Aviation

May 17, 2024

Aviation: VistaJet moves to expand operations in Nigeria with charter services

…says Nigeria’s aviation market huge

By Ezra Ukanwa, Abuja

In a bid to tap into Nigeria’s bustling aviation market, a private jet firm, VistaJet, has announced the launch of flexible charter services targeting corporate clients and private individuals.

Vanguard reports that the move comes as Nigeria continues to see a surge in demand for private aviation services, driven by the country’s growing economy.

VistaJet, unveiled its new offering at a press conference on Thursday  in Abuja.

The organisation emphasized the company’s commitment to providing top-notch service to its clients in Nigeria, adding that Vistajet plans to tap Nigeria’s huge aviation market by offering a wide range of aircraft options, from small jets for short trips to larger planes for long-haul flights.

They revealed that the company experienced a 28 per cent increase in flight hours across Africa in the past year and a 91 per cent increase in new membership for its programme, indicating a growing market for private aviation services.

Representatives of the company led by the President, Europe and Africa, Philippe Scalabrini, were at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, yesterday respectively for a roadshow with one of the aircraft in its fleet, a Bombardier Challenger 605 with registration number 9H-VFM.

He was joined by Alexandra Price, Senior Manager, Brand PR and Communications, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Amy Yang, Vice President, EMEA.

Scalabrini stated that VistaJet is offering an alternative to people who would have preferred to buy private jets to take advantage of its business model by purchasing a minimum of 50 hours over a period of time.

 

He said the company offers “block hours” memberships instead of direct jet ownership where clients purchase a set number of flight hours (minimum 50) without the burden of managing aircraft operations.

This model, according to him, saves the client the stress of maintenance in case of outright purchase of the aircraft and the stringent regulatory requirements.

“Our client can buy 50 hours annually for instance. What we do is that we simplify and make access to private aviation services as seamless as possible.

“What makes us different is that our client can fly point to point and we provide much more efficient, consistent product offering.

“Nigeria is a very big aviation market and so we are providing an alternative to aircraft acquisition, a solution where someone can buy 100 hours for instance.”

“We have been in Africa for the past 14 years and we are happy to continue the services we have been providing in the past years having flown to over 96 countries and over 2,400 airports across the world,” he explained.

Scalabrini further stated “In the last one year its customer traffic has increased by 28 per cent in the African continent and 58 per cent in the west African region”. 

He stated that three Challenger 605 aircraft have been provided in the African region, saying each of the 12-seater jets has eight-hour flying ranger and can do point to point in Africa, adding that the firm has the capacity to provide bigger jets for long haul flight