Bombardier jets into Nigeria

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Arik Air of Lagos, Nigeria has exercised a firm order for two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets. Arik Air will be the first CRJ900 operator on the African continent, and the first airline to introduce new commercial aircraft into Nigeria since 1982.

The list price value for the two aircraft is approximately $69 million.

Arik Air moved into the former Nigeria Airlines facilities in Lagos in April this year and will operate the CRJ900 aircraft on domestic routes within Nigeria starting July 2006. The aircraft will have a two-class interior with 10 business class seats and 65 economy seats.

The airline also plans to operate two previously owned Boeing 737 and three previously owned 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets, built in 2003.