Air Peace is set to unveil the third phase of its regional operations with the launch of flights to Monrovia, Lome, Abidjan and some other West Coast destinations.
Spokesman for the airline, Mr. Chris Iwarah who disclosed this in a statement issued in Lagos did not give a definite time for the launch but explained that the airline was already realising its goal of guaranteeing seamless connectivity on the West Coast of Africa with the launch of its Accra, Ghana; Freetown, Sierra Leone and Dakar, Senegal services.
Iwarah said the plan to add Monrovia, Lome and Abidjan to the airline’s route network is in appreciation of its customers on the West Coast who had reached out to it to expand its regional operations to cover more under-served destinations.
“On February 16, 2017, we launched our Accra, Ghana operations and gave members of the flying public a refreshing choice of spectacular flight services on the route. Just about a year after our entry into the Accra route, we took another huge step to deepen our West Coast operations with the launch of our Freetown, Banjul and Dakar services on February 19, 2018.
“We are deeply grateful that members of the flying public have not only endorsed our regional flight operations with their patronage and loyalty, but are now requesting that we expand our network to cover more West Coast destinations, including Monrovia, Lome and Abidjan. We feel highly honoured that our wonderful guests are pleased with our domestic and regional operations.
“Our goal is to make air connectivity on the West Coast and indeed the entire Africa seamless, comfortable, affordable and a refreshing experience. We are ready to take up the challenge and kick off the third phase of our regional operations with the commencement of our Monrovia, Lome and Abidjan services in the next few weeks.
“It is the least we can do in appreciation of our esteemed guests whose support and loyalty have taken us to the top spot as leaders of the commercial flight business on the West Coast of Africa,” he said.
Meanwhile, the airline assured its clients that “it is running a strict safety and fleet maintenance programme because of the premium it placed on the lives of our customers.”
Iwarah said its fleet comprises Boeing aircraft with some of the best engines in the world and built to ensure the safety as well as comfort of the flying public.
He also disclosed that the carrier’s fleet comprises the family of Boeing 737 aircraft with some of the best engine performance record in the world.
It would be recalled that the engine of an NG B737-700 aircraft owned by a United States-based airline recently blew out, prompting regulators to reportedly order a check to ensure that other aircraft of the same type were not having the fault allegedly discovered in the engine.
Air Peace, however, said its aircraft are different from the Boeing 737-700 involved in the U.S. incident.
Besides contracting one of the best aircraft maintenance companies in the world, BCT Aviation to do routine maintenance of its fleet on ground its base in Lagos, Iwarah said the airline “is spending huge foreign exchange to maintain its aircraft in some of the best facilities in the world to ensure that the safety of the flying public is not compromised.”
“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) directive to airlines which operate aircraft with the same engine with the U. S. carrier to perform ultrasonic inspection on the engines installed on NG B737-700 does not extend to engines installed on the classic aircraft, which we have in our fleet.
“Besides, our aircraft are maintained in accordance with the approved maintenance programme and manufacturer maintenance document,” he added.