Sun, May 07, 2006
Bombardier Aerospace informs ANN
that Arik Air of Lagos, Nigeria has exercised a firm order for two
Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets. Arik Air will be the first CRJ900
operator on the African continent, and the first airline to
introduce new commercial aircraft into Nigeria since 1982.
The list price value for the two aircraft is approximately $69
Arik Air moved into the former Nigeria Airlines Ltd facilities
in Lagos in April this year and will operate the CRJ900 aircraft on
domestic routes within Nigeria starting July 2006. The aircraft
will have a two-class interior with 10 business class seats and 65
economy seats. The airline also plans to operate two previously
owned Boeing 737 and three previously owned 50-seat Bombardier
CRJ200 regional jets, built in 2003.
“We are delighted that Arik Air will introduce the
Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft to African travelers,” said Steven
Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft.
“Arik Air will benefit from an aircraft with the best
operating economics in its class while its passengers will enjoy
excellent cabin comfort and the benefits of international aviation
“With our new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, we are setting
new standards that will change the face of the aviation industry in
Nigeria and offer a totally new travel experience linking the
provinces of the country with our largest cities,” said Alex
van Elk, Managing Director, Arik Air.
“The CRJ900 has proven to be efficient and reliable and we
will also benefit from its commonality with the CRJ200 aircraft.
This is in line with our strategy to deliver an airline that
Nigerians will be proud to fly.”
Arik Air is a new airline that will fly domestic routes throughout
Nigeria from July 2006, and will introduce international routes to
the US, UK and Far East by 2008. Arik Air has taken ownership of
the assets of the former Nigerian Airlines Ltd in Lagos including
the main Head Office Complex, and all ancillary buildings where it
will base and maintain the airline’s fleet of two new
Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, three Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft built
in 2003 and two Boeing 737 built in 1990.
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