By most accounts the number of new private jets arriving into Nigeria is continuing to grow. I don’t have the statistics but I can watch them arrive from my office at the Quits Aviation Centre in Lagos as they come to clear customs and immigration at ExecuJet’s Nigerian FBO.
Bombardier has recognized the increase of clients into the region by increasing their customer support services in both South Africa and Nigeria through their ExecuJet Africa recognized service centers.
In order to better acquaint the growing number of clients in Africa Bombardier arranged Customer African Briefing sessions in Johannesburg on Nov 25th and 26th and in Lagos on Nov 27th.
During the sessions, held for both pilots and engineers, Bombardier gave a breakdown on the amazing success of the Challenger 300 MAX Program that has proven to reduce operating costs across the board. They also took the opportunity to announce the launch of the 2 Year Warranty Program for Business Aircraft spare parts.
The success of the Challenger 300 MAX upgrade program led to Bombardier’s decision to implement a similar program for the Challenger 605. The Bombardier website explains:
Under the Challenger 605 MAX Program, Bombardier will replace key components with the latest configurations that meet the baseline operational level of the current production model. At virtually no cost, Bombardier will provide customers with these upgrades in order to improve dispatch availability, significantly reduce DMCs, increase component meantime between unscheduled removals (MTBUR), lower No-Fault-Found rates and improve customer experience.
I counted over 40 participants including a few who came in from Canada, Germany and Malta for the presentation. Bombardier wrapped up the sessions with a social night out held at the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja where we discussed our operational challenges off the record.