Air Peace becomes the first African airline to operate the ultra modern Embraer E195 E2 and the first to configure the premium cabin with the staggered seat option. The delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of this year.
According to a tweet from Embraer official handle, the Nigerian airline is the first African carrier to fly the E2. Air Peace first Embraer E195 E2 is already taking shape and wings added. All the aircraft comes in single configuration of economy class of 144 seats and dual configurations with 12-seater business class and 102-seater in the economy class.
This is the first of the 13 E195-E2 aircraft that was ordered last year. The wings and empennage on Air peace first E195-E2 has been joined to the fuselage. Watch the assembly video below.
Air Peace’s first #Embraer #E195E2 is taking shape. We just added the wings/empennage. The Nigerian airline is the first African carrier to fly the #E2. @flyairpeace #EmbraerStories pic.twitter.com/ib9QOzkaWW— Embraer (@embraer) July 28, 2020
Air Peace brand new 124 seater capacity aircraft is undergoing its final phase of manufacturing at the Embraer Facility in Brazil. Thirteen brand new planes ordered; delivery is scheduled for September 2020.
Last year, Embraer announced during the Dubai Air Show that Nigeria’s Air Peace airline ordered for the E195-E2 jet.
Raul Villaron, Vice President Sales, Africa and Middle East, Embraer Commercial Aviation said “Air Peace will love the aircraft’s efficiency and passenger will experience an unparalleled level of comfort, especially in first class – Air Peace is the launch customer for Embraer’s new premium staggered seating option,” said
He further said, “We look forward to supporting Air Peace’s growing E2s fleet and deepening our fruitful partnership.”
Air Peace Chairman/CEO, Mr. Allen Onyema also said last November 2019 that “The E195-E2 is the perfect aircraft to expand our operations in Africa and this new order is a further confirmation of our ‘no-city-left-behind initiative which we shall continue to execute”.
He added, “We are receiving impressive data about the aircraft’s economics now that is in revenue service, and this was a driver to place this new firm order with Embraer. We look forward to receiving our first aircraft, which will enhance connectivity in Nigeria and the African region, while feeding long-haul flights from our Lagos hub.”
The 124-seat aircraft will complement the 8 ERJ145s in the fleet of its subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper.
About Air Peace
Founded in 2013 with headquarter in Lagos, Nigeria. Air Peace operates more than 20 local, regional, and international routes and has strategic plans to expand those routes. The Nigeria Airline has grown rapidly since it commenced flight operations in 2014 and is now the largest airline in West Africa.
Founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. It is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.