The Chief Operating Officer of Dana Air, Obi Mbanuzo has said that the airline plans to invest in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) as part of efforts to reduce cost of ferrying aircraft abroad for maintenance.
He said his airline was waiting for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to provide land permit that would enable Dana establish the facility.
“Anytime you take an aircraft outside for heavy check, it is a big burden on the airlines. If we get land anywhere in the country today to build our hangar, we will commence work immediately. We are already doing A-Checks on aircraft ourselves but these ones last for a day or two. However, a C-check lasts for a month or so. If you don’t have a hangar, you can’t do that. Initially, we intended to just do our own work, not that we will want to make money from it for a start” he said.
Over the years, most airline operators in Nigeria have contended with the cost burden associated with ferrying aircraft to Europe and East Africa for C-check and other aspects of maintenance. Aircraft maintenance challenge has upped the cost burden for Nigerian airlines, leaving them with a bill of about $US90 million (N3.2 billion) on aircraft maintenance annually.
Players have opined that if the situation is properly managed, engine MRO can be optimized, taking the expenditure into the realm of necessary spend, as opposed to being a continual burden on the airline’s bottomline.