“Operation shakedown flights”was conducted to show the Airline’s readiness for flight resumption
Nigeria’s Air Peace airline today flew all its planes from Lagos to Abuja and to Port Harcourt returning back to to Lagos in a bid to test and demonstrate the airworthiness of planes in its fleet in preparation for the awaited flight resumption. Tagged “Shakedown flights”, the operation which was conducted without passengers involved the Airline’s fleet of 25 planes .
According to spokesman of Air Peace airline, Stanley Olisa,the operation was aimed at ensuring that the aircraft are in top shape having been grounded for close to three months even though they have been kept under very strict storage maintenance.
Olisa said the”shakedown flights” are part of measures developed by the airline to guarantee the safety of both passengers and crew when operations resume.
He revealed that within the period of flight ban due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Airline ramped up technical maintenance of its fleet, refreshed the cabins and did a thorough disinfection in preparation for flight resumptions. Olisa also confirmed that stressing that all pilots and flight attendants have been retrained in line with directives of the authorities.
On the airline’s readiness to resume regular flights, he stated: “We have been operating special flights to local and international destinations, and we have more of such flights in the works. This accentuates our preparedness for operation restart as our pilots, cabin crew and engineers have been hands-on and are very current. So, we are hundred percent ready to resume”.
It will be recalled that Air Peace has been operating charter and emergency evacuation flights internationally and locally .Some of these flights include the evacuation of medical supplies from Turkey and China to the Federal Government in the fight against the COVID-19 in April and several evacuation flights to India, Israel and China in the midst of the pandemic.