CHIEF Executive Officer, Aero Contractors Captain Ado Sanusi has said that the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has given Aero Contractor’s Maintenance Repair and Overhaul ( MRO) facility authority to carry out checks on Ghana- registered aircraft.
This is just as captain Sanusi said that the MRO facility is not interested in making mega profit for now, but is interested in developing the place and to ensure that airlines are very comfortable bringing their airplanes.
The Aero CEO made this known last week as the airline rebranded and reaffirmed commitment to better services.
Sanusi who spoke on the deal with the GCAA also said that it was looking at Congo to do checks as they have indicated interest in carrying out checks at their facility.
“We are happy to inform you that the Ghana Civil Aviation has given us the authority to do checks in the aircraft that are registered in their country and we have done a lot of major maintenance for their aircraft. We are also looking at Congolese government, who have shown interest in coming to give us the approval to do C-checks and other major checks in their country.”
On the financial viability of the MRO since it started operating and what it has done so far, the Aero boss said:
“The MRO is doing very well, I am very happy about it. They say charity begins at home. We have done three C-checks in-house, that means we have done C-checks on three aircraft for Aero Contractors.”
“We have done a couple of 18-months check for our customers, Nigerian airlines. We are about to do a C-check on another airline. We have a couple of Nigerian airlines that are lined up for C-checks. We are not interested in making mega profit now. What we are interested in is to develop the place and to ensure that we serve our customers. We want a situation where the Nigerian airlines are very comfortable bringing their airplanes here and we want to deliver their airplanes better than what they get outside the country.”
He also hinted that the Economic Community of West African States( ECOWAS) which is interested in establishing a regional maintenance facility has looked at Aero keenly with positive interest.
He said,”We also have been called several times to attend meetings with ECOWAS because we were informed that ECOWAS is interested in opening a regional maintenance facility and the West African countries are bidding to host that maintenance facility and Nigeria is part of the countries that are bidding for that and the committee have come to us and we have shown them our capability and based on that we have seen that they are very comfortable with us and I believe Nigeria has a very strong case to host that the regional maintenance facility that the airports are willing to develop.”