By Chinelo Obogo
The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) has taken delivery of new set of Ground Support Equipment (GSE), which include four units of high capacity Mallaghan Mobile Steps with Chutes and a fourteen tons cargo maindeck Highloader.
The tier four Deutz engine capacity mobile steps are installed with multi-functional sensors, while the Angelo Bombelli/Airmarell high loader, has a forward platform with three folding flaps and automatic retractable rear stopper. It also comes with a dual row of ten powered rubber wheels controlled in two independent sections for longitudinal transfers. The battery-operated emergency pump high loader comes with a double hydraulic braking on each front wheel to aid its performance.
Also acquired are five units of Toyota Coaster buses and one Toyota HiAce bus, all for crew transportation.
The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Indranil Gupta, said at the unveiling of the GSE that, “We are committed to satisfying our clients and customers through excellent service delivery, using latest equipment and also confident that the group’s equipment acquisition plan would bolster our resolve in making the NAHCO group a one-stop-shop for aviation logistics and travels.
“Along with the phased plan of GSE acquisition, we also plan to invest in cutting-edge technology to delight our customers/clients in a more effective, efficient, and seamless manner,” he said.
NAHCO’s Head, Corporate Communications, Samuel Akinrinmade, said the company has interests in aviation cargo, aircraft handling, passenger facilitation, crew transportation and aviation training and logistics. It currently offers its services to several airlines across the major functional airports within Nigeria and handles the larger market share of domestic, foreign and cargo airlines. It was privatised in 2005 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2006 and has remained the fastest growing stock in the industry. The Company is now owned by over 80, 000 shareholders, as well as local and institutional investors.