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Arik Air's Excellent International Offering.

Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:51 am

I have routinely flown Arik Air within Nigeria on it's domestic network. Late last year Arik Air, currently the largest Nigeria Airline began offering a daily service to London, it's first international destination using a brand new Airbus A340-500. I had heard a lot about this aircraft, one of three Arik purchased from Airbus after Kingfisher Airline of India decided not to take them. Arik Air like most airlines in their infancy can only offer point to point flights until such a time when they either build a large network or form partnerships with other airlines to offer connections. This presented a problem for me as I live in New Jersey and travel several times a year on short business related trips to Nigeria. I can't afford the luxury of waiting for connecting flights longer than 4 hours.

An opportunity to try out Arik Air's international service came my way this May when I decided to take a rare short vacation as business had slowed down to a crawl, the consequence of global economic meltdown. On May 20th I flew Continental Airlines to London and then waited 14 hours to fly Arik Air to Lagos. Continental has 3 flights a day from my home airport of Newark New Jersey and one arrives in London within 5 hours of the Arik flight. However, I prefer flying on big jets and flying on Continental's B772 meant a 14 hour lay over. I spent that time at Hotel Ibis on Bath Road, across from runway 27R Heathrow taking photos of inbound aircraft. The highlight of my stay was taking photos of Arik Air flight W3 101 at exactly 6.15pm as it gracefully came in at the end of a 6.5 hour flight from Lagos.

The flight back to Lagos was scheduled for 10.30pm. At 7.30pm I checked out of the hotel and took a taxi to Terminal 2 which was about a mile away. Checking in at the Arik Air counter was a breeze. Arik Air employs a third party ground handling company called ASIG at Heathrow. They were polite but firm in handling the normally boisterous Nigerian passengers checking in with humongous suitcases. Somehow the global economic meltdown failed to affect Nigerian's penchant for going on shopping binges.

It took me less than 5 minutes to get my boarding pass. The agent informed me that the aircraft would be 65% full and that this was a slow period, an interlude between the peak Christmas period and the peak summer months. Boarding started promptly at 9.30pm. There was no rush and the passengers mostly Nigerians boarded in a relaxed manner. First to board were a few business first passengers followed by passengers at the rear of the economy class cabin. I had selected seat 27K - window even though it was a night flight. Arrival at Lagos was scheduled for 4am.

I walked down the air bridge and was met at the door of the aircraft by very friendly Nigerian and European flight attendants in Arik Air uniform. They pointed me in the general direction of my seat and as I stepped in I practically walked into one of the best first or business class lounges/bar I have seen. It was a wow moment and the female Nigerian F/A manning the bar was clearly enjoying the wow effect the lounge was having on passengers.

I turned right and passed through the beautiful and well appointed rear business class cabin. I had a moment of epiphany and realized that I was not going to leave the aircraft without taking photos of all that I beheld. The pink ambient lighting and the red and cream bed seats was beautiful to behold. The PTVs were very large similar to those on Singapore and Emirates A380s. I proceeded to the economy cabin not knowing what surprises lay waiting for me when I came to a galley at the mid section of the aircraft that looked more like a cheaper version of the business first bar.

The economy class cabins also had pink mood lighting and had a great effect on the red seats. The seat layout was a generous 2 - 4 - 2 configuration. It reminded me of Qatar Airways. The head rests were red leather with the Arik name embossed on it. I got to my seat and was delighted to find 2 clean windows. What a pity that this was a night flight. The seat was comfortable and the spacing accommodated my 6ft 4inch, 250lb frame. I muttered fantastic to myself and wondered why Arik Air was not aggressively marketing their international service.

I looked around and spied two F/As standing and smiling at the rear. Their names - Emuo and Titi. I asked Emuo to point out the lead crew and she politely informed me that she was the lead crew in the economy class. I informed her that I would like to take photos of the aircraft as it was Arik Air's best kept secret. She said that I could take photos in the economy cabin as long as I did not disturb the other passengers or take face shots. I then informed her that I also wanted to take photos of the lounge, business class and possibly the cockpit. She offered to forward my request to the Bursar.

While I busied myself taking photos in economy, she came back moments later and informed me that the bursar would be delighted to show me around the aircraft once we were airborne and dinner had been served. I thanked her and struck a conversation with her, Deji and Titi as the boarding process continued. The cabin staff were 50% Nigerian and 50% European (HiFly). I quickly became friends with Manel a boisterous Cuban Spanish F/A who left Spanair to fly on Arik Air.

Each economy class seat had a 14 inch PTV with a limited choice of Nigerian and Western movies. Instead of a moving map, a live video feed of the outside was available although useless in a night flight. At 10.30pm we pushed back and made a short taxi to runway 27L where we were number 1 for takeoff. Two Captains manned the flight. I was so enthralled by the comfortable settings that I did not hear the lead Captain's name. I knew from his accent that he was Portuguese. The co-pilot was a training Captain with an English accent. He was the one that flew us. Once we settled down, the F/As went through the cabins passing out head sets, pillows, blankets and a small toilet bag.

Takeoff was smooth. As soon as the aircraft had reached an optimal cruise altitude, the Captain switched off the seat belt light and the F/As promptly began to serve beverages and the standard tiny packs of rice cookies. Beer and liquors were free unlike on Continental Airlines where I had shell out $5 for a can of Heinekens. Dinner was served shortly after wards. Unlike Continental where I had no choice, there was a choice of beef or chicken on Arik Air. The food was the usual bland, boring airline fare served by polite F/As with smiling faces.

The remote for the PTV had a defect in it that made it easy for passengers to unwittingly press the crew button. For the first one hour there was a constant series of "dongs" as passenger after passenger accidentally pressed the crew buttons. The F/As took it in stride and I watched them politely showing the passengers how to handle the remotes. At this point it dawned on me that Arik Air was attempting to provide Emirates/Qatar/Lufthansa level service. British Airways and Delta had better watch out.

Time passed very quickly in the comfortable cabin. After dinner, Emuo came over and lead me to the business class lounge where I met the bursar - Bryan. He then informed me that I was free to take photos in the cabins but could not guarantee that I could get a shot of the cockpit at Lagos as I requested. I got to work and had several of the F/As pose for me at the bar. The smaller business class cabin was empty and I took photos from every possible angle. I thanked Emuo, Deji and Bryan and went back to my seat satisfied and proud to be a Nigerian as well as an American.

The aircraft touched down at Lagos at exactly 4.05am. We were 20 minutes ahead of schedule. London - Lagos - London on Arik Air cost me $672 including $239 in taxes. The fare on Continental Newark - London - Newark was $495. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic typically charge $1500 and $1300 respectively at this time of the year.

My return flight to London on May 27th was a repeat performance of the London to Lagos flight. The F/As were different with the exception of Manel and Deji who not only recognized me but treated me like a friend.

I enjoyed my trip on Arik Air and would recommend it to anyone who cared to listen to me. Finally there is a Nigerian Airline that can deliver world class service and stand toe to toe with international airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines. I should know. I have been flying since I was 2 years old and I have flown in every major American and European airlines.

I can only wish Arik Air well and pray that they continue to maintain and improve upon the high standard of service they are offering. Arik Air starts it's Lagos to Johannesburg service tomorrow Monday June 1st. I am sure that South Africa Airways will be forced to upgrade their aging B744 to something better. Houston and New York are next.

Good morning and thanks for reading.


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Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:25 am

Wow.
Seriously?
To be honest, the image I had of Arik Air was of a cramped old aircraft (possibly ex-Pan Am) with 9 hour delays, shoddy interior, bad catering and awful staff.
What you just described is an extremely solid SQ-like airline, that is miles better than VS, BA and DL. Great that finally something good is happening to Nigerian aviation.

My hope is that this good service, and expansion continues. It is rare to find such a promising start-up, and of all things, in a country plagued with a bad history when it comes to airlines.
 
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RE: Arik Air's Excellent International Offering.

Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:07 am

Excellent report. A new airline in the books.
How about those pictures?

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:26 am

Thanks Ken! Nice report! Will you upload some pictures in the near future?
Hopefully, Arik can keep up this level of service (and profitability), as well as improve the IFE and perhaps add the choice of Nigerian cuisine?
 
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:03 am

Great trip report and an interesting read.

By the way you were describing it, Arik Air does look very comfortable and pleasant.
Perhaps you could upload the photos? Thanks.
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:47 am

Thanks Ken for a wonderful trip report! Spotless service. Arik is surely establishing itself as a force to be wreckoned with on the international scene.

With their management expertise and a solid capital case, I see them expanding steadily yet surely!

I look forward to your photos being uploaded.
 
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:53 am

Mermerizing! Excellent trip report, and can't wait to see the cabin photos.

By the way, does Arik have an inflight magazine yet?
 
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RE: Arik Air's Excellent International Offering.

Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:18 am



Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 2):
How about those pictures?



Quoting ENU (Reply 3):
Will you upload some pictures in the near future?



Quoting Airthanet (Reply 4):
Perhaps you could upload the photos?



Quoting AsoRock (Reply 5):
I look forward to your photos being uploaded.



Quoting Flitemax (Reply 6):
can't wait to see the cabin photos.

Thanks for your kind comments. I have uploaded 8 photos so far. I will attach a few to this thread in a couple of hours.

Quoting Flitemax (Reply 6):
By the way, does Arik have an inflight magazine yet?

No inflight magazines yet. All they had was the air safety card.

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:13 am

Unedited photos taken on Arik Air flight W3 102 - May 21, 2009.

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In bound flight on approach into London Heathrow


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Rear economy class cabin during boarding.


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Rear economy class cabin inflight


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Rear business class cabin.


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Business First Lounge and bar.


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Dinner


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Mid section galley with Emuo in charge.
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:32 am



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
The agent informed me that the aircraft would be 65% full and that this was a slow period, an interlude between the peak Christmas period and the peak summer months.

Business class looks empty?

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
I muttered fantastic to myself and wondered why Arik Air was not aggressively marketing their international service.

Aren't they? I believe they hired M&C Saatchi for a campaign?

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
The economy class cabins also had pink mood lighting and had a great effect on the red seats. The seat layout was a generous 2 - 4 - 2 configuration. It reminded me of Qatar Airways. The head rests were red leather with the Arik name embossed on it.

It will be interesting to see Arik Air's own seats and designs by James Park Associates for their Boeings.

Thanks again for the tr and pics!
 
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:39 am



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
Finally there is a Nigerian Airline that can deliver world class service and stand toe to toe with international airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines. I should know. I have been flying since I was 2 years old and I have flown in every major American and European airlines.

I agree.....Wonderful pics and truly world class experience.....

Arik Air's offering is far superior to their competitors..They will be a dominant force in the next 2-4 years...
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:17 pm

Very nice trip report. Was able to get a very good visual from your description even before seeing the pics. I hope Arik continues their superb service, and as they continue to expand and provide more connection possibilities, West Africa will finally have a true world class airline to be proud of. I think the JNB and JFK routes would prove to be very popular.
 
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:53 pm



Quoting ENU (Reply 9):
Business class looks empty?

Yes this is the smaller rear business class cabin. There were 20 passengers in the larger main business class cabin. I choose not to take photos there out of respect for the passengers plus the lighting was too low for flashless photography.

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:12 pm

ALIBO5NGN, this is a very lovely trip report and I can't wait for Arik to commence ABV-LHR and LOS-JFK/IAH. I've followed its progress from inception and thanks to its serving cities direct from ABV which previously meant a detour thru LOS or a long road trip, have made me a very regular passenger on their SKK/CBQ/PHC/QOW/KAN/YOL/MIU/ENU/BNI flights. Please upload more pics and lets pray they maintain the tempo. Arumemi-Johnson has done very well, contrary to the naysayers predictions.
 
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:13 pm



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 12):
. There were 20 passengers in the larger main business class cabin

This would imply a Premier Class load factor of about 55%, which is very good! Considering the airline started the route just recently that is.

I think eventually, the 2 Airbus A330s on lease from Kingfisher will fly the LOS-LHR/JNB routes, while the 2 freed A340-500s will operate the new New York flight. They can fly more efficiently on the transatlantic route. Besides, I would imagine that a daily flight to JFK would require 2 A340-500s??

But where does that leave the new ABV-LHR route? Not sure.
 
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:26 pm

Wow, I was not expecting such an awesome product. Had I had the option of Arik Air, and lets say BA between LHR and LOS, I would have chosen BA, as Arik Air was not an airline I would even consider (unknown Nigerian airline), but I would really reconsider now.

Thanks for that!

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:41 pm

Thanks for posting, quite interesting.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
I practically walked into one of the best first or business class lounges/bar I have seen



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
The economy class cabins also had pink mood lighting and had a great effect on the red seats

- Looks like the Kingfisher interior has been used, would be interesting to see whatthe real Arik Air interior finish would be like, not quite as good I would imagine.

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:49 pm



Quoting Naijaflyer (Reply 13):
ALIBO5NGN, this is a very lovely trip report and I can't wait for Arik to commence ABV-LHR and LOS-JFK/IAH. I've followed its progress from inception and thanks to its serving cities direct from ABV which previously meant a detour thru LOS or a long road trip, have made me a very regular passenger on their SKK/CBQ/PHC/QOW/KAN/YOL/MIU/ENU/BNI flights.

Would be great to have yet more local trip reports for Arik!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
- Looks like the Kingfisher interior has been used, would be interesting to see whatthe real Arik Air interior finish would be like, not quite as good I would imagine.

I'm not sure what you mean. If you're refering to their own long haul product for their upcoming 777/787 fleet, they've contracted James Park Associates to design the interiors. Same company involved with Singapore Airlines, so I imagine Arik Air is dead serious about reinforcing and even improving its image with the new long haul fleet (delivery 2011-2016).
 
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:39 pm

Thanks for this amazing trip report! Its nice to finally get a vision of Arik's longhaul product which is bound to never disappoint it seems.

Thoroughly enjoyable read.

Excellent!
 
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:40 pm

Not sure if the image will show, but here's a link to the Arik 737-800NG interior. I would expect the rest of their interiors to look like this.


 
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Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:33 am

Wow their buisness class looks awsome!! Do they have First class too? How can you get much better than that J class? That what QF should have gone for on their A380 forward facing awsome stuff!!!
 
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Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:07 am

According to the press, the above pictured 737-800 interior also includes "Personal Entertainment Features". I can only presume PTVs in every seat? We havent seen any photos to prove this. Could anyone shed some light on this? PTVs would be great for longer flights (Perhaps the upcoming Freetown-London route for example).

Quoting Smi0006 (Reply 20):
Wow their buisness class looks awsome!! Do they have First class too? How can you get much better than that J class? That what QF should have gone for on their A380 forward facing awsome stuff!!!

Well, the class is officially known as Premier Class. I would think it is somewhat of a middle class between Business and First.

Eventually, their 777 fleet will include 4 classes: Presidential, Premier, Economy Plus and Economy Saver, or something like that.

I'm really wondering about the perks and luxuries to be made available on their Presidential class? Perhaps a limo service, separate check-in and access to aircraft, etc. One thing for sure though is that Presidential Class would fare well in the Nigerian market!
 
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Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:28 am



Quoting AsoRock (Reply 21):
I'm really wondering about the perks and luxuries to be made available on their Presidential class? Perhaps a limo service, separate check-in and access to aircraft, etc. One thing for sure though is that Presidential Class would fare well in the Nigerian market!

I would add:

1- security escort to/from Arik terminal in LOS.
2- Helicopter shuttle upon request from Victoria Island/Lekki.
3- Customized gourmet cuisine, you order your meal before the flight.

I wonder if Arik have plans to run their own catering division. With their amibition to become the premier African airline, i think they should look into it or partering SKy Chef, or Gate Gourmet, etc.
 
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Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:13 am

Ironic that Arik Air turned out so great. Virgin Nigeria should have been just as good. Arik reminds me a lot of VS(and Kingfisher).

As a lot of people said, this airline exceeded expectations.

Now Arik Air could do extremely well to tap into the high-yield business routes from Nigeria. For now, they should focus on the O&D market that would benefit from nonstop service. If tis airline gets it right, West Africa would have a formidable competitor that would erode BA/AF/LH's yields from there.
 
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Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:28 pm

Thanks for sharing this TR.....always wondered how Arik Air would do (since my nephew's name is also Arik), as compared to others in the African Aviation scene, and they seem to be doing very well !

Cabin style still Kingfisher's...

Looking forward to more Arik TR's... Smile
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Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:22 pm



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
She offered to forward my request to the Bursar.

By the way Ken, I believe you meant to say Purser! Bursar has another meaning.

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
but could not guarantee that I could get a shot of the cockpit at Lagos as I requested

Were you able to finally Big grin?

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
Houston and New York are next.

I presume you'll be a frequent flier on the New York route then, living in New Jersey!
 
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Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:51 pm



Quoting AsoRock (Reply 25):
I believe you meant to say Purser! Bursar has another meaning.

Thanks for the correction.

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 25):
Were you able to finally

I took great cockpit shots at the end of the LOS - LHR leg while both Pilots were filling out paper work.

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 25):
I presume you'll be a frequent flier on the New York route then, living in New Jersey!

Definitely although it would be great if they picked Newark instead of JFK.

I finally got my first aerial photos of the entire Murtala Mohammed Airport including the General Aviation Terminal, Arik Air Base and the Business Jet parking area. Unfortunately there was a thin veil of cloud cover over LOS reducing the quality of the photos. I have uploaded them and hope that Anet will accept them as rare photos.

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:07 pm



Quoting Ssublyme (Reply 19):
Not sure if the image will show, but here's a link to the Arik 737-800NG interior. I would expect the rest of their interiors to look like this.

This interior resembles the SkyEurope product, or is it a GECAS standard product?

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 26):
I finally got my first aerial photos of the entire Murtala Mohammed Airport including the General Aviation Terminal, Arik Air Base and the Business Jet parking area.

Cool! This is the best available at the moment (taken in 2003 or so; click to enlarge):

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Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:11 am

Thanks for an interesting trip report.
Nice to read trip reports from a more "unusual" carrier.
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Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:20 am

Very in teresting inded ... i hope they'll manage to become a strong African leader ... most African airlines are pporly run and have a bad reputation, and I see Arik has a great product.
 
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Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:03 am



Quoting ENU (Reply 27):
This interior resembles the SkyEurope product, or is it a GECAS standard product?

Maybe I am blind...
I can't see any similarities (maybe the blue covers).


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Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
Rear economy class cabin inflight

Thats the reason why Virgin bit the dust to London- not chance against Arik's cabin!


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Quoting Directorguy (Reply 1):
To be honest, the image I had of Arik Air was of a cramped old aircraft (possibly ex-Pan Am) with 9 hour delays, shoddy interior, bad catering and awful staff.

Well, the only Nigerian airline to come across my mind to your description would be for me BELLVIEW AIRLINES. How are they doing- Bellview is flying head-on-head vs. Arik (e.G. JHB,LHR). After reading this TR I can't believe and understand why Bellview Airlines is calling themself "THIS IS WHY WE ARE 'THE PREFERRED AIRLINE'.  Confused
 
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Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:42 pm

First of all: great TR and excellent pictures! Nikon with 10.5 Fisheye?

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Thread starter):
one of three Arik purchased from Airbus after Kingfisher Airline of India decided not to take them



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
Looks like the Kingfisher interior has been used

Are you sure these are not leased from Kingfisher since it is indeed their interior and cabin layout? I would expect that Airbus would not deliver them with another airlines interior.

Looks like a great deal for a good product. Such a shame I cannot get the Lonely Planet's advise out of my head. "At all cost, avoid Lagos!" Big grin

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Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:57 pm



Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 31):
Are you sure these are not leased from Kingfisher since it is indeed their interior and cabin layout? I would expect that Airbus would not deliver them with another airlines interior.

Kingfisher couldn't pay, so Arik bought it off from them.
 
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Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:45 pm

Excellent Trip Report; however those seated near the window in business class have to jump over the adjacent seat to get access to the aisle, right?
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Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:32 pm

Ken, those are some rare photos you upload and they are among the best...keep them coming!
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Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos