VistaJet launches in West Africa
VistaJet, the European aircraft operator, is expanding into West Africa and basing two aircraft in Lagos.
The operator is working in partnership with Kola Aluko, a Nigerian businessman and VistaJet customer.
“Until nine months ago, West Africa was not a service area for us. From a standing start we have built a major presence in the region and believe it has the potential to become one of VistaJet’s biggest markets,” says Thomas Flohr, chairman and owner of VistaJet.
The company says that it has seen strong demand from customers in the region. In the last four months seven large West African customers have accounted for 1,200 hours.
“In a very short time, VistaJet has provided the Nigerian and West African community with an alternative and reliable solution for travelling both within the region and internationally,” says Aluko.
VistaJet says demand has been particularly strong on West Africa-Europe routes, as well as flights between Nigeria, Congo, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Aluko is also joining VistaJet’s advisory board formed in January 2010. The advisory board is chaired by Rob Hersov formerly of NetJets Europe.