AVIATION AFRICA: Royal Jet flies in with Royal Eswatini partnership deal

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi based VVIP aircraft charter operator, flew into the Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition in Addis Ababa and announced a joint venture with Royal Eswatini National Airways Cooperation (RENAC).


This collaboration will see a Royal Jet Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) based in King Mswati III airport in Sikhuphe, Eswatini. A VIP configured MD 87 aircraft will also join the fleet and the two companies will jointly market both aircraft.
The aircraft is on display at Bole International Airport during the two day industry summit and delegates from African governments, airlines and high-net-worth individuals are visiting the aircraft during the event.
The strategic partnership between Royal Jet and RENAC is keenly eying a new market segment for generating interest in private jet safaris and is actively seeking to leverage its connections with world class tour operators and high-end boutique resorts to bring a revolutionary luxury product to market.
Royal Jet’s CEO Rob Di Castri said ‘This joint venture demonstrates Royal Jet’s commitment to the Kingdom of Eswatini and to Southern Africa in general. As of 2020 Royal Jet has been operating head of state missions within Africa for 15 years, however we are taking our commitment to the region to another level. We are very proud to be partnering with RENAC in this project and are honoured that His Majesty selected Royal Jet.’
Royal Jet’s Commercial Director Simon D’Oyly added ‘We will begin with one 30-Seat Boeing Business Jet, but the intent of both parties is to create jobs, transfer skills and build up maintenance and operational capability locally. We believe this will lead to increased opportunities for Royal Jet to serve its core heads of state from an African base and we look forward to serving a greater range of clientele, from business people, to sports teams and high end tourism.’