First new commercial aircraft for over 20 years will soon fly in Nigeria.



[USPRwire, Thu Sep 28 2006] Arik Air, the new Nigerian Airline, today (Thursday 28th September 2006) held a press conference to announce details of the airline launch, and the immediate opening of a dedicated reservations call centre based at the airline headquarters in Lagos.

With the long awaited arrival of the first new aircraft into Nigeria for over 20 years Alex van Elk, Arik Airís Managing Director, made the announcement that Arik Air would open ticket sale operations through their dedicated call centre; online and through IATA travel agents at 2pm today, and invited members of the press to witness the arrival of the CRJ900 aircraft on Monday 2nd October at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. He also announced that an official launch event for the airline would be held at its newly refurbished Headquarters and Maintenance Hanger on Tuesday 10th October in the presence of the Honorable Minister of Aviation, Professor Babalola Borishade.

Mr van Elk added that Arik Air flights will commence from Tuesday 17th October 2006 when the CRJ900 aircraft will fly from Lagos to Abuja with a build up in operations leading to a full network of ten destinations throughout Nigeria and three international routes on the African Continent over the coming weeks. Arik Air also has plans to commence international routes from Spring 2007.

Reservations : Arik Air Call Centre: 01 2799999 : www.arikair.com

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For more information, please contact: Gbemiga Ogunieye, Head of Communications, Arik Air Ltd, Arik Air Aviation Centre, Murtula Muhammed Domestic Airport, PO Box 10468, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Email: gbemiga@arikair.com. Fax: +234 (0) 1 4975940. Mobile: +234 (0) 8030635229. www.arikair.com.




About Arik Air

Arik Air, the new Nigerian Airline, is the brainchild and vision of Sir J.I.A Arumemi-Johnson, a leading and well respected Nigerian businessman who understands the need for efficiency and quality of service in business to succeed. He has spent many years travelling throughout his home country without the satisfaction of knowing that he can depend on the only transport service available to him. He also knows that competition is a healthy eye opener towards achieving efficiency.

In 2002 with the national airline in liquidation, Mr Johnson decided to buy a Hawker jet aircraft to be used as a corporate jet. The word got out and before long his contacts in the gas and oil industry were using the aircraft to fly them around Nigeria. So he decided to buy a second one.

He then set out to find the best people and the most suitable aircraft to build an airline that would set new standards and change the face of the aviation industry in Nigeria - an airline that Nigeria and the rest of the world will be proud to fly.

On 3rd April 2006, Arik Air took occupation of the former Nigeria Airways Limited facilities in Lagos, some three years after liquidation. The ceremony took place at the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in the presence of the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Irene Chigbue and NAL liquidator, Ade Babington-Ashaye. Major reconstruction work began immediately.

On 14th June, Arik Air took delivery of three new build Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets making the airline the first CRJ900 operator on the African continent and the first airline to introduce new commercial aircraft into Nigeria for over 20 years. Arik will begin to operate the CRJ900s on domestic routes throughout Nigeria and international routes on the African continent starting in October 2006, followed by the airlines two 50 seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets and two former United Airlines Boeing 737-322 aircraft. These aircraft have completed a D check, including a complete undercarriage and engine overhaul. The fleet will also include the two original Hawker Executive Jets 800XP.

Arik Air also plans to introduce intercontinental routes in Spring 2007.
This is the time to deliver a new airline, an airline that has the best interest of the Nigerian traveller at heart, combined with a commercial head.

Arik Air Wings of Nigeria



ARIK AIR NETWORK PLAN


From October 2006 Arik Air will begin to fly regional routes throughout Nigeria until the airline covers the following ten destinations:


? Kaduna
? Abuja
? Port Harcourt
? Benin City
? Enugu
? Jos
? Maiduguri
? Kano
? Lagos
? Calabar


And three international routes on the African Continent:

? Dakar, Senegal
? Accra, Ghana
? Malabo, Equatorial Guinea


Arik Air has plans to commence intercontinental routes from Spring 2007

For flight details and bookings, please visit www.arikair.com or call our dedicated Reservations Call Centre on 01 2799999





ARIK AIR FLEET

Bombardier CRJ900

The CRJ900 allows Arik Air to economically increase capacity on busier routes supported by its enlarged underfloor and aft baggage compartments. Overhead bin, underseat and wardrobe stowage areas raise the total baggage capacity to a generous 10.50 ft3 (.030 m3) per passenger.

Specifications:
Span: 81 feet, 5 inches (24.85m)
Length: 119 feet, 4 inches (36.40m)
Cruising speed: 547 mph
Range: 1,976 nm (3,408km)
Engines: 2 x General Electric CF34-8C5 turbofans



Bombardier CRJ200

The CRJ200s 50-seat capacity and low trip costs allows Arik Air to provide jet services on routes where low load factors make larger jet aircraft unprofitable.

Specifications:
Span: 69 feet, 7 inches (21.21m)
Length: 87 feet, 10 inches (26.77m)
Cruising speed: 534 mph
Range: 1,915 nm (3,547 km)
Engines: 2 x General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofans



Boeing 737-322

The 737 is a short-to-medium-range airplane with a stellar reputation for being uncomplicated. For years airlines have praised its solid performance, reliable service and value to their fleets.

Specifications:
Span: 93 feet (28.35m)
Length: 93 feet, 9 inches (28.63m)
Cruising speed: 580 mph
Range: 1,150 miles
Engines: 2 x CFM56-3C1 engines


Company: Arik Air
Contact Name: Gbemiga Ogunieye
Contact Email: gbemiga@arikair.com
Contact Phone: +234 (0) 8030635229

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