Air Peace
Air Peace logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
P4 APK PEACE BIRD
Founded2013; 8 years ago
Operating basesMurtala Muhammed International Airport
Fleet size31
Destinations20
HeadquartersIkeja, Lagos State, Nigeria
Key peopleAllen Onyema, CEO
Websiteflyairpeace.com

Air Peace is a private Nigerian airline founded in 2013 with its head office in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria,[1] the flag carrier and the largest airline of Nigeria and West Africa. Air Peace, which provides passenger and charter services, serves the major cities of Nigeria and flies to several West African destinations and the Middle East. The airline also established a subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper, in 2018.[2]

History

Founding

Air Peace was founded in 2013 by Nigerian lawyer and businessman Allen Onyema. Onyema claims that he started the airline with the intention of using it as an engine to provide economic opportunities to Nigerian youth.[3] The airline began operations with Dornier 328s and Boeing 737s. In 2017, the first international route to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana was launched.[4] By 2018, Air Peace had the largest market share in the domestic airline market in Nigeria.[5] That same year, the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 777s,[6] and it commenced flights to Sharjah in 2019.[7] Flights to Johannesburg, South Africa commenced in 2020.[8]

South Africa evacuation flights

Following an outbreak of xenophobic violence against foreign nationals in South Africa in September 2019, Air Peace offered to evacuate Nigerian citizens for free.[9] Over 300 persons took advantage of this offer and traveled on board chartered Boeing 777 flights from Johannesburg to Lagos.[10]

Money laundering allegations

In 2019, the US Department of Justice issued an indictment against Air Peace founder and CEO Allen Onyema on the grounds of money laundering and bank fraud.[11] Onyema was accused of falsifying documents used for the purchase of aircraft for Air Peace and using those to fund purchases of luxury cars and high-end shopping.[12] Onyema denies these allegations.[13] As of May 2022, a trial is set to begin in August 2022.[14]

Controversy with UAE

In December 2021, Air Peace indulged in a controversy with the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. As per the reports, the Emirates turned down the airlines' request for three slots instead of one at the Sharjah International Airport in the UAE, calling it "unreasonable." The UAE authorities said that Air Peace should consider flying the other two flights to any of the other airports in the country. However, Air Peace condemned the Emirati claims, accusing its officials of falsehood. The airline also called for an apology from the UAE, along with a retraction. Prior to issue, the Nigerian government had reduced the slots of Dubai-based Emirates from 21 to one, following which Emirates Airline also suspended all its flights to Abuja and Lagos. The matter came as a threat to the diplomatic relations between the two countries.[15][16][17] A diplomatic crisis was averted after Dubai Airports allocated slots at Dubai for Air Peace.[18]

Operations Halt

In May 2022, Air Peace announced a plan to halt all domestic and regional flights, along with other airlines such as Max Air, Arik Air, Ibom Air, United Nigeria Airlines, and others, citing staffing and the rising costs of jet fuel. However, that plan was abandoned after government officials stepped in to aid the airlines affected.[19][20]

Destinations

As of April 2021, Air Peace flies to the following destinations[21] in Nigeria, west Africa, South Africa and United Arab Emirates.[22][23]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cameroon Douala Douala International Airport [24]
China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport [25]
Gambia Banjul Banjul International Airport
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport [26]
Liberia Monrovia Roberts International Airport Terminated
Nigeria Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Akure Akure Airport
Asaba Asaba International Airport
Awka Anambra International Cargo Airport
Benin City Benin Airport
Calabar Margaret Ekpo International Airport
Enugu Akanu Ibiam International Airport
Gombe Gombe Lawanti International Airport [27]
Ibadan Ibadan Airport [28]
Ilorin Ilorin International Airport [29]
Kaduna Kaduna International Airport
Kano Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport Hub
Makurdi Makurdi Airport
Owerri Sam Mbakwe Airport
Port Harcourt Port Harcourt International Airport
Uyo Victor Attah International Airport
Warri Osubi Airport [30]
Yola Yola Airport [31]
Niger Niamey Diori Hamani International Airport [32]
Senegal Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport
Sierra Leone Freetown Lungi International Airport
South Africa Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport [33][34]

On January 31, 2020, Air Peace announced two new destinations in India and Israel would be activated before the end of the year.[35] Air Peace also operated ad hoc charter flights from Lagos to Montego Bay in Jamaica during the Christmas 2020 season.[36]

Fleet

An Air Peace Boeing 737-300 at Tallinn Airport in Estonia
An Air Peace Boeing 737-300 at Tallinn Airport in Estonia
An Air Peace Hopper Embraer 145 at Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone

As of January 2022, Air Peace's fleet consists of the following aircraft:[37][38][39]

Air Peace fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
F J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 4 180 180 Wet leased from SmartLynx Malta
Boeing 737-300 8 148 148
Boeing 737-500 5 TBA 128
Boeing 737 MAX 8 10 TBA [40]
Boeing 777-200ER 1 12 42 220 274 [41][42][43]
Boeing 777-300 2 12 42 310 364 [44]
8 50 226 284
Embraer ERJ-145 8 50 50 Operated by Air Peace Hopper[45]
Embraer E195-E2 5 8 12 112 124 [46][47][48][49][50]
Total 33 18

In April 2021, the Chief Operations Officer of Air Peace stated that 17 of their aircraft were grounded for maintenance reasons, thus reducing the carrier's operational fleet to just 8 aircraft.[51]

Accidents and incidents

Safety concerns and cover-ups

In 2019, the Accident Investigation Bureau (Nigeria) accused Air Peace of persistent failure to report serious incidents and accidents involving its aircraft. Some issues cited by the AIB included failure to report incidents that resulted in structural damage and erasure of Cockpit Voice Recorders prior to reporting incidents. The airline's management was cited for "willfully [failing] to comply" with the Bureau's regulations, and it was further stated that the management "lacks the full understanding of the statutory mandates".[52][53][54][55][56]

List of accidents and serious incidents

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