Arik Air operates mostly from hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria. It is West Africa's leading airline, according to its website.
Arik Air was founded in 2002 by Sir Arumemi-Ikhide, one of Nigeria's most prominent businessmen, when the national airline was liquidated. It was established with a focus on efficiency and quality of service and was incorporated in 2004. Arik Air first began serving passengers on Oct. 30, 2006, using a new Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft. The airline open its second hub in Abuja in 2007, and it invested $3.7 billion on new aircraft. It became a regional service in January 2008 when it began service Accra, Ghana.
As of 2015, Arik Air offers flights to locations all over Africa, as well as to London and New York. Its flights feature 50 percent more legroom than competitors and individual 10.2 inch video monitors at every seat. A full audio/video on-demand system with films, short programs and audio is available to passengers. Every flight also features a three course meal that includes both African and international cuisine as well as additional light snack service on longer flights. Mood lighting, blankets and pillows are available.