At an operators’ conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, BAE Systems aimed to support the growing number of commercial airline companies across the continent.
Currently, 20 operators in Africa fly more than 50 of its aircraft, including the popular BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jet, which can hold 70-110 passengers and performs well in hot and high airfield conditions. The countries where this jet is used include South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Libya and Republic of the Congo.
“With such a head of steam building up, we have decided to regionalize our support to provide a more responsive service to African operators,” said Regional Aircraft Director for Business Support Sean McGovern. “We are looking to work with local industry to help support repair and overhaul facilities for components to ensure more convenient access for African operators and continued competitive operating costs and reliability. We are also exploring the possibility of setting up a regional spares center.”