Monday, February 11, 2013

■ NIGERIA: Kabo Air, Hak Air, Max Air, Service Air sign MRO deal with Indonesia's GMF AeroAsia.

Nigerian aviation blog Aviation in Nigeria reports that four Nigerian carriers Kabo Air (N9), MaxAir (NR), Hak Air and an unknown carrier Service Air have signed a USD60million maintenance contract with Indonesian MRO outfit GMF AeroAsia, a subsidiary of Indonesian carrier Garuda (GA).

GMF AeroAsia, Jakarta
GMF AeroAsia, Jakarta (IAdiwar)
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the deal was signed by GMF president Richard Budihadianto and the four airline's bosses in Abuja, Nigeria. The signing was witnessed by Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan, Garuda Indonesia president director Emirsyah Satar, Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman M. Chatib Basri and other senior Indonesian officials.
"We are going to maintain and repair their Boeing B747 and B737 series starting this year,” Richard said in a statement made available on Tuesday.

This deal also increases our reputation as a global player in the MRO [maintenance, repair and overhaul] business because we are now able to expand our service to the African market,” Richard said according to the statement.
Source [TheJakartaPost]

Fleet-wise, Hak Air owns four Boeing 737-400s acquired from Garuda Citylink in 2011, Kabo Air and Max Air both operate a mixture of Boeing 747s whose average age is about 20 years.