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Air Peace Resolves Safety Concerns with UK Aviation Authority

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Air Peace, a Nigerian airline operator, has announced that certain alleged safety concerns raised by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) have been addressed and resolved in collaboration with the British regulator.

This development comes after the airline recently commenced direct flights between Lagos and London on March 30, 2024.

In a statement released on Monday, Air Peace sought to reassure its passengers, emphasizing the airline’s unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of safety. The airline expressed its dedication to maintaining open communication and cooperation with aviation authorities to ensure full compliance with all relevant regulations and best practices.

While the specific details of the alleged safety violations were not disclosed, Air Peace’s proactive response and resolution of the issues highlighted by the UKCAA demonstrate the airline’s commitment to transparent operations and prioritizing passenger safety as a core value.

“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,” the airline said.

“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.

“Another issue raised by the UK CAA was the location of our cockpit library on the B777. 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 it 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.”

Air Peace acknowledged that ramp inspections conducted by aviation authorities are standard operating procedures implemented globally to ensure compliance with safety regulations. The airline commended the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) for properly notifying its Nigerian counterpart regarding the outcome of their inspection.

“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,” Air Peace added.

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