Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest airline has rewarded four of its loyal customers with an all-expense paid trip to Brazil following the conclusion of draws in the Brazil 2014 sales promotion inaugurated in March.
The four lucky winners were picked on Thursday May 22nd, 2014 from the tickets of many loyal customers who flew Arik Air’s business class from Lagos to London, New York or Johannesburg between March 1 and April 30, 2014. The lucky winners are; Onuegbu Chima Godwin, Fashawe Oluwayemisi, Aluko Bade and Samuel Bayode.
The draws were supervised by the Director of Consumer Protection Directorate, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi while Nigeria’s music super star, Ice Prince was a special guest at the event.
Speaking at the draws, Arik Air Senior Vice President, Operations/Deputy Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi said: “The idea of this draw came about a year ago when Nigeria qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The aim was actually to fly to Brazil and we have been working on that for over two years, trying to make sure that we fly Lagos to Brazil before the commencement of the World Cup finals”.
Captain Sanusi disclosed that the dream of Arik Air to commence commercial flights to Brazil before the World Cup could not be actualised due to some challenges but expressed optimism that someday Arik Air would link Nigeria and Brazil.
The Director of Consumer Protection, NCAA, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi appreciated Arik Air’s good gesture of rewarding customers, stressing that offering all-expense paid trip is a way of cementing the good relationship between Arik Air and its customers.
The NCAA Director expressed optimism that the airline would do more in the coming years saying “It is a very good development that Arik is rewarding loyal customers. I am sure that it is just the beginning. If you had a direct flight to Brazil, I am sure the number that will benefit will be more than this”.
Abdullahi who used the opportunity to address the issue of flight delays and cancellation in the industry explaining that “delays and cancellations in aviation are inevitable” but however advised that passengers should be carried along whenever flights are delayed.
He also urged passengers to show understanding when there is a delay or when there is cancellation of flight stressing that “nobody wants to go up there for maintenance; because up there, there is no mechanic workshop, you rather do all the repairs here before you leave. Nobody wants to go up there when the weather is bad en-route or when the destination weather is bad.”