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Rousing ovation as Air Peace spreads wings to Kaduna

Representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (7th right) flanked by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (7th left), Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (left), Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Joy Imeli (3rd left), Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs. Patricia Ebilah (6th left), Business Development Executive, Mr. Obinna Ezerioha (5th right), Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (6th right), Head of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (5th left), Kaduna Station Manager of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, Mr. Farouk Mohammed (2nd left) and others at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace on Monday got a rousing welcome on its first flight from Lagos into the Kaduna International Airport, with the carrier’s Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema saying the airline was embarking on massive expansion of its domestic flight operations to tackle air travel difficulties in Nigeria and build bridges of unity across the country.

The launch of the airline’s Lagos-Kaduna service came exactly a week after the carrier started scheduled flights from Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia.

Onyema, who was represented by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah described the launch of the carrier’s Lagos-Kaduna service as a “significant milestone in our vision to unite our dear country, Nigeria through air travel and lift the nation’s economy through trade facilitation and massive job creation.”

He said the airline, which also launched its daily flights to Kano and Yola on February 12 and 15, 2018 respectively, was working on setting up mini-hubs across Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa to strategically fix the challenges of air travel.

‘Our plan”,  he said, “is to massively expand our operations from our base in Lagos into mini-hubs across all regions of Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa. We assure you that the North of Nigeria will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the massive expansion of our route network and fleet capacity. Since the first quarter of 2018, we have begun to take delivery of the six 50-seater Embraer 145 aircraft we recently acquired to serve cities with air transport difficulties under our subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper. There is no doubt that as the leading and biggest airline in Nigeria with a fleet size of 24 aircraft, we are now more positioned to transform air travel experience in Nigeria, the West Coast of Africa and beyond. But more importantly, we are proud to use our flight services to build bridges of unity in Nigeria. We are not just achieving this by extending our flight operations across Nigeria without restriction, we also are doing so with our employment policy that does not discriminate on the grounds of religion, tribe and creed.”

Onyema assured air travellers on the Lagos-Kaduna route of efficient, on-time and safe flight operations.

We are coming into the Kaduna route with a reputation for on-time performance and uncompromising stand on matters of safetyWe promise to leverage the experience of our skilled staff and excellent business model to end the challenges of air travel on the Kaduna route and make Kaduna more accessible to leisure and business travellers,” he said.

For his part, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris praised Air Peace for commencing flight operations to Kaduna.

The royal father, who was represented by the District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani, assured the airline of the support and patronage of the Zazzau Emirate Council and the people of Kaduna State.

Also speaking shortly after the launch flight, a 50-seater Embraer 145 operated by Capt. Matthew Ekeinde, Capt. Lawali Abubakar, First Officer Henry Khantiok, Lead Crew, Marylinda Okoye and Cabin Crew Executive, Sandra Nwagbologu, touched down to a warm reception and water salute by aviation regulators, workers and leaders of corporate organisations at the Kaduna International Airport at about 9.18 a.m., the acting Airport Manager, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye pledged the support of the management of the airport for Air Peace to ensure its success on the Lagos-Kaduna route.

Passengers disembarking at the Kaduna International Airport shortly after arrival of the inaugural Lagos-Kaduna service on MondayHead of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (2nd right), welcoming Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (left), Kaduna Station Supervisor, Fatima Ndayako (middle) and others at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

Head of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (2nd right) exchanging pleasantries with Air Peace Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (4th right) and other members of Air Peace team at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday.Representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (right) welcoming Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah and others at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on MondayRepresentative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (7th right) flanked by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (7th left), Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (right), Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs. Patricia Ebilah (6th left), Business Development Executive, Mr. Obinna Ezerioha (5th left), Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (6th right), Head of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (front) and others at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Mondayir Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (middle) describing the features of the Embraer 145 aircraft to the representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (right), Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (left) and Head of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (second row, left) at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

Representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (Middle) flanked by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (right), Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (2nd right), Head of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (2nd left), and others at the VIP lounge of the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday.

Representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (Middle) flanked by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (right), Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (2nd right), Head of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (2nd left), and others at the VIP lounge of the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday.

Air Peace Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Joy Imeli (left), Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (2nd left) and Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs. Patricia Ebilah (right) at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

Representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (2nd right) and Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (right), Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (4th left), Head of Operations, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Mohammed Sadiq (3rd left) speaking with Air Peace staff at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

Representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (4th right) flanked by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (4th left), Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (3rd left), Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Joy Imeli (left), Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs. Patricia Ebilah (3rd left), Business Development Executive, Mr. Obinna Ezerioha (2nd right), Acting Airport Manager, Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (right) and Kaduna Station Manager of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, Mr. Farouk Mohammed (2nd left) at the Kaduna International Airport during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on MondayAir Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (2nd left) exchanging pleasantries with the representative of the Emir of Zazzau and District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani (2nd right) at the Kaduna International Airport, while the Acting Airport Manager and Kaduna International Airport, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye (right) and others look on during the launch of Air Peace Lagos-Kaduna service on MondayAir Peace Flight crew: -in-Command, Capt. Matthew Ekeinde (top left), Capt. Abubakar Lawali (left), First Officer, Henry Khantiok, Lead Crew, Marylinda Okoye and Cabin Crew Executive, Sandra Nwagbologu in Air Peace Embraer 145 aircraft shortly after returning to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos from the Kaduna International Airport after the launch of the carrier’s Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday.Air Peace delegation and crew: Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (right), Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (2nd left), Pilot-in-Command, Capt. Matthew Ekeinde (left), Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Joy Imeli (second row, left), Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs. Patricia Ebilah (second row, right), Business Development Executive, Mr. Obinna Ezerioha (third row, right), Lead Crew, Marylinda Okoye (third row, middle) and Infrastructure Support Engineer, Mr. Murphy Ebietuoma (third row, left) in Air Peace Embraer 145 aircraft shortly after returning to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos from the Kaduna International Airport after the launch of the carrier’s Lagos-Kaduna service on MondayAir Peace delegation and: Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah (2nd row, left), Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia (right) Head of Monitoring and Compliance, Joy Imeli (3rd row, left), Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs. Patricia Ebilah (3rd row, right), Business Development Executive, Mr. Obinna Ezerioha (2nd row, right), Infrastructure Support Engineer, Mr. Murphy Ebietuoma (standing) and others in Air Peace Embraer 145 aircraft shortly after returning to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos from the Kaduna International Airport after the launch of the carrier’s Lagos-Kaduna service on Monday

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