..Dedicates Feat To Airline, Aviation Industry
Aero Contractors Airlines approved Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos has carried out C-check on one of its wide body aircraft; Boeing 737.
The achievement is coming 14 years after the liquidation of the former national carrier, Nigeria Airways Limited and few months after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) its facility to carry our C-check on Boeing 737 aircraft, which are mostly used for commercial flight operations by most of the country’s carrier
Recalled that NCAA approved Aero’s maintenance hangar in the last quarter of 2017.
The feat was achieved yesterday afternoon at Aero Contractors MRO facility at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos when it successfully carried out maintenance check on one of the aircraft in its fleet, Boeing 737 classics with the registration number 5N-BLG.
Since the controversial liquidation of NAL in 2004 by the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo led administration, Nigeria carriers have been doing their checks such as C and D abroad.
It costs the airlines at least $1 million (about N365m) to carry out a comprehensive check on their aircraft.
But, with the successful verification of C-check on a Boeing 737 classic by the airline, such checks would now be carried out in the country while capital flight would also reduce.
A source close to the airline informed that the engineers, who carried out the check commenced work on the aircraft less than a month ago and that immediately after the comprehensive check on the aircraft, the airline’s pilot and a co-pilot flew the aircraft for verification, which was successful.
The Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi, who was very happy with feat, confirmed the development.
Sanusi said that Aero’s engineers worked on the aircraft and that while its pilots successfully carried out verification flight on the airplane.
He explained that the entire management was satisfied with the outcome of the check, stressing that the result of the check was more satisfactory than the checks carried out on their airplanes outside the country.
He said the successful verification of the aircraft was a major milestone not just for the airline, but for the entire aviation industry in Nigeria.
He further explained that with such achievement, the era of flying out aircraft for maintenance by Nigerian airlines was over, stressing that the country would benefit a lot from the outcome.
As at the last count, no fewer than 24 Boeing 737 aircraft are owned by Nigerian airline operators.
According to him Sanusi, “It’s true that we successfully carried out C-check on one of our aircraft today. After the check, we put the aircraft for verification flight and everyone was very happy about the result. This is the first time this would be happening in the country. Also, I want to tell you that we are more satisfied with the result than what we get outside the country when we take out our airplanes for checks. Our engineers are happy and we are equally satisfied.”
“This feat is not just for Aero Contractor, but for the entire industry. We are happy to announce this to the world, “ he added.