A Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, has signed a deal with the United States-based airline manufacturer, Boeing, for the purchase of 10 new aircraft.The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, said the order would arrive very soon and that the airline’s fleet of aircraft had risen to 37.
Speaking at the signing ceremony for the sale of the 10 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the US Consul General’s residence in Lagos on Thursday, Onyema said Air Peace had achieved another first, describing the firm as “the first West African airline to own the latest Boeing innovation”.
“We have a firm order for 10 aircraft. By so doing, Air Peace has joined the big league. We are doing this because we are interested in creating massive job opportunities; one Boeing 737 MAX aircraft can give jobs to over 500 people. We are looking at the teeming unemployed youths in Nigeria.
“When you are buying a brand new aircraft, it comes with some package to help the operator undertake the new entry into its operations. Boeing has given us a lot of incentives. Those incentives will come in the way of training, spares and some other support to help us achieve a smooth transition,” local media reports quoted Onyema as saying.
He disclosed that the airline has 27 aircraft and that some of the purchased aircraft are not yet in the country.
According to him, the new order will bring the number of the aircraft to 37.
He added that the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will help reduce the fuel costs being incurred by the airline.