Arik Air commenced direct flight operations from Lagos to New York in November 2009 using its foreign registered A340-500 aircraft operated by Hi-fly of Portugal and it was the first direct flight between Nigeria and the United States to be operated by a Nigerian airline in the last decade.
With this feat, ARIK Air is the first Nigerian-registered commercial aircraft to make a trip to the United States, directly from Nigeria.
Speaking on the development, Arik Air Senior Vice President Operations/Deputy Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi, said the feat is a major achievement not only for Arik Air but for Nigerian aviation in general.
Arik Air has scored a number of firsts in its seven years of operation. The airline said it was the first airline in Nigeria to operate new aircraft in almost two decades as well as the first to operate the A340-500 and new CRJ1000 aircraft in Africa.