Established as a management consultancy provider to the airline, Arik Air International commenced in April 2007, with the remit to bolster Arik’s position in the complex international market. Our responsibilities include human resourcing; PR, advertising and marketing; commercial contract management; overseas airport and station management; technical procurement; and client relationship management. Moreover, by taking up position in the heart of London, we are blessed with one of the most desirable international gateways from which to spread Arik’s unique West African message.
In December 2008, we successfully launched our initial intercontinental operation from Lagos to London Heathrow. We currently fly daily from London Heathrow Terminal 4 with our newly acquired airbus A340-500, which offers the highest degree of operational flexibility and unmatched passenger comfort. The aircraft offers 36 Premier Class and 201 Economy Class seats. Premier Class passengers enjoy ‘super flat’ beds equipped with 17 inch monitors and a new generation in-built massage system. It also has a communal area which comprises a bar lounge, sofas and a seat-free space for socializing.
“Our inaugural flight to London is perhaps the best thing to have happened to passengers on the London-Lagos route since the service first started’. It is a bold statement, but as a frequent flyer on the London to Lagos route I know that for far too long, we have been paying far too much, for far too little in value. This is probably one of the highest priced routes in the world, yet somehow comfort and service currently seem to be an afterthought, rather than a priority” said Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, CEO, Arik Air International Ltd.
“Our Company was created by a man with a very clear vision; to deliver a world class service to every passenger on every route. We have realized that vision domestically, we have realized it in the West African region and now it is time to actualize it internationally.
“Our aim now is to exceed our passengers’ expectations internationally, become the carrier of choice to the West African region and demonstrate our credentials as the flagship airline for Nigeria and the gateway to West Africa.”
Arik Air’s ambition does not stop with London. We are now taking our world class airline to the rest of the world and have secured the rights to fly to Johannesburg, New York, Houston, Paris, Beijing, and many other international destinations. To fly these new routes we have over US$6.1 billion of new aircraft on order to be delivered over ten years. These include Boeing B777s, B787s and Airbus A340s, all fitted out in the most luxurious style, in keeping with our world class standards.