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Air Peace Receives new Embraer 145 Jet

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Nigerian carrier, Air Peace has taken delivery of one of the six 50-seater new generation Embraer 145 jets it recently acquired.

Mr Allen Onyema Chairman of Air Peace, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos.

Onyema said the aircraft, which touched down at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at about 5.49 pm on Wednesday, would operate under the carrier’s subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper.

He said the move marked the first time a Nigerian airline would establish a subsidiary to manage an arm of its flight operations, following the tradition of some of the big carriers in the world.

Onyema described the arrival of the new aircraft named Nkechi Ezewusi (Nee Onyema) and birthing of the subsidiary as a milestone in the airline’s vision of uniting Nigeria through air connectivity.

“The arrival of our latest new generation aircraft marked 5N-BUY has once again underscored our determination to bring Nigeria together through air connectivity and fix the air travel difficulties of many unserved and underserved cities in the country.

“We are even more pleased that the arrival of the aircraft marks the beginning of our subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper.

“Another of the six Embraer 145 jets we recently acquired will arrive in Nigeria in less than a week’s time.

“We will organise our plan to link many cities in the North and South of Nigeria under the subsidiary,” he said.

According to him, under Air Peace Hopper, the airline hopes to connect routes such as Enugu-Kano-Enugu, Benin-Port-Harcourt-Benin, Port-Harcourt-Kano-Port-Harcourt, Lagos-Warri-Port-Harcourt-Warri-Lagos.

He said that it would also connect Lagos-Warri-Abuja-Warri, Lagos-Kaduna-Lagos, Lagos-Sokoto-Lagos, Abuja-Sokoto-Abuja, Abuja-Bauchi-Abuja, Lagos- Makurdi-Lagos, Lagos-Jos-Lagos, among others.

Onyema said :”This will not only open up and energise the economies of the different cities and states, but also create massive job opportunities for the people.

“We remain focused in our determination to transform air travel in Nigeria, Africa and beyond. In three years, we have increased our fleet to a size of 24 aircraft.

“We are currently pursuing a massive route expansion project. We are launching our Lagos-Kano-Lagos and Kano-Abuja-Kano services on Feb. 12.

“This will be followed three days after with the inauguration of our Lagos-Yola and Abuja-Yola operations on Feb. 15.

“Four days after, we will commence our flight operations to Freetown, Banjul and Dakar on February 19.”

He said that other cities on the West Coast of Africa would soon join the airline’s route network.

The Air Peace boss said plans were also being finalised for flight operations to international destinations, including Dubai, Sharjah, Guangzhou-China, London, Houston, Mumbai and Johannesburg.

“We have our plans well laid out and are primed to project the name of Nigeria around the world.

“We deeply appreciate the support of our esteemed guests whose support and loyalty have made us the preferred and biggest airline in Nigeria and West Africa.

“We will continue to strive to deliver the best flight service to them and prioritise their safety and comfort as we expand our operations,” Onyema said.

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Turkish Airlines Launches New Partnership with Warner Bros

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Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, has launched a new animated safety video, featuring popular characters from The LEGO Movie franchise in surprising new roles.

The custom-animated safety video for Turkish Airlines was created by the teams who assembled “The LEGO Movie”, “The LEGO Batman Movie”, “The LEGO NINJAGO® Movie” and the highly anticipated sequel “The LEGO Movie 2”, which is due in cinemas beginning February 2019.

In partnership with Warner Bros. the safety video will be shown on all flights and will also debut online.

The safety video, which is the first LEGO safety video ever made, demonstrates step-by-step safety procedures to passengers in a fun, unique style – complete with sensible airline-approved humor, celebrity cameos and an unforgettable song and dance number.

Turkish Airlines is proud to have one of the youngest fleets in the world and strives to achieve the best in aviation safety standards.

Whether frequent travellers or first-time fliers, the video aims to inform and entertain passengers, alongside an extensive selection of movies, TV shows, music and games available in different languages on the in-flight entertainment system.

The safety video will mark the beginning of the biggest partnership guaranteed to entertain and delight, hinting there is much more to come from the Turkish Airlines and LEGO Movie franchise alliance.

Leading up to the worldwide release of “The LEGO Movie 2”, Turkish Airlines will roll-out a global TV campaign film themed “wrapped airplanes”, in-flight and in-airport activations and even a second safety video. M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee commented; “As a leading global airline with an emphasis on safety, we are excited to partner with Warner Bros. and The LEGO Movie franchise for this video.

We are both brands that are enjoyed around the world, bringing together generations and cultures everywhere. We hope that our passengers can enjoy this new video, which has something for everyone.”

Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment said; “We are thrilled to be working with Turkish Airlines again and “widening their world” to include that of our colorful LEGO Movie universe.

The partnership showcases the best of two different brands converging in a clever and imaginative way, connecting to consumers and entertaining them.”

The LEGO Movie franchise-inspired safety video was brought to life by a 16-strong production team consisting of 2 concept artists, 3 layout artists, 7 animators and 4 lighting technicians. Lasting more than 950 days from beginning to end, the specialists used 2,938,840 LEGO bricks to animate the LEGO action.

A total of 9,658,631 CPU hours (Central Processing Units) were used to generate 973 versions of animation.

30 different versions of the new safety video were created, both in English and Turkish, to cover the safety particulars of the 15 different airplane models in the Turkish Airlines fleet.

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AIB Introduces New App to Probe Aircraft Accidents

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Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, has introduced a new App that would assist in investigating aircraft accidents and incidents.

The agency said in a statement issued yesterday that its target was to sue the App to reach no fewer than fifteen million passengers within the country’s airspace and beyond.

The statement read: ”This is the first of its kind in the aviation sector… The App will assist Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria with investigating aircraft accidents and incidents. ”

App features a live reporting menu, whereby (pictures/videos) can be uploaded by any user who has witnessed events that could result in aircraft accidents.

”It is flexible and easy to use. Our target is to reach more than 15 million air passengers annually within and out of the Nigerian airspace.

”Your swift reaction to any in flight incidents may be your patriotic contribution to preventing air crashes.”

 

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Air Peace Begins Kaduna Service August 13

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Air Peace has announced plans to commence daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna from August 13 as part of its no-city-left-behind project.

The airline had earlier announced commencement of its four weekly flights from Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Monrovia with effect from August 6.

A statement issued by the airline’s Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah said the carrier was pleased to connect and unite the South and North of Nigeria by air.

Air Peace, which recently secured the renewal of its International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate, said broadening its route network in the North of Nigeria aligned with its determination to democratise flying experience, give hope to unserved and underserved destinations as well as positively impact the economies of destinations where it operates.

The carrier assured that many more domestic routes, including Makurdi, Warri and Port Harcourt NAF Base, would soon join its network under its no-city-left-behind project. Air Peace also confirmed that it would shortly reopen its Asaba and Sokoto operations.

“We are delighted to announce that Kaduna will reflect on our route map starting from Monday, August 13, 2018, just exactly a week after commencement of our four weekly flights from Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Monrovia.

The launch of our daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna is a pleasing consolidation of our pledge to connect and unite Nigeria by air.

We are convinced beyond any shadow of doubt that Nigeria stands to gain socially and economically if the North and South are seamlessly connected by air.

“Our flights to Kaduna will afford air travellers, especially in the North, an opportunity to experience the excellent services Air Peace has been reputed for since we commenced scheduled operations almost four years ago.

The new route will perfectly fit into our strategy to end the travel difficulties of the North of Nigeria with our flights to Abuja, Yola, Kano, Sokoto, Benue, among other cities in the area.

“We are determined to replicate the success of our intervention in the travel difficulties experienced on the Kano and Yola routes, which we inaugurated on February 12 and 15, 2018 respectively, as a way of appreciating the huge support we have continued to enjoy from the North of Nigeria.

We solicit the continued support and patronage of the flying public in our determination to deliver the best in air travel in Nigeria and beyond,” Air Peace said.

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