Aero Contractors of Nigeria was formed in 1959 as wholly owned by Schreiner Airways B.V of the Netherlands. It became a company with 40% Nigerian holding in 1973 and subsequently 60% in 1976.
In January 2004, Schreiner Airways was bought by Canadian Helicopter Corporation(CHC) who acquired 40% holding of Aero contractors while 60% majority share was held by the Ibru family group. Currently, the shareholding of the airline has changed but it remains a wholly owned indegenous airline.
Aero commenced operations as an air charter operator. From this humble beginning in the 1960s, Aero has gone on to provide both rotary and fixed wing services to all the major oil, gas and related support companies working in Nigeria and in the West Africa sub-region.THE PRESENT
Today, Aero has grown from service provider to the Oil & Gas sector into a leading regional domestic schedule carrier operator. Since 2000 when the airline commenced scheduled commercial operation, it has emerged to become the first choice of customers in the region. Aero currently operates passenger services with the Bombardier Dash8 Q300 aircraft (a modern 50-seat pressurized turboprop aircraft) and the Boeing 737-400 and 500 variants with 104 to 140 seats, as well as Airbus A320
The airline’s foundation is built on proven safe, reliable and on-time air transportation while delivering to customers the highest standard of professionalism and efficient customer services. Aero has always aimed to be a step ahead with a strong focus on innovation, convenience, reliability and affordability.
Through time, Aero has introduced some ground breaking products to cement its position as the innovative and e-airline company in sub-saharan Africa.THE FUTURE
Whilst the Rotary Wing Division looks to expand services as required by its clients, the Fixed Wing Scheduled Service Operation will be bringing more firsts to the travelling public. The airline is expanding domestically and will be expanding regionally and internationally over the next few years aiming to become the largest carrier in Africa.
In 2017, Aero received certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to perform C checks for Boeing 737-300, 737-400 and 737-500 aircraft at its facility at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport. This marked the beginning of it’s new division - Aero MRO (Maintenance Repair Organisation), which has been successfully handling the maintenance for a number of airlines within and outside the country since then.
Aero wishes to empower more people to fly more often by offering the most affordable fares whether for business, leisure or visiting family and friends to different destinations on time. With the dynamism of cutting edge technology, Aero promises to make air travel safe, easy, convenient, affordable, fun and simple!