Arik Air announced that the Boeing 737-700(New Generation) aircraft damaged by a taxi on the tarmac of Margaret Ekpo Airport, Calabar on Wednesday will be sent to Germany for thorough investigation.
Arik Air, Nigeria's largest commercial airline today announced that the Boeing 737-700(New Generation) aircraft damaged by a taxi on the tarmac of Margaret Ekpo Airport, Calabar on Wednesday will be sent to Germany for thorough investigation.
According to Arik Air Acting Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue, the aircraft, which belly was damaged by the taxi, is back safely at the airline's hangar in Lagos after the Lufthansa Technic engineers had carried out ferry repairs on it in Calabar.
Mr. Ndulue elaborated: "We are now in the process of preparing the aircraft for the longer flight to Germany where Boeing and Lufthansa engineers will carry out a thorough check and repairs to determine the extent of damages. The engineers are expected to carry out a NDT tests on the aircraft and certify the aircraft on completion of the repairs."
He said it was through providence and the high specification of Arik Air's aircraft that the incident was not more serious. On the length of repairs of the aircraft in Germany, Mr. Ndulue said it is expected that the aircraft will be out of service for approximately 30 days.
He thanked all the people that identified with the airline over the incident and called on the Nigerian government to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of lives and equipment at the airports.
Arik Air is Nigeria's leading commercial airline. It now operates a fleet of 25 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), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).
The airline currently operates over 130 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.