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Arik Air Nigeria is a privately owned airline based in Lagos, Nigeria. The Airline has begun expanding its fleet of aircraft, and plans to expand operations to a variety of international destinations.

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News and history


15 April 2014

Arik Air commences direct flights between Lagos and Cotonou, Benin Republic.

4 April 2014

Arik Air flies the first Nigerian registered plane to visit the United States in over twenty years. The A330-200 aircraft, that was registered as 5N-JID, and piloted by an all Nigerian crew, flew from Lagos to New York.

19 Mar 2014

Arik Air wins the Organisation of the Year award, at the African Achievers Award ceremony that was held in Accra, Ghana. The ceremony was held at the Presidential Banquet Hall.

18 Feb 2014

Arik Air announces that it will add Cotonou to the existing daily Lagos-Dakar flight route, and will extend its Anuja-Accra service to Dakar. Flights along the new Lagos-Cotonou-Dakar route will commence on the 10th of March 2014.

20 Nov 2013

Arik air wins awards in two categories at the tenth Security Watch Africa Awards ceremony, which is held in South Africa.

1 Nov 2013

Arik air unveils its second Airbus A330-200, and announces that plans are underway to expand international operations.

16 Oct 2013

Arik Air concludes plans to send 40 potential pilots to London for an assessment of their skills. The airline plans to commit over two million US dollars towards training the new pilots.

26 Sep 2013

Arik Air is going to enter a partnership with IBB International Golf and Country, and will be the lead sponsor for the Independence Day International golf match between Nigeria and Ghana, which will take place in order to mark the 53rd anniversary of Independence.

16 Sep 2013

In a bid to strengthen social and economic ties with Brazil, Arik Air announces plans to commence direct flights from Lagos to Sao Paulo, which are set to begin in November 2013 once the necessary arrangements have been made.

26 Jul 2013

Arik Air plays a key role in the Centenary Pageant as an associate sponsor. An agreement to this effect was signed between Arik Air and AOE Events and Entertainmet Limited, which is the company that has been commissioned to arrange the pageant.

12 Jul 2013

Arik Air increases its fleet to 24 aircraft by introducing an Airbus A330-200, which will operate on the Lagos-Johannesburg route. This is the first of four A330s that are due to be delivered, the remainder will be delivered during 2014.

13 Jun 2013

Arik Air implements an online check-in service for a small number of its domestic and international routes, namely flights to Johannesburg, London, New York, Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. This will allow passengers to check-in twenty four hours before their flight.

21 May 2013

A female Arik Air staff member was arrested at Heathrow Airport, London, for allegedly being in possession of 6kg of cocaine which was estimated to be worth N$180 0000 000.

16 Apr 2013

The Leadership Annual Conference and Awards ceremony chooses Arik Air as its Company of the Year 2012.

12 Apr 2013

The Sierra Leone government and Arik Air are collaborating to start Leone Airport, with Arik Air providing the aircraft. The plan is to start flying in June 2013 from Freetown to London.

09 Mar 2013

Bombardier Aerospace, a Canadian aircraft manufacturer, and Arik Air, are seeking ways to expand their business relationship. The manufacturing company has been a part of Arik Air's operations since 2006, supplying new aircraft to the airline.

04 Mar 2013

Mr. Joseph Arumemi-Ikhidem, Chairman of Arik Air, announced that Arik Air will rebuild its aircraft maintenance hangar, situated in Lagos, with the assistance of Lufthansa.

27 Feb 2013

Arik Air received an award for continued commitment to developing relations between Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The Nigeria High Commission, in Sierra Leone, presented the airline with a merit award for contributing towards the relationship between the two countries.

12 Feb 2013

The Super Eagles, who won the Nations Cup for the third time, return home on a special Arik Air flight. The team were received by President Goodluck Jonathon upon their return.

10 Feb 2013

In celebration of Valentine's day, Arik Air introduces the 'With Love from Arik Air' special, passengers who book these flights online will receive a 30% discount on the cost of the return fare for domestic flights.

26 Jan 2013

The State Government of Gombe partnered with Arik Air in order to ensure daily flights between Abuja and Gombe. Hadi Shehu, the Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, stated that this collaboration is part of his vision is to develop a regional airport, that would serve as a hub for the North-Eastern states.

14 Jan 2013

Arik Air boasted over 6 million annual domestic flyers, making it the most successful Airline in Western Africa.

11 Jan 2013

Air Cote d'Ivoire and Arik Air held preliminary discussions about a proposed partnership between the two Airlines.

23 Octr 2012

A passenger caused panic during a flight between Maiduguri and Enugu, when he loudly exclaimed, "Allahu Akhbar!". The passenger was restrained by other passengesrs and crew members.

5 Dec 2012

Flights on the Kinshasa - Lagos route commmenced operation.

23 Nov 2012

The Airline launched weekly flights along the Lagos - Douala route.

23 Sept 2012

Arik Air resumed domestic flights.

20 Sept 2012

Arik Air suspended all domestic flights due to differences between the Airline and The FAAN.

01 Sept 2012

Arik Air renews its partnership deal with Lufthansa, in order to improve safety and maintenance for its fleet of airliners. Speaking on behalf of Lufthansa, Mr Clemans Schretti, Sales and Marketing Director for Lufthansa, states that Lufthansa was happy with the partnership it had with Arik Air for the previous five years.

2 Mar 2012

Arik Air suspended its Lagos-JNB flights, as a result of passengers being refused entry into SA, for reasons to do with yellow fever injections. On Monday the 5th March 2012 it reinstated flights.

12 Jan 2010

Arik Air launched its first in-flight magazine, Wings, a glossy quarterly.

29 Nov 2009

Arik Air commenced 3 weekly flights between Lagos and New York (JFK).

Jason Holt, Arik Air's Managing Director, said that "Arik Air's new non-stop flights between Lagos and New York will be the airline's first transatlantic service. They will also be the first direct flights between Nigeria and the United States to be operated by a Nigerian airline in the last decade. This is of great historical significance for Nigeria and a source of great pride for Arik Air."

26 Nov 2009

Flights between Abuja & London Heathrow commenced.

23 Oct 2009

Arik Air announced the introduction of the Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the first Nigerian Airline to do so.

19 Oct 2009

It was announced that the executive board of Arik Air Limited (Nigeria) has accepted the secondment of Mr. Jason Holt from Arik International SA to Arik Air Limited (Nigeria) as its Managing Director, effective Monday 19 October 2009.

"In performing my recent advisory role to Arik International SA, I have been privileged to be part of a team that has helped Arik Air secure its position as a world class airline and set its footprints in the international markets. I am delighted to now be returning to Lagos to take up this position at the airline's headquarters and to lead Arik Air's continued expansion in the domestic, regional and international markets." said Mr. Holt.

"Mr. Holt is a highly experienced senior airline industry professional. He has spent close to three decades working in the international aviation industry and in his recent advisory capacity at Arik International SA, he has already made a considerable and highly valued contribution to Arik Air's international expansion. I am delighted to have him seconded to lead Arik Air through its next growth phase." said Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, the Chairman of Arik Air Limited,

7 Oct 2009

Arik Air's Chairman, Sir Johnson Arumeni announced that it will invest N50 billion in the development of the Akwa-Ibom International Airport, Okobo, near Uyo.

3 Jun 2009

Scheduled flights commenced between Freetown & Lagos (4 a week - Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays).

1 Jun 2009

Scheduled flights commenced between Lagos & Johannesburg, operating an Airbus A340-500.

Apr 2009

A subsidiary of Arik Air, Arik Niger, commenced services.

15 Dec 2008

The first Arik Air flight between Lagos & London.

4 Apr 2008

United States Department of Transport gave Arik Air permission to fly to the USA.

30 Apr 2007

Arik Air met the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority's deadline for all airlines to recapitalise, and was re-registered.

7 Jan 2007

Scheduled flights commenced between Enugu & Lagos, and Benin City & Lagos.

15 Nov 2006

Scheduled flights commenced between Calabar & Lagos.

30 Oct 2006

Scheduled flights commenced between Abuja & Lagos, with Arik Air operating 3 brand new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft (Arik Air is the launch airline in Nigeria for this type of plane).

10 Oct 2006

Arik Air is inaugurated by Professor Babalola Aborishade, the Aviation Minister.

Aug 2006

Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Transport, grants permission to Arik Air to fly to Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Tobago & Trinidad.

14 Jun 2006

Arik Air takes delivery of 2 new Bombardier CRJ-900 planes, 3 Bombardier CRJ200s & 2 former United Airlines Boeing 737-322s

3 Apr 2006

Arik Air takes over the old Nigeria Airways Limited facilities in Lagos (Nigeria Airways had gone into liquidation 3 years prior).

2004

Arik Air is incorporated.


Arik Wings Plus

Arik Wings Plus is a Frequent Flyer programme that is run by Arik Air. Miles are earned by travelling on Qualifying flights, and once one has enough miles, they can be exchanged for rewards. Enrolment forms can be collected from your local Arik Air office.


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Arik Air Call Centre

012-799-9999
customerrelationsdesk@arikair.com

Arik Aviation Centre, Murtala Muhammed Domestic Airport, Lagos

Base of Operations


Lagos, Nigeria, at Murtala Mohammed International Airport (LOS).

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Flights from Nigeria


Nigeria to Benin

flight route

Frequency

Flight number

Departs

Arrives

Lagos to Cotonou

Mo

 

We

 

Fr

 

Su

9914

11:30

12:15

 
Nigeria to Ghana

Lagos to Accra Kotoka

Mo

Tu

We

Th

Fr

Sa

 

071

11:30

12:15

Mo

Tu

We

Th

Fr

 

Su

075

11:30

12:15

 
Nigeria to Sierra Leone

Lagos to Freetown Lungi International

Mo

 

We

 

Fr

 

Su

?

?

?

 
Nigeria to South Africa

Lagos to Johannesburg (JNB)

Mo

Tu

We

Th

Fr

Sa

Su

104

09:35

04:50

 
Nigeria to UK

Abuja to London Heathrow (LHR)

Mo

 

We

Th

Fr

Sa

 

?

10:30

16:05

Lagos to London Heathrow (LHR)

Mo

Tu

We

Th

Fr

Sa

Su

?

22:05

04:30 / 05:30

 
Nigeria to United States

Lagos to New York (JFK)

 

Tu

 

Th

 

 

Su

?

23:20

05:50


Flights to Nigeria


flight route

Frequency

Flight number

Departs

Arrives

South Africa to Nigeria

Johannesburg to Lagos

Mo

Tu

We

Th

Fr

Sa

Su

?

13:45

19:00

UK to Nigeria

London to Abuja

Mo

 

We

Thu

Fr

Sa

 

?

21:50

05:20

United States to Nigeria

New York to Lagos

Mo

 

We

 

Fr

 

 

?

22:00

14:40


Flights within Nigeria


Arik Air operates flights within Nigeria on the following routes:

flight route

Frequency

Flight number

Departs

Arrives

Ilorin to Lagos

Mo

Tu

 

Th

Fr

 

Su

?

19:00

20:00


Premium Class


Premium Class in Arik Air's A340-500 is configured in 3 rows of twin seats, with adjustable brick red leather seats which include a massage function. The seats are fully lie-flat, and there is a 17" TV screen.

Flight reviews

Jan 2013 to JFK to Lagos:

Dauda Ajeye Nuhu flew on an Airbus A340-600, choosing Arik Air as it had the cheapest flights. The queue at check-in was long, but the flight left on time. With passengers blocking the way and first class passengers unable to board "the Arik Air attendant made a near rude plea asking passengers to behave otherwise no one was going to board the flight."

 


14 Dec 2011 JFK, NY - Lagos Murtala Muhammmed flight review (Arik Air Economy class):

Pleasant experience on Arik Air flight to Lagos

"... This time round, I decided to fly with Arik Air, the Nigerian flag bearer. Though I had heard some bad stories about them (and honestly who wouldn't have, Nigerians like to complain), I decided to brave it, and just go. ..."

"... unlike most people who have had one bad experience or the other with Arik, I for one actually enjoyed my flight. Surprise, surprise!! ..."

"... The flight was not delayed, the air hostesses where nice, my luggage was not misplaced etc etc. They even served Jollof rice on the plane ..."

Arik Air New York JFK - Lagos flight

Arriving at Lagos Murtalla Muhammed International Airport
Arriving at Murtalal Muhammed International Airport.

Lagos, Business as usual.
Busy, busy, Lagos, business as usual.



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