PERCEPTOR 38: Questions On Arik’s ‘Fly the Sweaty Skies’ Policy

“By doubting we come to question, and by questioning, we perceive the truth.”
(Peter Abelard, 1079-1142)

6 Questions on Arik’s ‘Fly the Sweaty Skies’ Policy
Perceptor knows that there is a bit of jealousy about Arik and the way it burst on the Naija aviation scene with its brand new ‘tear rubber’ planes and then just growed and growed until no corner of the country, sub-region, continent or indeed the globe has been left untouched by the ‘Wings of Nigeria’.  Where did all that money come from, people wondered.  (And can I get some of it?)  So when the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria gave some lesser airlines marching orders to get out of the General Aviation Terminal leaving Arik practically in charge there, the mutterings too growed and growed, and Arik had to take out full page newspaper adverts to rebut complaints of favouritism.
Frankly Perceptor doesn’t think it was even reasonable for other airlines to insist that Arik should come and join them in the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 when there isn’t enough space even for them.  Even greedy Bi-Courtney should know that the visually (or just plain intellectually) challenged individuals who are still claiming that MMA2 is a ‘state of the art’ airport would soon sing a different tune if the Arik hordes were to descend on its mediocre facilities.

Perceptor doesn’t even care where the money Arik was set up with came from, but recently, Perceptor has begun to notice a disturbing trend on the Wings of Nigeria.  It goes like this: the passengers get into the plane, and the more it fills up, the more uncomfortably hot they become.  By the time the plane is full, everybody on board is sweating profusely in the all-enveloping heat.  An announcement is made that Arik apologises for the discomfort caused by the non-functioning air-conditioning but assuring passengers that once they are airborne, the temperature will drop to a more comfortable level.

On a recent Arik flight, Perceptor did not find this reassuring.  And Perceptor was apparently not the only one who was more disquieted than calmed, because as soon as the plane was airborne (i.e. once it was too late to get down), one of the passengers started praying loudly for the aircraft’s safe arrival.  Now Perceptor is as ready to trust in the Almighty as the next man, but honestly, at 30,000 feet, the image of a plane “saturated in the blood” of JC is not the picture that Perceptor wants to focus in the search for mental equilibrium and calm as the flight bounces around the air pockets over Naija.

You will not be surprised, dear reader, to learn that as the plane cooled off up there, questions began to form in Perceptor’s head.  Or that by the time the plane started descending and landing (phew!) and getting hotter and sweatier and more uncomfortable all over again the closer we all got to Mother Earth, those questions had crystallized …
 

1.    Was that the same plane that one Sandra Obiago travelled in from Lagos to Benin in December last year?
This lady, who was not ashamed to tell us in an article that she published under the heading “When Will We Be Hot Enough?”that her fellow passengers called her a ‘mad woman’ because when she found herself in another plane with faulty air-conditioning for her return journey to Lagos, she demanded to see the pilot before anybody could disembark, reported that even the pilots came out of the cockpit sweating, leaving her to worry about what would happen if they should faint from the heat!  What Perceptor wants to know is – was Obiago just unlucky to catch the same plane twice, or was it another plane?  More importantly, why, if there was one plane or two planes with ‘malfunctioning air-conditioning’ in the Arik fleet in December last year, why are there still planes with m.a-c. in March this year?  And if it isn’t the same plane, is it a serial problem with Arik planes so that when one stops having the problem another takes over?

2.    If it is the same plane, why is it still flying in that condition?
Can Perceptor be frank?  Perceptor doesn’t think it is the same plane.  Perceptor thinks that all Arik’s planes are exhibiting the same symptoms.  But if it IS the same plane, why don’t they FIX IT?

3.    Could it be that Arik has been given some kind of dispensation by Nigeria’s civil aviation authorities to sweat its passengers at ground level?
Perceptor knows that Arik is a bit of a favourite son, as the NCAA seems to be sitting idly by while it descends into Chanchangi-dom (you know, the plane starts moving while passengers are still standing up and looking for a seat and somewhere to put their hand luggage but without an interesting name) but this one of no air-con has passengers coming out of the planes mopping their faces and with their clothes soaked in sweat.  Since Perceptor refuses to believe that the NCAA workers are so un … er, unperceptive, that they didn’t notice, the only other explanation is that Arik must have been given permission to turn off the a-c.

4.    Because otherwise, why would Arik be allowed to be operating the ‘fly the sweaty skies’ policy for so long?
Even if the NCAA and FAAN are turning a blind eye, it still begs the question: Why? Perceptor means, it can’t possibly be because they’ve got friends in high places, can it?

5.    Is it because Arik is just trying to save money – on fuel for example – or is it that they can’t fix the problem?

6.    If saving money, why?  Where else might they be cutting corners?
Obviously Perceptor isn’t talking about the provision of stale cake and lukewarm fruit juice to its overheated passengers: that’s standard for Arik and of course the juice is going to be lukewarm when the plane is the next best thing to Hades … No, what Perceptor is wondering (and worrying about) is whether money is being saved and corners cut at the business part of the aviation business, you know, the stuff that gets you safely up, keeps you safely up, and brings you safely down …

 

Cash and Carry
Perceptor is ready to volunteer.  Perceptor understands that a certain Governor still has a lot of extra cash to distribute to build up the momentum for his inevitable victory at the forthcoming polls and what Perceptor is saying is that Perceptor is ready to accept it.
 

Perceptor is ready to accept this Governor’s money because Perceptor has decided that it is worth pretending to be brave if it means that Perceptor can get the money.  Why, you ask gentle reader, does it take bravery to accept this Governor’s money?  Simple!  When this Governor gives out money (from the goodness of his heart obviously.  Or to ensure his victory  at the forthcoming etc.), when he gives out money, bad things seem to happen to the people he gives it to.  Last year, it was the money he gave to some journalists that resulted in their being kidnapped.  Now his attempt to distribute ordinary N15 million led to the death of five students!

So because this dismal record must (surely?) be making people shun this Governor and his money, Perceptor is ready to volunteer to accept it.  Because definitely with that history, nobody will want to accept this Governor’s money.  Will they?

Olusegun Obasanjo: An Apology
In common with most other commentators, Perceptor may have given the impression that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was a devious proponent of the worst kind of do-or-die politics and hobnobbing with warlords and dubious characters of every kind in pursuit of his ambition to exercise continued sway over all political affairs in Naija, and may even have criticised him for not going into quiet retirement to count his, er … books.  (For his Presidential Library now!  Haba, reader, your mind is too suspicious.  Perceptor cannot imagine why!)

Perceptor now realises that ex-President Obasanjo is in fact a complete innocent abroad, and a God-fearing man to whom you need only mention the words ‘church’ and ‘thanksgiving’ for him to lose all critical faculties such as thinking, memory and facial recognition.  In apologising for any confusion that may have been caused by his apparent predilection for hob-nobbing with known criminals, Perceptor wishes to emphasize that … (Cont’d on p. 2011)

The PDP: An Apology
In common with most other commentators, Perceptor may have given the impression that the Peoples Democratic Party was a political party, an organisation formed for the purpose of securing the votes of Nigerians at elections, and as such, might be prone to the kind of bad behaviour and misconduct that political parties have been known to indulge in in the attempt to secure the said votes.

Perceptor now realises that the PDP is in fact an Assembly of Saints.  In the circumstances it was quite out of place, and even an insult to its saintliness, to expect it to subscribe to a mere ‘Code of Conduct’ about how it would behave in regard to the April 2011 elections as though the icons who make up that great Assembly would not know how to distinguish between government resources in running their political campaigns, or ...  Indeed, Perceptor and everybody else ought to have known that no undertaking could ever possibly have been necessary, since doing the right thing (winning) in the right way (by any and every means available) comes naturally to the exemplars and role-models of this greatest party in Africa and that all other political parties can only dream of achieving its saintliness, probity, kind-heartedness, friendliness (cont’d on p. 2011)

I was misquoted

*The IMF:  The International Monetary Fund was misquoted when it said that Nigeria’s currency, the Naira, should be devalued.  All that its representative in Naija, Scott Rogers, said was that the CBN should be ‘flexible’ about the exchange rate …

*Abba-Aji: The Presidential Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters was misquoted when he said that he would advise the President not to sign the Freedom of Information Bill if the Senate ‘makes the same mistake’ as the House of Representatives and passes the FOI Bill.  Readers may recall that last blog, Perceptor wondered whether Abba-Aji was confused about the different types of oath in which he (and possibly his principal) might have been involved.  But now it turns out that it was the reporters who were confused.

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dafar

thanks very goooooooood

That is Naija for You 4

The recent dossie on the once world acclaimed EKO PRIVATE HOSPITAL shows there is little or no hope for Nigeria under GEJ because it only means both that both the private and the public sectors can no longer cope with clueless politics of the politicians and the massively unchecked level of corruption by unchecked individuals.

That is Naija for You 3

Nigerian leaders when they want to justify their non-chalant attitude towards Nigerians and the regressive state of the economy and the transport system would tell you its because we have a striving emerging economy, when this should me the opening up of the market for more competition so that price of goods and services can drop for Nigerians while quality level increases.

That is Naija for You 2

The situation ni Naija is already in pathetic mode all over, be it in business, health, economic or education however, clueless GEJ is not making the situation better either. They monopolise the local aviation market for Arik, see what is happening! The same they did with cement hence a bag of cement in Naija is almost 2,000naira when the same in thr UK costs less than 600naira and you can even get it for half the price during sales periods.

That is Naija for You1

I remember when this same company first started and was praied by my friends and family in the UK and I told them I will forever be flying either KLM or BA until thr Nigerian Aviation Authority can guarantee quality services and safety measures on Nigerian -based of home carriers like Arik.

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Fuel Savings

The Air Con is obviously done to impact on fuel economy.
Like switching off the AC in your saves you fuel. Nigeria
Is a damaged, nobody strives for excellence anymore.

We ve come of Age!

Holiday continue on wednesday if subsidy is not reinstated by then; Call ur neighbours, block entrance to ur street , no one goes to work on tuesday till fuel is N65 again. We are d govt, we are d labor. be patriotic, send to 10 frends, post on BB, FB, Tweeter. If we fight we will win.

Sweaty Planes

If your APU is not working as it seems with Arik then get Air conditioning carts in all your Stations,Government AID in what form?? if Ekene Dili Chukwu,Young Shall Grow and ABC Transport got where they are without Government AID. the Airlines should find a way out or park the planes...The Only problem facing Nigerian Airlines Today is that there are too many seats being offered to very few Passengers,that is why most airlines fly out of Abuja with less than 50% Capacity utilization on Monday to Wednesday and the same out of Lagos on Thursday and Fridays Arik knew about this Problems before he went buying Aircrafts

Arikair

This is 9months you promised to pay me but failed......I am still looking

hey

good morning

i am always so disappointed

i am always so disappointed at arik and myself and other nigerians who will fly our local planes and not be given good services and we won't do other than complain within ourselves. Really I in particular would like to sue arik for their services and inability to keep to time plus the sweaty planes that they keep apologizing for and would still do on your next trip. Pls what can we do to this

AERO CONTRACTORS

This is a mail I sent to Aero & till date no replies or answers:
Your site does not accept dollar credit cards…. Else update me how I can achieve this.
I had my Lagos office purchase your vouchers (165,000.0 value)for the purchase of tickets for my family to travel to PHC…. The vouchers are not working.
At 1:20pm I called your phone from NJ 01-6284140, someone answered and asked me to hold,…. the phone was placed on a table for over 20mins with staff talking in the back ground and no one came to the phone …… this is an unacceptable behavior & very deplorable customer service. I hung up at 1:42pm & called back @ 1:44pm , 1:52pm ……. Same thing for the next 10mins till I hung up, and each time there are staff talking in the back ground, with one staff yelling to someone to come answer the phone. The man comes back to check if I was still holding the he yells to the person to come take the phone again.
Since your site is not accepting the vouchers how do we get a refund.

Disheartening

I have been on three Arik sweaty flights. Air travel is meant to be the safest and most comfortable way to commute, it is a pity that Arik only makes sure their "wings" are airworthy and not their temperature. Unfortunately, I travel between Benin and Abuja often and only Arik plies that route (I wonder why). I have promised myself that the next time I am on one of their sweaty planes, I'll get on the news as a result of the concequences of my actions. This madness has to stop.

when you give people problem you will get it back

over 3months now Arik air have made me loss so much money without paying me back .
Arik wake up for some Nigerians are not happy, pay all the people you have dealings with......

The Elephant called Arik

I am a passenger billed to travel from jfk to lagos on the 17th of june and on getting to the airport we were informed to return home because the plane had developed a mechanical fault. I tried to understand that, cos its bettter late than been sorry. The airport manager assured us that come rain, snow(in summer), ash cloud or whatever natural disaster, we will be flown out of new york today (18th). lo and behold, on getting to the airport just now, we are informed to return home and that the flight is been delayed for another 24 hrs without any other arrangement of how to get us to our destination within the shortest and safest period of time. we are been treated like they are paying us to fly their airline. Its been 15 yrs since i have been traveling to nigeria from the USA and this is the first ever i will travel with a direct flight and see what i am been offered . Well,today is the third day of the saga, and hopefully after 48 hrs will be airlifted.

If sweaty planes are no

If sweaty planes are no safety concern, then what do you consider such? Traveling in a pressurized cabin, one of the hazard is deep vein thrombosis and there you are speaking jargons like APU/GPU. Total disrespect and disregard for human lives.

my arik story

Our flight was delayed for 4 hours waiting in the airport. Wr were asked to board only to be told later on we had to wait on the tarmac for another one hour as the plane is being fueled right before our eyes and that wait took us another one hour under the scorching sun. Before u can talk about sweating in the plane talk about sweating in the conveyance bus to the plane. After being seated in the plane we had to wait another 2 hours waiting for another arik air plane to land from lagos so that the pilot and crew can be exchanged because apparently the crew of the plane we just boarded have exceeded their flying time. To add salt to injury after taking off we were told that during this flight they are apolohizing to the passengers as they will not be able to provide food and refreshments due to circumstances beyond their control. The sad part about all this is arik will be allowed to continue flyinh until thet crash and kill passengers one of these days

The sweaty planes r really

The sweaty planes r really not a safety problem. It is not comfortable yes but the APU has a problem meaning the ACs won't work when the engines r not turned on. A GPU can solve the prob anyway. Airlines need aid from d govt there are lots of challenges facing them

Re: sweaty wings of arik

I board an arik flight on the 13th Feb 2011, 7pm Abuja to Maiduguri which had non-functioning airconditioning on it. On the 6th May 2011 I also boarded arik to Lagos from Maiduguri via Abuja ( switch-over stop ) 8am flight, the airconditioning on both flights ( Maiduguri to Abuja and Abuja to Lagos ) was off! I wonder if it is an arik policy or maybe arik management has a grudge against me!?

@ Ucheamani

Please stop blaming Arik for everything. Your being debited
twice has nothing to do with Arik. Have you complained to your bank? They will resolve it faster for you. It is the banks responsibility.
Aiakve been a victim of sweaty planes befor but I was on flight 158 from Abuja on 06 .ay & it was like the artic after the heat from the tarmac. +f course Arik messed up by taking us to the tarmac when the planes had not arrived.

Arik's sweaty planes

I experienced the same thing flying Lagos to Benin on Friday 22nd April. Everyone was practically seeding until we took off. It became bearable once we were airborne. Indeed it's disappointing.

I bought an arik ticket for a

I bought an arik ticket for a friend in early april and later discovered that i was debited twice for same ticket. I called their customer care and after taking forever to answer, the ill-trained staff asked me to send an email which i did. It took about a week before i got what looks like an auto response from arik wherein they promised to look into the case (whilst holding on to my hard earned money) i think this people are not professionals and i'm beginning to believe the popular story that arik is a product of corruption.
With all this complaints, i wonder how far they can go.
Aero is my airline of choice anyday, anytime.

It s becoming one2many!

Really could it be the same flight? I used to think Arik was the best till I travelled with them on 18th Dec,2010 from Lagos to Calabar. The journey was so sweaty we had to improvise fans. Fortunately, I came back to Lagos with Aero but my friend who went with me on the same flight came back the next day with the same complaint.
I wonder if that is the only flight on that route and even if they should call it off for repairs instead of inconveniencing the passengers.

$20 Dollars per KG Stolen from you

I had to travel down to O.R.Tambo in SA to see the arikair manager she responded nice to me but how and why will your travelling bag be cut opened and ur cloths,shoes,personal effects be stolen up to 3.5kg and Arikair is saying i will be paid only $60 Dollars for my items which was explained to be $20 Dollars per KG of load.
I want Nigerians to all know what is going on interms of baggages when travelling with Arikair i have the papers to show from arikair Lagos and Arikair SouthAfrica.
The only time your load is save is when you wrap your bags at the airport before flying.
Upon further investigation i got to know and understand that the staffs are not paid well and the take the items stolen to the cleaners at the Tambo Airport who will now put them as watse in bags to a given or better location for shareing.
Arikair wake up for one day you will steal form the bag of a serving Governor,Minister or NASS member.
Nigerians put yourself in my shoes your bag is cut open and things taken from it an when you arrive your destination 30% of your Valueables are gone only to be informed by the airline that you will get $20 Dollars per KG stolen in 90days time.

Arikair the wings of stealing from passangers::::::::::::

The stealing in Arikair is too much

I had to travel down to O.R.Tambo in SA to see the arikair manager she responded nice to me but how and why will your travelling bag be cut opened and ur cloths,shoes,personal effects be stolen up to 3.5kg and Arikair is saying i will be paid only $60 Dollars for my items which was explained to be $20 Dollars per KG of load.
I want Nigerians to all know what is going on interms of baggages when travelling with Arikair i have the papers to show from arikair Lagos and Arikair SouthAfrica.
The only time your load is save is when you wrap your bags at the airport before flying.
Upon further investigation i got to know and understand that the staffs are not paid well and the take the items stolen to the cleaners at the Tambo Airport who will now put them as watse in bags to a given or better location for shareing.
Arikair wake up for one day you will steal form the bag of a serving Governor,Minister or NASS member.
Nigerians put yourself in my shoes your bag is cut open and things taken from it an when you arrive your destination 30% of your Valueables are gone only to be informed by the airline that you will get $20 Dollars per KG stolen in 90days time.

Arikair the wings of stealing from passangers::::::::::::

Arik Air Staff Salary.

In recent interview in one of the Nigerian

Dailies with Sir Johnson Arumemi
Claiming that he owed no staff any
Salary is a big lie. His kind of
Statement doesn't comesurate with his
Title, wonder how he got the 'Sir'
About 80% of his staff hasn't been
Paid Feb & Mar salaries. He claimed
That they are 'ghost workers'. Imagine
Ghost workers in a private org. This shows
That he is a ghost too or he has been spending
Ghost money for his family and PDP contapacts.
No wondered he loaded money in his
Ghost private Jet to Abuja  PDP primaries.
He has no fear of God in mind,less
He forgot that these staffs has dependants too.
Is this the type of leaders that full PDP,and we want
People to be happy with. Remember what is happening
In Libya and someother places.it started
One day. The Ghost are stil working for you o,
A day will come very very  when the
Ghost will strike you. Just imagine
When all those staffs pray for you or
Otherwise. Staffs aren't enjoying anything from
You except this salary yet you are calling
Ghost workers with all the suffering and smilling.
Infact, God will punish you and your generations.

Arik is not save

Flying from SA to Lagos with 36kg load rather than 39kg ,where is my 3kg load,my valuables (phone,shoes etc)where Cut open from my bags at the Tambo airport of Arik air,as I send this message no responds from Arik,so please if traveling with arik don't use a leather bag USE plastic BOX for your items will be save as your KG in loads will be stolen by the handelers.
BE WARNED!!!

I must tank you for hvin d

I must tank you for hvin d courage 2 bring
Arik's policy of flying d sweaty skies 2
Public knowledge.as a matter of fact,i xperienced
It on flight No W3 525 frm Abj 2 PHC on friday
11/3/2011.....