport.

 

This is just as the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Mr. Allen Onyema said the carrier is embarking on massive expansion of its domestic flight operations to tackle air travel difficulties in Nigeria and build bridges of unity across the country.

 

Onyema spoke in Kaduna State in an address to mark the commencement of Air Peace’s daily flights from Lagos.

 

Onyema, who was represented by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah described the launch of the carrier’s Lagos-Kaduna service as a “significant milestone in our vision to unite our dear country, Nigeria through air travel and lift the nation’s economy through trade facilitation and massive job creation.”

 

He said the airline, which also launched its daily flights to Kano and Yola on February 12 and 15, 2018 respectively, was working on setting up mini-hubs across Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa to strategically fix the challenges of air travel.

Air Peace delegation and crew: Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (right), Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (2nd left), Pilot-in-Command, Capt. Matthew Ekeinde (left), Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Joy Imeli (second row, left), Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs. Patricia Ebilah (second row, right), Business Development Executive, Mr. Obinna Ezerioha (third row, right), Lead Crew, Marylinda Okoye (third row, middle) and Infrastructure Support Engineer, Mr. Murphy Ebietuoma (third row, left) in Air Peace Embraer 145 aircraft shortly after returning to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos from the Kaduna International Airport after the launch of the carrier’s Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

 

“Our plan”, he said, “is to massively expand our operations from our base in Lagos into mini-hubs across all regions of Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa. We assure you that the North of Nigeria will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the massive expansion of our route network and fleet capacity. Since the first quarter of 2018, we have begun to take delivery of the six 50-seater Embraer 145 aircraft we recently acquired to serve cities with air transport difficulties under our subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper.

 

“There is no doubt that as the leading and biggest airline in Nigeria with a fleet size of 24 aircraft, we are now more positioned to transform air travel experience in Nigeria, the West Coast of Africa and beyond. But more importantly, we are proud to use our flight services to build bridges of unity in Nigeria. We are not just achieving this by extending our flight operations across Nigeria without restriction, we also are doing so with our employment policy that does not discriminate on the grounds of religion, tribe and creed.”

 

Onyema assured air travellers on the Lagos-Kaduna route of efficient, on-time and safe flight operations.

 

“We are coming into the Kaduna route with a reputation for on-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 challenges of air travel on the Kaduna route and make Kaduna more accessible to leisure and business travellers,” he said.

Representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (7th right) flanked by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (7th left), Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (left), Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Joy Imeli (3rd left), Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs. Patricia Ebilah (6th left), Business Development Executive, Mr. Obinna Ezerioha (5th right), Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (6th right), Head of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (5th left), Kaduna Station Manager of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, Mr. Farouk Mohammed (2nd left) and others at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

 

For his part, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris praised Air Peace for commencing flight operations to Kaduna.

 

The royal father, who was represented by the District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani, assured the airline of the support and patronage of the Zazzau Emirate Council and the people of Kaduna State.

 

Also speaking shortly after the launch flight, a 50-seater Embraer 145 operated by Capt. Matthew Ekeinde, Capt. Lawali Abubakar, First Officer Henry Khantiok, Lead Crew, Marylinda Okoye and Cabin Crew Executive, Sandra Nwagbologu, touched down to a warm reception and water salute by aviation regulators, workers and leaders of corporate organisations at the Kaduna International Airport at about 9.18 a.m., the acting Airport Manager, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye pledged the support of the management of the airport for Air Peace to ensure its success on the Lagos-Kaduna route.

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