328 Support Services GmbH (328SSG) has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Quorum Aviation Ltd, Nigeria to support the growth of a new regional connectivity in Nigeria and the West African region.
According to a press release signed by the Managing Director, Quorum Aviation, Mr Mr Lukman Abiola Lawal, the agreement will provide the basis of the commencement of a new charter service in Nigerian aviation.
He said the first project in the partnership is for 328 support services, to supply aircrafts for Quorum Aviation Abuja-Kaduna air shuttle services project which was previously announced by the firm and the Kaduna State government in late 2019.
He said representatives of 328SSG signed the co-operation agreement at a ceremony in Lagos adding that work will begin shortly to define further their co-operation which ultimately includes aircraft acquisition. 328SSG, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), is the Type Certificate Holder of the Dornier 328 aircraft.
He said: “We have been planning this development to partner with the right aircraft manufacturer over many years and feel now the time is right to connect more cities and towns and with the potential of the D328 aircraft this is the right aircraft for us”.
“The investment that thus strategic partnership will drive and bring to Nigeria aviation and indeed the west African region is massive; aircraft, part, maintenance, training (including pilots engineers cabin and ground staff) plus the potential to build an internationally recognised MRO to provide regional support for the expected growth of the reenergised Dornier 328 program is very exciting especially as the company approaches the start of the next generation Dornier aircrafts with the D328NEU. While the cooperation agreement involves the acquisition of aircraft, the other aspects and potentials of this cooperation agreement is very positive for Nigeria and Africa aviation and we look forward to sharing more details as we execute the plan”
Managing Director, 328SSG, Dave Jackson, said: “Nigeria is an ideal place for the services provided by the D328 aircraft and we look forward to working with Quorum Aviation Ltd to deliver quality product to the people of Nigeria.”
“The expansion of our fleet base there, where we already have a number of D328 aircraft, and commitment and vision shown by Quorum is a very exciting project for us”