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Air Nigeria and Arik Air are Nigeria's two largest airlines.

Air Nigeria Overview



Air Nigeria, (formerly Virgin Nigeria) was established in 2004 when the Federal Government of Nigeria and Virgin Atlantic Airways signed a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding (MMU) that gave birth to the airline. Air Nigeria, then trading as Virgin Nigeria Airways started operating on 28th June, 2005 with flights to London Heathrow, Johannesburg as well as regional and domestic flights using Airbus A340-300 and A320-200 aircrafts. The airline quickly endeared itself in the minds of consumers as a result of its excellent customer service delivery and safety standards (being the first West African carrier listed on IOSA directory).

Air Nigeria currently operates domestic and regional flights that cut across 15 locations in Nigeria and in the West and Central African region. From its operational base at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, Air Nigeria operates to Benin City, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Abuja, Kano and Sokoto on the domestic routes while it also operates to Brazzaville, Accra, Douala, Dakar, Monrovia, Cotonou, Banjul, Libreville and Abidjan with further plans to extend services to more African destinations, Europe, Asia and America. Air Nigeria is currently pursuing its new focus and vision to dominate the domestic and regional markets.

Following the airlines’ acquisition by Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim of the NICON Group in April 2010, the airline is vigorously pursuing its vision of being the leading African airline with exceptional travel experience as well as making Lagos, a major hub in the sub-Saharan region. Air Nigeria has within a space of five months, progressively embarked on an ambitious plan of fleet growth that now accounts for the actualization of its short term plan of having 10 aircrafts in its fleet before the end of 2010.

The airline is 100% e-ticketing compliant across her network and is the first Nigerian airline and first in West Africa to be listed on the IOSA Directory as it adheres strictly to the International Civil Aviations Organization’s safety regulations and standards. Its registration on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry places it at par with the best airlines in the world having shown its commitment and demonstration to airline safety standards.

AN's Fleet

B737-300 Series - 8
Embraer E-190 Series - 2

AN's Destinations

Domestic Destinations: 7 (Not Including Lagos hub)
- Abuja
- Kano
- Sokoto
- Port-Harcourt
- Enugu
- Benin
- Owerri

Regional destinations: 9
- Abidjan
- Accra
- Banjul
- Brazzaville
- Cotonou
- Dakar
- Douala
- Libreville
- Monrov


Arik Air Overview


Arik Air is a wholly-owned Nigerian airline with a commitment to the people of Nigeria to deliver new standards in aviation. Founded in 2002, it was the vision of Sir Arumemi-Ikhide, a leading and well-respected Nigerian businessman who understood that if business was to succeed, there needed to be efficiency and quality of service. He had spent many years travelling throughout Nigeria without the satisfaction of knowing that he could depend on the existing choice of air transport services available to him. He also recognised the importance of healthy market competition in achieving efficiency. A plan for change was soon set in motion.

Arik Air International

Arik Air International Limited is the overseas corporate headquarters of Arik Air in Lagos, Nigeria, set up to develope the worldwide routes and realize the vision of the founder Sir Arumemi-Ikhide to offer a truely global airline with world class standards.

In December 2008, we successfully launched our initial intercontinental operation from Lagos to London Heathrow. We currently fly daily from London Heathrow Terminal 4 with our newly acquired airbus A340-500, which offers the highest degree of operational flexibility and unmatched passenger comfort.

Our aim now is to exceed our passengers’ expectations internationally, become the carrier of choice to the West African region and demonstrate our credentials as the flagship airline for Nigeria and the gateway to West Africa.”

Arik Air’s ambition does not stop with London. We are now taking our world class airline to the rest of the world and have secured the rights to fly to Johannesburg, New York, Houston, Paris, Beijing, and many other international destinations. To fly these new routes we have over US$6.1 billion of new aircraft on order to be delivered over ten years. These include Boeing B777s, B787s and Airbus A340s, all fitted out in the most luxurious style, in keeping with our world class standards.

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Arik Air Fleet

2 Airbus A340-500


4 Boeing 737-800NG


6 Boeing 737-700NG


3 Boeing 737-700


4 Bombardier CRJ-900


2 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400


2 Hawker HS 125-800XP
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Air Nigeria and Arik Air

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Another Arik Air

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Arik Air increases flights on Lagos-Accra route
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Arik Air has increased the frequency of its flights on the Lagos-Accra route, the airline says in a press release issued in Lagos August 24, 2011 and copied to ghanabusinessnews.com.

The increase will begin Saturday August 27, 2011, it says.

According to the release, the extra flight will operate on Saturdays and will depart Lagos at 5:00 pm (local time), arriving in Accra at the same time 5:00 pm (local time). The return flight leaves Accra at 5:45 pm (local time) and arrives in Lagos at 7:45 pm (local time).

Commenting on the development Bert van der Stege, Vice President Planning & Marketing at Arik Air, said: “There is an increasing demand on the Lagos-Accra route and not just from within Nigeria. We have added the extra flight to ensure that we meet the demand from international destinations such as Johannesburg and New York for connections at convenient times. Offering an afternoon flight on a Saturday will satisfy that demand as passengers to and from South Africa or the USA will be able to seamlessly transfer to their connecting flight in Lagos”.

Introducing the extra flight now means greater flexibility and more choice for passengers who can connect onward to Accra from inbound flights from New York JFK (arrives at Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport at 1:45 pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and Johannesburg (arrives daily at 1:55 pm) on a Saturday. The return flight on Saturdays connects to the Saturday evening departures from Lagos to Johannesburg, the release adds.
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Arik Air, Amadeus sign distribution agreement
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Arik Air, West Africa’s largest commercial airline, and Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry announced that they have signed a five year full content agreement. The agreement guarantees Amadeus’ travel agents worldwide access to the entire range of Arik Air’s fares, schedules and inventory.

“With this new agreement, Arik Air will have competitive and cost effective distribution by using Amadeus as a partner both in Nigeria and in our international markets,” said Kevin Steele, Vice Presidemt, Commercial, Arik Air.
According to the agreement, the fares, schedules and inventory made available through the Amadeus system will be the same, and under the same conditions, as through any indirect or direct channel, distribution provider or website.

“Amadeus is committed to securing long term distribution agreements that bring full content security to travel agencies and ensure stability in the marketplace,” Birger Bjornhof, General Manager, Amadeus Nigeria and Ghana, commented.

Amadeus is present in 195 countries around the world and manages a global network of over 90,000 travel agency points of sale.

More than 80 percent of all airline bookings sold by Amadeus travel agencies worldwide are made on airlines with content agreements. Arik Air is Nigeria’s largest domestic airline and operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.

It operates a fleet of 23 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft including two Airbus A340-500 making the airline the first operator of the wide bodied aircraft in Africa. The airline currently serves 30 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Monrovia (Liberia), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).

The airline operates a combined number of over 120 daily flights from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja, and has been Africa’s fastest growing airline for the last two years.
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Arik Air and AVIAREPS announce close cooperation in Europe and Russia
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AVIAREPS has been appointed by Nigeria’s largest commercial airline, Arik Air, as its representative in leading European markets.

All future sales, marketing and ticketing activities will be handled by the multinational aviation and tourism management expert from 1st September 2011 onwards. AVIAREPS will act as official General Sales Agent (GSA) in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Benelux and Russia and will also assume responsibility for BSP handling in these markets. While AVIAREPS is already a reliable partner for Arik Air’s business in Canada and the United States, the Nigerian carrier is pursuing its ambitious European expansion with this new appointment.

Arik Air was established in 2006 and started a rapid transformation of the Nigerian aviation sector by operating with a fleet of brand new aircraft and an unrivaled in-flight service. The privately owned airline’s first long-haul flight was launched in 2008 to London-Heathrow in a brand new Airbus A340-500. Arik Air currently serves a strong route network from both hubs in Lagos and Abuja. This includes other long-haul destinations in addition to London-Heathrow, such as New York JFK and Johannesburg. From Nigeria seamless onward flights allow easy access to an extensive domestic and regional route map consisting of 20 destinations within Nigeria and five regional points including, among them Accra (Ghana), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Banjul (Gambia), Dakar (Senegal) and Monrovia (Liberia).

Arik Air operates modern state-of-the-art aircraft, all of them manufactured during the past 10 years. The Nigerian airline is committed to maintaining a safe working and flying environment and to conducting all operations with the highest safety standards. Lufthansa Technik and Iberia are the contracted aircraft maintenance partners in Lagos and New York.
All long-haul flights to and from London are operated with the Airbus A340-500 to ensure the highest operational flexibility. Equipped with 36 Premium Class seats, business travelers in particular enjoy special travel comfort with ‘super flat’ beds, 17-inch monitors, a new generation of in-built massage system and a lounge area which comprises a bar, sofas and space for socializing
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Arik Air carries more than 1 million passengers in the first half of 2011
African Aviation News

Arik Air has carried a total of 1,039,656 passengers across its network of 120 daily flights in the first half of 2011.


The New York route experienced the largest increase in passenger numbers with a 30% increase of traffic. The daily London and Johannesburg routes also saw an increase in passenger numbers, as did most domestic routes. Lagos- Abuja remains the strongest domestic route. Within West-Africa, Arik Air saw considerable improvement in its operations to Dakar, Freetown and Accra.

The most significant individual month was March when Arik carried 201,936 passengers in the run up to the mid-term holidays. In April the passenger figures were badly affected by the interuptions to our schedules due to the elections and non-movement restrictions in Nigeria.

Speaking on the disclosure of the half year figures, Arik Air Vice President Planning & Marketing, Mr. Bert van der Stege, said: “Whilst these have been impressive results, we aim to carry even more passengers in the 2nd half of 2011. Arik Air is the carrier of choice during the current holiday season and we already see an encouraging amount of forward bookings for the month of December. Clearly our current attractive price promotions have helped”.

Arik Air has recently been awarded Africa’s fastest growing airline by the influential Airline Network News and Analysis (anna.aero). In just four and a half years of operations, Arik Air carried over seven million passengers. In the 2nd half of 2011 Arik Air is expected to launch new international destinations and continue its growth path.
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National Sports Commission designates AIR NIGERIA as the carrier to airlift contingents to the 10TH ALL AFRICAN GAMES
Air Nigeria News

Air Nigeria has been designated as the carrier to airlift the Nigerian contingent to the 10th All African Games holding in Maputo Mozambique. Air Nigeria’s designation is coming following its partnership with the National Sports Commission to airlift the Nigerian contingent as a further demonstration of the airline’s commitment towards contributing to the development of sporting activities in Nigeria as just recently, it also successfully airlifted the Nigerian Football Federation delegation to Addis Ababa for a friendly match.

By virtue of her designation as the “official carrier airline”, Air Nigeria will offer convenient means of transportation to the Nigerian delegation to and from the sporting activities using its modern fleet of aircraft for the rotations.


Air Nigeria is one of the fastest growing airlines in West & Central Africa and operates to the highest international standards. From its operational base at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, Air Nigeria currently operates to Benin City, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kano, Sokoto and Enugu on the domestic routes while it also operates to Brazzaville, Accra, Douala, Dakar, Monrovia, Cotonou, Banjul, Libreville, Abidjan and Sao Tome & Principe with further plans to extend services to more African destinations, Europe, Asia and the Americas in the near future.

Air Nigeria just recently won the “Airline of the Year 2010” at the Nigeria Aviation Awards (NIGAV), in recognition of its outstanding contributions towards the development of the Nigerian aviation industry. The airline was also last year named the Best Security Conscious Airline in West and Central Africa by Security Watch Africa for its strict adherence to prescribed aviation safety standards.
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Air Nigeria expands fleet as it takes delivery of B737-400
Air Nigeria News

Air Nigeria has taken delivery of a modern Boeing 737-400 series aircraft to bring its current fleet size to 11 in continuation of its drive to consolidate on its regional and domestic route network. The Boeing 737-400 series aircraft with registration 5N-VNM has been enhanced to offer comfort to passengers with its two class cabin configuration of 12 Business and 133 Economy class seats.

The arrival of this aircraft to Air Nigeria’s rapidly growing fleet further attests to the successes of the turnaround process initiated just over a year ago by the airline’s new management under the Chairmanship of Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim. Air Nigeria has grown steadily with the introduction of new routes and aircrafts to its fleet over the past few months thereby building its customer’s confidence in the airline’s ability to meet and exceed their travel needs and requirements.

The arrival of this additional aircraft is also coming on the heels of the commencement of flight operations to Sao Tome on 18th August 2011.
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**This route has already launched**

Air Nigeria set to launch flights to Sao Tome & Principe
Air Nigeria News

Air Nigeria, the country’s fully private sector flag carrier, is set to launch flight operations to Sao Tome via Douala and Libreville, in continuation of its regional routes network roll out. The launch of the new route is coming just as Air Nigeria recently introduced direct flights between Abuja and Enugu as well as Abuja and Owerri on the domestic route network.

The new flight which will be inaugurated on August 18 is in line with Air Nigeria’s route expansion plan to further strengthen cultural and economic ties amongst African states, especially as the airline is building a hub at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos to seamlessly offer connections to passengers across West and Central Africa.

The launch of the Lagos – Sao Tome route brings to 10, the number of regional routes operated by Air Nigeria in Africa as it currently operates to some capital cities across the West coast and the central African region. Sao Tome is an island in Central Africa that has a rich reserve of natural resources and is predominantly a holiday resort with vast expanse of beautiful beaches.
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AIR NIGERIA COMMENCES DIRECT ENUGU – ABUJA AND OWERRI – ABUJA SERVICE
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Air Nigeria has commenced direct daily flights from both Owerri and Enugu to Abuja, the nation’s capital city. The direct return services were introduced in response to the growing demand by the airline’s customers for direct flights to Abuja from these cities without having to fly through Lagos.

The launch of the direct flight operations from Owerri to Abuja and from Enugu to Abuja allows passengers to maximize their time by cutting out the transit time in Lagos which enables them to achieve more whether they’re traveling for business or pleasure. The development is in line with the airline’s mission to deliver superior travel experience to its teeming passengers.
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Here is a image of Air Nigeria's upcoming routes

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Arik Air A340-500 landing at London Heathrow



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Nice Thread But Where Is Virgin Nigeria!!!???
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Air Nigeria use to be Virgin Nigeria before Virgin sold its share in the company to NICON group. Now the carrier is entirely Nigerian owned....
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Nigerian Airline Asks Permission to Fly to Ethiopia
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Arik Air, a Nigerian private airline, asked the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) for permission to start flight services to Addis Ababa.

ver eight months have elapsed since Arik Air asked permission for traffic rights, Dr. Harol de Muren, director general of Nigerian Civil Aviation, said last week in Dare es Salaam at the 17th Aviation and Allied Leadership Conference.

A representative of Arik Air said that Arik Air’s delegation was in Addis Ababa last week to discuss the issue with officials of ECAA.

According to De Muren the Ethiopian Airlines operates 14 weekly flights to Nigeria which is the source of about 40 percent of Ethiopian’s income.

An official of ECAA said that Ethiopia and Nigeria had a bilateral air service agreement, and Ethiopia would not deny traffic rights to a Nigerian airline as long as it fulfilled ECAA requirements. He said that there were certain issues that needed to be assessed and the authority was holding talks with the management of Arik Air.

According to Mesfin Tasew, Ethiopian chief operating officer, the management of Ethiopian had no objection to Arik Air flying to Addis Ababa. “It might be a matter of procedure. We believe in open skies agreements,” Mesfin said.

Arik Air was established in 2002 by Sir Arumemi-Ikhide, a renowned Nigerian businessma
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