Pan-African airline ASKY Airlines has signed lease agreements with leasing company AerCap for two used Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft. The two aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the Togo based airline from June through August 2023.
In attendance at the announcement ceremony were the CEO of ASKY, Esayas W. HAILU, the CEO of AerCap, Aengus Kelly, the Board Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines Group and Aviation Advisor to Togo, Mr. Girma Wake, Board members of ASKY, and other distinguished guests.
“We are delighted to welcome ASKY as a new customer to AerCap and particularly pleased to place the first MAX in Togo,” said Aengus Kelly, the CEO of AerCap.
“AerCap is the largest lessor in Africa with 14 airline customers on the continent, and we are pleased to continue to support the growth and development of African aviation.”
“We wish the ASKY team every success and look forward to working with them as these aircraft deliver.”
“I consider it an honor to introduce state-of-the-art B737-8 MAX aircraft into the ASKY fleet, which will support our wide regional network in our continuous endeavor to serve our esteemed customers,” remarked Esayas W. HAILU, the CEO of ASKY.
“I am confident that the introduction of B737-8 MAX will further enhance ASKY’s brand image before the eyes of the traveling public. It feels great to be the region’s leading customer to AerCap, the world’s largest owners of commercial aircraft.”
About ASKY Airlines
ASKY Airlines is a private multinational passenger airline serving West and Central Africa, with its head office in Lomé, Togo and its hub at Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport. The airline is a strategic partner of Ethiopian Airlines, and has been consistently profitable since 2017.
ASKY Airlines was founded in 2008 by a group of regional banks and financial institutions, including the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), the West African Development Bank (BOAD), and the ECOBANK Group. The airline’s first flight took off on January 15, 2010, from Lomé to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The carrier currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 12 aircraft which is comprised of 8 Boeing 737-800s and 4 Boeing 737-700s.
The fleet currently serves twenty-six cities in twenty-four countries across Africa. ASKY’s focus is to develop a strong intra-Africa network that foster regional development, tourism, economic growth and regional integration.
This forms a major economic catalyst within the continent with its long-term goal of a sustainable business focused on profitability.
The airline has a strong safety record, and has been awarded the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. The carrier is also a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
ASKY Airlines is a valuable asset to the economies of West and Central Africa. The airline provides a vital link between the region’s capitals and major cities, and helps to boost trade and tourism. ASKY Airlines is also a major employer in the region, with over 500 staff.
In 2019, ASKY Airlines carried over 1.2 million passengers. The airline is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, as it plays an increasingly important role in the development of West and Central Africa.