PARIS: Arik Air orders CRJ1000s and Q400s, studies CSeries

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Nigerian carrier Arik Air has ordered three Bombardier CRJ1000s and four Dash 8 Q400s and is "actively" studying an order for the Canadian manufacturer's CSeries jetliner.

"The CSeries could potentially be an additional aircraft to complement our 737 fleet," Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, group chief executive officer of Arik Air tells Flightglobal at a Paris air show signing event. "We hope to sign for the CSeries in the future."

The CSeries would provide a "very positive passenger experience" for the fast-growing west African carrier, he says. It also offers attractive performance with its 20% fuel burn saving over current generation types as well as its large cargo capacity "which is very important for the African market", says Arumemi-Ikhide.

Arik Air, which already operates four CRJ900s and two Q400s, will become the first operator of the CRJ1000 in Africa.

Delivery dates for the firm orders were not disclosed. The value of the order at list prices is $297 million.