Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian private airline, Arik Air Limited, and Bombardier Aerospace of Canada are to hold a meeting, seeking to strengthen the existing business relationship between the two organizations.
Mr. Adebanji Ola, the Public Relations and Communications Manager at Arik, disclosed this in a statement released to aviation correspondents in Lagos on Friday.
He said that the meeting, to be held between 25 and 29 August in Montreal and in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, would be attended by three other partners of Bombardier.
The President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Mr. Mike Arcamore, would lead the Bombardier delegation while Arik Air Chairman, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, would head the Arik Air team to the meeting.
The meeting would also unveil the new Premier CSeries (Bombardier’s Next Generation aircraft) in Charlevoix, Quebec, the statement said.
According to Ola, "participants will also deliberate on how they could collaborate on the establishment of maintenance facilities, support services, training and exchange of personnel.
Similarly, the future aircraft order by Arik Air would also be on the agenda of the five-day meeting, the statement added..
The statement added that Arik Air has become one of Bombardier’s biggest customers in Africa.
Arik Air and Bombardier Aerospace have had a long standing business relationship, dating back to 2006 when the Arik Airline took delivery of three new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.
The Nigerian airline is the first in Africa to operate the Bombardier CRJ900 and the Q400 aircraft. It currently operates four CRJ900 and two Q400 aircraft.
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