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Arik Air-Sierra Leone ink JV agreement to launch Leone Airways

posted Mar 22, 2011, 5:50 AM by Rowan Hewitt


Linda Blachly

Nigeria-based Arik Air entered into a joint venture agreement Friday with the government of Sierra Leone to incorporate Leone Airways, which will be the country’s national carrier, the airline announced following a visit from Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma.

Arik Air MD Chris Ndulue said that Leone Airways will operate the Freetown-London route and that structures are being put in place to enable the airline to start operations soon.

Arik Air, which began operations in 2006, has a fleet of 26 regional, medium- and long-haul aircraft, including two Airbus A340-500s.