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Axis Aviation integrates South Africa’s Absolute Aviation
Axis will now manage two South African entities in Johannesburg and Cape Town, each with its own FBO facility. The integration of Absolute’s fleet of 20 aircraft more than doubles its existing capability.
Axis Aviation chairman Niall Olver.
Read this story in our June 2024 printed issue.

Axis Aviation is launching in South Africa having successfully integrated the aircraft management, flight operations and charter business activities of Absolute Aviation.

Axis will now manage two South African entities in Johannesburg and Cape Town, each with its own FBO facility. The integration of Absolute Aviation's fleet of 20 aircraft will more than double Axis’ existing global fleet. A team of 35 professionals will also join the organisation's fast-growing portfolio.

The newly added business unit will operate under Axis and complement its existing entities in Europe and the Middle East, establishing a comprehensive footprint across the EMEA region and globally. Having achieved Part 129 certification in December 2023 in Austria, enabling travel to and from the US, Axis is well placed to serve customers worldwide.

Chairman Niall Olver says: “The integration of Absolute Aviation marks a significant milestone for Axis Aviation as we expand our global footprint. Our decision to embark on this partnership will yield unparalleled benefits for our management and charter customers. This expansion means we are well-positioned to meet the growing demand for premium business aviation services, not just in South Africa but across the continent.”

Darryl Kent, managing director at Axis Aviation Africa, adds: “The strategic decision to expand in South Africa aligns with our mission to provide owners with an attractive option for aircraft registration, asset management and commercial operation. Opening the doors to a new marketplace will provide our owners with greater flexibility, while delivering a broader selection of aircraft and destinations for our charter customers.”

Absolute Aviation CEO Neil Howard says: “The African market is evolving, and we believe in the capability of Axis Aviation. This alliance will allow us to leverage our combined expertise to deliver unparalleled services to our clients in South Africa and beyond.”

Joining the Axis fleet will be a Legacy 600, an Embraer 145, a Hawker 800, a Learjet 45 and various Cessna Citations including a Longitude.

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