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AirTran Sells Another New B737 To Arik Air  
User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7125 times:

AirTran apparently sold a third B737-700 to Arik Air before delivery by Boeing. N347AT was pictured in W3's livery during a test flight: http://www.flickr.com/photos/65483667@N00/2424026675/. AT sold two B737's to Arik last year, as did SkyEurope.

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User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7069 times:

Arik Air is on the expansion, I can't wait to see their long-haul operations.

User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1607 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7037 times:

Actually two 737-700s slated for AirTran in April went directly to Arik.

User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7020 times:



Quoting Thorben (Reply 1):

The are expecting this year:
6 x B737-700
2 x B737-800
2 x Dash 8-Q400

Furthermore, they are looking to wet-lease equipment for long haul operations to IAH and LHR.

Quoting Gr8SlvrFlt (Reply 2):

Is that N346AT - currently at MIA?


User currently offlineJlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7005 times:

In a case like this, are the aircraft sold prior to assembly and then made to Arik Airs specifications, or are they delivered in AirTran specs. and Arik Air converts them?


JLB54061
User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6983 times:



Quoting ENU (Reply 3):
Furthermore, they are looking to wet-lease equipment for long haul operations to IAH and LHR.

And what would that be? AFAIK they are getting 77W, 77L, and 787s in 2011.


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5926 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6740 times:
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I don't know if Air Tran is selling their airplanes directly to Arik Air rather than the selling off their delivery positions to Arik.

User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3955 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6593 times:



Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 6):
I don't know if Air Tran is selling their airplanes directly to Arik Air rather than the selling off their delivery positions to Arik.

They're sold at delivery, hence why they still have AirTran reg's. And yes, N346AT is the other one, EMU.

R


User currently offlineMKE22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1143 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6543 times:

Sell one to YX, so we can get going on replacing planes! Why isn't YX jumping all over this opportunity? So what if they compete, if they payed the right price, they could get one.


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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3705 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6514 times:
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Quoting MKE22 (Reply 8):
Sell one to YX, so we can get going on replacing planes! Why isn't YX jumping all over this opportunity? So what if they compete, if they payed the right price, they could get one.

FL won't sell an airplane to anyone that will be use it to compete against them. Besides, YX need's the 800 not the 700.



Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5926 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6321 times:
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Quoting RobK (Reply 7):
They're sold at delivery, hence why they still have AirTran reg's. And yes, N346AT is the other one, EMU.

Not necessarily. The first or second Arik Air 737-700 was painted at the Renton Plant prior to delivery.


User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3955 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6239 times:

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 10):
Not necessarily. The first or second Arik Air 737-700 was painted at the Renton Plant prior to delivery.

And that changes what, exactly?   

R

[Edited 2008-04-20 13:35:37]

User currently offlineJFK787NYC From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6200 times:

How is Arik Air even doing, I am wondering what is even going on there. This makes me wonder how Virgin Nigeria doing as well.

User currently offlineAAH732UAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5672 times:

What ever happened to those 2 UAL 737-300s?

Did Airk dump them?


User currently offlineTyphaerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 619 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4775 times:
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An aside question: Is Arik doing the winglet mod from APB?


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User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4471 times:



Quoting Thorben (Reply 5):
And what would that be?

Short-term solution. Arik Air intends to start flying to LHR and IAH this year, long before their own equipment arrives. A rumour was that they also acquired some older B777's from Emirates.

Quoting RobK (Reply 7):
N346AT is the other one

Thanks a lot!

Quoting JFK787NYC (Reply 12):
How is Arik Air even doing, I am wondering what is even going on there. This makes me wonder how Virgin Nigeria doing as well.

Arik build up a strong domestic network with 14 destinations and are on the brink to expand their regional activities (currently only serving Accra), they became the national carrier of Niger too. I don't believe the airline is profitable, but their capital base seems inexhaustible.
Virgin Nigeria is doing better now. They are expanding their operations on a more gradual pace. The first EMB's will arrive this year replacing the old B733's. The B767 used for long haul operation are very unreliable and can't be disposed of due to contractual duties. VK is sourcing A330's as replacement.

Quoting AAH732UAL (Reply 13):
What ever happened to those 2 UAL 737-300s?

5N-MJA and MJB. Still flying in Nigeria for Arik.

Quoting Typhaerion (Reply 14):
Is Arik doing the winglet mod from APB?

Yes.


User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4273 times:

Go to this link for info on Arik Air. I had to look it up myself, hadn't heard of the airline till now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arik_Air

Cheers
QantasA333


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4341 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4219 times:



Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 10):
Not necessarily. The first or second Arik Air 737-700 was painted at the Renton Plant prior to delivery.

Obviously Boeing was informed a few weeks/months ahead that AirTran would sell these 737s to Arik Air on delivery and that's why they painted it already in Ariks colours. But technically, the planes are delivered to AirTran with an AirTran registration and then transferred to Nigeria.
Same sort of construction happens with some 737-800s earmarked for Delta but sold at delivery to a leasing company like CIT.
This was probably less hassle for all parties then cancelling some orders by AirTran and Boeing having to sell the almost finished frames.



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User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3955 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3611 times:



Quoting ENU (Reply 15):
Quoting Typhaerion (Reply 14):
Is Arik doing the winglet mod from APB?

Yes.

I don't know if all Boeing winglets are manufactured by APB or not, but Arik are getting their ntu AirTran planes' winglets fitted at Miami, which afaik is where AirTran's own new planes get theirs fitted too (probably same company).

R


User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2809 times:



Quoting ENU (Reply 15):
Short-term solution. Arik Air intends to start flying to LHR and IAH this year, long before their own equipment arrives. A rumour was that they also acquired some older B777's from Emirates.

I don't think EK has spare T7s to give away.


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