AirQuarius Aviation

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AirQuarius Aviation
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operationsFebruary 2012
HubsLanseria Airport
Secondary hubsCape Town International Airport
Fleet size1
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
Key peopleGavin 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 by Gavin Branson and started operations in 1997.[2] At one time it had 120 employees.[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 and Sudan.[citation needed]

In 2011 it was alleged that an air operating certificate was awarded to an AirQuarius Charters aircraft on the basis of an inspection form which the inspector said was not written or signed by him.[2]

AirQuarius stopped operating on 7 February 2012.[2]


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


  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 71.
  2. ^ a b c "AirQuarius flights". 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  3. ^ "AirQuarius Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 31 August 2017.