Air Peace today took delivery of another brand new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. It’s the second of thirteen of the big E2s that the carrier has ordered.
The brand new aircraft landed the country at 1:55pm on Thursday and was welcomed with the usual water canon by stakeholders, staff and Chairman of the airline, Barrister Allen Onyema.
Late January, Air peace Nigeria took delivery of the first embraer E195-E2 and became the launch operator for the aircraft in Africa.
In a statement by Nigeria Flight Deck, Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema speaking on the arrival of the aircraft 5N-BYG expressed displeasure at what it takes to clear aircraft despite government signing into law the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on importation of aircraft and spares.
“I pay over N490million with a staff strength of over 3,000 people, our spare parts and engines will come into this country and customs will keep on keeping them and giving us all manner of reasons and bills to pay, even through the president of the country in his wisdom has signed into law these waivers. It does not depend on the whims and caprices of anyone any more.
“This is the law of the country and the customs should be made to obey the laws of this country or in the next coming week airlines may shut down. If not for the minister of aviation, last week all the airlines in the country would have shut down. Where does that leave this economy of this country? Air Peace in particular, an engine which should be cleared in one day has taken over one month to clear. In the neighboring republic of Benin, it takes 48 hours to clear goods.
“The DG of WTO, Okonji Iweala talked about customs in this country yesterday facilitating business not killing business. The customs of Nigeria are not above the law. I must not be a prisoner of my own conscience. The customs must be made to obey the laws of this country. They are killing aviation. This government wants to help aviation. The minister keeps on intervening. They should allow airlines that are struggling for forex at N490 to a dollar. ”
Onyeama further said, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down maintenance works on many of the aircraft in the countries that are still observing lockdown over the pandemic.
Brand New! Today, March 18, 2021, we received our second brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft out of the 13 ordered.— Air Peace (@flyairpeace) March 18, 2021
We're expecting more brand new E195-E2s before the year runs out and we'll keep providing more connections for the flying public.
Congratulations, Flygerians! pic.twitter.com/DM3nnZPWpa
Air Peace became the first in Africa to pay for 13 brand new planes and we would be acquiring 17 more to make it 30. These planes shall be deployed to domestic and regional routes. These jets are the best. If all the powers shut down while 30 feet above sea level, a RAM deploys automatically and the plane lands effortlessly. The aircraft speaks to the pilot and the pilot speaks to it. By the time we get everything, we would be providing 8000 jobs to Nigerians. “, he added.
The Embraer fleet will create greater regional and domestic connectivity from the carrier’s Lagos hub.
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.