Arik celebrates anniversary and new aircraft


Arik Air has increased the size of its fleet to 25 aircraft and boosted its Lagos-London route, with the introduction of a new Airbus A330-200 twin-engine aircraft.

The new A330 could also be deployed on one of a number of potential new routes to South America and the Middle East in the future.

The A330 has 217 seats in a two-class configuration – 30 Premier Business Class seats and 187 Economy Class seats.

The Premier Business Class product offers fine cuisine and wines, and a turndown service with duvets, pyjamas, slippers and luxury amenity kits. The secluded booth areas contain flat beds featuring an in-built massage system complete with handheld 3.5-inch LCD screen unit controlling the seat and lighting functions. The Kira Bar offers champagne, cocktails and the chance to relax with fellow passengers.

In-flight entertainment includes a large selection of Hollywood and Nollywood blockbuster movies, a wide selection of TV shows, games and audio tracks. The selection can be enjoyed on personal high definition widescreen 17-inch monitors.

The baggage allowance grants Premier Business Class passengers three pieces of hold luggage at 30 kilograms per passenger.

In related Arik news, the airline has just celebrated its seventh anniversary.

Arik began operating with four weekly flights between Lagos and Abuja in 2006.

Today, the Nigerian airline operates 120 daily flights from its two hubs in Lagos and Abuja.

In the last year, Arik has launched services from Lagos to Kinshasa, rolled out online check-in and a mobile booking option, as well as launched a new-look website. It has also taken delivery of two A330-200 aircraft.

Looking to the future, Arik will commence flights between Lagos and Dubai in February, with Jeddah and Sao Paulo the other new long-haul destinations.