MHS Aviation forms a partnership with Elangeni in Vienna

8. September 2020

Vienna, 7th of September 2020:

Elangeni GmbH, a Vienna based company received its AOC, Air Operator Certificate A-163 and operating license from Austro Control on July 15th, 2020. The new Austrian commercial airline wants to attract owners of business jets to manage and operate their valuable assets. 

Steffen Fries, CEO at MHS says: “Initially, we have based a Cessna Citation CJ2+ at Vienna Airport. While MHS will continue to offer its services out of Germany, operating aircraft types like Gulfstream 550, Falcon 2000LX, Embraer Praetor 600, Bombardier Global Express, Challenger 604, Challenger 300 and Learjet 45XR, as well as several Dornier 328-100, our move to Vienna is based on our believe that the Austrian market deserves a serious and trustworthy alternative. We are making unprecedented commitments to our future clients and are convinced that the quality of our services will attract them.” 

Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer, flight operations manager at MHS and founder of Elangeni, adds “We are pleased to take this step towards MHS’ expansion into this dynamic region of Eastern Europe. MHS has an excellent market know-how, reputation and customer base. With the new base and AOC in Austria, we offer a fresh and innovative home for business jet owners.” 

Elangeni will operate under Austrian AOC and share its fleet with MHS, bringing cost benefits to the owners while growing its fleet. “And Elangeni will be the first operator to openly disclose and share such benefits with its clients, secured in the management agreements with aircraft owners”, resumes Lichtner-Hoyer. 

Facts about MHS 

MHS Aviation is a German airline, specialized in VIP-charter and based in Oberhaching near Munich and Oberpfaffenhofen airport. Having logged 4 decades since its foundation, MHS has become one of the oldest providers of business charter flights in Europe. 

The company was founded in 1977 as Munich Helicopter Service (MHS) GmbH. Today’s controlling shareholder, Gerd Brandecker acquired MHS in 2009 and started the consequent transition to business jets. MHS added fixed wing aircraft – from 4-seater jets to ultra-long range aircraft like Bombardier Global Express and Gulfstream G550, having 14,5 hours endurance. In addition, the fleet encompasses six regional turboprop aircraft. 

Since March 10th, 2014, MHS operates flights for Rhein-Neckar Air, RNA, out of Mannheim, Germany to Berlin-Tegel and Hamburg. In addition, during summer season, flights are performed for RNA to the island of Sylt in the North Sea, 4 times a week. Due to the high demand, since June 2019, Sylt is now also served out of Kassel, Germany. 

August 2020, the MHS fleet consists of 19 aircraft and one helicopter: 

2 Gulfstream G550

2 Bombardier Global Express

3 Bombardier Challenger 604

2 Dassault Falcon 2000LX

1 Embraer Praetor 600

1 Bombardier Challenger 300

1 Bombardier Learjet 45XR

1 Cessa Citation CJ2+

6 Dornier 328-100

1 Agusta Westland AW109



Elangeni GmbH

Schenkenstrasse 4/6

A-1010 Vienna



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