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Nigerian Airline Air Peace Under Fire For Ordering 10 New Boeing 737 Max Aircraft For International Flights

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Nigerian Airline Air Peace Under Fire For Ordering 10 New Boeing 737 Max Aircraft For International Flights

By Abisola Olasupo, Guardian NG

After the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX crash, leading Nigerian airline, Air Peace, has been embroiled in a major controversy over its purchase of the same aircraft in 2018.

Similar to some other airlines across the world, Air Peace, last September, signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boeing, to acquire 10 of the planes for its international operations.

The biggest bid ever submitted by an airline in West Africa was set to launch the Nigerian firm into the league of major carriers in the world, parading some of the most attractive, efficient and state-of-the-art wide-body aircraft globally.

Ethiopia Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX had barely taken off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa en route Nairobi when it lost contact with the radar.

The tragic incident led to the death of all 157 persons aboard including two Nigerians Pius Adesanmi and Ambassador Abiodun Bashua.

The crash, which is similar to Lion Air flight which went down over the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board, has generated discussion across the world as many demands all airlines in possession of the same model of aircraft should suspend its operations.

The aircraft which has recorded global patronage due to its efficient fuel management might be taken off the market following the second crash of the same model in less than six months.

For Air Peace, many observers have demanded the clarification on its recent order of 10 new Boeing 737-MAX aircraft for its international operations.

Air Peace might have to redeem its customers’ confidence by giving adequate information on the state of the purchase.

However, The Guardian put a call to the airlines but its official line was switched off and also sent a mail which it hasn’t responded to.

The crash that has had far-reaching effects has also affected the stocks of the Boeing company with its share dropping drastically.

The US aviation giant shares dropped about five minutes into the day’s trading, Boeing shares were down 11.7 percent at $373.23 following the tragic incident.

Meanwhile, the company has insisted that the crash investigation remained in its early stages and it had no basis to issue new guidance to operators.

Still, most airlines have reportedly grounded all their flights involving the Boeing 737 MAX including the Ethiopia airlines.

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  1. Jilo

    March 12, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    According to Washington News Radio this morning the Boeing company is assuring its patrons that the Boeing 737 Max 8 is safe but lot of frequent flyers are now casting their doubt as to whether the Air line is safe for boarding. Although the Boeing company is arguing that the investigation to apportion blame on Boeing company is at its preliminary stage that people should not just conclude on this incidence. However this is the second time in 5 months that the same model Air line has crashed and killed all people on board. Just like Auto cars, many cars have been recalled due to their inability to meet the safety standard and after taking it to the dealership, they will repair them for free for their buyers. I think Boeing Company is not exempted too.

    FAA and other agencies have began their investigations and if it happens that the mistakes emanated from production then all latest version of Boeing 737 will be grounded. Also the black box found on new EA will give clue and help during the investigations. Although this Air Plane is a newest version of commercial Air jet but, they are not exempted from being molded with fault?. The Boeing company are scare to loose billions of Dollars if the mistake is traced to manufacturer.

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