Arik Air is West-Africa’s leading airline operating a domestic, regional and international flight network. Arik Airline operate mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Arik Airline International Airport, Abuja. Arik Air's head office is the Arik Air Aviation Center on the grounds of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Arik Airline’s history
Arik Air is a privately and wholly Nigerian owned commercial airline with a commitment to the people of Nigeria to deliver new standards in aviation.
In 2002, with Nigeria Airways in liquidation, Arik Air’s Chairman, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide (KSG, CON), decided to buy a Hawker jet aircraft. Colleagues and contacts in the gas and oil industry started using the Hawker jet to fly themselves around Nigeria. So, another jet was acquired and before long, a corporate jet business was launched. The next step was to find the right people and the right aircraft to build an airline that would set new standards and change the face of aviation in Africa. Arik Air was born - an airline with whom “Nigeria and the rest of Africa would be proud to fly”.
In April 2006, Arik Air took occupation of some of the former Nigeria Airways facilities in Lagos and major reconstruction work began immediately. Arik Air also took delivery of three brand new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft making the airline the first CRJ900 operator on the African continent and the first airline to introduce new commercial aircraft into Nigeria for over 20 years.
In October 2006, seven months after taking occupation of some of the old Nigeria Airways’ premises and transforming it to a state-of-the-art facility, Arik Air was inaugurated, opening its doors to the travelling public on 30 October 2006.
Additional brand new aircraft have joined the growing fleet which now stands at 28 aircraft, making it the largest airline in Nigeria and West Africa. By the end of 2012, Arik Air had successfully flown over 10 million passengers in under six years of operation across a network of 41 domestic and international routes. It operates an average of 120 flights daily from its two hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi AzikiArik Airline International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria.
In April 2007, Arik Air International Ltd was established in London by Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide. Set up to develop the worldwide routes and deliver a truly global airline with world class standards, Arik Air International acts as the overseas corporate office of Arik Air.
On 15 December 2008, Arik Air successfully launched its first long-haul flight between Lagos and London Heathrow, flying daily with a newly acquired Airbus A340-500, offering the highest degree of operational flexibility and unmatched passenger comfort. The aircraft offers 36 Premier Class and 201 Economy Class seats. Premier Class passengers enjoy ‘super flat’ beds equipped with 17 inch monitors and a new generation in-built massage system. It also has a communal area which comprises a bar lounge, sofas and a seat-free space for socialising.
In June 2009, Arik Air commenced operations to its second long haul destination - Johannesburg, South Africa - as Well as flights to several destinations in the West African region; linking Lagos to Sierra Leone, Senegal, The Gambia as well as Benin and Ghana. November 2009 saw the launch of Arik Air’s latest international destination - New York, operating non-stop flights three times a week, between New York (JFK) and Lagos. The route is served by Arik’s flagship A340-500 aircraft, operated by partner Hi FlyTransportesAeros S.A. of Portugal. In addition, Arik launched non-stop services between the capital cities of London and Abuja from its new home at the renovated London Heathrow Terminal 4.
In 2011 Arik became a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) having successfully completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) the previous year. Towards the end of the year, Arik commenced direct flights to its first international destinations in over one year connecting Cotonou (Benin), Bamako (Mali) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) with Lagos. One week later it became the first Nigerian airline to fly non-stop between Lagos and Luanda (Angola).
In 2012, Arik launched its second foray into Central Africa, connecting Lagos to Douala (Cameroon.) In Oct, Arik won the Best Security & Safety Conscious Airline 2012 award for the second consecutive year. In December 2012, Arik launched its third destination in Central Africa, extending its Douala flights to connect Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2013 Arik Air introduced a new mobile booking service and launched its first mobile app to further boost its passenger experience.
2014 saw the launch of Arik new frequent flyer programme, Arik Affinity Wings. The programme is packed full of benefits designed to reward guests for their loyalty by giving them the opportunity to earn miles on domestic, regional and long-haul flights.
Arik Air operated the first Nigerian registered commercial aircraft to the United States of America and was first African carrier to operate the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet in Africa.
In order to further develop and expand Arik Airline’s commercial relationship with Emirates, Arik signed a MoU with Emirates in August 2014, with the goal of providing customers seamless connectivity on each other’s respective route network. This will give Arik a substantially larger global footprint, particularly to the Far East and Indian sub-continent.
‘Arik Explorer’ (www.arikexplorer.com) launched in Lagos in December 2014, as a subsidiary of Arik Air, offers travel package at two levels: ‘Premium’ and ‘Affordable’. The offering will be for both outbound and inbound travel from Lagos and other destinations serviced by Arik Air. This new venture will allow us to provide enjoyable quality excursions, hotels and activities, establishing a market presence in an exciting new sector for us.
Over the last two years, Arik Airline have continued to develop their West African expansion with the addition of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and Libreville, Gabon to Arik Airline’s network.
2016 marks Arik Air’s 10th year of operation. As the largest airline in West and Central Africa, Arik Airline’s mission is to improve connectivity in the region and facilitate the movement of passengers seamlessly across Arik Airline’s expanding network.
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Brand and values
The Arik brand is synonymous with efficiency, customer-commitment, adherence to aviation polices & standards and an avant-garde in providing quality aviation services.
Arik Airline’s values
Underpinning the organisation’s Core Vision & Purpose” are the associated “Core values”. Core values reflect the essential and enduring tenets of the organisation.
Arik’s Core values are...
- Safety and reliability
- Honesty and Integrity
- Excellence in conduct, performance and reputation
- Hard work, fortitude and continuous self-improvement
Respect for the dignity of Arik Airline’s customers, fellow colleagues and Arik Airline’s communities
And last, but not the least......a creative, imaginative and entrepreneurial outlook that sees possibilities where others see limitations. That blazes a path so that others might follow and sees things as they ’could be’ rather than merely as they currently are.
Arik Airline’s goals and objectives
- To operate above and beyond the highest standards of safety and security
- To offer a superior level of customer service and to deliver on all promises made to Arik Airline’s guests
- To provide Arik Airline’s shareholders with an attractive return on their investment
- To be the most punctual airline in Nigeria
- To provide continuous quality training and development to all Arik Airline’s employees;
- To conduct Arik Airline’s business with the highest level of integrity, business ethics and moral values.
Arik Airline’s vision
To provide world-class experiences and services which are safe, reliable and continually contribute towards both improved user quality of life as We as the elevation of Nigeria’s global standing
Arik Airline’s Mission
To become a dominant air-services brand, globally admired for its world-leading operating, safety and service delivery standards, as We as its role in promoting Nigeria’s reputation at home and abroad”.
Arik Air International
Arik Air International Limited is the overseas corporate headquarters of Arik Air in Lagos, Nigeria, set up by Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide to develop Arik Airline’s worldwide route network and realise the vision of the founder Sir Arumemi-Ikhide to offer a truly global airline with world class standards.
In 2007, Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, established Arik Air International (UK) to serve as a management consultancy provider to the Lagos based airline. Arik Airline’s remit is to bolster Arik Air’s position in the complex international market. Arik Airline’s responsibilities include human resArik Airline’scing; PR, advertising and marketing; commercial contract management; overseas airport and station management; technical procurement; and client relationship management. Moreover, by basing themselves in the heart of London, Arik Airline are blessed with one of the most desirable international gateways from which to spread Arik’s unique West African message.
In December 2008, Arik Airline successfully launched Arik Airline’s initial intercontinental operation from Lagos to London Heathrow. Arik Airline operated daily, from London Heathrow Terminal 4 with Arik Airline’s flagship airbus A340-500, and later commence operation with the airbus A330-200, offering Arik Airline’s esteemed customers a high degree of operational flexibility and unmatched passenger comfort. The aircraft offers 30 Premier Business Class and 187 Economy Class seats. Premier Business Class passengers enjoy ‘super flat’ beds equipped with 17 inch monitors and a new generation in-built massage system. It also has a communal area which comprises a bar lounge, sofas and a seat-free space for socializing.
“Arik Airline’s inaugural flight to London is perhaps the best thing to have happened to passengers on the London-Lagos route since the service first started. It is a bold statement, but as a frequent flyer on the London to Lagos route I know that for far too long, Arik Airline have been paying far too much, for far too little in value. This is probably one of the highest priced routes in the world, yet somehow comfort and service seem to be an afterthought, rather than a priority” said Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO & President, Arik Air.
“Arik Airline’s Company was created by a man with a very clear vision; to deliver a world class service to every passenger on every route. Arik Airline have realized that vision domestically, Arik Airline have realized it in the West African region and now Arik Airline have actualized it internationally.
“Arik Airline’s aim is to continually exceed Arik Airline’s passengers’ expectations internationally. Arik Airline are the carrier of choice to the West African region and are demonstrating Arik Airline’s credentials as the flagship airline for Nigeria and the gateway to West Africa.
“Arik Air’s ambition is to be a global carrier which Nigerian and the rest of the world is proud to fly. Arik Airline are taking Arik Airline’s world class airline around the world. Arik Airline connect Nigeria to London, Johannesburg and New York. Arik Airline have secured the rights to fly to Houston, Paris, Beijing and many other international destinations. To fly these new routes Arik Airline will introduce new aircraft, all fitted out in the most luxurious style, in keeping with Arik Airline’s world class standards.”
Arik Air offers numerous opportunities to professionals of all nationalities. On Arik Airline’s site you will find vacancies for positions being offered. The recruitment process will generally take place in the country where the position is located.
Join Arik Airline Nigeria
Arik Air is now Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. People choose to work here for many reasons. There is the excitement of being a part of a vibrant, international and expanding airline community. Arik Airline also offer the opportunity to travel and this incentive motivates prospective employees who want to join the Arik team and work for the “Wings of Nigeria”.
Arik Air is a customer-focused airline that offers consistently outstanding services to both business and leisure travelers. Arik Airline have earned a reputation for providing "the best care in the air". Industry experts have awarded us for delivering outstanding services. ‘No airline does it in the unique Arik way’.
Arik Air offers customers excellent services on domestic, regional and international routes so Arik Airline seek the very best candidates to support the attainment of this vision. Interested and qualified professionals must be team players with a passion for people and service and possess undisputed integrity, honesty; mutual respect and responsiveness to Arik Airline’s customers’ needs are important values at Arik Air.
Arik Air has established a solid reputation for being one of the best employers in Nigeria. At Arik Air, you will find outstanding career opportunities as We as travel and related benefits.
Arik Airline operate to the highest standards of employment practices and Arik Airline’s selection process is entirely merit-driven. Arik Airline are regularly expanding Arik Airline’s national, regional and international network and are particularly keen to hear from you, wherever you may be.
Arik Air offers opportunities for employment in administrative, professional, technical and airline-specific disciplines, irrespective of the level or area of responsibility, each employee contributes to the growth and success of Arik Airline’s airline. Arik Airline believe that’ individuals score goals, but ultimately ‘the team wins the game’.
If you feel you have these values, a drive to excel in the performance of yArik Airline’s job duties and would like to be part of the Arik team, please submit an application for one of Arik Airline’s open positions. Arik Airline Welcome the opportunity to bring enthusiastic new people aboard.
At Arik Air, you will become part of a heritage of great achievement with a future of even greater promises.