Aero Contractors says it has received certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to handle C-checks on Boeing B737-300, B737-400 and B737-500 at the airline’s terminal effective from September 12, 2017.
According to a statement shared with TheCable, this is the first time a flag carrier would get such certification.
“It would be recalled that Aero had earlier received an AMO certification from the NCAA in 2011 which allowed the airline to carry out third party maintenance for other airlines,” the statement read in part.
According to the statement, there are over four airlines that operate the B737-300, 400 and 500 series in Nigeria, excluding neighbouring West African countries.
Commenting on the development, Ado Sanusi, chief executive officer of Aero Contractors, said the maintenance services will reduce the foreign exchange expended on aircraft servicing overseas.
“We are proud to receive the certification by NCAA to commence this service for airlines across the West African sub region,” he said.
“This is the first in Nigeria, and West African aviation industry and is a huge boost to our position as a maintenance facility. We are pleased to announce that our hanger has been expanded and all necessary facilities and manpower for the C-check maintenance have been put in place.
“This is a great relief for Nigerian airlines, as local maintenance of aircraft up to C-check level will bring huge savings in foreign exchange in aircraft overseas maintenance.
“This will reinforce the strength and quality of our brand. We will continue to offer the most reliable, safe and secure operations, which the airline is renowned for.”