Air Peace and six of its crew members have been conferred with the “National Carrier of Repute” and “Nigerian Crew of Repute” awards respectively by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
The president of NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele who presented the awards to the airline and its crew members during the annual conference of the institute in Umuahia, Abia State explained that the awards were given in recognition of the airline’s and crew’s exceptional efficiency in delivering flight services.
He said Air Peace had brought honour to Nigeria in the aviation industry and proved that the nation has the capacity to fix its challenges.
Oladele affirmed that the carrier’s on-time performance, customer service, safety and fleet maintenance reputations were unparalleled.
The NIPR boss commended Air Peace’s crew chosen for the award- Capt. Adesola Arasi, First Officer Violet Enahoro, Ademola Olowolade, Ann Otiede, Yemisi Beckley and Paul Ijeh – for distinguishing themselves in their interaction with members of passengers.
He further justified the choice of Air Peace and its crew for the awards, saying they were practically assessed by NIPR teams without their knowledge.
He said a total of 20 airlines were assessed by the institute’s teams on board 29 flights and at the carriers’ offices.
“Air Peace and its crew emerged winners after securing a total of 67 percent of the votes,” he said.
Responding on behalf of Air Peace, its spokesman, Mr. Chris Iwarah said the airline is driven by a passion to project the name of Nigeria globally through exceptional flight services.
“From seven aircraft and five routes at launch in 2014, Air Peace has increased its fleet to 24 aircraft and taken its flight operations to 12 domestic and four regional destinations. The airline is set to broaden its regional route network with the addition of Monrovia (Liberia), Lome (Togo) and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) in the next few weeks,” said Iwarah.
He assured that the airline, which recently set a record as the first Nigerian carrier to acquire a Boeing 777 aircraft for its long-haul operations, would soon prove its mettle on the global aviation scene with the launch of its Houston, London, Guangzhou-China, Dubai, Sharjah, Mumbai and Johannesburg services.
He commended the NIPR for rewarding merit, assuring that the awards would spur Air Peace and its crew to further raise the bar of service in the nation’s aviation industry.