Domestic airline, Aero Contractors, plans to begin the maintenance of aircraft registered in some West African countries at its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
The airline has already been provided authorization for C-checks on Ghanaian registered aircraft by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.
The Chief Executive Officer, Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi, who revealed this on Thursday, also mentioned that the airline and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa, were at the completing phases of talks for maintenance of aircraft registered in that country.
He said the management of Aero planned to maintain aircraft for most West African countries by means of its MRO and had commenced discourses with the governments of Niger and Cameroon.
Sanusi said, “We have the approval to conduct C-checks on Ghanaian registered airplanes, as far as they have it registered with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and within our sphere, we will maintain them. They have given us the approval to do base maintenance of their airplanes.
“We are also in talks with the government of Congo-Kinshasa, they are coming to do an audit and I believe we will get their civil aviation approval to maintain the aircraft in their register. We are in talks with the Nigerien and Cameroonian governments and other West African governments to maintain their aircraft within our specification.”
He said the airline had performed three C-Checks in-house and also for other Nigerian airlines.
On the proposed acquisition of the airline by investors from the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Sanusi said discussion were still progressing and had reached about 90 per cent conclusion.
Recall that the federal government, through Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, took over the management and daily running of the two airlines and appointed new management for them few years ago. The airlines are still under receivership and managed by AMCON.