• Chidozie Uzoezie

Air Peace Takes Delivery of Africa's First Embraer E195-E2

Nigeria's and West Africa’s largest airline, Air Peace, has taken delivery of their first E195-E2 aircraft, making them the first African airline to operate the type.

Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, the brand new aircraft landed in Abuja this afternoon following a delivery flight from Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

Featuring a modern interior concept, the aircraft has a total of 124 seats in a dual-class configuration including 12 business class seats and 112 economy class seats.

There are no middle seats in the economy class cabin, offering passengers maximum comfort. The business class also features a staggered seating concept which enhances passenger comfort.

Air Peace is the launch customer in Africa for the E2. The delivered jet is the first of 13 firm E195-E2 orders, with 17 purchase rights announced in March 2019 and updated at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019. The total value of the deal, with all purchase rights exercised, is US$2.2bn.

Air Peace already operates 8 Embraer ERJ-145s. The E195-E2s will enhance the airline's domestic and regional connectivity which will also help feed and sustain its long-haul operations to Dubai and Johannesburg. There are currently 206 Embraer aircraft operating in Africa with 56 airlines in 29 countries.

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