Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Arik Air takes delivery of fourth Boeing 737-800 aircraft

Arik Air has appointed Mr. Robert Brunner as its Executive VP, USA with immediate effect. Mr. Brunner has worked in the airline and associated industries for over 30 years, predominately with British Airways USA where he was the Director of Regional Sales from 2001 – 2006 and Director of Business Travel Marketing from 1995 - 2001.

In addition to spending over 20 years in New York, where he had regional responsibility for 18 States, five gateways and nine flights per day, Mr. Brunner relocated to London for three years where he helped to develop a new revenue accounting system for British Airways. He was a member of the Board of Directors Marketing Scholarship Fund and Treasurer and Board Member of the British American Business Council until taking up his position with Arik.

Mr. Brunner takes over responsibility for the commercial running of Arik Air in the United States, including sales, marketing, finance and human resources. He will also oversee the operational team handling initially three flights a week at New York’s JFK airport. The airline operates direct services from New York to Lagos on Monday, Wednesday and Friday departing JFK Terminal 4 at 22.00 arriving in Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport at 14.40. Inbound services from Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday departing at 23.20 arriving in JFK at 05.50.

Announcing the new appointment, Group CEO of Arik Air, Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide said: “Mr. Brunner is a highly experienced, senior airline industry professional. His impressive regional experience will allow him to bring valuable insight to this role, in what is a very important market for Arik Air. We are delighted to welcome him to the Arik family.
Source: African Aviation

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