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Obi Cubana, Ifeanyi Uba, Keyamo, other celebrities join Air Peace inaugural flight to London

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Popular socialite and club magnet, Obi Iyiegbu also known as Obi Cubana, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo and other Nigerian celebrities were among the individuals who joined Air Peace inaugural flight to London.

NewsBand reported that Air Peace officially commenced flight from Lagos, Nigeria to London, United Kingdom.

The company disclosed this on its official X handle on Saturday morning.

It expressed delight over the achievement and appreciated those who contributed to the success of the project.

The airline which operated a Boeing 777 for the maiden flight, held a brief ceremony at the Muhammed International Airport (New Terminal) to celebrate the occasion.

Other dignitaries who joined the inaugural flight include Doris Uzoka-Anite, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, and Chris Najomo, acting director, general, NCAA, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, amongst others.

Speaking during the launch, Doris Uzoka-Anite, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment described the feat by Air Peace as the convergence of innovation, determination, and the unwavering commitment to excellence.

“Nigeria has needed a local airline flying directly to the UK for a number of years. Air Peace proudly wears the badge of ‘Made in Nigeria.’ It is a symbol of our collective effort to showcase our capabilities to the world. From the skilled hands that maintain the aircraft to the warm smiles of the cabin crew, every aspect of Air Peace reflects the spirit of our nation,” she said.

“Let us reflect on the economic impact of this flight. Air Peace’s presence in London is not merely about arrivals and departures; it is about trade, investment, and collaboration.

“By choosing Air Peace, you choose to invest in Nigeria. You choose to empower local businesses, create jobs, and strengthen our economy. In December 2023, the UK exported £185 million to Nigeria and imported £154 million, resulting in a negative trade balance of £30.8 million. This is a trend we wish to change in Nigeria’s favour and an additional trade route is a major step in the right direction.”

The Minister added that the choice of Nigerians to fly with Air Peace is a vote of confidence, adding that the airline has a commendable safety record, holding a 7 out of 7 safety rating according to Airline Ratings and has successfully undergone the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification four times, signifying its commitment to rigorous safety standards.

“So I entreat all potential passengers to trust them to carry you safely across continents, and remember that you are part of a movement—a movement that encourages Nigerians to patronize their own. Let us be ambassadors in the skies, sharing stories of our rich heritage, our vibrant culture, and the warmth that defines us”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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