Arik Air starting direct flights to USA

Following the United States Category One certification to Nigeria, Arik Air yesterday said it will commence direct flights to USA. Describing the United States Federal Aviation Administration (US FAA) International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) certification, known as Category One, as a welcome development, the carrier disclosed that it will start operating a Nigerian registered aircraft on the Lagos to New York JFK route.
Certified to fly to America, Arik Air’s Airbus A340-500 aircraft had since November last year been flying the Lagos-New York JFK route under a foreign registration number, and is operated by Hi-Fly of Portugal. "It has been a long wait for the certification which will enable Arik Air, presently the only Nigerian carrier flying direct to US, to use Nigerian registered aircraft and fly Nigerian crew to the US," said Chris Ndulue, deputy executive vice president, for the airline at its headquarters in Lagos.

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