Lagos - Boeing 737 MAX continues to expand its presence across Africa. Nigerian Air Peace placed an order for ten 737 MAX 8 during a ceremony in Lagos. The aircraft are intended for the expansion of the airline's international route network.
The 737 MAXs will enable the Nigerian carrier to bridge large distances with a relatively small passenger capacity.
Air Peace has already 13 Boeing 737 in its fleet (eight -300, five -500) that are operational between the major cities in Central and West Africa.
The 737 MAX 8 has a maximum flight range of 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometers) with a cabin layout of130 to 230 seats. Thanks to the mechanical and aerodynamic improvements such as the new CFM International LEAP-1B engine and advanced technology winglets, the 737 MAX 8 is 20 percent more fuel-efficient than African airline's twenty-year-old 737s.
We are excited to add the 737 MAX to our fleet as we expand our network to offer more destinations and serve more passengers. The fuel efficiency and superior operating economics of the 737 MAX will ensure that the aircraft will play a major role in growing our business in the years to come,said Allen Onyema, Chairman and CEO at Air Peace.
Africa is a growing market for commercial airplanes, and we are proud that airlines like Air Peace are selecting Boeing aircraft to be part of that growth. This order reflects the strong demand that we see for the 737 MAX as airlines choose the airplane's superior performance and reliability,said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing at The Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Air Peace, who has recently added two Boeing 777 to its fleet, is to launch long-haul international routes soon.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aircraft of the U.S. manufacturer in the company history, gaining more than 4,700 orders from 102 customers across the world.