African Airlines Investments of South Africa has acquired five BAE 146 regional jetliners from BAE Systems. It will be used on its growing aircraft leasing operations across sub-Saharan Africa.
Two of the aircraft are BAE 146-200s with the remaining aircraft being the bigger Series 300. These five aircraft are additional to two other BAe 146-200s that are currently operated by the company for customers in Gabon and other African countries. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by mid-July.
Pieter Louw, Director of African Airlines Investments said that they believe they have a unique business model to help the industry expand. “In addition to our home market, we are spreading our wings across sub-Saharan Africa and its islands and the market for both charter operations and turnkey operations is expanding. We believe that the BAE 146 is the ideal aircraft for our jet operations”, Louw added.
Director for Sales and Marketing – Sub Saharan Africa for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft Asset Management, Nigel Benson, said: “African Airlines Investments is the fourth customer for the BAE 146/Avro RJ in South Africa. Across Africa as a whole the aircraft is proving increasingly popular and we will have by the middle of 2010 a total of 19 aircraft in operations with seven customers across six countries.”