July 16, 2008

Arik Air Orders Seven Boeing 737 Aircraft

Nigerian airline Arik Air has placed an additional order for seven next-generation 737s from Boeing.

The airline had initially ordered 10 next-generation 737s in September 2007 and now has a total of 17 next-generation 737s on order. Arik Air currently operates six 737-700s.

Arik Air has five 777-300ERs and seven 787-9 Dreamliners on order. The airline also announced its intent to purchase four 747-8 Intercontinentals.

Arumemi Johnson, chairman of Arik Air, said: "We are committed to the advancement of Nigerian aviation through the utilization of the most modern and reliable airplanes available today. With the next-generation 737 as the cornerstone of our regional operations, Arik is well positioned across the Boeing product line to pursue our growth plan and usher in a new era of commercial aviation in Nigeria."