Arik Air’s new Bombardier Q400 aircraft enter commercial service

Airline receives positive feedback from guests.

Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading commercial airline, has announced the entry into commercial service of its two new Bombardier Q400 aircraft delivered to the airline in October. The two Bombardier Q400s are the first of four ordered by the airline.
The Q400 aircraft have now successfully completed mandatory proving flights, as required by Nigerian aviation regulation. One of the aircraft operated Lagos-Benin-Lagos flights on Tuesday 8 December 2009 while the second operated Lagos-Kaduna-Lagos flights on Wednesday 9 December 2009. The aircraft will now operate on key trunk routes across Arik Air’s network.
In announcing the Q400’s entry into service, the airline’s Managing Director, Mr Jason Holt, explained:
 “The Q400’s speed, comfort and jet-like cabin experience are certain to make it popular among our regular Nigerian guests. Consistent with Arik Air’s strategy to provide a world-class service, the airline is delighted to introduce this aircraft type to Nigeria. The aircraft is a very welcome addition to the growing and state-of-the art Arik Air fleet.”
The 72-seat Canadian turboprop aircraft is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft operating in the world today and Arik Air is the launch customer in Nigeria. Arik Air was also the launch customer in Nigeria for its Bombardier CRJ-900 and Airbus A340-500 aircraft types.
Designed to meet stringent operating requirements while at the same time providing travellers with high levels of comfort during short-haul flights, the Q400 is ideally suited to enable Arik Air to expand its services to select domestic and regional destinations. A number of characteristics explain the Q400’s popularity: the aircraft’s low noise on-board flying experience (‘Q’ stands for quiet), its bright spacious two-by-two seat cabin layout, its 2,500 km range and its 660 km/hour cruise speed. Arik Air’s Q400 is configured in two cabins, a 10-seat Business Class cabin and a 62-seat Economy Class cabin.
Arik Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr Suraj Sundaram elaborated: “The capacity and range of the new Q400 will allow Arik Air to increase capacity on domestic routes where we experience above-average levels of demand. Feedback from guests who travelled on the Q400’s first flights to Benin and Kaduna has been positive.”
Arik Air is Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. With the addition of the Q400, Arik Air operates a fleet of 31 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline currently serves 22 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Niamey (Niger), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).
The airline currently operates 130 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
It employs a workforce of more than 1,800.