Arik Air unveils the first of three CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft ordered for its fleet

Arik Air, Nigeria and West Africa’s leading commercial airline, will become the first African carrier to operate the Bombardier* CRJ1000* NextGen* regional jet in Africa, when it launches service with the first of three ordered during the 2013 Paris Airshow.

The new CRJ1000 will be unveiled during Arik’s 7th anniversary celebration on the 14th of December. Upon delivery to Arik Air, the new jet will be deployed to increase the Lagos - Owerii and Lagos - Enugu routes from daily to double daily flights. In addition, it will also be used at night to launch a new third daily Lagos to Accra service.

Commenting on the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Arik Air’s Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Configured to offer the very best in-flight comfort and style for our passengers, the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft will also provide a high degree of operational flexibility to enhance our service, and a reduced environmental footprint to promote greener, more sustainable aviation.”

“Designed to meet the needs of airlines in high-frequency regional markets, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft has established a reputation for excellent passenger comfort, while delivering outstanding fuel economy and superior economics,” said Raphael Haddad, Vice President Sales, Africa and the Middle East, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

“We are delighted that Arik Air is adding the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft to its fleet and congratulate the airline on becoming the launch operator in Africa.” Arik Air’s first CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is configured to seat 100 passengers in an all-economy-class configuration whereas the remaining two – due to be delivered late next year – will offer a two-class configuration with 12 Premier Business Class seats and 80 Economy Class seats. The first aircraft will be retrofitted to the two-class configuration in the future.