In recognition of its in-flight services efficiency and professionalism of its crew members, Air Peace, one of the nation’s leading airlines, with six of its crew members has been awarded “National Carrier of Repute” and “Nigerian Crew Member of Repute” respectively by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
The airline announced in a statement on Friday that the awards were presented by the NIPR President, Rotimi Oladele, during the annual conference of the institute held Thursday in Umuahia, Abia State.
Presenting the awards to the company’s representative, the NIPR President said: “Air Peace had brought honour to Nigeria in the aviation industry and proved that the nation has the capacity to fix its challenges.”
He also affirmed that the carrier’s on-time performance, customer service, safety and fleet maintenance reputations were unparalleled, going by records and the testimonies gathered from its customers.
The NIPR boss further justified the choice of Air Peace and its crew for the awards, saying “they were practically assessed by NIPR teams without their knowledge.”
According to him, a total of 20 airlines were covertly assessed by the institute’s teams on board 29 flights and at the carriers’ offices. Air Peace and its crew emerged winners after securing a total of 67 percent of the votes.
The six crew members awarded the “Nigerian Crew Member of Repute” included two pilots and four crew members, namely, Capt. Adesola Arasi; First Officer, Violet Enahoro; Ademola Olowolade; Ann Otiede; Yemisi Beckley and Paul Ijeh.
They were commended for distinguishing themselves in their engagements with members of the flying public.
Responding, the Corporate Communications Manager of Air Peace, Chris Iwarah, assured that the carrier was driven by a passion to project the name of Nigeria globally through exceptional flight services.
“From seven aircraft and five routes at launch in 2014, Air Peace has increased its fleet to 24 aircraft and taken its flight operations to 12 domestic and four regional destinations, and is set to broaden its regional route network with the addition of Monrovia (Liberia), Lome (Togo) and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) in the next few weeks,” Iwara said.
He assured that the airline, which recently set a record as the first Nigerian carrier to acquire a Boeing 777 aircraft for its long-haul operations, would soon prove its mettle on the global aviation scenes with the planned launching of its Houston, London, Guangzhou-China, Dubai, Sharjah, Mumbai and Johannesburg services.
He commended NIPR for rewarding merit, assuring that the awards would spur Air Peace and its crew to further raise the bar of service in the nation’s aviation industry.