ABUJA, Nigeria’s Air Peace will return to Dubai after a year-long hiatus as a result of the pandemic. The airline confirmed yesterday that flights will resume from February fifth, working as soon as per week in each instruction. It ought to be famous that whereas the service is marketed as a flight to Dubai, passengers really land in Sharjah after which take a bus to Dubai.
Return to the UAE
Air Peace’s path to Sharjah marked a necessary milestone for the airline in 2019: It was to be its first long-haul route exterior Africa. Previous to this service, Emirates was the one airline serving the UAE nonstop from Nigeria, giving it a big benefit.
Nonetheless, quickly after the route commenced in July 2019, the airline suspended flights as a result of a pandemic in late March. Since then, many online have referred to as on Air Peace to renew this route, citing the inhabitants residing within the UAE. Emirates returned to Lagos and Abuja in September, as soon as once more providing the one direct connection.
Yesterday, Air Peace formally introduced that it could return to Sharjah (and Dubai) from February fifth. The route will function solely as soon as per week, down from thrice per week beforehand, between Lagos and Dubai.
The outbound flight will depart Lagos on Friday at 01:00 AM and attain Sharjah at 12:00 PM, eight hours later. The return flight departs Sharjah on Saturday at 08:00 AM and arrives in Lagos at 13:00. To make this long-haul journey, Air Peace has a fleet of second-hand 777s.
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Air Peace has lengthy had its eye on a big worldwide enlargement, and in 2018, it started buying widebodies for this mission. The airline at present has a fleet of three Boeing 777s, with two 777-300s and one 777-200ER, in keeping with Planespotters.web. Two of those plane got here from Emirates and one from Singapore Airways, and all are actually painted in Air Peace’s putting livery.
Nonetheless, these planes have largely solely been used for repatriation flights in 2020, flying to locations like London, Jamaica, and Guangzhou. Nonetheless, these repatriation flights may function a precursor to eventual common providers.
An Air Peace 777 in London. https://t.co/n7r8VwLGp6 © Airlinergeek pic.twitter.com/iNeoEYwTLk
— JetPhotos (@JetPhotos) July 8, 2020
Onboard, Air Peace opted to maintain Emirates’ seating configuration of first class, enterprise-class, and financial system. The choice to maintain the cabin doubtless saved Air Peace tens of millions in refurbishing the cabin and buying new seats. This cabin doubtless makes for snug expertise on the eight-hour flight to Sharjah.
How we’re travelling to Jamaica this December on the Air Peace Boeing 777 300-ER. Top quality , enterprise and financial system . pic.twitter.com/V6cyabzZHx
— Nai.jamaica (@NaiJamaica) November 10, 2020
Air Peace began 2020 with daring plans to develop internationally, concentrating on Asia first. Whereas it did handle to begin its Sharjah route, the deliberate flights to Mumbai in March by no means began. Moreover, the airline additionally needed to begin flights to Tel Aviv, London, Houston, and Guangzhou within the coming years because it took supply of extra plane.