Arik Air is an airline based in Lagos, Nigeria operating a growing domestic network. Regional and international destinations are planned to be added. Its main base is Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Nigerian government set a deadline of 30 April 2007 for all airlines operating in the country to re-capitalise or be grounded, in an effort to ensure better services and safety. The airline satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalization and was re-registered for operation.
On April 4, 2008, Arik Air was given permission by to fly to the United States by the Department of Transportation.
The initial domestic network was expected to cover the following cities: Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, and Yola. The airline has also commenced international service to Accra in Ghana and plans to operate in the future to Dakar.
In August 2006, the Federal Ministry of Aviation granted Arik Air authorization to fly to Trinidad and Tobago and Amsterdam, London, Madrid in Europe. Furthermore, the airline plans to fly to Atlanta, Miami, and Houston in the United States and Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
Arik Air has built up a strong domestic network. Regional and long-haul routes to neighbouring countries and Europe will be introduced later in 2008. The first flight to the United States is announced for February 2009.
Arik Air will start operating flights to London-Heathrow in November 2008, using Airbus A340-500s as equipment.
A subsidiary airline Arik Niger will be established in Niger, operating a fleet of five aircraft. First domestic and regional flights will commence in August 2008.
|Airbus A340-500||1 (2 orders)||260 (30/230)||London Heathrow||Expected delivery November 2008|
|Boeing 737-322||2||Domestic and Regional Routes|
|Boeing 737-700||9||Domestic and Regional Routes|
|Boeing 737-800/900||(22 orders)||Expected delivery 2009|
|Boeing 747-8||(4 orders)||LOI; Expected delivery 2010-11|
|Boeing 777-300ER||(5 orders)||Expected delivery 2011|
|Boeing 787-9||(7 orders)||Expected delivery 2014|
|Bombardier CRJ-900ER||4 (3 orders)||Domestic and Regional Routes|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q300||3||Domestic Routes||leased from Denim Air|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||(4 orders)|
|Hawker Executive Jets 800XP||2|
|Fokker 50||1||Domestic Routes||leased from Denim Air|
Bombardier Sells Four Q400 Airliners to Arik Air Airline will offer a two-class interior in the Q400 aircraft
Jul 25, 2007; TORONTO, ONTARIOCCNMatthews - July 25, 2007) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Lagos, Nigeria-based Arik Air has placed...