Arik Air

Airline info

  • Address: Arik Aviation Centre, Murtala Muhammed Airport (Domestic Wing), Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Contact number: +234 01 279 9999
  • Website: www.arikair.com
  • IATA code/ICAO code: W3 / ARA

On-time performance and safety record

  • On time performance (2023): No info available
  • Average age of fleet (2024): 12 .7 years
  • Major accidents in last 10 years: 0
  • Accidents with fatalities: 0
  • Airlineratings** safety rating: 6/7
  • Covid-19 safety*** rating: 3/7
** AIRLINERATINGS SAFETY RATING is based on a comprehensive analysis of crash and pilot related serious incident data combined with audits from the world’s aviation governing body ICAO and leading association, IATA, along with the latest COVID-19 compliance data. Each airline has the potential to earn a maximum of seven stars. See also www.airlineratings.com
*** COVID-19 SAFETY RATING takes into consideration seven factors for each airline: COVID-19 website information and instructions, social distancing on boarding, Flight Attendant personal protection equipment, face masks compulsory, meal service modified, passenger sanitizer kit, deep clean of aircraft. Each airline has the potential to earn a maximum of seven stars. See also www.airlineratings.com

Founded in 2002 following the demise of national carrier Nigeria Airways, Arik Air took to the skies with a small fleet of CRJ-900 regional jets in 2006. In just three years the Lago-based carrier boasted a fleet including 2 Airbus A340-500 and 4 Airbus A330-200 and a network including London (LHR), Johannesburg, Dubai and New York (JFK), thus imposing itself as the fastest-growing airline in west Africa. Plans to add more destinations in the US and Europe plus Sao Paulo in Brazil were also revealed. But the financial burden caused by the fast-pace growth took finally the airline into a crisis which caused a stop of all long-haul flights, the alienation of all widebody aircraft and the cancellation of an order for two Boeing 787-9 in 2017. Arik Air is today a regional airline flying mainly to domestic and western Africa destinations (Photo Wikimedia Commons / Biggerben)

  • Name: Arik Air
  • Date founded: 2002 – commenced operations on October 30, 2006
  • IATA code/ICAO code: W3 / ARA
  • CEO: Michael Arumemi-Ikhide
  • Address: Arik Aviation Centre, Murtala Muhammed Airport (Domestic Wing), Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Contact number: +234 01 279 9999
  • Website: www.arikair.com
  • Hub: Lagos
  • Focus cities: Abuja
  • Airline alliance: Star
  • Frequent flyer programme: Arik Affinity Wings
  • Fleet:

    21 aircraft

    • 4 Boeing 737-800 / 146-148 seats (20 Business, 126 Economy or 16 Business, 132 Economy)
    • 8 Boeing 737-700 / 124-131-149 seats (12 Business, 112 Economy or 12 Business, 119 Economy or 149 Economy)
    • 1 Bombardier CRJ-1000 / 92 seats (12 Business, 80 Economy)
    • 4 Bombardier CRJ-900 / 75 seats (10 Business,  65 Economy)
    • 4 Bombardier Das 8-400 / 72 seats (10 Business, 62 Economy)
  • Type of carrier: Full-service
  • Skytrax* rating: 3-STAR
  • * SKYTRAX (www.skytraxratings.com) is the most prestigious independent rating agency in commercial aviation. Its five stars rating system regarding airline quality has become a status symbol for carriers around the world. Here is what the stars stand for:

    • - 5 STARS: Awarded to airlines achieving a very high, overall quality performance. It recognizes high standards of onboard product together with consistent and excellent standards of staff service across airport and cabin environments
    • - 4 STARS: Awarded to airlines that deliver a good overall quality performance and provide good product standards across different travel cabins
    • - 3 STARS: Awarded to airlines delivering a fair quality performance equating to the industry 'average' of acceptable product and service standards
    • - 2 STARS: Shows airlines delivering a lower total quality performance, in some instances below the industry average across many rating categories
    • - 1 STAR: Represents a poor quality of product delivered across the assessment sectors
  • Checked luggage:

    Free baggage allowance is 30kg in Business, 20kg in Economy

  • Pre-selection of seat:

    Free for Business passengers; no info available regarding seat pre-selection in Economy

  • Priority check-in:

    Business passengers

  • Fast track at security:

    No info available

  • Access to lounge:

    Business passengers

  • Priority boarding:

    Business passengers

  • Seat pitch:
    • 44 inches (112cm) in Business on the B737-800 and B737-700;
    • 34 inches (86cm) in Economy on the B737-800 and B737-700;
    • 34 inches (86cm) in Business, 31 inches (79cm) in Economy on the CRJ-1000, CRJ-900 and Dash 8-400
  • Seat width:
    • 20 inches (51cm) in Business on the B737-800, B737-700, CRJ-1000, CRJ-900 and Dash 8-400;
    • 17 inches (43cm) in Economy on the B737-800, B737-700, CRJ-1000, CRJ-900 and Dash 8-400
  • USB port and power socket:

    No info available

  • Lie-flat seat:

    No

  • Vanity kit:

    No

  • IFE screen width:

    No individual screens onboard

  • Wi-fi:

    No

  • Inflight magazine:

    Wings

  • Onboard kit for kids:

    No

  • Food and beverages:

    Complementary in all classes on all flights

  • Upgraded meals in Premium Economy: Not available
  • Dine on demand in Business Class: No
  • Pets:

    Not accepted in the passenger cabin

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