Obiano urges FG to support Air Peace with flag carrier status


…as NUATE hails airline over 3rd B777 aircraft

Posted by Sade Williams

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano , has called on the Federal Government to support Air Peace with a flag carrier status.

In a statement signed by Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba quoted Obiano as describing Air Peace as Nigeria’s fastest growing and most ambitious airline in history.

 He said putting the airline in a flag carrier status ‘is a more pragmatic step to take than the rumoured current attempt in some quarters to make the President Muhammadu Buhari administration establish a state-owned airline, despite the terrible record of Nigeria Airways and the government’s wise suspension of Nigeria Air last September”.

“There is no way any state-owned or promoted airline can enhance Nigeria’s reputation in the world that Air Peace is not doing and will continue to do with greater efficiency and results”, he added. 

Expressing satisfaction with the number of aircraft the airline had acquired since it commenced flight operations in 2014, the governor said: “Of particular interest to both the flying public and the government is its safety record which is excellent owing to the extra mile it goes to not only maintain its machines to the highest global standards but also make its technical crew regard safety as the highest pursuit in the aviation industry”.

He commended the professionalism demonstrated by Air Peace staff in their flight operations, saying the airline’s flight services were comparable to those of its international counterparts.

In the same vein, National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) have congratulated Air Peace on the delivery of its third Boeing 777 aircraft.

The aircraft, which landed at the Murtala Muhamed International Airport, Lagos on March 20, is part of the four Boeing 777s Air Peace recently acquired for its soon-to-start long-haul operations to Sharjah, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai.

The union said the airline’s third Boeing 777 aircraft would transform the experience of the travelling public.

In a congratulatory letter dated March 28 and addressed to Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema, the President of NUATE, Mr. Ben Nnabue said: “We strongly believe that this new vessel will usher in a luxury experience to the travelling public as safety is already guaranteed.”

Air Peace has so far acquired four Boeing 777 aircraft, three of which have been delivered. Since it commenced operations in 2014, the carrier has increased its fleet size to a total of about 37 aircraft. 

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