Airline customer: African National Airline
Lease Period: July – September
Reason for lease: Hajj pilgrimage
Our client is an African national carrier, mandated by their government to provide aircraft for 12,000 Hajj pilgrimage passengers.
The airline had widebody capacity within their fleet, but it was fully utilised on scheduled routes. ACMI24 was brought in to provide ACMI wet lease capacity during the Hajj.
ACMI24 delivered a high density, 2-class B777-200ER aircraft for wet lease. The aircraft operated from three cities, providing passengers with travel to Jeddah and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The selected lessor was an experienced ACMI airline that had worked on Hajj pilgrimage leases for years – and their experience gave them an edge.
The lessor set up a temporary maintenance base from which to operate flights. The lessee worked closely with ACMI24 and the lessor to obtain all necessary crew visas, Civil Aviation permits and approvals – resulting in smooth, successful operation throughout lease period.
ACMI24 coordinated operational information, lessor’s crew positioning for second crew and HOTAC – all of which were confirmed shortly after contract signatures.
ACMI24 had worked with this growing low cost airline on various projects. On this occasion, the airline had identified a clear shortage in the number of pilots trained to meet their expanding route network.
ACMI24 has worked with this established European charter airline each year since our first encounter, allowing them to meet their peak seasonal demand.