Aero Contractors Company (Aero) (Lagos) suspended all operations on March 13 after its employees protested the company’s plan to outsource some of the jobs. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is now requiring the airline to go through a re-certification process before it can resume operations according to the Nigerian Tribune.
The airline operates scheduled passenger services with Boeing 737-400 and 737-500 aircraft and Bombardier DHC-8-300 series turboprop aircraft to various destinations across Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Aero Contractors of Nigeria was formed in 1959 as a wholly owned by Schreiner Airways B.V of the Netherlands. The company initially was constituted with a 40% Nigerian holding in 1973 and subsequently 60% in 1976.
In January 2004 Schreiner Airways was bought by Canadian Helicopter Corporation(CHC) who acquired a 40% holding of Aero Contractors while the 60% majority share remained within the Ibru family group. Currently, Aero is wholly owned by the Ibru family.
The airline is currently recruiting new employees.
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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Formerly operated by US Airways, Boeing 737-4B7 N436US (msn 24558) became 5N-BIZ with the Nigerian carrier.