New Airline With First Class: Air Peace Got Itself a 777 and Plans to Fly to Houston

Air Peace is a 5 year old carrier based in Lagos, Nigeria. They’ve only been flying internationally for a year (their first service beyond Nigeria was to Accra, Ghana). They fly mostly Boeing 737s.

Their call sign is ‘Peace Bird’ and their two letter IATA designator is ‘P4’. So on that basis alone I’m rooting for them.

I was shocked to learn this week that they’ve acquired a Boeing 777-200 from Emirates. They expect to take another Boeing 777-200 as well.

These birds aren’t destined for Abuja, either. They plan to fly “to Dubai, Sharjah, London, Guangzhou, Houston, Mumbai and Johannesburg.”

Some of that may be wishful thinking, but why not dream of restoring the Lagos – Houston connection that United Airlines dropped in mid-2016? Of course one has to wonder about a route that United claimed to have been losing money on for years and couldn’t sustain with a 787 but that Peace Air thinks it can make work with a Boeing 777?

Boeing 777-200 with Emirates First Class

This ex-Emirates bird is configured with 3 cabins: 12 first class, 42 business class, and 220 coach seats. With the same configuration, then, presumably Peace Air will retain the Emirates mini-bar.

Despite angled business class seats I’m really rooting for Air Peace and looking forward to their taking delivery of their second 777 as well.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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