Abuja - Arik Air, the largest airline in the region, has announced plans to commence a direct commercial flight from Abuja to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on July 28.
It would be the first time that a Nigerian airline is operating commercial flight to the country.
Arik said it would operate five weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nigeria and return on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Dubai.
"Current planning has the Lagos-Dubai route operated by an Airbus A330-200. Fitted to offer the very best in-flight comfort and style, the A330 is an environmentally-friendly product that provides the highest degree of operational flexibility and passenger comfort," the airline said in a statement.
The A330 will offer a two class configuration with 30 Premier Business Class seats and 187 Economy Class seats.
Arik said the Premier Business Class product has been carefully tailored to meet the discerning business traveller’s needs. It added that customers travelling in Premier Business Class, will be treated to an outstanding service, the finest cuisine and wines, turndown service with duvets, pyjamas, slippers, and luxury amenity kits.
The airline said passengers would have individual secluded booth areas that contain flat beds featuring an in-built massage system complete with a hand held 3.5” inch LCD screen unit controlling seat and lighting functions.
Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Arik Air’s Global Chief Executive Officer, was quoted as saying; “This is another exciting moment for us all at Arik Air, not only launching a new international destination, but becoming the first airline to link the capital Abuja to Dubai. The importance of Dubai as the Middle East’s commercial capital makes it imperative for Arik Air to connect the city with Lagos which is a Nigeria’s commercial capital.
“As the number one airline in West Africa we have an obligation to ensure we constantly strive to enhance the service we offer travelers who fly with us. Guests on the new route can, as usual, be assured of Arik Air’s highest safety and service standards.”
- CAJ News
For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.