The Chief Executive Officer, Aero Contractors, Capt. Abdullahi Mahmood has said the airline has successfully carried out maintenance checks on 17 aircrafts since it established its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in the aviation sector.
This is just as he said the airline is set to launch flight services to Bauchi and Maiduguri airports from Lagos and Abuja.
According to independent.ng, Capt. Abdullahi Mahmood, who disclosed this at a press parley on Monday, told journalists that the airline would deploy its Boeing 737-400 aircraft, which just returned from C-Check to the two routes.
He, however, said that the Bauchi route would come first, while the Maiduguri operations would commence later, stressing that plans were also on to expand its operations to Calabar and other routes in the coming months.
He said the Bauchi route would be operated four times a week; Friday, Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, beginning from June 2, 2021; while the Abuja to Maiduguri flight would commence very soon.
“It is a proud moment for us in Aero Contractors, Nigeria’s oldest commercial airline, as we announce the launching of flight services into Bauchi, ‘The Jewel in The Savannah’ and Maiduguri “The Home of Peace” using the Boeing 737- 400 just released from C-check. We are confident the flights will serve our customers well and give them more choices and flexibility in planning their business, family and leisure trips.
“Bauchi flight will depart Abuja at 09:10am, arriving Bauchi at 10:10am. The return leg will then depart Bauchi at 10:40am, and arrive Abuja at 11:40 on weekdays, while on Sunday the flight will depart Abuja for Bauchi at 09:50am, with the return flight from Bauchi at 11:20am. Passengers from Lagos can fly to Bauchi via Abuja using the 06:45 flight out of Lagos.”
He assured that the routes would add fresh breadth to the airline’s schedule and complement the quest to rebuild its network to other cities as part of the carrier’s strategy to expand.
He explained that its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) allowed it to handle total repair with certified maintenance facility where commercial and private aircraft maintenance could be completed.
Besides, since the MRO was inaugurated about four years ago, the facility had carried 17 C-checks on different aircraft and airlines.
Engr. James Ominyi, the Head, A.M.O, Aero Contractors said that the airline had carried out C-checks for Air Peace, Max Air, Dana Air and another airline from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), apart from aircraft in the fleet of Aero.