Arik Air has launched its frequent flyer programme allowininaembers to earn miles on all its flights. Membership of Arik Affinity Wings is free and automatically comes with 1,000 bonus miles and benefits incluHaro extra baggage allowance, lounge access and priority check-in.
- Miles can be redeemed to fly to any destination served by the Nigerian carrier, upgrade tickets and make payments for excess baggage.
- Entry membership level is Affinity Wings Pearl, then Bronze, Silver and Gold as Affinity points are built-up. Each level comes with increased benefits.
The customer loyalty programme launched by Arik Air will reward members with free flights, upgrades to Business Class and vouchers for excess baggage on all international services. Passengers can earn miles on each international sector and can be redeemed across the network, including to 18 destinations in Nigeria.
According to the Group CEO / President Arik Air Ltd & Arik Air International Ltd, Dr Michael Arumeni-Ikhide, “Arik Air has been the success story of Nigerian commercial aviation and we are delighted to be able to reward the loyalty of our customers by offering a frequent flyer programme.
“Affinity Wings is just one in a long line of upgrades to our customer offering and we plan on announcing a number of additional benefits to the programme over the coming months.
“As the number one airline in Nigeria we have an obligation to ensure we constantly strive to enhance the service we offer travellers who fly with us.
“As a consequence, this programme serves as an important vehicle via which we should seek to appreciate and reward our valued guests for their continued loyalty and affinity with Arik Air.”
The airline currently flies to nine international destinations in West Africa and beyond, including New York, Johannesburg and London from hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
How it works
Accruing miles vary according to sector and once a sector has been travelled, customers have the ability to redeem a domestic flight within 14 working days. For example, flying one-way in Business Class from New York to Lagos will earn 5,000 miles. To redeem a Business Class ticket as an Arik WingsPlus member on any domestic flight will be 5,000 miles; so by flying one long-haul route you will have enough miles for a free domestic flight.
Business Class customers on Lagos/ Abuja to London and Lagos to Johannesburg routes will earn 3,000 and 2,500 miles respectively whilst those Business Class customers flying Lagos/ Abuja to Accra (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Banjul (Gambia), Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Monrovia (Liberia) will earn 800 miles on a one way sector.
About Arik Air
The wholly-owned Nigerian airline was founded in 2002 as the vision of Sir Arumemi-Ikhide, a leading and well-respected Nigerian businessman, with efficiency and quality of service as the driving force.
Its flight to success
It all began with the acquisition of a hawker jet by Sir Arumemi-Ikhide in 2002 for his personal use, safety and convenience, as the national carrier was in liquidation. Before long, his business contacts in the oil and gas industry started using his aircraft to travel throughout Nigeria.
He then bought a second Hawker jet.
Sir Arumemi-Ikhide today owns a corporate jet business.
Arik Air was incorporated in 2004 with the goal of becoming an airline that ‘Nigeria and the rest of the world would be proud to fly’, according to Sir Arumemi-Ikhide.
In 2005 Sir Arumemi-Ikhide recruited a start-up team of experienced aviation professionals and sourced the best aircraft to launch an airline with the goal of setting new standards in Nigeria’s aviation industry.
In April, 2006, Arik Air took over the former Nigeria Airways Limited facility in Lagos and began major reconstruction work to transform it into a modern office complex.
October 10, 2006: Arik Air’s new headquarters and maintenance facility were inaugurated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, represented by the then Aviation Minister, Professor Babalola Aborishade.D
Dinitaries at the high profile event, attended by over 1,000 guests, included a representative of former Executive Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former Director General/CEO of the NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren; Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie; and representatives of Boeing, Bombardier and Lufthansa.
On October 30, 2006, Arik Air welcomed passengers on board its brand new Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft, the first new commercial aircraft to operate in Nigeria for over 20 years.
In 2007, domestic services were expanded from Lagos and from the airline’s second hub of Abuja.
January 2008 saw the airline commencing its first African regional service to Accra (Ghana).
May 2008: Arik Air won the International Quality Summit Award in New York (USA), (Gold Award) in recognition of Excellence & Business Prestige.
In August 2008, the airline introduced a state-of-the-art Operations Control Centre (OCC) at its head office in Lagos, making it the second airline in the world and first in Africa to have such equipment.
December 2008: Commercial operations began on the airline’s first international long haul route with a daily non-stop service between Lagos and London Heathrow (UK). The route is served by Arik’s flagship new A340-500 aircraft, operated by partner Hi Fly Transportes Aeros S.A. of Portugal.
April 2009: A major milestone was reached as Arik Air welcomed more than 2.5 million guests on board its domestic, regional and international services since launch.
June 2009: It launched operations to its second long haul destination – Johannesburg, South Africa – as well as flights to several destinations in the West African region; linking Lagos to Freetown (Sierra Leone), Dakar (Senegal), Banjul (Gambia) as well as Cotonou (Benin).
July 2009: Another milestone with its 3 millionth passenger recorded.
In November 2009, Arik Air launched its third long-haul destination – New York, operating non-stop flights three times a week, between New York JFK (USA) and Lagos. In addition, Arik launched non-stop services between the capital cities of London and Abuja from its new home at the renovated London Heathrow Terminal 4.
February 2010: Arik Air’s Chairman, Sir J.I.A. Arumemi-Ikhide was honoured at the 15th Annual ThisDay Award as one of the 50 most distinguished Nigerians, for his commitment to launch and build Arik Air. The airline also received the prestigious Nigerian Airline of the Year Award for the third successive year.
In August 2010, the airline obtained International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) certification from US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowing the carrier to operate Nigerian registered aircraft into the USA.
October 2010 was when Arik Air won the International Quality Summit Award in Paris (France), (Platinum Awards).
In December 2010, it carried its 6 millionth passenger – barely one year after recording the 3 millionth passenger.
March 2011: The airline obtained placement onto the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry. In the same month, it received Part 129 approval from the USA Department of Transport and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to commence operations to the United States in Nigerian registered aircraft, becoming the first Nigerian airline to receive the approval in over 15 years.
In October 2011, it was admitted into the International Air Transport Association (IATA) having successfully completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
December 2011: Commenced direct flights connecting Cotonou, Bamako (Mali) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) with Lagos. Arik also became the first Nigerian airline to fly non-stop between Lagos and Luanda (Angola).
August 2012: Launched second foray into Central Africa, connecting Lagos to Douala (Cameroon.)
September 2012: Carried 10 millionth passenger in under six years of operation.
October 2012: Arik Air won the Best Security & Safety Conscious Airline 2012 award for the second consecutive year.
December 2012: It launched its third Central African destination to Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).
January 2013: Launched new Book-on-Hold online payment option for Nigeria customers. Three months later, in April 2013, it received the “Company of the Year 2012” award at the Leadership Annual Conference in Abuja.
May 2013: Launched Online Check-in thereby meeting the needs of its teeming upwardly mobile and IT-savvy clientele.
July 2013: The airline expanded its wide-bodied, long-haul fleet with the introduction of A330-200 aircraft.
August 18 2013: Launched its Mobile Website
Sept 17 2013: Launched the rebranded and redesigned corporate website and Internet Booking Engine
On Oct 30 2013, Arik Air once again expanded its wide-bodied, long-haul fleet with the introduction of another A330-200 aircraft.
…………And the airline, regarded as West Africa’s leading airline, keeps cruising to greater heights.