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Old 28th Dec 2016, 08:23
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I'm surprised that UK CAA is still allowing these crooks to operate into the UK.
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Old 30th Dec 2016, 22:14
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I used to live across the road from their HR Manager. You would not believe (or perhaps you would) the house he had. I used to see all sorts of delivery trucks arrive with fancy household items, dishwashers, OLED TVs etc. He was on generator 24/7. Big money.

By the way, I was in a run down humble flat........
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 19:56
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AH AH...NEO are you suggesting CORRUPTION?
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Old 31st Dec 2016, 19:59
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Blah blah fish paste!
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Old 8th Jan 2017, 13:34
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https://www.bellanaija.com/2017/01/arik-air-passengers-stranded-at-kaduna-airport-since-tuesday/

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/business/business-news/219740-arik-air-threatens-disruptive-customers-vows-measures.html

Arik owe millions of dollars to NCAA, NAMA, fuel suppliers, employees and to Lufthansa Technik (who used to do their maintenance), insurers, and do not even operate flights which have been sold. So what have they done with the ticket revenue money? Of course, this being in Nigeria, nobody in government makes any comment, most probably because they are in the pockets of Arik. This airline probably won't be grounded until there is a major accident.
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Old 9th Jan 2017, 23:08
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God forbid bad thing ! Me ah dey mis oh. However, coming back to the real world, why is it that some people seem to be above all the laws/regulations etc, and others get taken down and disgraced ? Money ? Nepotism ? Patronising ? What ?

All those years in Nigeria, married to a Nigerian and still I don't get it.
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Old 14th Jan 2017, 08:05
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January 2017 and we still waiting for August,September,October,November and December 2016 salaries.

Would you fly for Arik wings of Nigeria?

If your answer is "YES" or I WILL FLY FOR FOOD, come and join us, Arik is looking for pilots on all fleets.
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Old 4th Feb 2017, 08:49
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Former Airbus pilots who were fired May 2015. Formed group action against Arik in the UK. Most of the Capts were owed 60k+. After avoiding court action Arik agreed to pay the sum owed over a period of 14 months. Surprise surprise they failed to keep to the terms after only 5 months of payments. Still at least the Capts received over 20k and legal bills paid. However, after 4 months of non payment the group have had enough and led by a very astute UK skipper have set in motion a winding up order against Arik Air International. This is the link https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2706502. Arik owed the group over 600k and made an insulting offer of 150k to pay us off.

Arik is stealing money from its employees. These criminals should be put in jail. The loss of 60k to anyone is a serious amount and greatly impacts on the livelihoods of the families involved. Arik could not care less.

If you are considering applying for Arik, you will be stuck there and end up a slave.
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Old 4th Feb 2017, 18:41
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I applaud your efforts. It is disgraceful - even by the low standards of Nigeria - that the Nigerian government has allowed Arik to operate for so long given the money that they owe to thousands of ordinary Nigerian workers as well as expat employees, fuel suppliers, NCAA, NAMA.
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Old 4th Feb 2017, 23:23
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I'm guessing its a "face" issue. After Nigeria Airways, Virgin Nigeria et al another "major" going under would be too much for the Ogas to bear.
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Old 5th Feb 2017, 13:14
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Of the 26 Airbus pilots that were fired it was only those in the action group that got any money. Arik has not made any payments to the others fired in May 2015. Arik have no intention of paying anyone unless forced to do so. The hotels have got wise to their games and lock the crews out of their rooms until payments have been made. All the training establishments want money up front. I have heard through a good source at Arik that the pilots have gone 14 months without any simulator training. The NCAA just extend the licence.
Pilots are now 5 months without salary. It is time that they just downed tools or just sit in the aircraft and refuse to operate unless paid.
Arik Air International will be wound up unless the pilots receive full payments. They also have the option through legal contract to pursue Arik Air in Nigeria, which they will attempt, despite the difficulties of any legal action.
Non payment of salaries is a serious safety issue, so much so that EASA regulations stipulate that the pilots must be paid.
Arik Air have effectively stolen millions from its employees through non payment of all salaries.
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Old 5th Feb 2017, 19:11
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There was a post a few years back warning people to give Arik a wide berth yet many desperate wannabees still went there. I have absolutely no sympathy for them at all.
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Old 7th Feb 2017, 09:06
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Indeed, It's outrageous that everybody didn't see this post from a few years back. Every pilot in the world reads PPRuNe and checks posts going back years and of course absolutely everything on here is defacto, correct and not to be disputed. Stupid fools - all of them. Only themselves to blame.

Never met any desperate wannabees there mind you.
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Old 7th Feb 2017, 10:07
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You don't need to read PPRuNe to find this info out. Do a Google search "What's it like to work for Arik" and it will take you to the thread I mentioned.

Surely, you people do some research rather than bludgeon into an airline wearing blinkers?

My statement stands, absolutely no sympathy.
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 18:28
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To fly Arik Air often meant never getting off the ground.

Even by the standards of Nigerian airlines, Arik was a byword for utter dysfunction.

Passengers were so frustrated with delays and cancellations that the airline was forced to issue a plea for them not to attack staff.

Now the government has stepped in after the company wracked up enormous debts and left employees unpaid for months.

A new chief executive has been appointed to run the airline. The Nigerian aviation minister said he hoped the changes would revitalize the company’s ailing operations.

Arik is not the only airline struggling in Nigeria. Last year – Aero Contractors, the country’s second –biggest carrier, suspended operations for four months after experiencing economic difficulties.

In recent months - the country’s airlines were also hit by a series of fuel shortages that led to mass disruptions.
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Old 10th Feb 2017, 07:12
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AMCON takes over Arik Air, appoints Capt. Ilegbodu new MD - Vanguard News

At last the government has stepped in
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 18:36
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Its such a disgrace this is happening! if you havent been paid, leave! simple as that , they will never learn
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 18:45
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Go to another post I wrote. Naija pilots can't really go anywhere else. RwandAir has hired a few. They've had problems with a few as well. They think they're extremely clever...
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Old 15th Feb 2017, 08:57
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Go to another post I wrote. Naija pilots can't really go anywhere else. RwandAir has hired a few. They've had problems with a few as well. They think they're extremely clever...
Do not generalize. Nigerian pilots fly in airlines around the world. Had Nigerian colleagues flying in the UK, the US, Middle East and other parts of Africa.
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Old 15th Feb 2017, 14:27
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You're correct, a Nigerian passport and license are a ticket to easy, global travel and aviation success....dude really????
Originally Posted by FLYDHC8 View Post
Do not generalize. Nigerian pilots fly in airlines around the world. Had Nigerian colleagues flying in the UK, the US, Middle East and other parts of Africa.
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