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AXIS Aviation continues global expansion with the integration of Absolute Aviation’s Flight Services division.


Leading aircraft management business AXIS Aviation is launching in South Africa, having successfully integrated Absolute Aviation’s Flight Services division, which includes  aircraft management, flight operations and charter business.

AXIS Aviation 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 Aviation’s 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 Aviation and complement its existing entities in Europe and the Middle East, establishing a comprehensive footprint across EMEA and globally. Having achieved Part 129 certification in December 2023 in Austria, enabling travel to and from the US, AXIS Aviation is well placed to serve customers worldwide.

Niall Olver, chairman at AXIS Aviation, says: “The integration of Absolute Aviation’s Flight Services division 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, says: “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.”

Neil Howard, CEO at Absolute Aviation, 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.”

“This transition underscores the enduring commitment of Absolute Aviation to its service portfolio which is why we will remain a significant shareholder in the company. The existing leadership and operations teams are retained in their roles, which will include my continued involvement as an executive director.”

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