Arik Air celebrated its 4th anniversary over the weekend by hosting a number of celebratory events in key markets in the USA, UK and South Africa as well as in Nigeria.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest commercial airline, celebrated its 4th anniversary over the weekend by hosting a number of celebratory events in key markets in the USA, UK and South Africa as well as in Nigeria.
Saturday 30th October is the official anniversary date for the airline; the inaugural scheduled flight was on 30 October 2006 between Lagos and Abuja
Since commencement of operations four years ago, Arik Air has grown from strength to strength currently flying to 17 destinations in Nigeria and 6 points in the region including Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Monrovia (Liberia), Banjul (The Gambia), Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Cotonou (Benin). It also operates four long-haul routes between Lagos & Abuja - London, Lagos - New York and Lagos – Johannesburg and registered its 5 millionth passenger in August of this year.
To mark the occasion in Nigeria, Arik held a press conference where newly appointed Managing Director, Chris Ndulue – the first Nigerian to hold the position at the airline – and the Chairman, Sir Arumemi-Ikhide, outlined the airline’s achievements as well as future plans. Investment was a key focus with the management highlighting the company’s $6.1 billion outlay on new aircraft as well as a combined speculation of $6.4 million on staff training and pilots’ simulation.
Airport events were held in New York, JFK and London, Heathrow on Monday 1 November. In London, two passengers were given an upgrade to Arik’s Premier Class on the London - Lagos & Abuja routes. Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO, attended the Heathrow event presenting the passengers with the upgrade and cutting the cake to celebrate the milestone with passengers.
Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO of Arik Air, commented:
“Four years in to operations, and with near 6 million passengers carried, we are very happy with the steady growth that we have witnessed since we launched Arik on that first route to Abuja with a CRJ900. Our fleet size now stands at 26, which services 44 routes in the network. Arik was committed from the start to investing in the future – not just of the airline, but the aviation industry within Nigeria. The four years celebration is not just for Arik but also for a new age in aviation in the country and we’re just happy to playing a part in the continuing development of it.”
Arik Air is West Africa’s leading commercial airline. It now operates a fleet of 26 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), Monrovia (Liberia), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).
The airline currently operates over 150 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.