By Sade Williams
The new management of Arik Air says it has ordered for more aircraft spares which it said have started arriving the country.
The airline added that in the coming days more aircraft will become serviceable and will join the fleet.
Arik management, which also spoke on maintenance, said: we wish to inform the public that the Maintenance/Engineering department of the airline is still alive to its responsibility of ensuring reliability, monitoring, original equipment manufacturers service letters and American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) notifications, and ensuring that Arik Air’s fleet is maintained according to standards complimenting Airworthiness at all times.
The airline said despite desperate motives of some elements in the society to ridicule the efforts of the government to rehabilitate it, the management of the airline has reiterated the fact that it would continue to pay priority attention to safety, which Arik is known for.
“Irrespective of the enemies of the government and their resolve to transform the career, the management of Arik (under Receivership) is not distracted. Arik will continue to maintain the highest operational and safety standards, which the airline has been known for since its inception in 2006,”the statement stated, adding that the takeover of the airline by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the appointment of a Receiver/ Manager has not in any way eroded the confidence of the flying public and all other business partners of the largest carrier in Nigeria.
The statement further stated that the new management team led by Captain Roy Ilegbodu, a veteran aviation expert with over 30 years’ experience, is safety conscious, adding that he has worked at the highest level as a regulator when he served the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and had successfully managed at least two major airlines in the country, which is why he is well regarded and respected in the airline industry.
” When the new Arik management team took over the affairs of Arik in February, they met a depleted fleet and 18 unserviceable aircraft, without a single spare part in the store, which is highly unethical and dangerous in aviation business. It was, therefore, only a matter of time for the few serviceable aircraft to be grounded”.