Monday 28th April 2014

As a part of its expansion plans into emerging markets, UAS International Trip Support, a preferred provider of global trip support services for flight operators, VIPs, and government officials, is enhancing its local presence and service across Africa. In addition to having opened its Africa Headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an office in Lagos, Nigeria, UAS is today opening its regional office in Nairobi, Kenya..

UAS's decision to open a regional office in Nairobi is a response to the strengthening economic conditions in Africa. Moreover, Kenya is one of the continent's fastest-growing business jet markets. "Kenya was the third largest purchaser of business aircraft in Africa in 2012, and many airlines have made Nairobi their African headquarters. This is where they base their operations to connect to European airports and pick-up passengers brought in by local and regional operators," says Wynand Meyer, UAS Regional Director Africa. "Our new office in Nairobi will allow us to better support our commercial and general aviation clients with their international operations as well as activities across Africa."

Having served more than 7,000 flights in Africa in 2013, UAS expects to grow its business on the continent by 30% this year and by 50% in 2015. "Our business from Kenya will be a major force underpinning our growth projections," says Mohammed Husary, UAS Executive President. "All indicators have shown us that the aviation industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Kenyan economy and that this is the right time for us to enter and invest in this market."

Similar to its regional office in Lagos, the local staff is fully equipped with state-of-the-art remote communications tools, allowing for real-time monitoring of equipment and fuel availability, access to the latest NOTAMs, and instant notification of trip-plan deviations. "We have had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from clients regarding the additional local support they will receive," Husary says. "Our agents and representatives speak the local languages and have a deep understanding of the local and regional aviation environments. By having agents near our clients, we give every customer our undivided attention, mitigating any complication without compromising UAS's exceptional level of service."

UAS will be celebrating the opening of its Nairobi regional office at this year's Marrakech Airshow, which is taking place April 23-26, in Marrakech, Morocco. UAS will be promoting its commitment to providing air access to remote communities across Africa and to instilling world class service standards in the air and on ground. In so doing, it aims to become the preferred provider of international trip planning and support services to corporate flight operators, charter operators, and private VIP clients.

UAS team members will be available to aviation professionals and members of the media at Marrakech Airshow, AfBAA Expo 2014, stand #E04, from April 23-26.

About UAS:

For more than a decade, UAS has set the standard for international trip support services to corporate, VIP, and commercial operators. With offices around the globe, regional headquarters on four continents, and unmatched access to more than 100 civil aviation authorities and government agencies, UAS is strategically linked to key destinations in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Services include

• Global flight planning and weather services

• Quality ground handling services

• Short-notice overflight and landing permits

• Pre-arranged fuel services

• Crew and VIP airport and ground assistance

• Luxury hotel accommodation and transportation arrangement

• Exclusive airport meet-and-assist services

• Gourmet catering services

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