FI2008: Nigeria's Arik firms 737s and 747-8 commitments

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Fast-growing Nigerian carrier Arik Air has firmed its plans to take seven Boeing 737s and increased its commitment for 747-8s to four firm aircraft.

The agreement firms, and builds on, Arik Air’s commitment in May for seven 737s and three 747-8, which made it the second airline to order the passenger variant of the new 747.

Speaking at a press conference at the Farnborough air show today, Arik Air chairman Sir Joseph Arumemi-Johnson said Arik would take delivery of four 737-800s from July next year and three 737-900ERs beginning July 2010. It adds to the 10 737s it has already ordered.

Johnson also says the carrier has firmed its commitment for the 747-8 and will take four of these, together with an option on one more. These aircraft are due for delivery in 2012-13.

Arik also has orders for five Boeing 777-300ERs and seven 787-9s. Boeing says Arik’s 737 commitment had been attributed to an unidentified customer on its orders and deliveries website.