Air Peace, West and Central Africa’s biggest airline, announced it has set a record in Africa by placing an order for 30 brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircrafts.
The deal, which was unveiled during Embraer Business Meeting with the Aviation World in Port Louis, Mauritius, makes Air Peace the first to order the brand of jets in Africa.
The deal has also made Air Peace the official launch customer of the brand of the aircraft in Africa. The order comprises of purchase rights for a further 20 E195-E2 jets.
The aircraft is a 124-seater jet in dual class and 146-seater jet in single class configurations. With all purchase rights exercised, the contract has a value of $2.12 billion based on current list prices.
Air Peace also set a regional record in September 2018 when it ordered 10 brand new aircraft from Boeing, increasing its fleet size then to about 37 aircrafts. With the new order, Air Peace fleet size has increased to 67 aircrafts.
Shortly before the firm ordered the 10 brand new aircrafts from Boeing, Air Peace set a domestic record as the first Nigerian airline to acquire and register the Boeing 777 aircraft in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema, who spoke on the latest deal, said “Embraer’s new E195-E2 presents us with a marvel of economic performance. It’s also great that we will be the first E2 operator on the African continent. We already have the ERJ145s in our fleet, so we understand the high standards of Embraer products”.
He said the E195-E2 aircraft would strengthen Air Peace’s drive to deploy the right kinds of aircraft to underserved and unserved domestic and regional routes under its no-city-left-behind project.
The Vice President of Sales Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation, Mr. Raul Villaron, who also spoke on the development said “Air Peace embodies the kind of pioneering spirit Embraer loves. The airline was established to bring highly skilled work opportunities to the people of Nigeria; boosting connectivity and the economy in the region. Air Peace has delivered on both aims, while at the same time, developing a fast-growing successful airline. It’s great to have them on board”.