A pilot, Simisola Ajibola, has become the first woman captain to be decorated by Air Peace Airlines.
Ajibola, who joined the airline in February 2017 as a Senior First Officer (SFO), is from a family of pilots, father and four brothers, three of whom are with Air Peace.
Presenting the new captain to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, for decoration, the Chief Pilot, Capt. Victor Egonu, said he predicted Sinmisola’s elevation on the first flight she operated with him.
Decorating Sinmisola with her captain epaulettes at the airline’s corporate headquarters in Lagos, Onyema said he was proud of her achievement.
He praised the airline’s pilots and their colleagues for displaying excellence in the cockpit as well as standing tall among their counterparts across the globe. Air Peace has eight women pilots in its employ.
Meanwhile, Igbo women have urged Air Peace to quicken the launch of its international operations, saying they would mobilise their members and other air travellers to patronise the carrier on its long-haul routes.
The women, under the aegis of Umuada Igbo Nigeria and in Diaspora, gave the assurance in Enugu.
The Southeast women, who conferred Air Peace with the award of “Best Air Carrier of the Year”, said they were proud of the airline’s route network expansion. Air Peace, they said, has made air travel in Nigeria seamless and reliable.
Presenting the award to Air Peace, Founder of Umuada Igbo Nigeria and in Diaspora, Lolo Kate Ezeofor said the group was anxiously waiting for the launch of the airline’s international routes.
Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah, who received the award on behalf of the airline, commended Umuada Igbo for recognising the carrier’s efforts to transform air travel in Nigeria and beyond.
He assured the group that the airline would be outstanding in its international flight services. Air Peace, he said, was making a success of its vision to create jobs and transform air travel.
He commended Umuada Igbo’s community development projects, saying they tallied with Air Peace’s goal of encouraging development through job creation and seamless air connectivity.