Beechcraft appointed South Africa-based Absolute Aviation an authorized parts distributor for sub-Saharan Africa. Absolute Aviation, which has acted as Beechcraft’s exclusive aircraft distributor for sub-Saharan Africa since 2011, will have $1 million of inventory in stock at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to support the Beechcraft product line as well as the Hawker 125 series.
ExecuJet South Africa recently unveiled several improvements to its FBO at Lanseria International Airport near Johannesburg. The refurbishments at the facility include a newly restyled reception area, VIP passenger lounge, crew lounge and restrooms, as well as upgraded signage.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has expanded its relationship with ExecuJet in Lanseria, South Africa, naming the MRO an authorized service center (ASC) for the King Air. The designation builds upon a relationship that began last year when HBC approved ExecuJet Lanseria to be a Hawker ASC.
Blackhawk Modifications opened a new office near Lanseria International Airport, South Africa, where many King Airs and Caravans are based and maintained. “Africa represents a quickly growing region for the aircraft we specialize in: the King Air and Caravan. We’re selling three aircraft in Africa to every one we sell in South America.
Staff at the ExecuJet Aviation FBO at Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport have been working around the clock to handle the influx of corporate and VIP traffic drawn to South Africa for the soccer World Cup, which concludes on July 11. As of June 21, the facility had handled 169 movements since the start of the tournament on June 11, including 27 head-of-state aircraft, as well as the U.S.
The 2010 World Cup is a massive opportunity for South Africa to shine on the world stage, and the same can be said of ExecuJet Aviation (Booth No. 242). For months, the company has been preparing for its central role in welcoming business aircraft passengers and crews, taking a proactive approach to anticipating their every need.
The first World Cup soccer tournament to be hosted on the African continent
is expected to draw a big influx of business and private jets to South Africa
for the month-long event from June 11 to July 11. Flight-planning specialists are urging operators to start making plans immediately to avoid potentially serious constraints on landing and takeoff slots, as well as aircraft parking.
ExecuJet Aviation’s South African FBOs have received a welcome boost in traffic handled over the past couple of months. In May, the group’s Johannesburg base handled a record number of aircraft arriving for the inauguration of South Africa’s new President Jacob Zuma. The next month saw Cape Town hosting the 19th World Economic Forum from June 10 to 12, and this too drew a large number of business aircraft to ExecuJet’s newly built FBO.
Interjet Group, based at Lanseria International Airport in South Africa, has been purchased by Paul Ludick and TEIM Ventures. The group’s businesses include Interjet Avionics, Ameta Training Academy and Interjet Maintenance, which specializes in Embraer EMB-120s, King Airs, Hawkers, Learjets, Citations and Gulfstreams.
Aviation Partners (API, Booth No. 2218) has selected Lanseria, South Africa-based National Airways Corp. (NAC) as the first authorized Blended Winglet installer outside North America.
API said it expects a “significant” increase in Blended Winglet sales due to NAC’s strong relationships throughout the region. To date there are three Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 800 series aircraft with Blended Winglets flying in Africa.
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