Great anticipation followed the announcement and high profile launch of Arik Air, which was branded as Sierra Leone’s National Airline. Of particular interest is the Freetown-London route which could well benefit from some competition. You would think they would start operation the next day but unfortunately they apparently came across some glitches which meant their launch date was pushed back. You’d think all of this would have been settled before the President got involved in such a high profile launching ceremony. The good news is that they finally started operating today, the bad news is folks looking forward to the Freetown-London route will have to wait that little bit longer. Nevertheless, they will add some flavour to the airline industry here and hopefully increase the professionalism within the regional airlines industry. Their flights starting today will do Freetown-Lagos/Dakar/Banjul. Good luck to them!