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SAHCO Unveils First Cool Dollies, Air Equipments In Nigeria

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Left-Right: Mr. Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/ CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO); Mrs. Omolara Bello, A.G.M, Legal Services and Company Secretary, SAHCO; Engr Toyin Oriowo, A.G.M, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO; Mrs. Adetola Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications at the commissioning of SAHCO's new equipment recently.

Olushola Okunlade Writes 

Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC has unveiled the first set of Bombelli Cool Dollies from Italy, yesterday.

Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc recently at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos commissioned Cool Dollies which is the first of its kind in West Africa amongst other multi-million naira Ground Support Equipment (GSE) to further augment its services to its clients.

In the quest to continue to serve as the most effective Ground Handling Company in West Africa with the capacity to convey items at specified and required temperatures fitted with the latest technology to adapt the required temperature for any cargo, it is safe to say SAHCO PLC is a gateway for temperature-sensitive cargo.

The Ground Support equipment unveiled by SAHCO includes Cool dollies, Pallet dollies, Pushbacks, Air Conditioning Units (ACUs), water, and toilet bowers.

The three Cool Dollieswhich can be described as Mobile Cold rooms were manufactured by Bombelli a renowned G.S.E. manufacturer from Italy, has the capacity of taking a pallet or two AKE container load of temperature-sensitive shipment from the aircraft to the cold rooms or freezers in the warehouse.

Furthermore, the Cool dollies are equipped with an automatic electric-powered engine that is environmentally friendly and is fitted with data loggers to catalogue the pressure and temperature level of the compartment to protect its contents.

SAHCO Unveils First Cool Dollies, Air Equipments In Nigeria
Left-Right: Mr. Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/ CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO); Mrs. Omolara Bello, A.G.M, Legal Services and Company Secretary, SAHCO; Engr Toyin Oriowo, A.G.M, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO; Mrs. Adetola Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications at the commissioning of SAHCO’s new equipment recently.

In addition, at the event, two 45 tonnes Push Backs were commissioned. These which were manufactured by Goldhofer, a German G.S.E manufacturer, have the capacity of pushing back all wide-body aircraft except an A380 aircraft, is user friendly, and are equipped with a tier 4 engine.

Speaking at the unveiling, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, the Managing Director/CEO, SAHCO, said that the new equipment would be added to its arrays of facilities at the airport, explaining that SAHCO believed in the continuous enhancement of facilities and would continue to invest in modern equipment in a bid to satisfy its clients, especially the airlines who he described as a very important segment of its business.

Agboarumi lauded the Board of Directors of SAHCO for giving its approval for the purchase of the equipment but appealed to the Federal Government to also grant the Ground Handling companies customs duty waivers on the acquisition of equipment.

He said: “SAHCO is doing this because we believe in adding values to the environment, we operate in. Despite the current economic challenge in Nigeria, we are doing this at this time. These cool dollies are the first of their type in Nigeria. It can be used for the movement of perishable cargo from cold rooms to airlines and vice versa.

“We also have the Pushbacks, which are the real money-spinners, the ACUs, Water and toilet browsers, which were fabricated by our engineers here in Nigeria. These we do to help reduce the search for foreign exchange, which is always hard to come by. The world is going green and SAHCO as a company is also in compliance with carbon emission.

“This equipment was manufactured in Europe and it’s easier to deliver these to those in Europe without the additional cost of shipping and clearing, but for us, we pay more for the same equipment as we need to pay for shipping and clearing of the equipment at our seaports.”

Also speaking at the occasion, Engr. Toyin Oriowo, the Assistant General Manager, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO, said that all the equipment acquired were carbon emission complaints and stated that the spare parts of the equipment were readily available in the market and commended the Management and Board of SAHCO for acquiring such equipment at this time especially for the support of enabling his team to produce G.S.E from locally sourced materials.

He emphasized that the three Toilet bowsers and two Water bowsers have the capacity of servicing wide-body aircraft, as a result of looking inwards due to the high cost and unavailability of forex that made his team come together to manufacture the G.S.E.

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SAHCO Acquires New Fleets Of Ground Handling Equipment To Boost Operation

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SAHCO Acquires New Fleets Of Ground Handling Equipment To Boost Operation

Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc has boosted its fleet of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) with more ultra-modern equipment.

The new fleet of equipment acquired includes ten Passenger Step Units that were manufactured by Mallaghan which is a renowned aviation industry manufacturer and supplier of highly acclaimed Ground Support Equipment.

The Passenger Step Units have the capacity to provide passenger access to a wide range of aircraft including B747, B777, B767, A340, A380, A320, etc.

Also, the equipment is fitted with proximity sensors which are devices that shut down the equipment engines when they are positioned too close to the aircraft to prevent aircraft damage.

Another acquired equipment in the new fleet is an Air Starter Unit (ASU) which is used to supply the necessary quantity of air at a specified pressure to aircraft while it is parked. The A.S.U was acquired from Guinault in France and has an eco-friendly engine while the chassis is made from steel to reduce the rate of corrosion or wear, also it has a safety device attached to the fuel gauge to enable it to shut down when the fuel is less than 30 liters to prevent engine damage due to fuel shortage.

Furthermore, two units of Airmarrel High Loader LAM 7000 were also part of the latest acquired fleet of GSE. The LAM 7000 has the capacity of loading about 7,000kg of pallets or containers at a time. This equipment is also furnished with proximity sensors and was procured from Airmarrel, a G.S.E producing giant from France. It is also furnished with electrical and hand emergency pumps which can be used during emergency procedures.

SAHCO Acquires New Fleets Of Ground Handling Equipment To Boost Operation
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SAHCO Acquires New Fleets Of Ground Handling Equipment To Boost Operation
Passenger Step Unit
SAHCO Acquires New Fleets Of Ground Handling Equipment To Boost Operation
Highloader LAM 700

In a related development, the SAHCO Engineering team has produced 20 baggage carts from locally sourced materials. The equipment that has been dispatched to SAHCO’s Abuja station were produced according to European standard with huge improvements on their European counterparts.

The carts were produced to be able to carry more baggage, with rugged side guides with heavy-duty hinges to customize their functionality to suit Nigerian baggage peculiarities. Also, they can maneuver at 90 degrees, unlike their European counterparts. These carts were produced thereby saving SAHCO a lot of foreign exchange.

Speaking about the equipment, the Managing Director/CEO of SAHCO, Basil Agboarumi said the company’s Management decision to constantly invest in modern Ground Handling Equipment is due to the fact that SAHCO is always pursuing excellent services to clients. “As always, we are an aviation Ground Handling provider and what we stand for and want to be known for is not just to provide services but to provide excellent Ground Handling Services and we have an understanding as an organization that for us to be able to provide that kind of services, we must have staff that are well trained in what they do and have the right equipment to work with.”

SAHCO is a Publicly Listed Aviation Ground Handling Service provider that is present in all the commercially operated Airports in Nigeria which are Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Calabar, Ilorin, Enugu, Maiduguri, Gombe, Ibadan, Jos, Asaba, Benin, Bauchi, Uyo, Sokoto, Kaduna, Yola, Bayelsa, Warri, and Anambra.

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Africa Agility Foundation Recognises SAHCO For Its Support, Partnership For Girls In Tech Program

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Left-Right: Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Emem Udobong; Founder/CEO, Africa Agility Foundation, Aanu Gopald; Managing Director/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC, Basil Agboarumi; Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Gbemisola Kotoye; Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Deborah Utomi at the event.

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As a way of supporting gender equity and empowerment of women, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) has yet again proven its unwavering support for the Education and Support of Girl’s Child by partnering with the Africa Agility Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, training and mentoring young Girls in Information Technology (IT).

SAHCO made available its World class Ultra-Modern Training facility located in Lagos to training and mentoring of the girls in Information Technology for three weeks at zero cost to the foundation.

The three weeks training bootcamp program, which was tagged “GIRLS in TECH” is aimed at empowering the talent economy of Africa, reducing poverty rate and promoting gender equality by proffering digital solutions to certain problems in Africa clime.

Speaking during the Grand Finale of the programme, Founder/CEO of Africa Agility Foundation, Aanu Gopald said “Our mission is to transform lives, one girl at a time through tech education” The foundation is dedicated to empowering 500,000 girls by the year 2030.

As a way of appreciating the unwavering support of Girls child in Nigeria, African Agility Foundation has honoured SAHCO PLC.

According to the founder/CEO Africa Agility Foundation, Aanu Gopald, the award is in recognition of SAHCO unwavering support and partnership for Girls in I.T program, “There is no better organisation that deserves the award than SAHCO because of its steady support for Girl’s Child Education in Nigeria”

Left-Right: Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Emem Udobong; Founder/CEO, Africa Agility Foundation, Aanu Gopald; Managing Director/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC, Basil Agboarumi; Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Gbemisola Kotoye; Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Deborah Utomi at the event.
Left-Right: Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Emem Udobong; Founder/CEO, Africa Agility Foundation, Aanu Gopald; Managing Director/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC, Basil Agboarumi; Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Gbemisola Kotoye; Africa Agility Foundation graduate, Deborah Utomi at the event.

While responding to the award, the Managing Director/CEO, Basil  Agboarumi said he is elated and thanked the organizer for finding SAHCO worthy of the award, stating that he will continue to do his best to support Girl’s child education.  He stressed that promoting girls’ education and rights through advocacy, capacity building and awareness creation is a beautiful way to empower women in Nigeria and all over the world.

According to him “As a company, we will continue to do our best to support Girls/women education” he said apart from making the SAHCO’s Training facility available to the foundation for 3 weeks as a contribution, SAHCO has also had to integrate some of the former graduands of Agility foundation into SAHCO yearly.

Basil went further to say that the girls attached to SAHCO has helped to develop Software Applications which have been of tremendous help to the company at large. He emphasized that the world has moved and we need to move to solving problems with technology instead of complaining.

He promised the foundation that SAHCO would continue to support Africa Agility to enable all girls in Nigeria to be technically enabled to impact positivity on the economy of Nigeria at large.

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SAHCO Wins Aviation Company Of The Year Award

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Left-Right: Engr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB); Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC; Chike Ogeah, Managing Director, Mac-Folly Hospitality Ltd at the event.

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Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc has been awarded 2021 Aviation Handling Company of the Year in Nigeria.

The award was presented to SAHCO by ATQnews during their 2022 Travelers Awards which was held in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.

ATQnews Annual Awards was premiered in 1996 to recognize the best performers in Aviation Industry. The Awards was set up to recognize individuals and firms who have excelled in Aviation, Travel, and Tourism amongst others.

Speaking during the Award ceremony, the Publisher, Ikechi Uko commended SAHCO’s doggedness and quality services in the aviation sector, according to him “The nomination was done by stakeholders in the industry based on SAHCO’s contributions to the growth of Aviation and Travel in Nigeria. The Award was due to SAHCO’s Consistent performance in Travel Business in 2021”

In his remarks, Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/CEO, SAHCO Plc who received the award thanked ATQnews for finding the SAHCO worthy of the award. He dedicated the award to God, then to all staff and management of SAHCO PLC for working hard to ensure safe, speedy, and Efficient Aviation Ground Handling Services to clients.

SAHCO WINS AVIATION COMPANY OF THE YEAR AWARD
Left-Right: Engr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB); Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC; Chike Ogeah, Managing Director, Mac-Folly Hospitality Ltd at the event.

SAHCO is the only Ground Handling company in Nigeria to procure Mobile Cool Dollies. These have the capacity to transport temperature-sensitive products like pharmaceuticals and other perishables from the aircraft to the warehouse at the same right temperature. Also, SAHCO’s operations are done by advanced Ground Support Equipment (GSE) that can match the best Ground Handling Companies in the world.

Due to constant training and retraining in accordance with best world practices, SAHCO has one of the best teams that have the capacity to consistently offer the best Ground Handling Services to her numerous clients in all the commercially operated airports in Nigeria.

At the event, some of SAHCO client airlines won numerous awards, these awardees were from both domestic and international origin, amongst whom are Ibom Air from the Domestic airline category and African World Airlines from the international airline’s category.

SAHCO is involved in activities that include Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling and Warehousing, Aviation Security, VIP Lounge services amongst other aviation-related services.

SAHCO is a Publicly Listed Aviation Ground Handling Service provider that is present in all the commercially operated Airports in Nigeria which are Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Calabar, Ilorin, Enugu, Maiduguri, Gombe, Akure, Ibadan, Jos, Asaba, Benin, Bauchi, Uyo, Sokoto, Kaduna and Yola, Bayelsa, Warri, Anambra.

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