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06 May 2021

NAC is delighted to announce the acquisition of a 25% stake in Discovery Jets, the fast growing and highly professional Jet Management Company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Discovery Jets has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2016 and it now operates an expanding fleet of VIP corporate jets across North America, Central America and the Caribbean with an imminent expansion into the long-range market.

Martin Banner, CEO of NAC said, “In our 75th year, we are very proud to announce this acquisition, in line with our strategy of expanding our global footprint. We will be working very closely with Cheryl, Darren and their team to expand the range of service offerings, mirroring what we do at NAC where appropriate. Being a partner in this business with a Part 135 license in the USA is going to be an exciting growth opportunity for us. We welcome Discovery Jets to our NAC family, and we look forward to working closely with them to maximize the opportunities that lie ahead.”

The fundamental attitude of Discovery Jets is to be a different type of jet management company. Professionalism, experience, knowledge and sales were the key factors required to create the Jet Management Company of the future. From the early days, management set out to invest in its people getting the very best the industry has to offer then adding the aircraft the industry most desires to create a high yielding and efficient operation.

Darren Banham, CEO of Discovery Jets says “We have worked closely with NAC for almost 18 months and their likeminded mentality and synergy with the industry made for a very attractive business partnership. The wealth of experience that Discovery Jets has direct access to will without doubt shorten our path to becoming a key and fundamental operator within the North, South and Central American markets while expanding our fleet conservatively to accommodate the demand.”


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National Airways Corporation (NAC) is the largest general aviation company in Africa and one of the largest of its kind in the world.

NAC offers a full range of aviation products and services to the aircraft and helicopter markets, including new and pre-owned sales, maintenance, parts, charter, international operations, air ambulance services, aircraft leasing and helicopter pilot and technical training.

Established in 1946, NAC’s strength lies in the relationships it has built over more than seven decades with both clients and suppliers. These robust partnerships enable NAC’s experienced and professional staff to provide market-leading, cost-effective solutions customised to our clients’ specific requirements.

NAC was the world’s first Flight Safety Foundation BARS Gold Standard operator.

NAC is based at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg and operates a South African network of offices at Rand Airport and the Ultimate Heliport in Johannesburg, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Virginia Airport in Durban.  NAC’s state of the art Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at Lanseria International Airport (ICAO: FALA) offers clients a comprehensive suite of services, inclusive of aircraft management on a 24/7 basis.

Our international operations business has offices in Johannesburg and Malta and our leasing business, Awesome Flight Logistics is based in Johannesburg and Perth. Specialized Aircraft Services is in Wichita, Kansas, USA.



With over 80 years of combined aviation experience between its management team and an average of 6,000 hours total flying experience per pilot, safe operations is the key message which Discovery Jets delivers to all of its clients. Discovery Jets offer a complete turnkey solution for all its clients’ needs to ensure the highest savings through the economies of scale, the highest levels of experience and thorough maintenance tracking and records keeping.

Discovery Jets currently operates a fleet of five mid-size and super mid-size aircraft with the view to increasing this fleet by an additional four aircraft in the coming months. An understanding of the sales and operational supply chain is paramount to maintaining cost efficiencies, customer satisfaction and diversified business streams.

Discovery Jets is an Argus Gold operator with aircraft bases in Fort Lauderdale, Teterboro and Van Nuys.


For more information, please contact :

Darren Banham

Chief Executive Officer

+1 (610) 550 3221 |


Martin Banner

Chief Executive Officer

+27 (11) 267 5551 |




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