SAHCO PLC Commissions N600M Ground Handling Equipment
…Says Cargo Contract With BA Starts On August 11
The Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC has commissioned ground handling equipment worth about 600million to further boost service delivery to its clients.
This is just as the ground handling giant stated that the cargo contract between it and British Airways would commence on August 11.
The ground handling equipment that were commissioned were manufactured in Italy.
They include: 25 container dollies, 50 pallets, 50 baggage carts, 3 belt loaders, 3 passenger stirs and 6 forklifts.
Speaking shortly after commissioning the state- of the art equipment, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SAHCO PLC, Mr Basil Agboarumi said that the commissioning is coming at a time when COVID -19 pandemic is ravaging the entire aviation industry but also when no positive new seems to be coming from the sector .
He added that it is great pleasure because it was also coming when airlines are either cutting down their operations or cutting cost of operations.
Agboarumi stated that one thing SAHCO wants to stand and be known for is to provide quality ground handling services to its clients, adding that it is not just about getting equipment but to also have well training staff to deliver excellent services.
“Despite COVID-19,we have tried to continue to remain in business by massively deploy state-of-the–art equipment.
“SAHCO will continue to support the aviation industry and to be able to compete with any ground handling company world .These equipment are from one of the best manufacturer and it is a great support for ground handling business especially cargo, “ Agboarumi said.
On whether it has enough clients to use the equipment it has massively deployed, Agboarumi stated that the company prepared the equipment for both old and potential clients.
He added that more equipment are still coming, adding that for SAHCO to remain in business, it must continue to invest in equipment.
Also speaking, the Executive Director, Cargo Services & Operations. Mrs Boma Ukwunna, said, “It is a great pleasure and joy to witness a day like this because I am the receiver of the equipment. My commitment to see that the equipment are well utilised and we deliver quality services to our clients .That commitment I promised to uphold.”
On his part, the Executive Director Sales and Marketing, Mr. Adigun Olaniyi , “It has made our job easier. The good thing is that we cannot sell a product. With these equipment, quality service delivery is guaranteed. This differentiates us from other ground handlers and we will continue to be the leader in ground handling business. We want to be seen and to compete globally.”
The Assistant General Manager, Engineering & Maintenance, Mr. Toyin Oriowo , said that the equipment were manufactured in Italy and that it was chosen because of its ruggedness.
He said that the company has enough spare parts for the maintenance of the equipment.