About Aero Contractors
Aero Contractors (www.flyaero.com), or just Aero for short, is certainly not a new player to the travel market in Africa. Described as “the reliable way to fly” in Nigeria, the airline covers both local and regional routes at affordable prices.
Founded in 1959, this 51 year old West African aviation company is headquartered in Lagos at Murtala Muhammed Airport and employs approximately 1,300 personnel. The history and background of this particular air service company reflects its experience in scheduled commercial flights, passenger services, air charter and third party aircraft operations, of helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts, mainly for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
Aero Contractors has a past riddled with ownership changes and management adjustments, since it officially opened its doors for business in 1960. In the 1960’s the airline was wholly owned by Schreiner Airways B.V. of the Netherlands, but that didn’t last long. After a variety of ownership changes, Aero Contractors was finally taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria in 2013 and has Hugh Fraser named as its CEO.
The Aero fleet consists of 16 fixed wing aircraft including the following:
- Boeing 737-400 (7)
- Boeing 737-500 (5)
- De Havilland Dash 8 Q200 (1)
- De Havilland Dash 8 Q300 (1)
- De Havilland Dash 8 Q400 (2)
Aero Contractors Baggage Allowances
Business class passengers can check in baggage up to 30kg while economy class passengers have an allowance of 20kg. Hand luggage allowances are fairly standard with the airline implementing a rule of only one 6kg piece of hand luggage per passenger, not exceeding dimensions of 45cm x 33cm x 20cm. Those worried that they will need to carry more luggage can check in additonal baggage at an excess fee per kg.
With affordable and convenient flight tickets and schedules, Aero Contractors offers travel solutions to up to 13 destinations in Nigeria including Abuja, Asaba, Benin City, Calabar, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Sokoto. The airline also currently serves the market in Ghana, flying to Accra.
At Aero Contractors, the check-in procedures are standard. Passengers are expected to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to the departure of their flight. Check-in procedures are closed 40 minutes prior to departure time. Passengers that want to check in online can log onto the Aero Contractors website using their booking or ID number as reference. This is the ideal option for travellers wanting to avoid queues on the day.
The Aero Contractors In-flight Experience
Aero Contractors clearly takes the comfort of their passengers seriously. From the convenient seat pitch to the ample leg room it would seem passengers who fly with Aero Contractors on a daily basis are suitably impressed. The airline offers a well-catered-to experience to its passengers with WIFI, broadcast film, broadcast languages, individual screens, earphones, in-flight magazine and on board shopping. In addition to this various fresh meals are served on board accompanied by different soft drinks, wines and appetizers.
Partnerships/Code Share Agreements
In 2004, CHC became involved with Aero Contractors and currently still has an agreement in place with the airline in terms of its rotary wing division. Other structures and partnerships include the company’s two divisions as follows:
- Aero Nigeria – provides scheduled passenger services in Nigeria and western Africa.
- Rotary Wing – provides helicopter services for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
Aero Contractors in the news during 2015
In recent news, Aero Contractors averted potential tragedy when one of their plane’s tyres burst during take-off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on 21st of July. 141 anxious passengers were soon reassured after the pilot decided to turn the plane around. Passengers were then offloaded and transferred to other flights. Simon Tumba, the official spokesperson of Aero Contractors made the following statement: “The pilot did the right thing by not trying to abort take-off. He controlled the aircraft into the air and following all trained procedures, he brought the plane back to safe landing. At no time during all of this were the passengers’ lives at any risk.”
2016 Private Charter Update
Aero Contractors has halted flight operations until further notice. The good news is that, thanks to leading global jet charter company Villiers Jets, you can still book an affordable charter flight within or from Nigeria online using the above private jet booking form.
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FlyAero: You can find the official Aero Contractors website and contact details here (NOT at www.flyaero.com.ng, www.aero.com or www.aeroairline.com).