I met the chairman of Arik Sir Joseph Arumemi-Johnson and his son Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, the leading lights of this Nigerian carrier, at Farnborough in July, and good value they were too. By that I mean a good story.
At the show they were confirming and upping orders for Boeings, and talking about refining their own fuel to keep costs low. I liked that story.
Now they’ve ordered the Airbus A340-500, probably one of the most unpopular long-haul aircraft out there at the moment. It has taken over Kingfisher’s order for three of the aircraft as it fulfils its long-haul ambitions.
Let’s just comment on that deal by saying Arik will have got a good deal and Airbus chief salesman John Leahy can be complimented on his fast footwork to offload some metal that could easily have ended up as whitetails.