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Increasingly, Nigerian business travellers and the jet set are opting to charter their own chartered aircraft instead of flying business or first class. Consequently, jet charter companies are increasingly operating private jet services from Lagos and Abuja to meet this growing market demand. Below we’ve included a summary of the key charter companies operating in the global and Nigerian private flights and charter market:
Established in 1998, Overland Airways is licensed to operate jet charters and scheduled flights. Its routes include destinations such as Lagos, Abuja, Minna, Asaba, Jalingo, Bauchi, Ilorin and Ibadan. The airline operates a fleet of nine aircraft, including the likes of the ATR-42, ATR-72 and Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. The airline’s headquarters are situated at:
Overland Airways Limited
17 Simbiat Abiola Road
PO Box 3165
Wings Aviation is a charter airline based out of Lagos, Nigeria. It operates custom air charter services from Murtala Mohammed International Airport, and its fleet consists of 1 Raytheon Beechcraft 1900D Airliner and 1 Beechcraft Super King Air.
Top Brass Aviation
Top Brass (www.topbrassaviation.com) is an air services company offering ad hoc jet charter services for VIP Nigerian travellers. The company is headquartered in Lagos, at: Headquarters
TopBrass Aviation Limited
43B Oduduwa Crescent,
Hangar 8 / Gama Aviation
Hangar8 (www.hangar8.co.uk) is a private jet operator headquartered in the UK. It has fleet bases at Lagos and Abuja Airports in Nigeria, as well as at Oxford Aurprot, Edinburgh, Jersey, Nice, Dubai, Kiev, Mumbai and Moscow, among other destinations. The company rebranded to Gama Aviation (www.gamaaviation.com) in 2015.
The private jet company’s UK fleet includes 2 Boeing Business Jets, 1 Bombardier Global Express, 1 Gulfstream V, 1 Gulfstream G550, an Embraer Legacy 650, as well as a Dassault Falcon 900 and 2000, as well as a Hawker 800XP a Learjet 60 and 2 Learjet 45s. The UAE fleet includes 1 Airbus ACJ318, a Bombardier Global Express, 1 Embraer Legacy 600, and a single Bombardier Challengers 604.
Private Jet Storage in Nigeria
ExecuJets, Caverton and EverGreen Hangars are all situated at Lagos International Airport, and store a significant number of private jets.
Popular Private Jets
Some of the world’s most popular jets for charter purposes include the likes of the Gulfstream 550, Global Express / XRS, Falcon 7X, Falcon 900, Gulfstream IV, Challenger 604, Citation X, Hawker 800, Citiation Excel / XLS, the Learjet 50 and the Citation Mustang, to name but a few aircraft models.