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Arik Air revamps mobile platform

27 December 2013, 18:20

Abuja - Arik Air has introduced a mobile and tablet booking application in a drive to further enhance its service to clients.

This is part of ongoing efforts by West and Central Africa’s largest commercial carrier to revamp of its technology offerings.

The announcement follows Arik Air’s decision to partner with mobile commerce firm SlimTrader in August, to provide the airline’s recently launched mobile booking service.

Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Arik Air’s Global Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The popularity of mobile commerce has increased massively in Africa and we are delighted to be the first Sub-Saharan African airline to offer customers a dedicated booking app to enhance our service.”

“Mobile penetration far exceeds the reach of the internet in Nigeria and West Africa and additions like this help position Arik as a 21st Century operator, using cutting edge technology to improve ease of service and customer interaction.”

Femi Akinde, CEO of SlimTrader, said, “As an e-commerce platform that seeks to help  enterprises distribute their goods and services across multiple digital channels, we are extremely happy to be a part of Arik Air’s history-making service offerings on mobile devices.”

Free to download on Blackberry, iOS, or Android devices, the app marks the latest of a raft of planned enhancements in the coming months.

Once downloaded, the Arik app presents consumers with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. Customers enter their preferred dates and number of passengers, then selects the flight or flights from their desired schedule.

Payment is similarly simple and because the app is unique to Arik, there are no fees leveled by third-party booking services, leaving customers with the best possible rate.

The app also includes a “Remember Me” feature, allowing customers to easily pick a card from a list of their registered cards without needing to enter full details of their bank card each time they make a purchase.

Arik is the first organisation in Nigeria or West Africa to seamlessly integrate this feature into its offering.

– CAJ News


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