Elit’Avia, a Slovenia-based charter and management aviation company, has opened an office in Ghana managing four business aircraft and hopes to expand the West African fleet further, according to a report in CorporateJetInvestor.
The company is managing business aircraft for West African clients. Three are in Nigeria – two Bombardier Global 6000s and a global Express XRS – with a Dassault Falcon 2000 based in Ghana.
Elit’Avia also serves foreign clients with interests in the region including one long-term lease by a Fortune 100 company.
Elit’Avia has been active in West Africa for about 18 months, according to Michel Coulomb, president. Coulomb lived in Lagos from 1992 to 1997 and said that experience helped his company’s regional growth.
“West Africa has not traditionally been well served by business aviation management companies, which is remarkable considering that Nigeria had more new aircraft orders than South Africa last year,” Coulomb said.
His West African clients value safety, security, comfort and direct access to destinations within the continent – which may otherwise be difficult to access efficiently using commercial aviation service, Coulomb said.
“Internationally, we are seeing growth traffic between the region and destinations including Moscow and Paris,” he added. “As the economies of West African nations continue to grow, we are contributing to an overall elevation of business aviation service standards.”