As other countries witnessed their general aviation sectors shrink during recent economic turmoil, Nigeria has thrived and continues to generate big plans for the future. South Africa, unsurprisingly, is the business aviation leader in the region, however, there are other contenders moving up close behind in the ranks, including Nigeria. Data shows that Nigeria and Ghana are quickly catching up to South Africa as the second and third strongest markets in the region.
According to the Federal Government, Nigerians are expected to require over 400 private jets between the years 2013 and 2020 – this will add to the mere 80 aircraft currently being used. China was also recently recognized as a country expected to experience growth in their private jet industry at the 2013 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) event. Alongside China, Nigeria is listed as a top country currently investing in private aircraft, again, with big plans for the future.
Averaging about $36.5 million, Nigeria has identified the private jet sector as the most likely emerging driver of “regional connectivity and economic development.” Some of the current private jets in Nigeria include: Bombardier Global Express XRS, Gulfstream 550, Dassault Falcon 900, and Hawker 900XP. The Federal Government recently announced that it would consider the development of low-traffic secondary airports for general aviation.
The problems holding Nigeria back from currently being a top private jet sector includes the lack of an established regulatory environment which has led to many variations of regulations from country to country, poor infrastructure, a lack of maintenance facilities and safety requirements, and a lack of experienced aviation personnel.
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In the last few years, the business aviation industry has seen a number of new technologies emerge. Many of these advancements have resulted in better performing private jets that are more fuel efficient. One of the more popular trends has been the production of Very Light Jets or VLJs. These aircraft typically seat four passengers however many of them offer the same amount of space per passenger as larger aircraft. These light weight private jets help to reduce fuel costs and offer access to airports with shorter runways.
It’s very common for business charter flights to carry only one or two passengers on a trip. Many times it’s only the top executives who make use of private jet charters and they can wind up on a jet with 7 empty seats. Aircraft manufacturers have identified this as an opportunity to produce and offer a product catering to this specific type of consumer. The light jet market is one where customers are often using private jets as a business or time saving tool. For these trips, the aircraft with the lowest charter rate is usually the choice.
In 2006, Eclipse Aviation became the first aircraft manufacturer to pioneer a Very Light Jet into the business jet market with introduction of the Eclipse 500. This jet sparked a paradigm shift in the business aviation industry and at just the right time. After the economic crisis of 2008, a lot of companies sought out to cut costs and many disbanded their corporate flight departments altogether. Despite the huge amount of negative press companies such as Citigroup received for their use of private jets, charter flights were still a necessity for much of corporate America. VLJ’s presented a way to reduce expenditure yet still take advantage of the many benefits of using business jet.
Cessna’s Citation Mustang became the next Very Light Jet to hit the market with the first deliveries shipping out in 2007. The Mustang’s performance and staring price are similar to the Eclipse 500 however many people favor it due to its more spacious cabin. The Citation Mustang also comes equipped with a lavatory which is one thing that the Eclipse 500 has drawn criticism for lacking.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer took the design of Very Light Jets one step further with the Phenom 100. Emraer’s version of the VLJ provides all the advantages of the Mustang and Eclipse 500 but is superior in several ways. The Phenom 100 boasts best in class cabin space and baggage compartment. The advancements of this aircraft also benefit the environment with lower Co2 emissions and reduced noise levels. It’s no wonder this jet has become the most popular VLJ on the market today. The Phenom 100 provides the comfort and experience of a larger aircraft while maintaining all the characteristics of other Very Light Jets travelers have come to admire.
More Very Light Jets Coming soon!
These aircraft are becoming more and more popular with those who travel via private jet. Several aircraft manufacturers currently have Very Light Jets under development. Honda even crated The Honda Aircraft Company to develop their version of the VLJ, The Honda Jet, which is currently undergoing test flights.
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A pregnant Kim Kardashian and her beau, Kanye West are expecting their first child in June 2013. Kardashian recently finished filming the latest season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” while West is finalizing his latest project in France. West is flying in luxury to attend Kardashian’s doctors’ appointments in Los Angeles with private jet charter services. While the reality television star shows off her blossoming baby bump on and off camera, the hip-hop mogul is doing everything possible to ensure Kim is comfortable during her pregnancy, including flying her out on private jet charters from Greece to Paris.
According to reports, Kanye West has spent some $100,000 for private jet trips from France to the United States to attend Kim Kardashian’s doctor appointments in Los Angeles while doing most of his work in Paris. On a few occasions, the rap star also flew Kardashian to Paris—where she is considering giving birth to their baby due to the country’s anti-paparazzi laws.
Recently, Kanye West dispatched a private jet to fly Kim Kardashian from Greece to Paris, where she was spending a family vacation in the Greek island of Mykonos, in an effort to spend more time with her. The couple is currently spending time together in Paris.
Hollywood stars don’t stop their luxurious style at the red carpet – lately more and more celebrities have being flying in style with private jet charters. While some celebrities have opted to buy their own private jet, many celebrities are foregoing the price and upkeep of owning and are opting to rent. Other recent celebs who have opted for private jet charter services include Britney Spears flying from LAX to New Orleans and Lindsay Lohan flying to Los Angeles.
The 2013 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) was recently held in Shanghai at the Hongqiao International Airport from April 16th to the 18th. While China still has a long way to go to obtain the benefits of business aviation, there are steps being taken to nurture the industry. NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said ABACE 2013 represented a “milestone” event, and he thanked the Shanghai Airport Authority and “a visionary number of leaders here in Shanghai and throughout the Chinese government.” The event was considered a success, as visitor numbers were up 20 percent and exhibitors were up 15% from last year.
While there are many supporters of improving business aviation in China, there are a few problems and restrictions presented.
- Cities with high-traffic volumes, such as Shanghai, could greatly benefit from helicopter sales and quick transit times. However, heavy air pollution can reduce visibility, presenting risk to flyers.
- There is a lack of construction of new airports to aid in the growth of air transport.
- Restrictions are still significant on private low-level flights in China – less than 500 meters in altitude.
- A general lack of understanding of the nature of business aviation operations prevents the industry from growing.
- Current prohibitions against helicopter landings at the major airports prevent a major use and sale of helicopters in the country.
What is encouraging, however, is the fact that China’s government has placed the development of business aviation high on its agenda and many flying enthusiasts believe that the country’s private jet aviation market is on the brink of a revolution. Buyers are spending as much as $2.5-million to get their private aircraft, which ranges from gliders to fully equipped private jet charter services. China regional governments have been backing the construction of new airports to facilitate the growth of commercial air transport in general, as well as supporting the reconsideration of the country’s current aviation laws to let private jets fly higher.