Slovenia’s Elit’Avia expands in West Africa
Elit’Avia, based in Slovenia, has opened an office in Ghana. The company already manages four business aircraft on behalf of West African clients and plans to expand further in region.
Elit’Avia manages a fleet of Bombardier Globals, Bombardier Challengers, Dassault Falcons and has past experience managing Gulfstream G550s and G450s. It has two Bombardier Global 6000s and a global Express XRS in Nigeria and a Dassault Falcon 2000 in Ghana.
The company expects to take delivery of a Gulfstream G550, a Dassault Falcon 7X and a Bombardier Challenger 605 before the end of the year, which will nearly double the size of the regional fleet.
Elit’Avia also serves foreign clients with interests in the region. For example, one of the aircraft under management is on long-term lease by a Fortune 100 company.
“Elit’Avia has been active in West Africa for about 18 months,” said Michel Coulomb, president, Elit’Avia (pictured above). “Personally, I had the opportunity to live in Lagos from 1992 to 1997 and believe that this unique experience has been invaluable to our 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.”
“Our 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. Internationally, we are seeing growth traffic between the region and destinations including Moscow and Paris. As the economies of West African nations continue to grow, we are contributing to an overall elevation of business aviation service standards. Based on our regional experience and industry knowledge, we are uniquely positioned to serve this region and look forward to sharing in its growth,” concludes Coulomb.