Posted by Sade Williams
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema has been recognised as an “Agent for Positive Change” at the Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Awards 2018.
Speaking at the award ceremony in Abuja, President of the Nigeria Goodwill Awards, Mr. Chris Odey said the recognition was a reward for Onyema’s “positive contribution to humanity” and development of society.
“The Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Awards,” he said, “annually honours and celebrates individual role models and institutions that are contributing to social transformation and are committed to human rights advocacy, good governance, gender equality, peace and selfless service to humanity.”
Receiving the award, Onyema said he was delighted that his contributions to Nigeria’s social and economic development as well as the well being of humanity were recognised.
Onyema, who was represented by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah, pledged to continue to work for the social and economic transformation of Nigeria.
He assured that Air Peace’s recent firm order for the delivery of 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft would expand the airline’s job creation project and commitment to provision of top-notch flight services.
Onyema is reputed for his peace advocacy and job creation projects on the platforms of The Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN) and Air Peace respectively. Air Peace, which has grown to become the biggest carrier on the West Coast of Africa, currently employs thousands of Nigerians and other nationals.
The airline, which recently took delivery of two of the four Boeing 777 aircraft it recently acquired for its long-haul flights to London, Houston, Mumbai, Dubai, Sharjah, Guangzhou-China and Johannesburg, set another record in the aviation industry in West Africa when it ordered 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and sealed the deal with the American planemaker at an event hosted by US Consul General in Lagos, Mr. John Bray.
The airline also recently set up a subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper to handle its flight operations to difficult, underserved as well as unserved routes in Nigeria and West Africa using the six Embraer 145 aircraft it acquired as part of its no-city-left-behind project.
The airline has fixed October 2 for commencement of its Yola-Owerri-Yola flight services under Air Peace Hopper. It will also return to the Lagos-Asaba-Lagos route it suspended more than two years ago based on safety concerns with the Asaba Airport, besides adding Abuja-Asaba-Abuja to the service.
Onyema says his mission in the airline business is to create seamless air connectivity, empower the people to meet their needs and resist crime through gainful employment.