Arik Air hasÂ emerged the company of the year at the Leadership Awards for Excellence 2009Â held in Abuja penultimate weekend.
The honour was bestowed on Arik Air by the Board of Editors of Leadership Newspapers for the airlineâ€™s commitment to excellence in the aviation industry and for distinguishing itself from others through ongoing product and service improvements.
The award was presented to Arik Air Chairman, Sir J.I.A. Arumemi_Ikhide by elder statesman and Nigeriaâ€™s former High Commissioner to South Africa, Alhaji Shehu Malami.
Speaking shortly after receiving the award, Sir Arumemi_Ikhide thanked the management of Leadership Newspapers for the honour and restated the airlineâ€™s commitment to the goal of revolutionizing the aviation sector in Nigeria and building an airline that will make Africa proud.
He said:Â â€œOur commitment is to provideÂ the people of Nigeria and West Africa with a means of traveling by air in the safest, comfortable and reliable manner humanly achievable.
â€œThat was why right from the outset, our business strategy was always modeled on the purchase of brand new aircraft, which would not only minimize maintenance cost but also ensure international safety standards.â€
This is the second award Arik Air received this year, having earlier in February received the 15th Annual Thisday Award 2010.
Arik Air had also in 2008 and 2009 won the Thisday Airline of The year Award.Sir Arumemi_Ikhide founded Arik Air in 2006 and the airline started commercial operations on October 30, 2006 with three brand new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft thus becoming the first CRJ900 operator on the African continent and the first airline to introduce new commercial aircraft into Nigeria in over 20 years.
Since then, Arik Air has grown its fleet to 25 aircraft, including two Airbus A340_500 which makes the airline the first operator of the wide bodied aircraft in Africa.
Arik Air is Nigeriaâ€™s leading commercial airline. It now operates a fleet of 26 state_of_the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft.
The airline currently serves 21 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).The airline currently operates over 130 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.