AirQuarius Aviation

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AirQuarius Aviation
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1997
Ceased operations February 2012
Hubs Lanseria Airport
Secondary hubs Cape Town International Airport
Fleet size 1
Headquarters Johannesburg, South Africa
Key people Gavin Branson August 1967 - October 2014
Website defunct
AirQuarius (ZS-GAV) "Karen" Boeing 737-200.

AirQuarius Aviation was an airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa, operating chartered flights and aircraft leasing contracted by companies throughout Africa and the Middle East. The airline's base was at Lanseria Airport, Johannesburg.[1]


AirQuarius was established and started operations in 1999 by its owner Gavin Branson and has 120 employees.[when?][1] The airline specialized in operating flights to political crisis areas. As such, AirQuarius was the only operator into Baghdad or Basra during the Iraq War. Other missions included UN flights into Afghanistan or Sudan.[citation needed]

AirQuarius stopped operating on 7 February 2012.[2]


AirQuarius operated Fokker 70, Fokker F28 and Boeing 737-200 aircraft at various times.[3]