Nigerian aircraft carrier, Air Peace, was warmly received at the Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following the introduction of international flights services to the Middle East nation.
The B777 aircraft, operated by the Chief Pilot of Air Peace, Capt. Victor Egonu departed for its first international flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja at 10.15 p.m. on Friday and arrived at 9.10 a.m. on Saturday at the Sharjah-Dubai Airport.
Dignitaries aboard the flight were the Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, former Anambra Governor, Mr Peter Obi and the Rector of the International Aviation College, Ilorin, Mr Benjamin Adeyileka, including Nigerian musician, Kingsley Okonkwo (Kcee) and Nollywood actress, Ibinabo Fibrerisima.
The inaugural flight was received warmly by aviation authorities, members of the diplomatic corps, government officials and the business community at the Sharjah International Airport.
Speaking to reporters at the reception ceremony, the chairman of Air Peace, Onyema said that the airline had acquired four B777 air planes for its long-haul operations with three of the planes already delivered.
According to him, the airline which started flights on Oct. 24, 2014 currently operates into Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Gambia and Sierra Leone.
Onyema said that Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai would soon join the airline’s international route network.
He thanked Nigerians for their support to the airline, which he said, had made the company to become a major player in the West African sub-region.
The airline is currently the only Nigerian carrier operating on the lucrative Lagos-Dubai route, following the suspension of flight services on the route by Medview Airlines in March last year.
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