Nigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace, says that there is no plan to cancel its order for 10 Boeing 737-MAX 800 aircraft, following worldwide concerns about the safety of the planes.
The airline spokesman noted that any decision about cancelling the order is premature.
Chris Iwarah, Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace, said in Lagos on Monday, 11 March 2019, that the airline would continue to act in the interest of the safety of the flying public.
Ethiopian Airlines had grounded all B-737-800 MAX 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.
The crash was the second involving the B737 MAX 800 aircraft in the past four months, following October 2018 crash involving a Lion Air plane which crashed into the sea off Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
Other carriers in China and elsewhere have grounded the B737 MAX 800 aircraft in their fleet due to safety concerns.
Iwarah said that the multi-million-dollar deal signed between Air Peace and the American aircraft manufacturer, The Boeing Company, on 13 September 2018, for the delivery of 10 brand new B737 MAX 800 aircraft was still on.
“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 B737Max 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 Air Peace spokesperson 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.