Arik Takes Delivery of Two CRJ900s

 - September 15, 2006, 7:33 AM

Arik Air, Nigeria’s new airline, took a solid step forward last month when it accepted delivery of the first two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets in Africa in ceremonies at the Canadian manufacturer’s assembly plant in Mirabel, Quebec. Arik Air took over the defunct Nigeria Airways center in Lagos in April and is rebuilding the facilities there as its base. The two new aircraft are configured for 75 passengers and are the first of four CRJ900s Arik has ordered. The third airplane is scheduled for delivery in August, with the fourth to follow in January. The two new CRJs will begin service on domestic routes within the country in August, along with three previously owned 50-passenger CRJ200s and two former United Airlines Boeing 737-200s. Arik plans to begin international operations late next year.