Air Peace (P4, Lagos) plans to establish a subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper (APL, Lagos), to manage the fleet of six E145s the airline has acquired, This Day has reported.

The Nigerian carrier has taken delivery of the first Embraer regional jet in the form of 5N-BUY (msn 145144), a former Shuttle America aircraft, on January 31. It expects the delivery of another aircraft of the type in the coming days.

"We will organise our plan to link many cities in the North and South of Nigeria under the subsidiary. Under Air Peace Hopper, we hope to connect routes such as Enugu-Kano, Cotonou-Port Harcourt Omagwa, Port Harcourt-Kano, Lagos-Warri-Port Harcourt, Lagos-Warri-Abuja, Lagos-Kaduna, Lagos-Sokoto, Abuja-Sokoto, Abuja-Bauchi, Lagos-Makurdi, Lagos-Jos, among others," Chairman and CEO Allen Onyema has said.

The airline plans to increase its fleet to twenty-four aircraft within three years from the current twenty, including the six ERJ-145s and an ex-Emirates B777-200(ER) slated for delivery later this year. The new aircraft will include a further three B777-200(ER)s.

Thanks to the incoming wide-body Boeing twinjets, Air Peaces eyes long-haul expansion. It plans to launch flights to Dubai Int'l, Sharjah, Guangzhou, London, Houston Intc'l, Mumbai Int'l, and Johannesburg O.R. Tambo in the coming years.