GetJet set to ease pressure on Africa's supply chain

GetJet Airlines – provider of wet lease and charter services - is adding capacity before the high season to meet increased demand for ACMI services due. The rise in demand is due to supply chain issues that are also impacting Africa.

Ruta Kulvinskaite

Ruta Kulvinskaite: "We are one of the few airlines with additional capacities of aircraft and crew.” PICTURE: GETJET AIRLINES

The airline’s fleet consists of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG-type aircraft. Another Boeing 737-800 was expected to join its fleet along with three more Airbus A320-family aircraft.

Rūta Kulvinskaitė, CEO of GetJet Airlines, said that by expanding its fleet, the operator will maintain its flexibility and commitments to its clients worldwide.

“We are one of the few airlines with additional capacities of aircraft and crew ready to take on long-term projects or help our clients to overcome challenges by offering ad-hoc ACMI operations.”

The Lithuanian IOSA-approved airline and the Nigerian operator Ibom Air have signed a twelve-month wet-lease partnership agreement for two Airbus A320-200, which started commercial operations last November.

GetJet has proven experience in ACMI in West Africa and is also supporting Ibom Air with A320 aircraft maintenance and training of crew in Nigeria.

According to specialists, commercial leasing companies will play a crucial role in airline funding and liquidity in Africa, especially in the post-pandemic period.

Lockdowns and varying factors have changed the leasing landscape within Africa.

Even though dry leases, where an aircraft is operated under the Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) of the lessor, are more popular options, wet leases are gaining momentum as clients are seeking full aircraft operation.

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha is a francophone editor for African and Arabian Aerospace magazines.