Arik Air management has said that its fleet maintainance is carried out according to international standards.
The airline is responding to rumours making the round that its aircraft are not well maintained and have no spares for replacement.
The airline, according to Ola Banji, its spokesman, said the rumour is the handiwork of a staff sacked over fraud in the company.
According to him, ‘Arik Air as been leading the resurgence of Nigerian civil aviation by committing to being a quality airline adhering and operating to international safety and operational standards using modern aircraft and having high maintenance and safety standards.
“This is evident in the airline achieving the stringent IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) four consecutive times with the last two audits cleared successfully without any findings. This achievement has also earned Arik Air, EIOSA (Enhanced IATA Operational Safety Audit) making it the only airline in West and Central Africa region to have such certification.
The airline said it operates the youngest fleet in West Africa with an average hull age of 7.8 years and has an existing contract with world renowned maintenance providers such as Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cityline under full “turnkey” maintenance service contracts and other leading maintenance service providers such as SAMCO Engineering, South African Airways (SAA) Technical and Ethiopia Engineering.
Arik Air also maintains a well-stocked spares parts store with market value of over $250 Million.
“The Maintenance/Engineering department of Arik Air has been audited severally by external auditors from the oil and gas sector who have attested to the airline’s provision of a safe and reliable aircraft operation, first class planning, efficient spares holding, whilst increasing aircraft utilization with no compromise on safety. This department is responsible for reliability monitoring, original equipment manufacturers service letters and American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) notifications, ensuring Arik Air’s fleet is maintained according to standards complimenting Airworthiness at all times.
Arik Air has in its 10 years of operation safely transported about 20 million passengers across its network of 19 domestic, 10 regional and three international destinations.
“We appeal to our guests to ignore any message alleging that the airline’s aircraft are not well maintained. This is the handiwork of mischief makers and one of our staff whose appointment was terminated on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 for misconduct and fraud”, he said.