Arik Air, Ethiopian Air, Etihad praise SAHCO on ground operations

Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/CEO, SAHCO

By Gboyega Oni

 Arik Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways and cargo operators have praised Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc for improving aviation ground handling business in Nigeria with its consistency and professionalism in the delivery of quality services.

The airlines however assured SAHCO of their utmost loyalty at a recent dinner organised in Lagos by SAHCO for its customers.

Mr. Murat Ozcan, Vice President, Ground Operations, Arik Air, said that without SAHCO, the airline would have been in a bad state.

He explained that the relationship between the airline and the ground handling company was beyond business partnership, stressing that SAHCO stood firmly behind it during its challenging period.

He also lauded the management for taking the audacious step to be enlisted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), describing it as a milestone for the company.

“We have been with SAHCO for five years and we have been everywhere in the country with the company. The dedication, passion and commitment to the job from bottom to the top in SAHCO is wonderful.

“I am proud to say Arik Air and SAHCO are no strangers to each other. I am happy SAHCO has taken Initial PUBLIC Offer (IPO), which is a good milestone for any company. I wish to buy some of its shares,” he said.

Also commenting, Mr. Getmet Hiwat, Country Cargo Manager, Ethiopian Airlines, described SAHCO as a wonderful company worthy of emulation, noting that the ground handling company was the best in all the countries it operates into and urged it to continue in that tradition.

Mr. Percival Uwechie, Airport Manager, Etihad Airways said that the airline had been with SAHCO since it began operation in Nigeria.

He said that since the company started handling its services in the country, Etihad has not had any challenges with the company and charged the management to continue in that stead.

“I want to congratulate the management for continually discharging quality services to its clients. It has been an honour working with SAHCO and even if we had any other choice, we won’t do it differently.

“The company is distinct from the others in the industry. SAHCO has set a very high bar for itself, which would be difficult to meet by any competitor and I can tell you, they can’t afford to go below the current standard.”

Mr. Chris Paul of Ajulo Cargo said that with the distinction created for itself by the company, SAHCO’s shares would be a sold out.

He assured that his company would buy some shares of SAHCO currently in circulation.

The Managing Director of Cargolux, Mr. Kingsly Nwokoma, lauded the company for its futuristic approach by expanding its warehouses even when there was no need for that.

He also observed that SAHCO had an excellent team, which had been working harmoniously with the clients over the years and urged the management to sustain the current approach.

Earlier in his address, the Managing Director/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc, Mr. Basil Agboarumi stated that SAHCO was determined to deliver world class aviation ground handling services to its clients.

He said that forward looking attitude had made the company to evolve from the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) to a public liability company, Skyway Aviation Handling Company and charged investors to buy in the company’s share in the market.

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