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Nigeria and W’African airlines to save $1bn yearly on aircraft maintenance

Stakeholders in the aviation industry reasoned that Nigerian and West African airlines could save billions of dollars annually on aircraft maintenance with the establishment of Aero Contractors’ Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
The stakeholders made this known at the roll-out of the first successfully conducted Boeing 737-500 C-check at the facility, recently.

A former President of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, Isaac Balami, said airlines in the West African sub-region were spending at least $1bn yearly on the maintenance of aircraft in Europe and America.

He said Aero’s MRO facility would help to curb capital flight in that area of operation of the airlines.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, noted that airlines were spending at least $1.8m on each C-check on their B737 classic, the most commonly used aircraft for domestic flight operations in the country.

 “Just yesterday, Aero Contractors was on the verge of being written off as another failed airline in Nigeria; but today, the story is different,” with the takeover by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, he said.

The Managing Director, AMCON, Ahmed Kuru, stated that aviation remained a critical sector for the country’s economic prosperity.

While appealing to the Nigeria Customs Service to ensure easy passage and clearance of tools for the maintenance process, he stated that Aero had applied to be granted a free trade zone status by the Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority to help the turnaround time for the MRO facility.

It will be recalled that the most successful MRO in Africa today is Ethiopian MRO situated at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Ethiopian MRO is utilizing “Maintenix”, a state of the art MRO management IT system also Selected by Boeing for Gold-care program.

At present Ethiopian  MRO has work force of over 1800 fully qualified technical staff and a facility certified by competent regulatory bodies like ETCAA, FAA and EASA. 

Ethiopian MRO has the capability to perform full airframe checks, including Heavy Maintenance on Boeing and Bombardier model of airplanes at its base station.

The base airframe maintenance comprises various dedicated shops. These include Structures shop, Interior Shops, Non-Destructive–Testing (NDT) shop, Machine Shop etc.