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VistaJet expands into West Africa with exciting new partnership

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VistaJet expands into West Africa with exciting new partnership

VistaJet, the world’s premier luxury aviation company, is expanding its global network into West Africa following strong demand for its services over the past nine months.

  • Strong demand for services in West Africa with seven major customers (1,200 hours) within just four months
  • Two dedicated aircraft to service region Regional operation - based at Lagos, Nigeria – to parallel successful South-East Asian regional network based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Demand has been particularly strong for West Africa - Europe routes, as well as intra-regional flights between Nigeria, Congo, Ghana and Ivory Coast.

VistaJet is driving its expansion in the region through a new partnership with West African-based businessman Kola Aluko, a long-term customer of VistaJet who has also been appointed to VistaJet’s Advisory Board, formed in January 2010 and chaired by Rob Hersov. To date, in excess of 1,200 hours have been signed up with a number of customers from different industries and this is expected to continue to grow throughout 2010 and beyond.

During the year, the VistaJet fleet increased from 19 to 25 aircraft and today comprises a range from the Learjet to Global Express XRS.

Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet, said: "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. We are delighted to be working in close co-operation with Kola Aluko, who has unparalleled knowledge of the region. This will enable us to realize the major potential we see there, particularly among business leaders and entrepreneurs in the energy and government sectors who fly frequently within West Africa and between West Africa and Europe."

Kola Aluko commented: "I am very excited to be VistaJet’s partner in West Africa. 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. I’m looking forward to working with Thomas and his team in the future development and success of VistaJet’s growth in the West African region."