Safety Enhancement: Air-Peace Acquires Additional Embraer E195 Aircraft

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The addition of fourth new E195-E2 Embraer aircraft in Air-Peace fleet will help reduce operational costs and improve the safety of the airline.

Mr. Allen Onyema, the airline’s chairman, made this remark during the official delivery ceremony of the carrier’s fourth E195-E2 Embraer aircraft at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Thursday

The new E195-E2 aircraft was welcomed from the Embraer facility in Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil, with a water cannon salute at the airport.

The E195-E2, which was the fourth of the initial 13 aircraft Air Peace ordered from Embraer, was named Kingsley Chukwuma Onyema, with registration mark 5N-BYI.

Allen said that the aircraft was bought to further improve safety, save fuel, improve operational costs.

Remarked Onyema: “From 2018, we made a commitment to acquire brand new aircraft to replace our fleet. I am not saying our aircraft is unsafe but because of the economics of the game.

“The Embraer will help save fuel and reduce operational cost. It’s not about age, it’s about maintenance but a brand new aircraft takes safety to a new level.

“The aircraft is configured for 148 passengers but we at Air Peace made it 124 to give passengers what they deserve; safety and comfort”.

He also said the Embraer E195-E2 was a calculated buy because it was bigger than the Boeing 737 but had a technology so advanced it could land and take off on the shortest of runways like Warri airfield.

Speaking also, Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), commended the airline for its acquisition of brand new aircraft, asking others to follow suit as it would develope the industry.

Nuhu stressed that Air Peace was not just procuring new aircraft but appropriate aircraft for operations.

Said he: “It gladdens my heart that Nigerian airlines are not only getting new aircraft but are getting the right aircraft.

“The connectivity in Nigeria has improved and it’s getting better. These new aircraft have low maintenance and operational costs and are environmentally friendly.

“This is the way to go. I believe with time, Air Peace will change all its fleet to newer ones.

“Pre-COVID, 10 to 12 million passengers passed through the country’s airports, which amounts to 10 per cent of the country’s population.

“Airlines need to connect different parts of the country for trade, thereby contributing to the country’s GDP.

“The airline industry is growing and those surviving are expanding their fleet”.

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