AIR PEACE, Nigeria’s domestic carrier announced on Monday that it has not planned to cancel its order for 10 Boeing 737-MAX 800 aeroplanes following worldwide concerns about the aircraft safety.
The airline signed a multi-million dollar deal with the American aircraft manufacturer, The Boeing Company, on September 13, 2018, for the delivery of 10 brand new B737 MAX 800 aircraft.
According to a NAN report, the Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace, Chris Iwarah, said any decision about cancelling the order was premature.
“At this moment, it is premature to begin to talk about things and conclusions that have not been put in the public domain.
“Investigations into the crashes involving B737 MAX 800 are ongoing, so it will not be fair at this time to begin to make definite comments on those issues.
“We are still in the domain of investigation, but we want to assure the public that we are following the development very closely,” he said.
The ICIR earlier, reported that Ethiopian Airlines had grounded all B-737 MAX 800 aircraft in its fleet till further notice, following Sunday’s crash of its fight ET302 which killed all 157 persons on board.
The aircraft en route Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after takeoff around Bishoftu, 40 miles south-east of the Ethiopian capital.
Other aircraft carriers in China and elsewhere have grounded the B737 MAX 800 aircraft in their fleets due to safety concerns.
The Air Peace spokesperson, Iwarah said the airline had not yet taken delivery of the ordered aircraft, adding that before that time, issues surrounding its safety must have been identified by global aviation experts.
“We also trust that Boeing is capable of responding to the issues technically. They have the capacity to respond to that.
“I want to say clearly that we will not engage in anything that will jeopardise the lives and safety of our passengers. There is no basis for talking about cancelling the order.
“Any step we take now will be premature until investigations are concluded. So, we are following the investigations very closely to ensure that at the end of the day only the right thing is done.
“Whatever steps we take will be in line with what favours safety and what is in the interest of our passengers.”
He further explained that the B737 Max Air was “suspended” by those already operating the equipment to enable the investigation to run its course.
“If investigation runs its course and they feel that there is nothing to be worried about, they will lift that suspension and continue to operate the aircraft but on our part, we have not even taken delivery.
He stated that the airline is committed to acting in the interest of the flying public.
“We are currently working with Boeing, we are also asking questions and following all developments because we are a safety conscious airline,” Iwarah concluded.