From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
Nigeria leading airline, Air Peace yesterday allayed the fears of Nigerians and the travelling public that it much publicised order of 10 brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 is still at it design and configuration stage and are yet to be delivered to the airline.
Air Peace had on Sept. 13, 2018, announced a new order for ten 737 MAX 8 airplanes during a signing ceremony between representatives of the airline and the world leading aircraft manufacturer, Boeing in Lagos.
Chairman and CEO, Air Peace Limited, Mr. Allen Onyema at the ceremony said “The fuel efficiency and superior operating economics of the 737 MAX will ensure that the aircraft will play a major role in growing our business in the years to come.” Adding that “We are excited to add the 737 MAX to our fleet as we expand our network to offer more destinations and serve more passengers,”
Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company Ihssane Mounir, said “Africa is a growing market for commercial airplanes and we are proud that airlines like Air Peace are selecting Boeing aircraft to be part of that growth. This order reflects the strong demand that we are seeing for the 737 MAX as airlines choose the airplane’s superior performance and reliability.”
The airline affirmed that it became imperative to make the clarification following numerous calls and enquiries on it response to the accident involving Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 which plummeted on Sunday just 6 minutes after departing theAddis Ababa Bole International Airport and lost contact with the aerodrome.
The crash was the second involving the B737 MAX 800 aircraft model in five months following the October 2018 crash involving a Lion Air plane that nosedived into the Java sea off Jakarta, in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
The airline’s image maker and head of corporate communications, Mr. Chris Iwara explained that the “Management of Air Peace Airline has thought it imperative to clarify that Air Peace recently placed a firm order for 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. We are, however, yet to take delivery of the aircraft as we are still at the design and configuration stage of the order.”
Iwara said although it is premature to comment on the incidents, Air Peace wish to assure members of the flying public that it is closely following and monitoring developments on the issue as an airline that prioritises the safety and well-being of its customers.
“While we keep engaging with our partners in this regard, we repose implicit confidence in Boeing and aviation authorities to capably and satisfactorily address all the issues if at the conclusion of ongoing investigations it is discovered that the challenge is with the B737 Max 8.”
He urged members of the flying public to continue to choose Air Peace as their preferred airline and trust the airline to always act in their best interest.