On Thursday, Area Contractors Limited oversaw the completion of it’s C-check on a Boeing 737 aircraft from it’s recently approved Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, followed by a test flight.
Aero Airline noted that its maintenance check on a plane in its fleet was the first ever C-check to be carried out on a wide bodied aircraft since the extermination of the Nigeria Airways in 2004.
Airline operators have reported that C-checks mostly done outside the country have been a major problem because of the high cost of $1 million per aircraft.
They said that engineers started working on the aircraft less than a month ago and have completed the check successfully.
Captain Ado Sanusi, the managing director of Aero Contractors Limited, said that the engineers of the airline repaired the aircraft while a verification flight was carried out by it’s pilots, also stating that the management was very pleased with the results.
He stated that the successful completion of the verification process of the aircraft was a huge milestone not just for the airline but also for the entire aviation industry in the country.
Sanusi said that this achievement would end the prospect of Nigerian airlines flying their aircrafts abroad for maintenance. And that this outcome would be very beneficial to the entire country.
According to Sanusi, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in the last quarter of 2017 had approved the airline’s hangar to carry out C-checks on Boeing 737 aircraft, the commonly used commercial plane used for flight operations in the country.
He added that after the check, the aircraft was then put up for verification flight which made everyone happy about the result. This would be the first time this is happening in the country. The results we got in the country are more satisfying than what we got when we take our airplanes abroad for checks, he said. Our engineers are feeling fulfilled and we are equally satisfied, his words.