Flying is a passion; you either love it or hate it. The same can be said about Africa. It has beauty, savagery, despair and adoration all mixed together and there is no other continent in which distance is better married with aviation. There is no better way to really understand the scale of Africa, to see its horizons stretching unbroken all around and to witness the sudden changes of landscape when the memory of the previous terrain is only a head turn behind you. Long hot journeys on unmade dusty red roads meandering hesitantly towards their destination, or traffic dodging potholes in endlessly jarring chaos all slip by underneath the wings of the aircraft.
“Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just ‘home’. It is all these things but one thing – it is never dull”. Beryl Markham
Whether you are a business traveler heading to a meeting intent on avoiding time-consuming delays, or a tourist on a tight schedule making the most of your limited time in the country, a celebrity wanting the quickest connections between private jets, or just someone who needs something done urgently, flying is always the quickest and is often the most cost effective way of getting around.
East African Air Charters is one of the longest established air charter companies in East Africa. We have been around since the 1970’s – a record in this volatile industry!
The Company was originally founded primarily as a maintenance and repair operation by Mike Seton, who moved from cars to aircraft in the swinging 70s when aircraft ownership in East Africa was transitioning from being the domain of the elite, to a practical widespread mode of transporting people and supplies around the newly independent region.
Some of the maintenance clients then are still clients (and friends) now, and many of the aircraft Mike worked on then are still flying now! There’s very little about a piston engine or a small Cessna aircraft that he hasn’t rebuilt or repaired at sometime or other. And it is this long hands-on experience that makes our Engineering department so capable.
East African Air Charters has always been a family business – family owned, family operated and family run. Mike is still in charge of the engineering side of the business while his son, David is responsible for all the aircraft charters and clients, keeping a keen eye on all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Company.
OUR POLICY: We’ve watched dozens of other companies come, setup and then vanish because of a short-sighted policy of cut-throat and cost-cutting policies. This is not a business ethic we want to follow, and we prefer to give our clients a safe, professional service. We try to give value for money, and we won’t cut corners on the maintenance or the safety of the aircraft charters.