- Chidozie Uzoezie
Air Peace Gears up for Mumbai Launch, Meets with Travel Agents
In preparation for the launch of scheduled flight operations to Mumbai, India on 31 March, 2023, Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace, has met with travel agents and other trade partners in Lagos.
The meeting, tagged Travel Agents Forum for Mumbai and Upcoming Routes, was attended by the airline’s top travel agents and partners and was an opportunity for engagement on all the crucial initiatives regarding route network expansion.
The Chief Operating Officer, Air Peace, Oluwatoyin Olajide, who was represented by the Head of Commercial and Business Development, Mrs Ifeoma Ekwerike, expressed appreciation to the travel agents for supporting the airline.
Ekwerike further stressed that the airline is embarking on an aggressive but strategic route expansion to ease the travel burden of Nigerians and provide more seamless connectivity.
“We have a number of routes in the works. Mumbai is launching on March 31, 2023. Tel Aviv, Malabo, Congo Kinshasa, Lome and other regional destinations have been planned for commencement and announcements will be made once we finalise the arrangements”, she revealed.
According to the airline, passengers can connect Mumbai from Kano, Monrovia, Abuja, Accra, Port Harcourt and Douala through Lagos.
Speaking, the Chief Pilot of Air Peace, Captain Martin Okunpolor, stated that the airline would be flying direct, nonstop to Mumbai. He added that Delhi operations would follow subsequently, after the Mumbai operations have gained some momentum.
He said the airline would be deploying its wide-body, luxury Boeing 777 aircraft for the route and plans to begin with two weekly flight frequencies, adding that the Indian airspace is not new to Air Peace as the airline operated special charter flights to the country during the COVID-19 period.
“Passengers will enjoy the flight experience and we have well-trained and richly experienced pilots that operate our international flights, and Mumbai will not be an exception”, Captain Okunpolor asserted.
The forum was interactive as travel agents asked critical questions and gave suggestions on current route network and prospective destinations.
Air Peace leads Nigeria’s aviation industry with a network of 20 domestic routes, 7 regional routes and 3 international destinations, with a modern fleet of Boeing 777, Boeing 737, Embraer 195-E2, Airbus 320, ERJ 145 and Dornier 328 Jet.
The airline is expecting to increase its fleet with the expected delivery of 8 more brand new Embraer 195-E2s as well as 15 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 10.