One of Nigeria’s new airlines, Air Peace Ltd., has denied reports that a German company delivered a ‘refurbished’ jet to it, insisting that most of its airplanes were almost new.
Air Peace, which took delivery of its second Dornier 328 jet registered as 5N BQV, in a statement by its Director of Flight Operations, Captain Babatunde Adekoya, said: “Contrary to earlier reports that a German company delivered a “refurbished” jet to Air Peace, we bought the newest Dornier jets available in the world.
“We are the proud owners of 5N BQT, which was rolled out in 2008. So how could planes of that age that have hardly done over 1300 hours be ‘refurbished’?
“In accordance with our request, the German manufacturers only reconfigured the VIP seating to seating for business class and economy seats.”
On the aircraft delivered weekend, Adekoya said the plane was purchased directly from the German Manufac-turers, Dornier, and was flown to Lagos from Germany by Air Peace’s Italian pilots led by Captain Fabrizio Tonelli and First Officer, Raoul Padroni.