Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in Lagos (NCAA) has granted Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO)licence to 7 Star Global Hangar, to operate Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Nigeria.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of 7 Star Global, Engr. Isaac Balami, the MRO is operations-ready to handle Boeing 737 Fleets and that the facility will also stock a comprehensive spare parts inventory marketplace to be made available to airlines in Nigeria and across the West and Central African region.
Balami, who decried the high cost of maintaining aircraft by airline operators in the region, said relief has come to the aviation sector, urging operators to take advantage of the opportunity.
Recalled that the former President of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) before resigning at Aero to start MRO business was a senior manager at Aero Contractors.
Balami stated that he firmly believed that with the granting of AMO licence by NCAA to operate, millions of dollars would not only be saved for airlines but that the coming on stream of 7 Star Global facility would also greatly reduce capital flight.
Additionally, he stated that foreign airlines local currency accounts would encourage their engagement with 7 Star Global.
Working with Jordanian, American and European technical partners, Balami said maintenance would be carried out on Boeing Classic alongside new generation, Private jets Military/Para military Planes and other aircraft types, over time.
He pointed out that a prime contributor to the failure of many airlines over the years has been the capital and fleet erosion, all of which can be mitigated and eliminated with licensed local maintenance support.
The former NAAPE boss noted that the cost of maintaining aircraft has continued to rise at an alarming scale, adding that he and his team are determined to apply their expertise to establish such a facility in Nigeria to assist local and African operators.
Balami also explained additional significant costs savings, including navigational charges, crew salaries and expenses to local airlines in comparison with recent identical services performed in another country.
Maintenance services, Balami disclosed, would also be available in Abuja in a few weeks from now, adding that the new hangar in Abuja can take two Boeing 737 at the same time.
According to the CEO, some of the experts in the organisation have been working in the aviation industry for more than 30 years but at local and international levels, adding that 7 Star Global technical partners from Jordan, USA and Europe will bring more than 50 years combined experience into operations in aircraft heavy maintenance, ranging from C-D Checks to aircraft paintings amongst a broad cross-section of related services.
According to him, “Together we are determined to ensure aircraft serviceability across Africa. This MRO will create hundreds of Jobs in the next few months as well stimulate opportunities across the sector supply chain.”
An international aviation expert from the USA, and a Founding Director of 7 Star Global Hangar -and the former MD of American Airlines where he was in charge of more than 1000 Aircaft and the Biggest MRO in the World, Dr Abiodun Asekun, described the approval of the licence by NCAA as “a right step in the right direction”, adding that the MRO will play a major role in support of and close working partnership with the new Nigerian National carrier commencing operations.
Speaking further, Asekun said, “Because there is no parking space in the air, we have put together the best brains in the aircraft maintenance, managements, engineering, modifications, fabrications, training, design and manufacturing in the ground,”
The Accountable Manager, Engr. Ibrahim Nock, who also spoke on the matter stated that 7 Star came at the nick of time , adding that the national carrier fleet should be encouraged to take advantage of the MRO facility .
7 Star Global ,he assured would generate jobs for the vast number of talented but jobless engineers across the country and that it also an opportunity to stretch the best aviation engineers at home and across the diaspora; many of whom have made up their minds to return home to support the great efforts of the Aviation Minister, with the support of President Muhammadu Buhari