Air Peace is set to start intercontinental operations in November 2018, when all the long-haul aircraft it acquired would have arrived the country. The Chairman and CEO of the airline, Allen Onyema once again reiterated the company’s plans of bringing to life, its international operations plan. It will be recalled that the company had previously assured Nigerians that it would soon announce dates for the launch of its long-haul operations to London, Houston, Dubai, Sharjah, Guangzhou-China, Mumbai and Johannesburg.
Onyema, said that he was expecting two more Boeing B777, which it acquired recently, in addition to the two which had already arrived the country. This he added would ensure that the airline has enough aircraft for its international service and so would not be interrupted by inadequate aircraft when anyone on the fleet goes for maintenance.
“We want to make sure Nigerians are proud of their own. We want to make the international community not to have anything to hold on to, to fault us. So, we want to make sure that we put in place a solid structure for the upcoming international operations. These are the reasons why we have not started. We do not want to go into international operations and come out. We want to make sure we have enough planes to do the international operations. You do not begin international operations with one aircraft. If the aircraft develop fault, what do you do? You disappoint passengers? You don’t start international operations with even two aircraft, which is why we have acquired four B777. We have not started because the others have not come in. And we do not want to rush it,” he said.
The Air Peace boss said that the airline is negotiating for interline and code-share partners in its international routes to ensure that it takes passengers beyond its own destinations.
He maintained that the move will provide employment opportunities for many Nigerians.