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Arik Air Becomes First to Use Bombardier’s CRJ1000 NextGen

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced on Tuesday that Arik Air of Lagos, Nigeria has placed the first dual-class CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft configured with three-abreast business- class seating into service in West Africa.
The statement disclosed that Arik Air will use the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft to increase network service on its most popular business routes in West Africa.
The aircraft boasts of business-class seating in dual-classconfiguration:
“Configured to offer the very best in-flight comfort and style for our passengers with 10 premier, three-abreast, business-class seats and 81 economy- class seats, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft also provides a high degree of operational flexibility to enhance our service, with a reduced environmental footprint to promote greener, more sustainable aviation,” said Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group Chief Executive Officer, Arik Air.
According to Arik’s CEO, the aircraft will be deployed to increase frequencies between more popular business routes from daily, to twice-daily flights, “we are also using the aircraft to launch a third daily flight on our popular Lagos to Accra service.”
“Designed to meet the needs of airlines in high-frequency regional markets, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft has established a reputation for excellent passenger comfort, while delivering outstanding fuel economy and up to 10 per cent cash operating cost advantage,’’ said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“We are delighted to congratulate Arik Air on launching service with the first dual-class CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft with a three-abreast, business-class configuration. This cabin configuration showcases the true flexibility of the CRJ1000 Next- Gen regional jet and is the key to achieving the highest passenger comfort and increased revenues.”

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