AsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9640 times:
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Arik Air (IATA code W3), 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 Air’s 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.
Arik Air CRJ-900
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.
On a seperate note, Arik Air chairman Alex van Elk announced that the carrier was in discussion with Boeing for the possible purchase of 787 Dreamliners to be flown on Atlanta, Birmingham, and other future intercontinental routes. The airline is also considering the A330 as well as 747-400.
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