AirPeace sees massive patronage on its inaugural flight to UAE

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AirPeace, Nigeria’s largest carrier experienced over 85percent load factor on its inaugural flight to Sharjah yesterday.

Allen Onyema, chairmen Air Peace,  has said that the airline’s foray into international operations will help end the short changing of Nigerians flying to Europe and other international destination.

Speaking at the inaugural flight of Air Peace to Dubai, via Sharjah, Onyema empathised with Nigerian travellers stating that they pay far more for international flights than those who fly for three hours more.

The airline which commenced its inaugural operations with over 85 percent load factor aims at maintaining its startup trajectory and according to its chairman aims at combating the price imbalance in the region.

“Let me tell Nigerians, what you pay to Europe for a 6hour flight , those that fly 9hours from Jo’ burg do not pay that; it’s time to stop the short-changing,” he said.

The AirPeace boss also said that competitors airlines would soon begin to crash their fares when they hear of and see the attractive offer Air Peace has in store but reminded them that these airlines refused to drop those fares initially until they came in.

” As we speak our fares are attractive, we have N180,000 to Dubai via Sharjah on Economy, that is already almost 60% reduction as it is and we have N750,000 for Business Class while our First Class is N850,000 you won’t get a better offer, in fact for First class you see fromN2million up. I’m sure some airlines will reduce their fares but this is just to ensnare you again and keep ripping you off.”

” You know that every cent, every penny, every kobo paid into Aor Peace will go a long way to create more jobs and bring our people out from poverty.”… Read More...

Updated: AirPeace aircraft skids off runway at PH over poor weather condition 

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AirPeace’s Boeing 737-500 aircraft today, Saturday skidded off the runway over poor weather condition at the Port Harcourt airport.
Toyin Olajide, the chief operating officer of the airline, who confirmed the incident said the flight, P47291, which was reported to have taken off from Abuja and landed Port Harcourt at 3.42pm, attributed the incident to flooding of the runway.
” Our professional crew quickly recovered within seconds of the incident and the aircraft was successfully normalised. Our esteemed passengers on board the flight were calm during the incident and disembarked normally.
 
“Our teams of experts and the authorities are currently reviewing the incident and we will give our cooperation for a thorough exercise. We apologise to our esteemed passengers for the inconvenience caused them and wish to assure them that we will continue to prioritise their safety in all our operations, ” Olajide added.
Henrietta Yakubu, general manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) also confirmed the development.
Yakubu said the aircraft skidded off the runway but the pilot was able to gain control of the situation by putting the aircraft to a stop as the undercarriage did not sink into the soil.
 She also disclosed that no one was injured and there was no major damage of the aircraft.
BusinessDay’s findings show that the affected aircraft has been grounded for inspection by concerned aviation authorities.

 

Due to the incident, Max Air was forced to cancel one of its flights, while Air Peace rescheduled two of its flights going to Lagos and Abuja till later in the evening on Saturday.

A message passengers received the airline noted “Dear Esteemed Passenger, We apologize for the disruption to your travel today which was due to Operational Reason. Air Peace Ltd remains absolutely focused … Read More...