Abuja - Rapidly growing private Nigerian airline operator Air Peace has just received its first Boeing 777 with the ambition to develop its international network.
On February 23, the Boeing 777-200 landed at the Lagos-Murtala Muhammed airport. Registered 5NBVE, the new Dreamliner of Air Peace is from the Emirates fleet. The aircraft entered into service with Emirates in October 1998. It has a tri-class configuration for 274 passengers (First, Business and Economy).
Air Peace is Nigeria's first airline to buy and register a Triple Seven. A 777-300 has also been ordered and is expected to join the fleet soon.
Negotiations are underway for two more 777.
The African carrier already took delivery of its first two Embraer 145 in January and February 2018. A subsidiary named Air Peace Hopper has been set up for short-haul operations. Since its establishment in 2015, Air Peace has reached 24 aircraft in total.
On February 10, Air Peace launched flights to Banjul, Freetown, and Dakar. With its 777, the carrier plans to open new routes to Dubai, Sharjah, Guangzhou, London, Houston, Mumbai, and Johannesburg.
Air Peace is determined to become Nigeria's largest airline. It became a member of IATA in 2017.