Gabon
The Bongo family's sky-high surprise

The Boeing 737 registering as P4-BBJ, frequently used by Sylvia Bongo.
The Boeing 737 registering as P4-BBJ, frequently used by Sylvia Bongo. © Planespotters/Proville
Gabon's presidential family had until now been blissfully unaware that it does not actually own the two Boeings and Bombardier Global that it uses to jet around. After recently learning otherwise, it is having trouble working out who does control the planes. Africa Intelligence connects a few dots. [...]
Published on 09.06.2020 at 06:00 GMT Reading time 4 minutes
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Antoine Hayem, the charterer who keeps the Bongo family flying despite the lockdown

Despite borders being closed as part of the measures taken to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the Gabonese presidency is making greater use than ever of its favourite private aviation service provider, Frenchman Antoine Hayem. Publicity-shy but highly active, he began working for Russian oligarchs and now spends his time meeting the demands of African presidencies and rock groups.

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