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No Boeing 737 Max 8 in Air Peace fleet – Onyema



NOT comfortable with recent attacks on his airline, and  rumour  making the rounds that he owns Boeing 737 MAX 8, the  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Airline, Allen Onyema has reacted to the unpleasant impression created against his business outfit, describing it as an act of wickedness.

The rumour came on the heels of the recent two Boeing  737 MAX 8  plane crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia respectively,  which claimed hundreds of lives, including some prominent Nigerians. Some people made unpleasant statements about Air Peace Airline, saying that the company owned Boeing 737 MAx 8. Not only that, they linked it to the chief executive’s tribe, Igbo, with the intent to run down his business.

In a swift reaction, Onyema warned that people should stop bringing in ethnicity into his business. In his words, ”people should stop thinking about where I come from and stop treating me as “this Ibo man.” He sought to know whether those people criticising him had thought of the other side of it, if he had not set up the business, saying, ”Have they bothered to ask that if this man should shut down Air Peace tomorrow, what would become of the fate of Nigeria at large?”

He noted,, ”you cannot just pick up an aircraft immediately because it’s not like a car. To set up an airline is not easy. Something happened with Ethiopian Air and Air Peace is suffering it in Nigeria. What is our own business there?

Onyema lamented that the moves by some people to run down his business was not new, noting that  ”Initially, they said they were using old planes; those aircrafts are junks, etc. When we bought new ones, they said our aircraft is unsafe and they are now calling for my head, as if the incident happened to Air Peace. Deliberate falsehood! Some of them even said we have four of the Boeing 737 MAx 8 aircraft in our operations. We don’t have 737 MAx 8 in our fleet.”

He explained that in 2018, they ordered for some Boeing 737 MAx 8. ”Last year, we ordered for ten of it and we should be applauded for buying ten brand new planes. However, our order can only be actualised in about four years time, not now. We don’t have MAX 8 aircraft in Air Peace. So, why are they trying to de-markets us?”

What was even more worrisome to the Air peace boss was the ethnicity part of the whole issue. He went on to say, ”more worrying is the ethnic angle, with them saying; ‘greedy Ibo man.’ He bought dangerous aircraft to kill Nigerians and has refused to send the planes back.”

He explained that they don’t have such planes.” We don’t have such planes, We are becoming a wicked country where success is not appreciated,” Onyema said sadly.


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