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Arik Air (www.arikair.com) the largest Nigerian based airline since 2002, needs no introduction to the travel market and consistently lives up to its slogan “wings of Africa”. Those looking to fly internationally to Lagos or between any Nigerian airports will find that Arik Air offers affordable travel, safely and conveniently. It competes with the likes of Air Peace, Dana Air and Aero Contractors in the domestic market, and also faces competition from international airlines when flying beyond Nigeria’s borders
The airline is one of Nigeria’s most recognised export brands, yet was also hardest hit by recent aviation fuel shortages experienced at Lagos and Abuja International Airports, in particular. While the airline has often been at the centre of controversy in recent years, the airline is working hard to turn its financial and operational situation around. Reputable media outlets have also confirmed that the FG is currently renegotiating a management contract for Arik Air with Ethiopian Airlines.
The introduction of a new mobile platform in 2013 enhanced traveller experience offering ease of access to special offers, bookings and online payment options. The Arik Affinity Wings frequent flyer programme can also be easily enrolled for online. Frequent flyers can earn miles on trips which can be converted to discounts and savings.
The airline, which is wholly owned and operated by Ojemai Investments, took over the old Nigeria Airways facilities in Lagos in April 2006. Starting out with a handful of domestic routes, Arik Air worked hard to earn its reputation in the industry and by early 2008 had added international routes to its schedule.
Discover the Arik Air Fleet:
Arik Air currently has a fleet of 25 aircraft:
- Airbus A330-200 (2).
- Airbus A340-500 (1).
- Boeing 737-700 (9).
- Boeing 737-800 (4).
- Bombardier CRJ900 (4).
- Bombardier CRJ1000 (1).
- Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 (4).
The airline is also set to take delivery of two Boeing 747-8Is and seven Boeing 787-9s in 2016.
Arik Air Increases Baggage Allowances in 2017
The Airline introduced increased baggage allowances in June 2015 as follows:
- Maximum limit of 3 pieces of luggage per passenger.
- Economy class – no more than 23kg of luggage
- Premier class – no more than 32kg of luggage.
Arik Air flight routes & destinations
With affordable and convenient flight tickets and schedules, Arik Air offers 150 local and international daily flights, reaching 22 airports in Nigeria. View the airline’s Route Map here.
The airline’s domestic flight network includes frequent scheduled passenger flights to Port Harcourt, Uyo, Kano, Enugu, Calabar, Jos, Ibadan, Asaba and Benin City, with Lagos – Abuja flights being a key focus route.
The airline also flies between 9 other African airports including Accra, Cotonou, Banjul, Dakar, Johannesburg, Luanda, Douala, Freetown and Monrovia. If you are looking to fly to London Heathrow or New York’s JFK, these destinations can be found on Arik Air’s route schedule too. Arik Air’s Lagos – Johannesburg, Lagos – New York (JFK International Airport) and Lagos – London (Heathrow International Airport) flights are among its most popular international flight routes.
Arik air offers an Economy Class Cabin and a Premier Business Class cabin. Aboard their long haul flights, business class passengers enjoy ample legroom and leather seats equipped with a massage function. The business class seat can be converted into a fully flat bed. The seating configuration is 2:2:2, and passengers can take advantage of a fully stocked bard with an area for socialising. Amenity bags in business class are luxurious and feature signature details, while the cuisine onboard includes signature African and International dishes, as well as an a-la-carte meal service.
Online Check-ins Made Simple
Adding to passenger convenience, domestic check-in counters are open 2 hours prior to departure and close 30 minutes prior to take-off; 3 hours prior to regional departures – 45 minutes before take-off and 4 hours prior to international departures, closing 90 minutes prior to depature.
Travellers looking for a streamlined experience can choose to use the Arik Air online check-in system that allows check-in up to 24 hours prior to departure. For more helpful Arik Air related information, click here.
The In-flight Experience
Everything about the in-flight experience with Arik Air is demonstrative of the airline’s intention to please its customers. The seats are comfortable and on short haul flights you will find yourself presented with snack and refreshment options, presented by well-trained flight attendants. If the intention is for travellers to leave the flight feeling looked after and appreciated, Arik Air certainly achieves that.
Premier Class passengers flying internationally can expect an in-flight experience like no other. Ample leg room is just one of the many benefits of travelling in this class. Comfy leather seats offer a luxurious massage feature and the dividing screens make it possible to convert your seat into a bed during the flight. If its movies and music you want to enjoy, Arik Air offers a selection of TV and audio channels. The full bar service, a-la-carte menu, turn down service and noise cancelling headsets are just the cherries on the top of an already phenomenal premier class in-flight service.
Passengers flying economy class can also expect a comfortable experience. Enjoy a variety of movies, programs or music with the provision of a blanket, pillow and sufficient lighting. Passengers don’t need to worry about getting peckish as a 3 course meal, soft drinks and various alcoholic beverages are made available.
Partnerships and Codeshare Agreements
In an attempt to offer passengers an even better service and wider range of additional flights, Arik Air partnered with Emirates Airlines on the 26th August 2014. The two airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to further develop their existing relationship and identify additional areas of cooperation.
Live Flight Tracker
You can track the progress and location of any Arik international flight here.
Arik Air in the news during 2015
Arik Air’s Managing Director, Chris Ndulue, recently pledged to work with the newly-appointed Commissioner of Police Mr. Taiwo Lakanu as well as Murtala Muhammed at the International Airport in Lagos in an effort to improve security. This was announced in an effort to prevent stowaways from entering the wheel-well of aircraft. This pledge will ensure that all passengers to, around and from Nigeria, are better protected.
Arik Air Resources
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Arik Air Contact Details in Nigeria
Customer Care Centre Tel: +234 (0) 1279 9999.
Arik Air City Offices
Arik Air Travel Shop
Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 30 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja
Arik Air Sales Desk
Access Bank Implant, 11 Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, Lagos
Arik Air Travel Shop
45 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi
Arik Air Travel Shop
44 Toyin Street, Ikeja
Sales Points in Banks
18/20 Commercial Road, Apapa
Atiku Abubakar Hall, Trade Fair Complex, Ojo
First Bank (UAC House)
1-5 Odunlami Street Marina Lagos Island
Plot 136 Ahmedu Bello way, Victoria Island
Block 94, Plot 19, Lekki Express Way, Lekki Phase 1
9A Warehouse Road, Apapa
42 Bode Thomas, Surelere, Lagos
Access Bank 11
Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, Lagos
Call the Arik Air Central Reservation service on +234 (0) 1279 9999, 24/7.