Nigeria’s Arik Air orders seven Boeing 737s

Nigerian airline Arik Air confirmed an order for an additional seven Next-Generation Boeing 737s, at the Farnborough Airshow. The airline 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.“We are committed to the advancement of Nigerian aviation through the utilization of the most modern and reliable airplanes available today,” said Arik Air Chairman Sir Arumemi-Johnson,. “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.”

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

Arik Air is one of Nigeria’s fastest-growing privately-owned airlines and serves more than 14 domestic routes with a fleet of 18 airplanes.