Nigerian carrier Arik Air has placed the first dual-class Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen configured with three-abreast business-class seating into service in West Africa.
Lagos-based Arik Air will use its Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet to increase service on its most popular business routes in West Africa.
“Configured to offer the very best in-flight comfort and style for our passengers with 10 premier, three-abreast, business-class seats and 81 economy-class seats, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft also provides a high degree of operational flexibility to enhance our service, with a reduced environmental footprint to promote greener, more sustainable aviation,” says Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, group chief executive officer of Arik Air.
“Deployed to increase frequencies between our more popular business routes from daily, to twice-daily flights, we are also using the aircraft to launch a third daily flight on our popular Lagos-to-Accra service,” adds Arumemi-Ikhide.
Arik Air is Nigeria’s and West Africa’s largest airline and operates mainly from two hubs, at Murtala Mohammed International Airport serving Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport serving Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
In addition to two Airbus A330-200s, two A340-500s, eight Boeing 737-700s and four 737-800s, Arik Air also operates four Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets and four Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners.
The airline also has eight additional Boeing 737-800s on order, as well as two BOeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jets, seven Boeing 787-9s, two more Q400 NextGen turboprops and two more CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets.
Arik Air serves 20 destinations throughout Nigeria. International, the carrier serves Accra in Ghana; Banjul in Gambia; Dakar in Senegal; Freetown in Sierra Leone; Monrovia in Liberia; Douala in Cameroon; Luanda in Angola; Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo; London Heathrow Airport; Johannesburg; and New York JFK.
The airline operates about 120 daily flights in total from its hubs at Lagos and Abuja, and has been Africa’s fastest growing carrier for the past four years.