Aero Contractors expands fleet, operations
Aviation scheduled business is yet again beginning to look up for Aero Contractors airlines with the delivery of more aircraft into its fleet and expansion of route.The oldest airline in the country will, beginning from this week, increase frequencies to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Asaba and Kano.
The management said with the increase in the number of aircraft, it has increased its flight schedule, so from September 17, it would increase its Abuja-Port Harcourt-Abuja, which is now daily flight.
The airline also operates three daily flights on the Lagos-Abuja-Lagos route and Lagos-Port Harcourt flights from three times weekly to daily flights.The airline has also increased its Lagos-Kano flights, which presently is five times a week, by adding another flight on Sundays, so from the above date it would be operating six times weekly to Kano from Lagos.
Also from September 15, 2018, Aero will increase its flights from Lagos to Asaba, which is presently six times weekly to daily flights.Managing Director of the airline, Capt. Ado Sanusi, explained that the increase in operation was made possible by the new fleet of two Boeing B737-500 series, Boeing B737-400 series and Bombardier Dash 8-300 series.
The airline has also added another aircraft – AW 139 Helicopter. So, it now has AW 139 and AS 365 that are fully operational. Sanusi said: “We have expanded our schedule because we have additional aircraft and we are also expecting more. When we deliver more aircraft, we would further increase our destinations. What we have done largely now is to increase our frequencies as we increased capacity.” He added that Aero Contractors had experienced resurgence within the last two years with the expansion of its maintenance facility, which enabled it to conduct C-check on Boeing B737 classics after it was certified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
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