Air Peace Orders $2.1bn New Embraer Planes


Air Peace has set a continental record with a firm order for 10 brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft worth $2.1bn deal based on current list prices.

The deal which was unveiled during Embraer Business Meeting with the Aviation World in Port Louis, Mauritius, made Air Peace the first to order the brand of jets on the continent, thereby becoming the official launch customer of the brand of aircraft in Africa.

In a statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, the airline described the aircraft as a 124 seater jet in dual class and 146-seater jet in single class configurations respectively.

The carrier also set a regional record in September 2018 when it ordered for 10 brand new aircraft from Boeing, increasing its fleet size then to about 37 aircraft. With the new order, Air Peace’s fleet size has increased to 67 aircraft.

Shortly before the firm order for 10 brand new aircraft from Boeing, Air Peace set a domestic record as the first Nigerian airline to acquire and register the Boeing 777 aircraft in the country.

Three of the four wide-body aircraft it acquired for its long-haul operations to Dubai, Sharjah, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai have so far been delivered.

Speaking on the latest order in faraway Port Louis, Mr. Allen Onyema, Air Peace Chief Executive Officer, said: “Embraer’s new E195-E2 presents us with a marvel of economic performance. It’s also great that we will be the first E2 operator on the African continent. We already have the ERJ145s in our fleet, so we understand the high standards of Embraer products.”

The E195-E2 aircraft, he said, would strengthen Air Peace’s drive to deploy the right kinds of aircraft to under-served and un-served domestic and regional routes under its no-city-left-behind project.

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