Empire Aviation Group acquires new Challenger 605 – first EAG managed business jet on charter in Africa
Empire Aviation Group (EAG) the Dubai-based private aviation specialists with one of the largest managed fleets of business jets in the Middle East, has added a new aircraft to its fleet based in Africa, where it now manages six business jets. The latest aircraft – a Challenger 605 model from Canadian manufacturer Bombardier – will be based in Lagos, Nigeria and will be the first of EAG’s managed aircraft in Africa to be offered to the charter market.
The new Challenger 605 business jet was acquired for a private owner by EAG, which managed the entire acquisition process, including registration and induction of the new aircraft into the fleet. The Challenger 605 is a large jet with 11 seats and with an intercontinental range (4,000 nautical miles) and high speed cruise capabilities (Mach 0.8), offering very high reliability and competitive operating costs.
Steve Hartley, Executive Director at Empire Aviation Group, comments: “This is a good time for existing aircraft owners to upgrade and for first time owners to enter the market, with business jet prices starting to edge higher as inventories begin to dry up. Africa is a strong emerging business jet market and we were delighted to work with this new customer to source the Challenger 605 with the help of our new sales office in the US, and to manage the entire sourcing and acquisition process. The new aircraft will help meet the needs of the growing charter market in Africa, and offers a very good balance of capacity, range and overall value.”
Empire Aviation Group launched its India operations in Bangalore, in 2012 – the first overseas branch – and already has aircraft under management. EAG’s managed fleet of business jets – now spanning the Middle East, Africa and India – continues to grow, with more than 20 business jets under management at any one time.
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