Port Louis - Nigeria's largest carrier Air Peace has signed a firm order with Embraer for ten E195-E2 jets, including purchase rights for a further 20 copies. This order makes Air Peace the first airline to receive and operate the newest generation E-jet of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer in Africa.
The order was announced on April 3rd during the sidelines of Embraer’s Africa Airline Business Seminar, in Port Louis, Mauritius. The deal has a value of 2.12 billion at list prices if all options are exercised.
Air Peace has grown rapidly since it began operations in 2014 and is now the largest airline operator in Nigeria and West Africa.
In September 2018, the African carrier set another regional record with an order for ten 737 MAX jets from Boeing valued at $1.17 billion at list prices.
“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,” said Allen Onyema, Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace.
According to Chief Executive, the new generation E195-E2 jets would expand the airline's network in the region to the less served destinations.
“Air Peace embodies the kind of pioneering spirit that Embraer loves. The airline was established to bring highly skilled work opportunities to the people of Nigeria and to boost connectivity, which in turn significantly contributed to the economy in the region. Air Peace has delivered successfully on both aims and has become a fast growing successful airline. It’s great to now have them onboard the E2 as well.” said Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer at Embraer Commercial Aviation.
Air Peace currently operates eight Boeing 737-300, five Boeing 737-500, two Boeing 777-200ER, one Boeing 777-300ER, and six ERJ 145.