…MRO performed over 20 C-checks since two years
…Sanusi says Aero plans to become an MRO giant in Africa in the next few yrs
Posted by Sade Williams
Aero, Nigeria’s oldest airline has entered into partnership with RAMCO, a software company based in Chennai, India, to provide improved digital solutions to Aero’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services.
Chief Executive Officer, Aero, Captain Ado Sanusi, told journalists at a press conference on Monday that by implication, the airline’s MRO services can now be accessed and tracked real time for enhanced efficiency, adding that it has cost it about N200 million since the automation process commenced.
He said this partnership with RAMCO to automate the airline’s MRO is the first of its kind in Africa, adding that Aero is proud of this development.
According to him, ‘Our services increased in scope with more third-party equipment being brought to Aero’s facility for maintenance, there was need for improved streamlining of our operations through digitilisation. The management of Aero contractors therefore, contracted RAMCO, an aviation software solution that covers everything monitoring services from the time we enter into contract with a client all the way to the time the job is concluded. It includes the contract itself, costing, billing, logistics, manpower allocation and optimum manpower utilization, thereby saving Aero MRO huge costs especially in Man-hours that are paid for but not utilised efficiently.
“It also provides efficiency in human resources management, purchasing, inventory, warranty, maintenance, financials Third party maintenance and Sales. Its integrated business intelligence tools allow you to measure, monitor and manage with the help of advanced analytics”, he said.
Sanusi added that Aero’s relationship with RAMCO is expected to be expanded to include the AOC RW operations in the near future, adding that Aero remained a pacesetter in electronic products and services.
“We are confident that our partnership with RAMCO will yield improved digitalized services to our clients wherever they are located”.
Also speaking. Mr. James Ominyi, head of Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) at Aero explained that the MRO has become so huge that the airline ca no long handle everything manually, it has to subscribe to RAMCO solutions.
He said the solution will help to track optimum utilisation of manpower, adding that the task will be captured effectively.
“We don’t have to pay people for what they didn’t do, We made it known to the management, we are fully live on the system and RAMCO has a wide range of automation, we have only started from the NMRO, we will go into Rotary, Human resources, flight operations and others, we have definitely begun to see the benefits of RAMCO operations.
‘We have trained 20 persons on this solution, the automation will not lead to cut down in manpower, rather it will ensure that the manpower is judiciously used.
The general manager, Africa, Europe and Middle East, RAMCO, Menaka Sinha disclosed that Ramco Group company has 70 years of experience and Ramco Systems has 20+ years of experience in IT Solutions, adding that apart from other benefits of the automation, it will also block leakages that may have existed.
She said the successful implementation of RAMCO Aviation Suite at Aero will automate manual work execution process and enable organisation-wide visibility.
She added that, ‘with modules for planning, work execution, stores, procurement, MRO sales and billing process, RANMCO’S integrated Aviation M&E MRO solution automates and optimises Aero contractor’s MRO services. The solution would help the organization optimizes employee utilization and improve utilization and improve efficiency in billing processes’.
Meanwhile, Sanusi, who reeled out the achievements from the MRO since it started operation in the last two years, said it has performed C checks up to 6C on Aero and other customers’ aircraft; performed landing gear replacements on numerous customers’ aircraft locally (Azman Air, Max Air) and internationally including Swift Air, Spain, Passion Air, Ghana, GOMAIR, DR Congo and PTY Indonesia; performed reactivation maintenance for many operators on aircraft that have been grounded for over five years and such aircraft flew to Canada and Indonesia without problem.
He said Aero MRO has performed uncountable number of engine replacements for numerous clients, adding that the MRO got Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval and became the technical partner of DAC International airlines of Accra in 2018.
Aero MRO also got the CAA approval of Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2019 and is currently performing One C- Check on GOMIAR aircraft and will soon send engineers to run Line maintenance in Kinshasa. Aero is also technical partner of GOMIAR, a cargo airline in Congo.
Sanusi disclosed further that Aero assembled AW139 helicopter in such a short time that the manufacturers recommended it to another Nigerian customer that brought a brand new AW139 which it is expected to assemble in the coming days.
“Aero MRO has installed state of the art lighting in its hangars in Lagos and Port- Harcourt and acquired ultra-modern technologically advanced weighing machines, Borescope equipment, shoring and other equipment as part of its preparations to seek the approval of other countries in the West and Central Africa Sub-region and also EASA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals in the coming year.
“Discussions and arrangement have reached advanced stage to make the MRO free zone. With these developments in just two years, local airlines no longer need to fly their aircraft out of Nigeria for heavy maintenance, thereby saving huge foreign currency that they would have expended on fuel, overflight charges and allowances”, he added.