At the Dubai Airshow, Embraer made the announcement that Air Peace, the largest airline in Nigeria and West Africa, has signed a contract for three additional E195-E2s. It also confirms the purchase rights from the original contract which was signed in April earlier this year. According to Arabian Business, these new E195-E2s are part of Embraer’s 2019 fourth-quarter backlog with a list price of US$212.6 million.
“The E195-E2 is the perfect aircraft to expand our operations in Africa and this new order is a further confirmation of our ‘no-city-left-behind initiative which we shall continue to execute…We are receiving impressive data about the aircraft’s economics now that is in revenue service, and this was a driver to place this new firm order with Embraer”. -Air Peace chairman/CEO, Allen Onyema.
If all goes according to plan, Air Peace will be the first operator of the brand new E2 in Africa. In fact, the airline’s firm order now stands at 13 E195-E2s, with 17 purchase rights for the same model. Reports show that the first delivery is scheduled for Spring 2020.
Interesting expansion plans
Nigerian website awarenessng.com reports that Air Peace has grown rapidly since commencing flights in 2014. In fact, the carrier is now the largest airline in West Africa. With a late-May announcement, it appears as if the airline will retain its dominance in the West African aviation market.
Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, said in May that Dubai, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai would soon be destinations for the airline’s international route network. Furthermore, plans are being made to connect more cities within Nigeria. According to FlightConnections.com, the airline has made good on its UAE plan and operates a service between Sharjah (a neighboring city to Dubai) and Lagos, Nigeria.
Air Peace’s interesting fleet composition
Air Peace has a rather interesting fleet makeup. According to Airfleets, the airline has two different types of Boeing 737s (the -300 and -500) as well as the Boeing 777-200 and -300. On the regional jet level, the airline also has a number of 19-20 year old Embraer 145s.
We look forward to receiving our first aircraft, which will enhance connectivity in Nigeria and the African region, while feeding long-haul flights from our Lagos hub.” -Air Peace chairman/CEO, Allen Onyema.
We’ve been looking at Air Peace periodically throughout the year and it’s certainly interesting to see them grow and expand. They certainly have secured some market share in a region where Ethiopian Airlines seems to be the biggest player. Could it one day pose a real competitive threat to the Ethiopian? Let us know in the comments!