The dream for Nigeria to conduct major aircraft maintenance locally and save a substantial part of the over $2 billion spent annually on overseas checks may have materialised with Aero Contractors’ approval to conduct D-check on Boeing B737 classic.
Two years ago Aero received certification for Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to conduct C-checks on Boeing B737 Classics, which is the major aircraft fleet for scheduled commercial operation in Nigeria.
But recently it received another approval from NCAA to conduct D-Check, which is the highest level of maintenance on any aircraft.
What this means is that many Nigerian airlines can now conduct the maintenance of their fleet in Nigeria and save the huge forex taken overseas to pay for major checks carried out in maintenance facilities overseas.
THISDAY spoke with the CEO of Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi who confirmed this.
He explained, “We got approval to do C-check two years ago from NCAA. We have successfully done C-check on our planes and third party (other airlines’ aircraft both local and foreign). NCAA has now given us one-time approval to conduct D-check on our airplane, a Boeing B737-500. This is the first on a Boeing B737 Classic.
“We are working with our maintenance partners, South Africa Airways Technic. We can refer to them in the event we need guidance in the structural repairs. We are also working with AJ Walters, which is providing us with parts; in case we need any special tooling.”