Nigerian airline Air Peace signed a contract for three additional Embraer E195-E2s worth $212.6 million on Sunday at the Dubai Airshow, converting options from an order inked in April. Set to be the first E2 operator in Africa when deliveries start in second-quarter 2020, Air Peace’s total firm order for E195-E2s now stands at 13 aircraft, with options for 17 more.
“The E195-E2 is the perfect aircraft to expand our operations in Africa, and this new order is a further confirmation of our ‘no-city-left-behind’ initiative, which we shall continue to execute,” said Air Peace chairman and CEO Allen Onyema. “We are receiving impressive data about the aircraft’s economics now that is in revenue service, and this was a driver to place this new firm order with Embraer. We look forward to receiving our first aircraft, which will enhance connectivity in Nigeria and the African region while feeding long-haul flights from our Lagos hub.”
Air Peace’s E195-E2s will be configured in a dual-class arrangement with 124 seats. The airline operates more than 20 local, regional, and international routes and has strategic plans to expand those routes.
Its subsidiary Air Peace Hopper started operating six Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets last year on short and thin routes. According to Air Peace, that experience with Embraer’s products and services was a key factor in selecting the E2.