From L-R: Ambassadors of Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Wendell Wendell Lago, Arik Air’s Chief Pilot, Captain Chris Najomo and Ambassador Esmond Reid of Jamaica
Arik Air, one of Nigeria’s domestic carriers has won the Airline of the decade award at the just concluded Abuja Jabamah, the Wonders of Nigeria Tourism Expo held in the nation’s capital.
The airline which has operated in the industry for over a decade added another feather to its cap by emerging the Airline of the Decade 2010-2020 at the Travellers Award 2020 organised by publishers of African Travel Quarterly (ATQ)/Travellers magazine.
The awards ceremony held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja attracted two Ambassadors, from Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, Commissioners of Tourism and Culture from four states, namely Lagos, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Cross River State as well as top travel agents and tour operators.
The publisher of ATQ magazine and Tourism ambassador, Mr Ikechi Uko said Arik Air was the obvious choice for the Airline of the Decade 2010-2020 because “it still holds the flag of its time in the sun”. According to him, “Arik Air is still a global brand from Nigeria, kudos goes to the founders and the workers who helped build the brand”.
Arik Air has also so far proved resilient as well as demystified the myth that no Nigerian carrier with 10 aircraft last beyond 10 years.
Responding while receiving the award from the Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Wendell De Landro, Arik Air’s Chief Pilot, Captain Chris Najomo thanked the organisers of the award for finding the airline worthy of the honour.
He added that Arik Air has always hinged its operations over the decade on safety and will continue to do so.
Arik Air which was founded in 2006 is now under receivership following the takeover of its management by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in February 2017.