Nigerian company, JedAir Limited, has signed joint venture agreement with Canada based Voyageur Airways for the provision of air shuttle services for oil and gas operations in the country.
The partners have already delivered Bombardier Dash 8, Q-300/400 aircraft that would be used for the service; to airlift oil workers and provide logistics for exploration and production of oil and gas activities.
The CEO of JedAir, Nogie Meggison, said the agreement between JedAir and Voyageur Airways would enable the company to provide first class aviation logistics services, noting that it also underscored the importance and confidence foreign investors have in the Nigeria’s aviation sector and the oil and gas industry.
“We are in the business to make great difference and we are proud to be associated with Voyageur Airways”
The Director of Commercial Services, Voyageur Airways, Mr. Cory Cousineau, said: “We are excited about the JV agreement between Voyageur and JedAir. It is a milestone in our African Operations and we will be positioning our aircraft in Nigeria in the first quarter of this year”.
The partnership hopes to expand its operations to other parts of the continent once it gets underway in Nigeria as the region is turning out to be the next big business in the world with new oil and gas discoveries and attendant business opportunities for foreign investment.
As part of the terms of the JV agreement, Voyageur will provide the aircraft, maintenance and technical expertise while JedAir would operate the aircraft and provide crew and ground handling for the aircraft operations.
Voyageur Airways is a globally recognized and leading air operator and maintenance organisation that began operations in 1968 and has steadily grown into a diverse aviation company providing domestic and international non-scheduled and scheduled air services.
Cousineau said the company has over 350 employees, operates out of its 200,000 sq. ft. head office and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, adding that the company is known to provide chartered aircraft to the United Nations and NATO, for operations in places such as Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Ivory Coast and Sudan presently.
Cousineau also disclosed that Voyageur’s fleet currently consists of 24 aircraft, with the following aircraft types: Bombardier Dash 8, series 300/400; Bombardier Bash 7, series100/110; Bombardier CRJ200; Beechcraft King Air A100; Beechcraft Super King air series 200/B200C, and Canadair Regional Jets’