The second annual African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) Symposium is set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 14 and 15. It promises to build on the strong foundations laid at the inaugural event in Marrakech last year that encouraged African business aviation stakeholders to continue to invest in the sector, maximize economic growth and participate in events that help to develop the industry on the continent.
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Luanda, Angola-based Best Fly Group has formed a partnership with Spanish company Corjet Maintenance (owned by Gestair) to create start-up company Best Fly Maintenance. Best Fly Maintenance will benefit from Corjet Maintenance’s EASA Part 145 knowledge and experience, enabling the newly formed business to offer maintenance solutions in Angola and the surrounding region.
Athens-based VIP charter operator GainJet Aviation (Booth 5218) announced at EBACE 2014 it is opening GainJet Africa, a new charter base in Kigali, Rwanda next month. Offering the African market ultra-long-range VIP charter service, GainJet will base a 14-passenger Gulfstream 550 equipped with satellite TV and high speed broadband in Kigali. The G550 is capable of nonstop flights to the East Coast of the U.S. or Southeast Asia, from many African capitals.
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria has announced a new name here at EBACE. The original name was inevitably shortened in the industry to “EAN,” so the name EAN Aviation has been adopted to better reflect the company’s growing portfolio of services, which has grown to include inflight catering and sales representation for Gulfstream in Nigeria. Along with the new name is a new logo designed by the Etu-Odi agency. EAN Aviation is showing off its new look here at EBACE on the AfBAA stand (Booth 5542).
Athens-based air charter operator GainJet Aviation is opening GainJet Africa, a charter base in Kigali, Rwanda, next month. Offering the African market ultra-long-range private charter service, GainJet will base a 14-passenger Gulfstream G550 in Kigali. “We want to bring to Africa the service that we have been supplying to Europe and the Middle East,” said GainJet president Ramsey Shaban. “Kigali is a natural aviation hub. It sits at the center of the continent, and the Government of Rwanda has offered us the right incentives.”
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) announced a new name this week at EBACE–EAN Aviation–to reflect the company’s growing portfolio of services, from in-flight catering to sales representation for Gulfstream in Nigeria. Along with the new name is a new logo. Beginning operations as an FBO at Lagos-Murtala Mohammed Airport, EAN Aviation currently also offers maintenance services under the regulatory approval of local authorities, the FAA and the EASA.
Slovenia-based charter management company Elit’Avia received approval from the Slovenian Civil Aviation Agency for extended-range operations (EROPS) for its Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605. EROPS approval allows aircraft to fly routes that provide three-hour access over water using one engine to a suitable alternate airport, twice that for extended-range twin-engine operation performance standard (ETOPS) regulations. This allows for more direct routings.
Trip support specialist UAS is continuing its ambitious plans to expand its global service network with the opening in March of a new regional headquarters for Africa located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then at last month’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China, UAS co-founder and executive president Mohammed Husary confirmed plans to open a regional headquarters in China next year.
In response to rising business aviation traffic across Africa, trip support group UAS has opened a new regional headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new facility is being managed by Wynand Meyer, the Dubai-based group’s newly appointed director of business development for Africa, who has joined UAS from Boeing’s flight planning subsidiary Jeppesen, where he oversaw its ground handling network for Africa, the Middle East and India.
Dubai-based UAS International Trip Support (Booth H214) announced here at ABACE 2014 an enhancement of its services and presence across Africa, aimed at bridging a trip support gap between China and Africa. UAS recently opened a new continental headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, and regional offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya.
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