Private jet manufacturers from Europe and North America are not sparing any cost to win a significant share of Africa’s market, especially Nigeria which has an upper class with intense desire to fly on private aircraft.
Barely two months after Dassault Aviation, a French private jet manufacturer brought some of its latest business aircraft to Abuja and Lagos on a sales tour, Cessna Incorporation of United States arrived the country on Monday for similar display at Abuja and Lagos Airports. About three months ago, Bombardier Business Jets Incorporation of Canada also came to Lagos for a sales tour and static display of one of its latest jets, Global 6000. Nigeria was the company’s largest market in Africa, with about 35 Bombardier-made business aircraft currently flying its airspace. The growth in the purchase of private jet in Nigeria has also led to the development of multi-million dollars private jets hangars, where repairs and maintenance could be done in the country. Some of these are Execujets Nigeria Hangar, Caverton Hangar and EverGreen Hangar, all located at the Lagos airport.