LONDON – Aergo Capital Limited, a Dublin-based aircraft lessor and asset management company, has announced that it has successfully delivered one single unit of ATR72-600 turboprop aircraft to the Gabon-based carrier Afrijet, along with manufacturer serial number bearing 1199.
Libreville, Gabon-based regional carrier Afrijet currently operates 2 aircraft, with 4 more joining the fleet by this year, making a total of 6 ATR 72-600.
With its operations commencing in mid-2016, the carrier has gained significant market share in Gabon and the surrounding region for short-haul services.
Speaking on this occasion, Aergo Capital Limited CEO, Fred Browne said, “we are very pleased to have completed the delivery of this ATR72-600 to Afrijet. I would like to extend my thanks to all of those involved in getting this transaction across the line, and we look forward to continuing to grow our business and develop our relationship with Afrijet.”
Afrijet, ATR, and Farnborough
As this delivery of sole unit ATR 72-600 has been completed by Aergo Capital, over the past week, Afrijet has been strengthening its fleet strategy on the occasion of the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom.
With its hub at Liverville expanding, the carrier is determined to serve destinations around Central Africa.
The added ATRs to the fleet will boost the network operation, and its strategic position on these routes, as connectivity for the region, is a vital part of the nation.
Speaking at Farnborough Air Show on the strategic importance of routes and connectivity with ATR being its vital support, Afrijet CEO, Marc Gaffajoli said, “Regional connectivity has a significant impact on local economies and community integration. To be effective in Africa, an aircraft has to be cost-efficient, reliable, and versatile.”
“Moreover, the unique terrain in which Afrijet operates makes an even stronger reason to select the most responsible aircraft on the market for such essential connections.”
As the regional influx and terrain have been of adverse condition, with airport infrastructure lacking in many regions around the country, it is evident that the choice of equipment to face such challenges has always been towards the ATR.
On this platform, ATR Senior Vice President Commercial, Fabrice Vautier expressed by saying, “Most traffic in Africa is concentrated on a few well-served routes, and there is a real need to connect secondary cities.”
“Afrijet is able to do just that, providing reliable and comfortable service to local communities. Accelerating the transition of its fleet to purchase the latest generation ATR aircraft, is a clear demonstration of Afrijet’s strong business strategy and commitment to sustainable aviation.”
While Afrijet CEO, Marc Gaffajoli expressed his fleeing by saying, “Glad to celebrate a new Aergo aircraft in our turboprops fleet. The setup was smooth and efficient, based on eight years of trust and a solid business relationship. Aergo is able to customize quick and flexible fleet solutions.”
Amidist social unrest, inflation, and rocketing oil prices, aviation is the solution for the Gabonese economy with an emphasis on regional connectivity, supply chain, and community exchange.
With the limited resources being deployed towards the aviation infrastructure development, the ongoing gap between supply and demand for regional connectivity can be fulfilled using ATR aircraft, with terrain challenges being faced in most central African regions.