Air Peace, one of Nigeria’s local Airline on Monday commenced a Non-Stop 11 Hours flight from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos to the Island Country of Jamaica, NewsSpec learnt.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the direct flight was part of the activities to commemorate 50 years of good bilateral relations between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Jamaica.
The airline deployed one of its three Boeing 777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BVE for the flight.
The chartered flight departed at 17:00hrs, conveying 132 passengers on board and has arrived Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The aircraft will fly into Montego Bay again on December 27, 2020 for the return flight the next day, it was learnt.
Aboard the flight according to a statement signed by the Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ferdinald Nwonye, was His Excellency, Geoffrey ONYEAMA, Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, together with a number of other senior Nigerian government officials and members of the Organised Private Sector. They were received at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, by the Minister of Transportation of Jamaica and other top Jamaican government officials.
“It is expected that the welcome development will deepen relations between the two countries in areas of tourism, education and economic activities, to mention a few,” the statement further added.
Also, Spokesperson of Air Peace, Stanley Olisa, who confirmed this, said the special charter flight was the airline’s maiden flight to the Island country.
He said the flight further attests to the airline’s capability to operate flights to any destination in the world, adding that “Air Peace has the aircraft and the requisite manpower to do this.”
Air Peace has operated international flights to multiple destinations such as China, Turkey, India, Malaysia, Israel, United Kingdom, Thailand, Indonesia and recently launched scheduled direct flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.