Nigeria-based airline Air Peace has placed a firm order for five Embraer E175 aircraft.

The order will reinforce Air Peace’s plans to enhance its domestic and regional network connectivity and further regional expansion, complementing the airline’s fleet of E195-E2s.

“This is another important step in helping to realise our ambition to connect the whole of Nigeria with the entire African continent,” said Allen Onyema, Chairman and CEO of Air Peace, “while also feeding passengers into long-haul flights from our Lagos hub. The acquisition enables us to continue delivering on our ‘no-city-left-behind’ initiative – connectivity is what our passengers and Africa demand. The deal also paves the way to establish local maintenance capabilities in Nigeria, with direct support from Embraer.”

“Air Peace’s strategic and innovative approach continues to make them a powerhouse of aviation success in West Africa,” added Stephan Hannemann, Embraer’s VP Sales and Marketing, Head of Africa and Middle East Region, Commercial Aviation. “Already an E2 operator, it now makes sense to up gauge their ERJ145 fleet, offering passengers more seats and comfort with the E175. The commonality of the cockpits between the E1 and E2 fleet also simplifies aircrew costs and management.

“Acknowledging Air Peace’s significant investment in the acquisition of the Embraer fleet of aircraft, which has increased to 18 brand new firm aircraft to date, Embraer, in partnership with Air Peace, is committed to directly supporting the establishment of local maintenance capabilities in Nigeria,” added Hannemann.

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