Arik Air Takes Delivery Of First A330-200
Arik Air will take delivery of an Airbus A330-200 (c/n 1002), powered by PW 4168A engines, from Amentum Capital, an Irish lessor. The aircraft is owned by HSH Nordbank and was destined for Air Comet (F-WJKL).
The A332 is already painted in full Arik Air colours at Châteauroux Airport. The airline will deploy the aircraft on the Lagos-Johannesburg route, currently served with a B737-800. The A332 is also better suited for this route than the A345. Operating the aircraft itself may also be cheaper for Arik Air than the current complex dry-lease and wet-lease back construction with HiFly for the A345s. Therefore, it is unlikely that Arik Air will still acquire a third A345. The earlier announced deal with Kingfisher for the wet-lease of two A332s seems to be off too. A disadvantage for Arik is that its long-haul fleet no longer has the same onboard product.