Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading airline has announced the arrival of one of its aircraft fresh from maintenance overseas. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700 NG touched down in Lagos Wednesday morning and it has since been deployed to service.

The aircraft which went through heavy maintenance at the Approved Maintenance Organisation (MRO) came back with fresh C-check, new exterior and interior fittings. It is the first of the four aircraft expected to return from maintenance this month. Other three are due to arrive between now and end of May.

Speaking on the latest development, Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said: “We are a customer focused airline and the best interest of our passengers will always drive our decisions. Some of our suspended routes will be reopened in the coming days as more of the aircraft on maintenance return to service.”

The airline thanked its customers for their understanding during the period of the schedule adjustments.