Nigeria's Air Peace damp-leases two A320s
The contract was signed on November 11, 2021, for six months through May 11, 2022, with the first SmartLynx Airlines Malta A320 9H-SLI (msn 3866) currently being ferried to Nigeria and 9H-SLJ (msn 3880) to follow.
Air Peace said it would deploy the two A320s on both domestic and regional routes.
It currently operates eight B737-300s, five B737-500s, one B777-200(ER), two B777-300s, one VIP-configured Do328-300, eight E145s, and four E195-E2s, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows. It has ambitious growth plans with firm orders for a further nine E195-E2s and ten B737-8s. Chief Operating Officer Oluwatoyin Olajide highlighted that the airline sees the A320s as an interim solution until more E2s arrive and underlined that the initial damp-lease could open new avenues for cooperation with SmartLynx going forward.
The Maltese ACMI/charter specialist operates seven A320-200s, two A321-200s, two A321-200(P2F)s, and five A330-300s. Its sister carrier, SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga), operates six A320s and five A321s, while SmartLynx Airlines Estonia (MYX, Tallinn Lennart Meri) operates four A320-200s.
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