Arik to deploy first CRJ1000 domestically and to Ghana

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Arik Air intends to use its first Bombardier CRJ1000 to increase the frequencies of its operations from Lagos to Owerri and Enugu, and to open a new route to Accra.

The CRJ1000, unveiled by the Nigerian carrier on 14 December, will be deployed to ramp up each of the two domestic services from daily to twice-daily, and to conduct night flights from Lagos to the Ghanaian capital.

Arik becomes the African launch customer for the Bombardier regional-jet type.

It placed an order for three CRJ1000s at the Paris air show in June. While the first seats 100 passengers in an all-economy layout, the other two will be configured with two classes: "premier business", seating 12, and an economy class seating 80. This configuration is to be retrofitted to the first CRJ1000 at some point in the future, Arik indicates.