By Kenneth EHIGIATOR
Arik Air has taken delivery of its third new wide-body aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, thus increasing its fleet to 26.
The aircraft, the first of two A330_200 ordered by Arik Air, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, from France yesterday.
Marked 5N-EIA, the aircraft, which is the first wide-body aircraft of Arik Air to carry Nigerian registration, is to be deployed by the airline to boost its international operations.
Arik Air currently flies London, New York and Johannesburg, as well as several regional and domestic route.
Arik Airâ€™s Deputy Executive Vice President, Mr. Chris Ndulue, said the aircraft is powered by Pratt &
Whitney PW 4168A engines and will offer the best possible passenger comfort in a two-class configuration.
â€œOur new Airbus A330-200 is the first of the two aircraft ordered by the airline and the third wide-body aircraft in our fleet.
We already have two Airbus A340-500 ultra range aircraft delivered in December 2008 and May 2009,â€ he said.
The new A330-200 aircraft is configured to carry 283 passengers in a two-class arrangement of Premium and Economy Classes.
Arik Airâ€™s Senior Vice President, Commercial, Mr Suraj Sundaram, explained that the airlineâ€™s brand new Airbus 330-200 aircraft, christened â€˜Sultan of Sokotoâ€™, would offer Premier Class and Economy Class.