Aero completes C-Check, test flight on Boeing 737 aircraft

Posted: January 11, 2018 in general

AeroIndigenous carrier, Aero Contractors has become the first airline to successfully conduct a C-Check of an aircraft in West Africa following completion of the test on its own aircraft at the airline’s hangar in Lagos.

The airline, Thursday, also finalized a test flight on the 737aircraft which was completed by Captain Gabriel Ayeni with co-pilot Wale Awojebe and C-Check Manager, Engineer Claude and the crew.

”This is the first C-Check ever done in the region on the Boeing 737 Classics, this is very good news and is good for the aviation industry in Nigeria. It shows we have the capacity to conduct the C-Check. We are not going to rest on our oars, we are going to improve on this so we can carry out C-Checks on the Next Generations (NG). We will go further to create capacity to carry out checks on Airbus, this is a stepping stone for the organisation,” said Managing Director of Aero, Captain Ado Sanusi.

It would be recalled that in December, Captain Sanusi had stated that the airline would complete the C-Check on its aircraft and deploy same aircraft for operations.Aero Contractors was granted approval by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to carry out C-Checks on Boeing 737series along with its maintenance of the Bombardier Turboprop airliner series.

The airline received certification to handle C-checks on Boeing classic series B737-300, B737-400 and B737-500 at the airline’s terminal effective from September 12, 2017 thereby domesticating maintenance that is the major bane to almost all domestic airlines in the country.

This is a major feat for Aero, and the first by a flag carrier in Nigeria. It would be recalled that Aero had earlier received an AMO certification from the NCAA in 2011 which allowed the airline to carry out third-party maintenance for other airlines.

The B737-300, 400 and 500 series are popular among domestic carriers in Nigeria, excluding Dana which operates the MD series.

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