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Air Peace Debunks Alleged Safety Breaches In UK, Reiterates Commitment To Safety, Security

May 20, (THEWILL) – West Africa’s largest carrier, Air Peace, has debunked allegations of safety breaches of any kind in the United Kingdom, stressing that such reports were aimed at creating fear and doubt in the minds of the flying public.

In a statement issued on Monday and signed by its management, the airline maintained that from the commencement of its inaugural flight to London on Saturday, March 30, 2024, its operations have been subjected to intense scrutiny by the relevant authorities.

The statement emphasised that the airline welcomed the situation, as it prides itself on its continued pursuit of operational excellence and unwavering commitment to the safety and security of its esteemed passengers.

Clarifying the situation, Air Peace stated: “We can confirm that the UK Civil Aviation Authority wrote to Air Peace after their statutory Ramp Inspection on April 7, 2024, to request clarification on our use of the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and some other concerns. We provided the necessary information and the matter was resolved without any issues.

“It is, therefore, wrong to say we do not have approval for our EFB. Air Peace received approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and all our Boeing 777 aircraft are certified to operate with EFBs.

“Regarding the claim that our B777 aircraft lack iPad mounts and charging ports in the flight deck, this is incorrect. All B777 aircraft are equipped with charging ports in the cockpit and we ensure that all our B777 aircraft have iPad mounts.”

Explaining further, the airline pointed out that another issue raised by the UK CAA was the location of its cockpit library on the B777. It, however, confirmed that “the B777 designates two locations for storing manuals and books: one behind the captain and one under the jumpseat. During the inspection, the books were stored under the jumpseat, as is commonly practised.

“We understand the inspector’s preference for the books to be placed behind the captain and have ensured this preference is accommodated for all operations going forward.

“There was also a concern about the captain’s choice of runway exit after landing. Instead of exiting at the middle runway exit, the captain, out of his professional discretion, opted to exit at the end of the runway. This may have delayed the arrival of another aircraft.

“We acknowledge this deviation and have addressed the matter with the captain to ensure adherence to preferred exit procedures in the future. Ramp Inspection is a normal procedure carried out by aviation authorities globally, and the UK CAA did the right thing by notifying the NCAA of the outcome of their inspection.”

The airline, however, expressed shock to see several media publications with exaggerated and sensationalised accounts of the matter which was resolved with the authorities over a month ago.

“It is unprofessional for the media to publish slanted and alarmist reports to create public panic and impugn our deeply ingrained safety culture. Air Peace’s safety record is second to none and we go above and beyond to comply with all established safety standards.

“Safety is the bedrock of our operations and we have robust operational mechanisms to guarantee full compliance always,” it added.

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Anthony Awunor, is a business correspondent who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics (UNILAG). He is also an alumnus of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria Kaduna State. He lives in Lagos.

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