Aero successfully test runs first locally maintained aircraft

A Nigerian carrier completed a comprehensive check on an aircraft, making it the first to achieve such a feat.

The feat was achieved by aero contractors, Nigeria’s oldest indigenous carrier, through its maintenance organization which was approved by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in September, 2017.

aero successfully carried out maintenance check on one of the aircrafts in its fleet, Boeing 737 classics with the registration number 5n-blg at its facility located at the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA) In Ikeja, Lagos

The airline also completed a test flight on the aircraft which was piloted by Captain Gabriel Ayeni with co-pilot Wale Awojebe and c-check manager, Engineer Claude and the crew.

Aero maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility came on stream exactly 14 years after the liquidation of the former national carrier, Nigeria Airways, which used to carry out maintenance checks on wide-bodied aircraft.

The airline managing director, Captain Ado Sanusi said that the company’s engineers worked on the aircraft while its pilots successfully carried out verification flight on the plane.

He explained that the result of the check was more satisfactory than the checks carried out on their airplanes outside the country.

The AMO is expected to save Nigerian carriers huge amount of money in foreign exchange as no fewer than 24 Boeing 737 aircraft are owned by Nigerian airline operators.

Sanusi said, “This is the first time this would be happening in the country. Also, I want to tell you that we are more satisfied with the result than what we get outside the country when we take out our airplanes for checks. Our engineers are happy and we are equally satisfied.”

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