carrier Arik Air has signed
a letter of intent covering three Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals which, if firmed, would make it
only the second commercial airline to order the passenger variant.
Arik’s executives are in Seattle,
taking delivery of two additional 737-700s. Last month the Lagos-based carrier
said it was planning to discuss “issues of mutual interest” during the visit.
Boeing spokesman says: “Arik
Air chairman [Sir Joseph Arumemi-Johnson]
and [Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO] Scott Carson signed a letter of intent
for seven 737s and three 747-8Is today at a luncheon ceremony for the delivery
of two new 737-700s to the airline.
this announcement, Arik Air
has made public its plans to operate 17 [new] 737s, five 777s, seven 787s and
adds that the 737s will be either -800s or -900s, although this is yet to be
passenger version of the 747-8 has to date attracted only one announced
commercial airline order, from Lufthansa which is buying 20 aircraft. Boeing
has also sold seven 747-8s in a VIP layout.
month Boeing partly blamed Airbus A380 production delays for the sluggish sales
performance, claiming they have caused airlines to postpone their 747 fleet
is forecasting around 85 aircraft sales for the 747-8I, 27 of which are already
accounted for in sales to Lufthansa and Boeing Business Jet customers.