Veling Aviation of the Indian Ocean making inroads

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Veling Group is now a leading name in aviation in the Indian Ocean. The Chairman and MD hails from Africa and notably the Indian Ocean. It was founded in 2002 with a mission to offer innovative and responsive solutions to aviation partners by engaging, empowering, and retaining the best talent to build strong and profitable relationships. It is focused on leasing, sales, and remarketing of commercial airliners and executive jets, aircraft asset management, and structured finance. Veling has its HQ in Mauritius with an office in Dubai.

Seychellois Captain David Savy, formerly of Air Seychelles, is the Chairman of this privately-owned company and Nirvan Veerasamy is the founder and Managing Director of the company. He has a long industry track record having been involved with Singapore Airlines, Indian Airlines, Air India, and Malaysian Airline before becoming MD of Air Mauritius.

Vijay Poonoosamy and Mario Schuler are the non-Executive Directors with Hitesh H. Patel as CEO and Laurence Baron as the Advisor to the Board.

Captain David Savy of Seychelles has served on the Board since 2006 and this company has now grown to be the most significant aircraft lessor from Africa. Today they own 5 Airbus 380’s on lease to Emirates and 5 B777s three who are on lease to a Russian airline. They also own and operate a state-of-the-art private terminal in Mauritius and an FBO. They have a company that also trades in private jets and corporate aircraft based in Dubai.

It is known that it remains very difficult to break into the aircraft leasing market and for islanders/Africans to have made it is a feat in itself. Veling is also a specialist in structured finance and we have been able over the years to raise $ billions to finance B777-300 and A380 from Japanese banks for our customers
They have also found homes for a large number of Singapore Airlines owned surplus aircraft which included B777s and B747s. Veling is unique where three of the four directors have actually served as airline chief executives and they better understand the specific needs of customers and the tremendous challenges they have.

Veling as a company is good news from the African continent and testimony that half given the opportunity we islanders and Africans can play in the first divisions in their own right.


Author: Alain St.Ange

Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.

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