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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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FG Restates Commitment to Float National Carrier by December

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Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to float a new national carrier by December 2018.

Chidi Izuwah, Ag. Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the National carrier Committee a timeline which must be met stating that a task force was created which would work intensively for the next six months.

Izuwah, who is also a member of the Ministerial Committee on the Establishment of a National Carrier said that it would be private sector driven leading to the concession of the airports adding that ICRC would look at the business case.

“The committee has met and set up a plan, what the plan is, is to make sure that there is a business plan, which is the first thing if you want the private sector to participate.

“You must let them know that if they invest in this business, they will make profit, our plan is to attract investors and request for qualification process, which is part of the ICRC guidelines for procurement.

“Where we identify pre-qualified bidders, who can now bid, which will be a very competitive process all around the world, It’s a very pressurised timeline I must say, but the committee is committed to be able to do that.

“Because the National carrier is very crucial for our economy and in addition the entire aviation infrastructure, what we are doing is that, we just certified the Aviation Leasing Company, it will make access to aircraft easier for our airlines.”

He said that the national carrier would create huge jobs noting that the aviation sector has been creating jobs for other countries instead of Nigerians stating that the carrier is a pride of every nation.

Izuwah, however, said that government is willing to partner with the private sector to drive the economy.

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Air Peace to Blacklist Violent Passengers

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Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, says it will henceforth penalise violent passengers especially those who attack guests, their staff or involved in the destruction of company’s facilities.

The airline’s spokesman, Chris Iwarah, said in a statement yesterday that the airline took the decision after a passenger who flew into a rage and destroyed its check-in system at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Tuesday was blacklisted.

Iwarah said the airline had already dispatched a letter to the unnamed passenger informing him of the ban.

He said the company was also reviewing 14 similar cases to check the growing trend of attacks and violence by air travellers.

Iwarah said: “During the check-in formalities of our Lagos-Abuja Flight P47128 at the GAT on May 15, an impatient passenger standing in the queue suddenly flew into a rage and destroyed one of our computers.

“The unruly passenger claimed he destroyed the check-in system because the process was too slow.

“We were, therefore, compelled by the need to guarantee the safety of members of the flying public and our staff to blacklist the passenger.

“It is also to signal our resolve to henceforth penalise violent conduct towards our valued guests and staff as well as view unwarranted destruction of our facilities very seriously.

“We are currently reviewing about 14 similar cases to determine the appropriate action to take.”

According to him, some Air Peace staff have frequently been attacked by aggrieved passengers at the slightest excuse while facilities costing costing huge sums have also been destroyed in the process.

“This easy resort to violence by unruly passengers often results in flight disruptions, delays and frustrates our resolve to deliver the best flight experience to the flying public.

“This trend poses a grave danger to the lives of our esteemed guests and staff, and such unruly passengers are no longer welcome on any of our flights,” Iwarah said.

He added that the airline would continue to take all reasonable steps within its capacity to check violent conduct by passengers.

Iwarah also urged the regulatory authorities and security agencies to take a tough stand against this trend to ensure that the safety of law-abiding travelers and aviation staff was not compromised.

“We affirm that a vast majority of our valued guests show understanding and cooperate with us and we are sincerely grateful for their support, patronage and loyalty.

“We solicit their support in checking the unfortunate violent behaviour of the handful of persons who often seek to frustrate our determination to provide quality flight services in a safe atmosphere.

“We have active online and physical channels through which members of the flying public can let us know their grievances with a view to addressing them.

“We appeal to them to consider this a better option than a resort to violence and self-help,” the airline said.

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Turkish Airlines Offers Free Layover Service to Its International Transit Passengers

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Turkish Airlines flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, offers a free layover service to all international transit Turkish Airlines passengers who fly through Istanbul with a 6-24 hour layover.

Since its launch in 2009, touristanbul has already benefited almost a quarter of a million passengers who were able to enjoy a taste of Istanbul.

With its customary Turkish hospitality, Turkish Airlines takes pride in curating a delightfully different experience for its passengers and going beyond expectations with its array of unique products and services.

The national flag-carrier offers the complementary touristanbul service including transfers, access to historical sights of interest as well as a sampling of Turkey’s famed cuisine. Passengers can catch a glimpse of the varied history and cultural fusion which has made Istanbul such a vibrant and charming city.

To enjoy the benefits of touristanbul, passengers must have an international transit flight through Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and layover of 6-24 hours. Tours depart daily from the Hotel Desk at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, with a daily schedule taking place 8:30 to 11:00, from 09:00 to 15:00, from 09:00 to 18:00, from 12:00 to 18:00 and from 16:00 to 21:00.

The tour programme includes a combination of some Istanbul’s highlights such as Topkapı Palace, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace and many more.

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