Arik Air Aims To Join An Alliance
Arik Air’s new CEO Jason Holt said the airline aims at joining an airline alliance as soon as possible to be more competitive with other African airlines:
Managing Director of the airline, Mr. Jason Holt, who spoke at a briefing to herald Arik Air’s operations to New York from Lagos and London Heathrow from Abuja, said the airline had been able to match South African Airways through adequate funding and products.
Jason said Arik Air was desirous of undergoing the International Operational safety Audit (IOSA) as soon as possible to enable it get into one of the world’s airline alliances.
The main question is why Arik Air is now deploying a B738 on the Lagos-Johannesburg route against South African Airlines’ B744. Is the third A345 delayed of do they have problems funding the aircraft? Another possibility is that loads on the route were not sufficient to sustain an A345. But will Arik Air still be able offer a superior product?
With regard to the alliance, it’s most likely that Arik Air would join SkyTeam.