Arik Has Recorded Over 15 Million Passengers In Eight Yrs-MD

arik-air1By  Chuks Okoh

Arik Air said Thursday that it has flown over 15 million passengers on 31 routes on both, domestic , regional and intercontinental routes in the eight years of its existence .

Its managing director , Mr Chris Ndulue disclosed this at a briefing in Lagos, saying that in the highly  sensitive  air transport industry, Arik Air has overwhelmed its many operational challenges to emerge as the carrier of choice .

Since , October 30, 2006, when the airline commenced operations , Ndulue said Arik Air has resolved its many areas of conflict with aviation agencies , with the timeouts settling of charges and levies that was controversial many years ago .

He spoke of plans by the airline to expand its operations with flights to be launched soon on the Lagos- Abidjan, Lome and Libreville routes. He said that the two new Bombardier aircraft would arrive in a  couple of days.

Ndulue said :” “We are about to overcome all the controversies we have with the various aviation agencies in the area of paying charges.

“Every business has various challenges, but if you allowed the challenges to overwhelm you, then you will be a failure.

“We have never being overwhelm by the challenges in the industry. we will make sure we serve the public adequately,” he said. The managing director noted that the airline now operates into 19 domestic and 12 regional destinations. ”

He further said :” In the last eight years Arik Air  has carried a total of 15,513,407 passengers from October 30, 2006 to date.We now have 27 short, medium and long range aircraft (including a Q400NG in flight from Toronto). Arik Sir Still has the youngest fleet in Africa with average aircraft age of  six years. We now operate into 19 domestic and 12 regionalintercontinental destinations. We made our foray into the Middle East with the inauguration of flight services from Lagos to Dubai via Abuja on July 28, 2014 becoming the first airline to fly from Abuja to Dubai.

“Arik Air   became the first operator of Bombardier CRJ1000NextGen in Africa with the arrival of the first of three such aircraft on order, in July 28, 2014. Arik achieved yet another milestone in Nigerian aviation by operating the first Nigerian registered commercial aircraft to the United States of America in two decades. On March 17, 2014, the airline operated its scheduled Lagos-New York flight using an A330-200 aircraft with registration 5N-JID.The feat by Arik Air is made more outstanding given that the flight was operated by all Nigerian crew.

“On August 27, 2014, Arik Air and Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and expand their existing commercial relationship and explore further areas of co-operation.

“The two airlines are working towards a strong commercial relationship which would include code sharing and other key areas of airline operations. Both Arik Air and Emirates are confident of sustained mutual gains from this relationship.”

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