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By Ingram Osigwe

Three years ago, a dream for a customer-oriented indigenous airline with international standard berthed on the shores of reality and Air peace was born.

In its three years of existence, the history of Air Peace has been that of excellence as testified by its teeming customers. The narration around the Airline has been a salutary determination to ensure air safety, air worthiness of aircrafts on its fleet, customer satisfaction and conformity with national and international regulations in its operations.

For an Airline that commenced operation with two Dornier Aircrafts, the rapid growth of Air Peace in the Aviation industry confounds its competitors and leaves critical stakeholders and customers cheering. In just three years, the Airline now has in its fleet 11 aircrafts and covers eight destinations in Nigeria. Apart from passenger services, Air Peace also provides charter services.

Air Peace commenced international flight this year with Ghana-Nigeria flights. The airline has also been designated by the Federal Government for a direct flight from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to Johannesburg, London, Atlanta, Mumbai, Dubai and Mumbai and Guangzhou-China. This is evidently a massive boost to economy of the South east. In the light of the expansion of its operation, Air Peace will soon be acquiring more aircraft, including some B777s, to beef up its rapidly growing fleet. The airline will deploy its B777 aircraft to service its long-haul routes.

Air Peace has unassailable edge over other airlines in this regard as no Nigerian airline has ever used a B777 aircraft. More pilots are set for training in the operation of B777 aircraft.

National and international routes covered by Air Peace include:

Country City Airport  
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport
Nigeria Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Nigeria Akure Akure Airport
Nigeria Benin City Benin Airport
Nigeria Calabar Margaret Ekpo International Airport
Nigeria Enugu Akanu Ibiam International Airport
Nigeria Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport  
Nigeria Owerri Sam Mbakwe Airport
Nigeria Port Harcourt Port Harcourt International Airport
Nigeria Uyo Akwa Ibom Airport

 

The following are Aircrafts currently in Air Peace’s fleet.

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-300 5 148
Boeing 737-500 5 128
Dornier 328-300 1 32
Total 11

 

As Air Peace marks third year of commencement of operation, it wishes to assure its teeming, esteemed and loyal customers that it will never waver in rendering quality services, unparalleled in the Aviation sector. Conversely, the Airline looks forward to continued patronage by its customers.

In appreciation for their unflinching loyalty, Air Peace has lined up a number of anniversary incentives for customers:

  1. Three air tickets are up for grab on 54 flights from 23rd, 24th, and 25th October, 2017.
  2. Radio stations across locations Air Peace fly will be given three tickets daily which will be up for grabs from October 23rd to October 27th.
  3. 14 tickets are up for grab in the social media.
  4. Fantastic gifts for all Air Peace’s travel Agents.
  5. All passengers aboard Air Peace flight on the 24th of October will be walking away with gifts.
  6. In summary, a total of 1000 tickets are up for grab in the spirit of the Airline third anniversary.

With eyes on the future and a burgeoning customer base in mind, Air Peace remains resolute in its quest to maintain quality and leadership in the sector.

Ingram Osigwe is the MD of Full –page International communications ltd.

 

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Passengers Commend Integrity, Professionalism of Dana Air Security Team

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Passengers have commended the integrity and professionalism demonstrated by the Dana Air security team on discovery of valuable items forgotten onboard its aircraft

The airline in a statement issued by its Media and Communications Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa said, ‘we are not surprised by the recent commendations that our security team has been getting on their constant display of integrity and professionalism on and off the job.

‘’There have been many cases of lost and recovered items like phones, ipads, huge sums of money, Nigerian passports with valid visas and lots of valuable items. We have also returned a lot of missing foreign and Nigerian passports to the immigration, embassies and even sometimes call the owners in the cases where we are able to track the passenger’s booking with authentic details. This is also one of the reasons we advise passengers to enter their correct details when booking.’’

Recently, a passenger on one of our flight from Abuja to Lagos left a bag containing $5,000 and some other valuables. On getting to Victoria Island, he noticed he wasn’t with the bag and dashed back to the airport, met the security team who confirmed the item was found. He proved ownership of the item; completed necessarily documents and got his missing item back immediately.

He thanked the security team for displaying a high level of integrity and professionalism in handling an issue that involved hard currency. He also appreciated the staff for proving all the negative things they hear about Nigerians wrong.

Another passenger, Musa Anasemi, who forgot a Nigerian passport with a valid US visa, said he didn’t have an idea where he left the passport, but after about nine days, he decided to check with us. He got his passport with gratitude and praises for the airline and the security staff that found the item and declared it.

We carry out our due diligence in recruitment across board and have invested heavily in training and retraining of staff. We also try our best to keep staff happy in our little way and these are the results.

We are also glad that our staffs have been able to prove to the world that some of the things they hear about us around the world are actually not true. The safety, comfort and well-being of our guests will remain a top priority and we will continue to keep the flag flying.’’

In 2018, Dana Air had 34 of its air passengers’ luggage missing with 32 of them recovered between January and December of same year according to a report obtained from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The airline’s security team have been commended for not only displaying integrity but for foiling series of security threats to its aircraft.

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Dana Air Begins Owerri-Abuja flights May 1

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As part of its strategic route expansion drive across Nigeria, Dana Air has announced plans to introduce Owerri- Abuja –Owerri flights on May 1

”We are greatly delighted to introduce an additional flight on our Owerri route, connecting Owerri to Abuja and back, said Kingsley Ezenwa, Dana Air’s Media and Communications Manager. ‘’ This is part of our commitment towards providing dependable options for the good people of Imo state and ensuring seamless travel for business and leisure travelers.’’

Speaking further, Kingsley said, the airline which currently operates over 27 daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo, and Owerri, will operate flights from the Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri to Abuja and back on Mondays to Fridays and Sundays.

‘’From May 1, 2018, we will operate one flight from Owerri to Abuja on Mondays to Fridays at 12.33pm and Abuja to Owerri at 2.16pm. On Sundays, Owerri to Abuja flights will be at 5.31pm and Abuja to Owerri at 12.06pm.’’

​He noted that the airline had to create a flight from Owerri to Abuja as a result of the overwhelming calls from its guests, who had enjoyed its uninterrupted schedule and on-time departures from Lagos to Owerri and assured guests of the airline’s commitment towards providing a reliable and affordable service across its route network.

He advised the airline’s customers to visit its website www.flydanaair.com or any of its sales outlets  at Imo Condorde Hotel in Owerri, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Silverbird Galleria in Lagos and all other airport sales desk  for fares as low as 18,000 one way and 45,000 business class tickets.

​Dana Air, after a thorough audit conducted by the Imo state government in 2017, was selected for an airline partnership as part of the Government’s commitment towards providing career and job opportunities for indigenes of the state, and affordable fares to boost leisure and business travel to and around the state. ​

 

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President Buhari To Flag World Aviation Forum

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to attend the opening ceremony of the World Aviation Forum, and flag off the event.

This was contained in a statement issued today by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Mr James Odaudu.

According to the statement, the President’s presence was to emphasise the importance attached to the consideration of Nigeria’s emergence as the first country to host the annual event organised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The three-day event, which holds from November 20 – 22 in Abuja, will be the first to be held outside the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada. It also underscores Nigeria’s rising profile within the aviation world.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said Nigeria’s hosting of the ICAO World Aviation Forum, coming so soon after the country hosted the ICAO Symposium on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), is a clear indication of the confidence the Buhari administration has elicited within the sector, and an endorsement by the world body of its reform programmes for the nation’s aviation industry.

“The third ICAO World Aviation Forum, which is intended to explore the benefits of the aviation sector to social, economic development and prosperity of member states, is aimed at top-ranking government officials in charge of aviation, transport and infrastructure, finance, economy and tourism; and key industry and financial partners.

“The forum is also expected to discuss, identify needs, and facilitate the funding and financing required to accelerate the implementation of international civil aviation standards and policies, as well as global plans for aviation, in support of the ICAO No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative,” the statement read in part.

The objectives of the forum include the establishment and alignment of infrastructure programmes and plans that are consistent with the ICAO global strategic plans for aviation like the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP).

The meeting will also discuss the stimulation of common and interoperable air transport systems leading to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

On the benefits of the forum, Mr Sirika said it is expected to build on the outcomes of the two previous ICAO World Aviation Forums (IWAF/1 and IWAF/2) held in November 2015 and September 2016 respectively.

He added that it will also tackle the existing and future financing challenges facing aviation infrastructure and capacity development in member states, especially in Africa, in the spirit of the ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative.

The minister said Nigeria appreciates the honour and privilege of being the first country to host the Forum and appealed to ICAO for continuous support for the country’s drive to reposition its aviation sector.

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