OAS, Regourd Aviation in partnership for air charter service in Nigeria
Indigenous air shuttle operator, OAS, has entered into joint venture operations with a French company, Regourd Aviation, to offer fixed-wing airplane charter services in Nigeria.
The first aircraft under the joint venture, an Embraer 135 jet, landed at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, at the weekend.
According to Everest Nnaji, chairman of OAS, the company from inception had designed its growth to encompass helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft services.
“Our parent company, Odengene Air Shuttle Services Ltd, had from inception subdivided its airline services to cater for helicopters and airplanes. The helicopters were named OAS Helicopters, while the fixed-wing is to be simply known as Odengene Air,” he said.
He said the challenges of the business environment and the company’s resolve to promote a trusted brand in fixed-wing aviation with international oil and gas producing (OGP) standard delayed the take-off of the Odengene Air.
“We patiently waited until we found a partner with OGP standard which has verifiable track record,operating for oil and gas companies around the world, which is Regourd Aviation that has enviable goodwill in charter services business”.
Nnaji further explained that Regourd Aviation is not just an aviation company based in France, but a French company with a lot of international experience as it’s also very familiar with African environment.
“Regourd and its subsidiaries understand Africa; they have been operating in Congo and Gabon, rendering flight services and decided to extend their good experience to Nigeria,” he explained.
He explained that his company intends to develop a reliable and dependable flight services that would cater for those highly desirous of quality services in special areas not easily found in a third-world environment, adding that the joint venture company targets are VIPs and oil and gas companies in Nigeria.
Regourd Aviation representative in the Nigerian joint venture, Francoise Emmanuel, who had been in Nigeria for four years as regional manager, Nigeria for a major European airline before joining Regourd Aviation in France, said he was happy to be back in Nigeria.
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