We’re yet to take delivery of Boeing 737 8 Aircraft, says Air Peace
Privately-owned Nigerian airline, Air Peace has said it has not taken delivery of the 10 Boeing 737 8 aircraft it ordered.
The clarification is coming on the heels of the controversy trailing the aircraft after two of the plane crashes just in months.
Boeing 737 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday, killing all 147 people aboard.
Air Peace was reported to have ordered for the aircraft.
In a statement on Monday, Air Peace said the planes ordered are still at manufacturing levels, adding that it would continue to monitor investigations on the default of the aircraft.
“The Management of Air Peace has thought it imperative to clarify that Air Peace recently placed a firm order for 10 brand new Boing 737 Max 8 aircraft. We are however, yet to take delivery of the aircraft as we are still at the design and configuration stage of the order”, Air Peace said.
Airlines flying the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft have started grounding the aircraft following suspected default problem.
The Sunday crash was the second crash in five months involving a 737 Max 8, and comparisons are being drawn.
The BBC reported that four African airlines, including Comair, Royal Air Maroc of Morocco were flying the Boeing 737 Max 8 passenger aircraft, before Sunday’s crash.
In September 2018, privately-owned Air Peace of Nigeria signed an order for 10 737 MAX 8
“South Africa’s privately-owned Comair of South Africa, Mauritania Airlines, received its first plane just two weeks ago, becoming the first airline in southern Africa to operate the passenger jet.
The airline has ordered seven more, with one expected to arrive later this month.
Comair has issued a statement saying it “will continue to monitor the various investigations by the relevant authorities and are in close contact with both Boeing and the SACAA [South African Civil Aviation Authority]”.
According to Boeing, state-owned Mauritania Airlines was the first to operate the plane in Africa, receiving its first delivery in December 2017.
Ethiopian Airlines received its first Max 8 in July 2018. The country had placed an order for 30 Max jets.
Ethiopian Airlines has now grounded its 737 Max 8 fleet following the crash.
Morocco’s state-owned Royal Air Maroc received its first 737 Max 8 in December last year, and received a second one in February.
In September 2018, privately-owned Air Peace of Nigeria signed an order for 10 737 MAX 8 airplanes