MRO: Nigeria’s Aero Contractors, India’s RAMCO Inter Into Partnership

ERO Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) and Ramco systems, a global software provider based in Chennai, India have entered a technical partnership that would automated the former’s MRO processes and bring more efficiency into its operations. Aero was few years ago taken over by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) who has gradually stabilised the airline and repositioned it on the part of profitability.

Shortly after AMCON intervention into Aero as a result of huge debt owed the corporation by the then promoters of Aero, the Ahmed Kuru led Executive Management of AMCON appointed Captain Ado Sanusi to oversee the revolutionary stability of the then ailing. Today, the aviation industry experts are full of praises for AMCON, Ado Sanusi and his team because of the good work they have done turning the fortunes of the airline around.

The partnership, which includes a ₦200million investment by Aero in the last five years to join Ramco’s network ensures that the MRO service provider has improved digital solutions that will eliminate the misses brought about by the manual processes an transform Aero from a paper-based to a paperless MRO following emerging trends in the aviation industry.

Aero Contractors Chief Executive Officer, Captain Ado Sanusi, said the new software will also create effective manpower utilisation and digitise the maintenance processes. The Aero CEO added that every aspect of the airline’s MRO service can now be accessed and tracked real-time for enhanced efficiency stating that by the process, Aero as an MRO will not miss anything due to the automation of the process.

He said, “As our services increased in scope with more third-party equipment being brought to Aero’s MRO facility for maintenance, there was need for improved streamlining of our operations through digitalisation. The management of Aero therefore contracted Ramco, an aviation software solution provider to offer a software solution that covers everything monitoring services from the time we enter into a 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 utilisation, therefore saving Aero huge cost especially in man-hours that are paid for but not effectively utilized. It also provides efficiencies in human resource management, purchasing, inventory, warranty, maintenance, financials, third-party maintenance and sales and its integrated business intelligence tools allow you to measure, monitor and manage with the help of advanced analytics,” Sanusi concluded.

Mekana Sinha, the General Manager Africa, Europe and Middle East Ramco, who also spoke about the relationship said the benefits of the automation are numerous and with the training given to aero staff, they now stand the chance of being able to track every aspect of the job. She also explained that the system will seamlessly plug revenue leakages in the system.

According to her, “We are excited to add Nigeria’s leading and oldest MRO, Aero Contractors Company Nigeria limited to the list of our clientele. The successful implementation of Ramco Aviation Suite at Aero will automate manual work execution processes and enable organization-wide visibility. With modules for planning, work execution, stores, procurement, MRO sales and billing process, Ramco’s integrated Aviation M&E MRO Solution automated and optimises Aero Contractors’ MRO Services. The solution would help the organisation optimize employee utilization and prove efficiency and accuracy in billing processes.”

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