About us


      For decades now United Aviation Group has invested in, and grown specialist companies which provide bespoke services to the aviation industry.

      It was more than 20 years ago when Jonathan Wolpe, United Aviation Group CEO and owner, approached established South African charter operators to discuss brokering flights as United Charter Services. At the time this type of service was only a fledgling business globally, and was almost unheard of in Africa.

      Having kick-started formalised charter brokering on the African continent, United Charter Services, as part of the United Aviation Group, is now one of the largest charter brokers in Africa, with a loyal customer base and a vast network of aircraft operators.


      In 2008, United Charter Services took the bold step of purchasing an aircraft-operating business in order to provide its clients with medium-to-long-range and ultra-long-range executive business jet transportation. After an extensive search with strict criteria, Owenair, based at Cape Town International Airport, was selected. Established in 1946, the company was one of South Africa’s most mature aircraft-operating businesses and had, at the time, a number of medium and long-range jets available for charter. Jonathan Wolpe fondly refers to the purchase as “being given the privilege to be the custodian of Owenair’s long aviation history”.

      Since 2008, United Charter Services has expanded the Owenair fleet which now includes an impressive range of executive business jets – ranging from a number of the popular Hawker Beechcraft variants to the luxurious Bombardier Challenger. Owenair attracts aircraft owners who handpick the company for its professional management of their multimillion-dollar assets.


      With our roots firmly in African soil, and our sights set on the horizon, United Aviation Group has consistently expanded through acquisition and innovative product development and now includes not only the Charter business, Specialist Cargo Transit and Air Ambulance Services, but also Aircraft Maintenance, Fixed Base Operations, Hangarage, Aircraft acquisitions and Sales, Aircraft Import and Export services and Aviation parts and equipment.