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Arik Air acquires new A330-200 plane

By The Citizen

Arik Air has launched a new A330-200 aircraft into its fleet in tune with the airline's strategy to delight its passengers.

The new A330-200 would offer a two-class configuration with 30 premier business class seats and 187 economy class seats.

According to the airline, 'the aircraft is fitted with the same on-board product with our A340-500 providing the latest in comfort and style and consistent product experience across the long-haul fleet.

'The premier business class product is carefully tailored to meet the discerning business traveller's needs. Passengers will have individual secluded booth areas that contain flat beds featuring an in built message system complete with a hand held 3.5 LCD screen unit controlling seat and lighting functions.'

Arik added that those flying in business would also be able to enjoy the airline's on-board bar and lounge facility, adding that the 'kira' bar area is situated in that centre of the cabin and has bar seats, as well as surrounding seating area for passengers to enjoy the complementary bar offering.

It stated that economy cabin is designed for maximum comfort and style. Passengers will enjoy a 32-33 inch seat pitch in the spacious cabin and individual seat back of 10.6inch screen.

Also, the airline noted that all passengers would have access to an audio on demand system, with a wide selection of Hollywood and Nollywood films, as well as, short programmes and an audio library provide customers with the very best in-inflight entertainment.

Speaking at the seventh anniversary press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, the Managing Director, Chris Ndulue said that airline has continued to invest in cadet pilots' training, stressing that 16 have been trained at the cost of $2 million, and 60 ab-initio pilots have also been trained at the cost of 1.5 million pounds.

He added that Arik Air has plans to extend long-haul destination flights to Dubai, Jeddah and Sao Paulo, as well expand interlining and code share arrangements to develop services beyond Europe, Middle East and the United States of America(USA).