After suspending operations, Aero Contractors gets 5 new planes

Hope may have been Aero Contractors Airline’s way as it brought in five new planes to boost its operations after suspending all operations since July 20, 2022.

The first of the planes, a Q400, arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport around 4:26 p.m. Thursday.

The new aircraft, which was purchased by the Hon. Mohammed Abubakar, owner of Umza Farms, was part of the new partnership between his company, UmzaExpress and Aero Contractors, which would bring the airline back to operations.

Speaking at the airport on why to venture into the aviation business, Hon. Abubakar said: “We are diversifying into aviation despite the troubling situation because some people have to take the risk. So, we are taking the risk.

“It’s not about advantages but about what we can bring to the country. The issue of theft is no longer a secret, the difficulties are there and everyone knows what is going on. For you to go from point A to point B, sometimes it takes you all day to do it. Some people have to come to the sector to save the sector and at least bring something to the people. »

Regarding the choice of the Q400, he said, “It’s because of the prevailing weather and the fuel problem and the rest, I think it’s the best at the moment because of the efficiency energy.”

Also speaking, Aero Contractors Managing Director Captain Abdullahi Mahmud said: “As you know we have suspended our planned operations so this is part of our recovery strategies as most of our aircraft are undergoing maintenance and we want to make sure that when we come back as promised, we come back very strong.

Explaining the partnership agreement, he said, “It’s a strategic business alliance that we have with the owner of the aircraft through which they brought the aircraft and it’s like a sharing formula. If you look at the plane it’s not like a wet charter because it’s a Nigerian registered plane so it’s our crew who are going to operate it Our pilots, cabin crew are going to operate it. We have finished signing the agreement with them.

“We are preparing to resume operations as soon as possible. I don’t want to give an exact date when we resume but we will resume as soon as possible. So we work day by day because we don’t want to rush back. We took time, made a decision and you know that when you hit a reset button you want to make sure you clean up the mess and once you come back you’re right back rather than resuming in the same situation you were in before and you start to drag and people start to see delays and cancellations. So we want to make flights safer to make our partners happy.

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