Gainjet opens new African operation
Gainjet in Athens announced at EBACE 2014 the opening of Gainjet Africa, based in Kigali, Rwanda, starting in June 2014. The company will base a 2012-build Gulfstream 550 that can accommodate 14 passengers. The aircraft has a range of 6,750 nautical miles and is able to fly non-stop from Africa to the US and south-east Asia.
Captain Ramsey Shaban, president of GainJet, said: “There is a lack of true VIP operators with true VIP aircraft in Africa, especially in the East and Central African regions. Kigali is a natural aviation hub which seats at the centre of the continent and the Government of Rwanda has offered us the right incentives.”
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“GainJet Africa stands to benefit from the friendly business environment created in Rwanda. We want to bring to Africa the excellent service that we have been supplying to both Europe and the Middle-East for over eight years. And the clientele in the continent most certainly deserves such service,” added Shaban.
GainJet began plans to expand into Africa in 2011 as a founding member of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).
Shaban added: “One of AfBAA’s missions is to establish a unified set of regulations and create a better environment to operate in across the whole African continent. We feel AfBAA has made great progress in this mission, and this is why we believe it is the right time to start GainJet Africa. It has been our plan for a while, so we have been preparing for this and are ready.”
Gainjet is headquartered in Athens, Greece with an office in London and operates a mixed fleet of VIP aircraft, from the Boeing 757, Boeing 737, Gulfstream G450 and G550, Legacy 600, Global Express XRs and Challenge 604.