Arik Air aircraft returns from maintenance
Arik Air has announced the arrival of one of its aircraft fresh from maintenance overseas. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700 NG touched down in Lagos on the 15th May, 2019 and it has since been deployed to service.
The aircraft which went through heavy maintenance at the Approved Maintenance Organisation (MRO) came back with fresh C-check, new exterior and interior fittings. It is the first of the four aircraft expected to return from maintenance this month. Other three are due to arrive between now and end of May.
Speaking on the latest development, Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said: “We are a customer focused airline and the best interest of our passengers will always drive our decisions. Some of our suspended routes will be reopened soon as more of the aircraft on maintenance return to service.”
The airline thanked its customers for their understanding during the period of the schedule adjustments. Early this week, Arik Air had carried out adjustment on its scheduled operations to cope with the exigencies of its aircraft that are on mandatory maintenance.
The airline’s fleet has witnessed a reduction in number in the last two weeks due to the fact that some aircraft have been flown overseas to Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) in Europe.
The management stated that in order to maintain schedule integrity and ensure flights depart on time, it had to cut down on the number of flights operated daily.
The airline further stated that as a safety conscious airline, it takes aircraft maintenance very seriously. It however assures its customers that the aircraft will start returning from maintenance in the next few days while scheduled operations will be back to normal in a couple of weeks.