Nigeria’s Air Peace has announced a new order for ten 737 MAX 8 aeroplanes.

Air Peace already operates Boeing 737s between major cities in Central and West Africa. The airline, which recently added Boeing 777s to its fleet, is looking to launch its international flight operations soon.

The 737 MAX 8 is part of a family of planes that offer 130 to 230 seats and the ability to fly up to 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometres). It also incorporates the CFM International LEAP-1B engine and Advanced Technology winglets.

Boeing forecasts that features such as these will enable Air Peace to save more than 20% on fuel costs compared to its current single-aisle airplanes.

Africa’s commercial growth

“We are excited to add the 737 MAX to our fleet as we expand our network to offer more destinations and serve more passengers,” said Allen Onyema, Chairman and CEO, Air Peace Limited.

“The fuel efficiency and superior operating economics of the 737 MAX will ensure that the aircraft will play a major role in growing our business in the years to come,” he added.

“Africa is a growing market for commercial airplanes and we are proud that airlines like Air Peace are selecting Boeing aircraft to be part of that growth,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.

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