Monthly Archives: February 2010

Arik Air 737 Order Book (*Update*)

5N-MJQ (Delivered on Feb 23, 2010)

(POST UPDATED ON FEB. 25, 2010)

As of February 25  2010, Arik Air operates a total of 13 Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft  and a single “classic” variant.   Listed below is the 737 fleet with serial numbers and registrations.  A total of 15 Boeing 737-800s and 4 Boeing 737-900s are on order.   Arik Air’s fleet utilization rate is improving, with 2010 reported as a ‘consolidation year’ for the domestic services.  Regionally, Arik Air is poised to expand its network to other West and Central African cities this year with likely candidates being Douala, Libreville, Kinshasa, and Abidjan.

C/N Model Reg’n Notes
1750 B737-322 5N-MJA in service
2234 B737-7BD WIN. 5N-MJC in service
2248 B737-7BD WIN. 5N-MJD in service
2401 B737-7GL WIN. 5N-MJE in service
2427 B737-7GL WIN. 5N-MJF in service
2576 B737-76N WIN. 5N-MJG in service
2589 B737-7BD WIN. 5N-MJH in service
799 B737-76N WIN. 5N-MJI in service
809 B737-76N WIN. 5N-MJJ in service
855 B737-76N WIN. 5N-MJK in service
2789 B737-86N WIN. 5N-MJN in service
2819 B737-86N WIN. 5N-MJO in service
3030 B737-8JE WIN. 5N-MJP in service
3065 B737-8JE WIN. 5N-MJQ in service (delivered Feb 2010)
n/a B737-800 (15 units) 5N- Delivery 2010-2013
n/a B737-900 (3 units) 5N- N/A ?
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A Glimpse of Arik Air’s A330

Arik Air Airbus A330

Here’s a photo of Arik Air’s new Airbus A330 awaiting delivery at Châteauroux.  The aircraft, with (serial number)  MSN 1002 is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW 4168A engines and will be wet leased from Amentum Capital. The A330  will be used on the Abuja-London  route replacing the Boeing 737-800 service.  It’s not clear yet whether the A330 has the same interiors of the A340 but we certainly hope so!  With this latest delivery Arik Air operates 3 Airbus aircraft (2 A340s, 1 A330).

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Arik Air’s Missing Link

Entry contributed by: GlobalFlyer

For more than three years, Arik Air has succeeded in building a strong foundation for responding positively to the needs of its customers.  From one milestone to the next, the airline has met most, if not all, of its stated ambitions during its start-up phase.

In light of the seemingly slow economic recovery taking place in Nigeria and beyond, and the cut-throat competition among the local airlines, it would be reasonable to state that customers like myself expect higher value-for-money when patronizing an airline.  This holds especially true for business travellers.  In light of these facts, the introduction of a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) by Arik Air would be entice most frequent travelers to fly Arik .  FFPs are loyalty programs offered by many airlines allowing enrolled members to accumulate ‘frequent flier miles’.  Acquired miles can be redeemed for free tickets, hotel stays, car rentals, travel class upgrades, airport lounge access,  etc.

Arik’s market share stands to rise even further as passengers loyal to other airlines with established FFPs switch allegiance to Arik.  It already boasts a more modern fleet of aircraft, the largest route network and highest number of daily frequencies on all its routes.  The missing link, therefore, for most frequent flyers hesitant in ‘abandoning accumulated flier miles with other airlines’ and flying with Arik, is a new FFP at the Wings of Nigeria!

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