Arik Air, West Africa’s largest carrier, has chosen to source all onboard wines from the Wildekrans Wine Estate, which sits just an hour away from Cape Town city centre.
According to Ola Banji, Arik Air spokesman, each of Arik’s long haul services – New York, London and Johannesburg – will have a ‘From Our Cellar’ wine menu card in Premier Business Class that will be offered with food menu.
The boutique vineyard is located in Cape Town and will supply the airline’s Premier Class and Economy Class wines. The Wildekrans Wine Estate is just an hour away from Cape Town city centre, so Arik Air is pleased to be supporting local wine producers.
The new wine selection, according to the airline, will be progressively introduced to all domestic and regional Business Class services (those departing after 10am) during the course of the next few months.
Split between the two travel classes, the Economy drinks choices will include Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot while Business Class passengers will have a selection of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Franc Merlot and the sparkling Method Cap Classique Chenin. Additionally, the airline will continue to carry Champagne in Premier Business Class on all long haul services.
Commenting on the development, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air, said: “We are constantly aiming to ensure our customers receive the very best services, which are always of the highest standards. With the introduction of our new premium local wines, we continue to develop our on-board experience which reflects our commitment to quality. We do hope that customers will enjoy the new selection.”
Arik Air is Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline and operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
It operates a fleet of 28 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft including two Airbus A330-200.
The airline currently serves 18 destinations across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Monrovia (Liberia),Cotonou (Benin Republic), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) and Douala (Cameroon), Luanda (Angola), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa), New York JFK (USA.
The airline operates a combined number of about 120 daily flights from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja, and has been Africa’s fastest growing airline for the last three years.