carrier Arik Air appears set to bring in three Airbus
A340-500s to give it capacity to launch flights from Lagos
to London Heathrow this autumn.
Arik currently operates regional aircraft and Boeing 737s
on domestic and regional routes in Africa and is preparing to launch
international services both to Europe and USA.
a statement Arik chairman Sir Joseph Arumeni-Johnson said: “I am happy to announce to you that
we have been granted four slots at Heathrow
Airport but we are still pushing for
more so that we can fly to London
every day of the week.”
Arik Air statement also says the airline is preparing
to take three new Airbus A340-500s to operate on the route, helping to fill its
interim capacity requirements. Arik Air has a number
of Boeing long-haul aircraft on order, but its five Boeing 777s will be the
earliest to enter the fleet in 2011. It says the A340s would arrive in October
speaking during a media briefing at the Farnborough air show yesterday, to
confirm its commitments for more Boeing 737s and 747-8 Intercontinentals,
Arumeni-Johnson did not confirm a deal had yet been
done. “We are talking to anyone that can give us interim lift,” he said.
of Heathrow slots moves Arik a step closer to
launching flights between Lagos
and Heathrow. “In October-November we should start flying to London
and by January-February we should be going to America,”
carrier secured US approval
to operate flights in April this year and Arumeni-Johnson
says it plans to serve New York and Houston
in the USA.