Nigerian private carrier Air Peace has commenced direct flights from Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) in China. The inaugural flight was operated yesterday, ending decades without a direct connection between the two countries.
Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Oluwatoyin Olajide said,
“Now, we can confidently assert that Air Peace has kept to this vision of providing seamless connections and expanding existing network to accommodate the evolving air travel needs of the flying public. Today, we’re officially adding the continent of Asia to our network of continents, with the commencement of initial one-weekly flight to Guangzhou-China. “
Indeed, the carrier has commenced operations with one-weekly flight as of now. Air Peace will use its Boeing 777 aircraft for the service. According to data from ch-aviation.com, the Nigerian carrier currently has three Boeing 777, two of the -300 variant, while the third is a -200ER. However, -200ER and one of the -300 is listed as inactive by the aviation data provider.
Air Peace recently inducted new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft into its fleet. Photo: Embraer
Simple Flying has written to Air Peace seeking clarification on the aircraft used for this service, the exact schedule, and other details. This article will be updated once a response is received. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at Air Peace.
Air Peace stated high passenger demand as the main reason for choosing Guangzhou as its first international route to Asia. And the airline wasn’t bluffing; several African news portals have reported the first flight to CAN having an unusually high load factor with 240 passengers onboard.
Naturally, the airline would be looking to take advantage of the pent-up travel demand. Air Peace only got approval to operate one flight per week for now, but the carrier hopes to increase frequencies in the future.
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However, this isn’t the first time Air Peace’s airplanes have ventured into Chinese airspace. The Nigerian airline has operated several evacuation / repatriation flights to the most populated country in the past.
“So, we’re going into China, not as newcomers, but as an airline that is technically and operationally acclimatized with the Chinese terrain. The flying public, especially those that fly the Guangzhou route, should expect best-in-class flight experience, which is characteristic of the Air Peace brand. “
In addition to the LOS-CAN route, Air Peace is also gearing up to launch another new international service to India. The carrier hopes to connect Lagos to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) later this month. This will be a twice-weekly service at first, and the airline hopes to further increase frequencies going forward.
A third new international route, this time to Tel Aviv, is also on the cards for Air Peace. The airline said it will start flying to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo next.
“We will continue to grow our route network as well as modernize our fleet strategically. Air Peace currently boasts of a network of twenty domestic routes, seven regional routes and two international destinations, including Dubai and Johannesburg. “