The chairman and chief executive officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, has been honoured with the award of ‘Agent for Positive Change’ at the Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Awards 2018.
Speaking at the event held in Abuja recently, president of the Nigeria Goodwill Awards, Mr. Chris Odey said the recognition was a reward for Onyema’s “positive contribution to humanity” and development of society.
“The Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Awards annually honours and celebrates individual role models and institutions that are contributing to social transformation and are committed to human rights advocacy, good governance, gender equality, peace and selfless service to humanity,” he said.
Receiving the award, Onyema said he was delighted for the recognition of his contributions to Nigeria’s socio-economic development as well as the well being of humanity.
Onyema, who was represented by the airline’s spokesman, Mr. Chris Iwarah, pledged to continue to work for the social and economic transformation of the country.
He assured that Air Peace’s recent firm order for 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft would expand the airline’s job creation project and commitment to provision of top-notch flight services.
He said Air Peace, which had grown to become the biggest carrier on the West Coast of Africa, currently employs thousands of Nigerians and other nationals.
He said the airline recently took delivery of two of the four Boeing 777 aircraft it acquired for its long-haul flights to London, Houston, Mumbai, Dubai, Sharjah, Guangzhou-China and Johannesburg.
He also said the carrier had set a record in the aviation industry in West Africa when it ordered 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and sealed the deal with the aircraft maker.
Besides, Onyema said the airline had set up a subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper to handle its flight operations to difficult, under-served as well as unserved routes in Nigeria and West Africa using the six Embraer 145 aircraft it acquired as part of its no-city-left-behind project.
He announced that Air Peace had fixed October 2 for the commencement of its Yola-Owerri-Yola service under Air Peace Hopper.
Onyema said his mission in the airline business is to create seamless air connectivity, empower the people to meet their needs and resist crime through gainful employment.