Nigeria’s largest airline Air Peace has confirmed its order for 30 Embraer 195-E2s regional jets, during Embraer’s Africa Airline Business Seminar, in Mauritius. With this order, Air Peace will become the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa. The contract includes options for an additional 20 E195-E2s. With all purchase rights being exercised, the contract has a value of US$2.12 billion.
Air Peace chairman and CEO, Allen Onyema said: “Embraer’s new E195-E2 presents us with a marvel of economic performance. It’s also great that we will be the first E2 operator on the Africa continent. We already have the ERJ145s in our fleet, so we understand the high standards of Embraer’s products.”
“Air Peace embodies the kind of pioneering spirit that Embraer loves. The airline was established to bring highly skilled opportunities to the people of Nigeria and to boost connectivity, which in turn significantly contributed to the economy in the region. Air Peace has delivered successfully on both aims and has become a fast-growing successful airline. It’s great to now have them onboard the E2 as well,” said Arjan Meijer, chief commercial officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
Air Peace Hopper, an Air Peace subsidiary, started operating six ERJ145s last year on its domestic routes. The experience with Embraer’s products, and the economic benefits of operating the right size aircraft on specific routes, was a key element in selecting the E2 according to the airline.