FAI rent-a-jet moves into Algeria with multi-mission contract
German special mission operator FAI rent-a-jet has been awarded a one-year public tendered contract to operate two Learjet 60s out of Algiers.
The aircraft will be used for multi-purpose missions including both passenger transport and medevac services. This latest win, in a new territory for FAI, underlines the company’s capabilities on the African continent which has already included operations with aircraft based in Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mali.
The head of FAI´s air ambulance division Volker Lemke, said: “We are proud that our significant expertise on the African continent has been recognised with the selection of FAI for this work. It demonstrates our strength in this field and strengthens FAI´s position as a leading player in patient transport by air ambulance.”
Operations for the new contract will begin before the end of the year with two aircraft and operating crew setting up a base in Algiers.
FAI recently took delivery of a new Learjet 60, bolstering the number of Learjet in its exclusively Bombardier fleet to 11. The latest aircraft will be used to support the new operations in Algeria and will replace FAI’s last remaining Learjet 35A.
FAI’s dedicated air ambulance fleet now comprises: six Learjet 60s; two Learjet 55s and three Challenger 604s. This complements FAI’s multi-purpose fleet of five Learjet 60s; two Challenger 604s and three Global Express’, which serve both passenger transport and air ambulance roles. FAI´s combined fleet totals 21 aircraft making it one of the largest business jet operators in Europe, by fleet size.
FAI´s chairman Siegfried Axtmann said: “Time and time again the aircraft demonstrates its suitability for multi mission activity and really adds value to our offering for the new Algerian agreement. ”
Pictured: FAI is adding an 11th Learjet 60 to the fleet which will support the Algerian contract.