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  • McTighe: Turning Arik Air into Nigeria’s largest carrier

    News | 23 Apr 2007 09:36 | Brendan Sobie

    <P><STRONG>When Mike McTighe received a call from a head hunter in early 2006 asking him if he was interested in working for a Nigerian start-up, he hesitated. McTighe recalls looking up Nigeria on and and his first thoughts were “no way”.</STRONG></P> <P>“But then I met the principal and was impressed with his vision on what he was doing for Nigerian aviation,” says McTighe, who served as Arik’s chief operating officer for seven months before becoming managing director shortly after its October 2006 launch. “Nigeria is not nearly as bad as what you read.”</P> <P><IMG style="PADDING-RIGHT: 10px; FLOAT: left; PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px; OVERFLOW: auto; WIDTH: 200px; HEIGHT: 316px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=17332" border=0>Just over a year later, McTighe has successfully led Arik Air through the start-up phase and is now leading the carrier through a period of ambitious expansion. In this quarter alone, Arik’s fleet will swell from eight to 16 aircraft, which