31st October, 2013
Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, celebrated its seventh anniversary on Wednesday with the acquisition of a five-year old plane, an Airbus 330-200.
The airline commenced operation on 30 October 2006 with four daily flights between Lagos and Abuja.
Seven years on, Arik has beaten all expectations, said Chris Ndulue, the managing director of the airline.
Listing the airline achievements, Ndulue boasted that Arik was the first commercial airline in Nigeria in over 20 years to operate a brand new aircraft.
He said Arik Air has the largest fleet in Nigeria and West and Central Africa with 25 short, medium and long range aircraft.
“Arik has carried approximately 13 million passengers in 7 years of operation, does about 120 daily flights from its two hubs in Lagos and Abuja and serves 20 destinations across Nigeria,” Ndulue said.
Between 2012 and 2013, Ndulue said Arik has recorded milestones, including taking delivery of two planes and sending 40 Pilots to CAE in London for simulator assessment screening.
The airline also entered into partnership with Cranfield University UK for human capital development and rolled out On-line check-in.