Cairns MRO facility, Australia

Heston MRO expands capabilities with Cairns MRO acquisition

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Australasian independent MRO organisation Heston MRO is to acquire Jet Aviation’s Cairns MRO facility.

Cairns MRO is the largest MRO centre in Far North Queensland, attracting customers from Australia, Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia, specialising in heavy maintenance and avionics repairs in a 5,400 square metre facility.

Upon completion, the new acquisition will expand Heston MRO capabilities into full heavy maintenance for regional aircraft, as well as state-of-the-art avionics repairs shops for wider range of aircraft types.

“We are excited to add Cairns facility to the Heston MRO family,” said Jonas Butautis, Director and Partner at Heston MRO. “Over the last couple of years our company has been looking for the best options how to expand into heavy maintenance and components repairs in Australia. Having done the analysis on Cairns facility, its professional and experienced staff, range of capabilities and growth potential, we decided that it fits well into the overall Heston MRO vision of becoming a Total Care partner for airlines in the Australasian region. Once the transaction is complete, Heston MRO will be offering line, base, components, engines MRO capabilities, as well as technical training and other services. With selected services we will be able to cover the full suite of aircraft types, from smaller regionals like ATR and Dash 8 Q400, narrowbodies like Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s, to large widebodies like Boeing 777s and 787s, and Airbus A350s and A380s.”

AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance...

AMAC Aerospace acquires Gamit Ltd

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AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance...

AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance Repair Organisations, airlines, private and corporate aircraft owners.

Bernd Schramm, Chief Operating Officer AMAC Aerospace Switzerland, said: “We are excited to incorporate Gamit Limited into the ‘AMAC Aerospace Group of Companies’ as it will give the group more aviation related services that we normally have to seek from the wider markets. We will be integrating a strong team based out of the UK with about 100 years’ worth of cumulative experience.”

Ian Davies, General Manager of Gamit Ltd, added: “Becoming part of the ‘AMAC Aerospace Group of Companies’ will enable us to access new markets, offer new services and work much closer together on mutual projects realising efficiencies that ultimately benefit our clients. It is an exciting time for the group and a great opportunity for Gamit Limited.”

Gamit Ltd will keep its offices at London Stansted Airport.

Viasat and Inmarsat

Viasat to acquire Inmarsat

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Viasat and Inmarsat

Viasat is to acquire Inmarsat in transaction valued at US$7.3 billion subject to regulatory approval.

The definitive agreement, which Rick Baldridge, Viasat’s President and CEO called “a major moment for in-flight connectivity and the satellite industry as a whole” during a conference call, is expected to close in the second half of calendar year 2022.

Both companies are nearing the end of unusually capital investment cycle within the next 24-6 months. Inmarsat has recently launched its OneFi, ELERA and ORCHESTRA solutions while Viasat has invested in its business aviation services and is preparing for the launch of ViaSat-3 (Americas) which is expected to launch early calendar year 2022.

The combined company will make use of the interoperability opportunities offered by their respective network to offer customers greater choice, greater customer service through higher speeds, more bandwidth, greater density of bandwidth at high demand locations like airport hubs and lower latency at lower cost.

An advanced architecture will make use of multi-band, multi-orbit satellites and terrestrial air-to-ground systems through the fusion of complementary spectrum, satellite and terrestrial assets of both companies into a “global high-capacity hybrid space and terrestrial network, capable of delivering superior services in fast-growing commercial and government sectors.”

The combined company will have a fleet of 19 satellites (10 Ka-, 8 L- and 1-S band) in service with an additional 10 spacecraft under construction and planned for launch within the next three years, including eight GEOs. The global Ka-band footprint, including Inmarsat’s planned polar coverage, will be augmented by a revitalisation of L-band assets that support all-weather resilience and highly reliable, narrowband and IoT connectivity.

“This is a transformative combination that advances our common ambitions to connect the world. The unique fusion of teams, technologies and resources provides the ingredients and scale needed for profitable growth through the creation and delivery of innovative broadband and IoT services in new and existing fast-growing segments and geographies,” said Viasat’s Executive Chairman Mark Dankberg. “Inmarsat’s dual-band global mobile network, unique L-band resources, skills and capabilities in the UK and excellent technical and operational talent worldwide, are powerful complements to Viasat’s business. Together, we can advance broadband communications and create new hybrid space and terrestrial networks that drive greater performance, coverage, speed, reliability and value for customers. We look forward to welcoming the Inmarsat team into the Viasat family.”

“Joining with Viasat is the right combination for Inmarsat at the right time,” said Rajeev Suri, CEO of Inmarsat. “Viasat is a terrific innovator and Inmarsat brings some powerful additions: global reach, a broad distribution channel, robust business momentum and a presence in highly attractive global mobility segments. Together, the two companies will create a new global player with the scale and scope to help shape the future of a dynamic and growing industry.”

During the period prior to the closing of the transaction, Viasat expects members of Inmarsat’s management team to continue to execute its strategy and provide leadership, in-depth industry knowledge and customer relationship support. Decisions regarding management of the combined company following the closing of the transaction will be made as part of the integration planning process.

Hangar 51 has been acquired by Avia Solutions Group

Avia Solutions Group acquires London Biggin Hill Airport base

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Hangar 51 has been acquired by Avia Solutions Group

Avia Solutions Group has acquired Biggin Hill Hangar Company Limited, the owner of Hangar 510, a premium Fixed Base Operations (FBO) and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) centre of operations at London Biggin Hill Airport.

Jonas Janukenas, CEO of Avia Solutions Group, said: “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of this fantastic operation, based at one of Europe’s fastest-growing business aviation airports. We look forward to working with business operators and the Airport to continue delivering exceptional quality services for passengers, aircraft owners, and fleet operators landing and departing from London Biggin Hill Airport.”

Tenants of Hangar 510 include Signature Flight Support, the world’s largest network of Fixed Based Operations with over 200 locations worldwide, and Bombardier, which provides aircraft maintenance services at the site.

Avia Solutions Group’s acquisition of Biggin Hill Hangar Company Limited follows the Group’s previous investment in the Airport’s burgeoning business ecosystem. In March 2021, Avia Solutions Group’s subsidiary, Jet MS, acquired RAS Group, a long-established aircraft interior, exterior, and completions specialist based at the airport.

The transaction also strengthens ASG’s presence in the UK’s aviation services market. In August 2021, Avia Solutions Group’s subsidiary Storm Aviation Limited acquired Manchester-based Chevron Technical Services Ltd (CTS) and its Prestwick-based subsidiary Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Ltd (CAM), providing aerospace solutions to the commercial aircraft maintenance industry.

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Newrest acquires majority stake in Flight Delight Air Catering

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Newrest Inflight Catering

Newrest has become the majority shareholder of Flight Delight Air Catering, an independent company of the Käfer Service GmbH, group by taking a 60% stake in the company.

From its sites in Frankfurt and in Munich, Flight Delight Air Catering is specialised in high quality in-flight catering on long-haul routes to clients include airlines such as Air Canada, Air Astana, China Airlines, Latam Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

The merger creates a new entity, Newrest Germany, as Newrest looks to prioritise the in-flight catering market in Germany following the opening of its German subsidiary in 2020.

The added value for Flight Delight Air Catering lies in Newrest’s ability to extend the presence of Newrest Germany’s operations in Berlin and Hamburg to other German cities. Stuttgart and Hannover are, among others, named in the expansion ambitions of the entity.

In other news, Newrest has resumed providing catering services to Austrian Airlines in Montreal, Canada. After almost 18 months of suspension due to the pandemic, Newrest teams are once again providing two full meal services to three Boeing 767 weekly flights to Vienna International Airport out of Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Catering services are provided to a maximum of 211 passengers.

In South Africa, Newrest has started to provide in-flight catering services to Air Mauritius. Newrest worked in close collaboration with the Air Mauritius team based in Mauritius to finalise the on-board menu for the route that serves OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The flight operates three times a week on an A330neo aircraft.

Finally, Newrest UIS has begun supplying Uganda Airlines, which recently inaugurated a new route to Dubai on its new aircraft A330neo aircraft, with more routes planned.

Newrest UIS’ in-flight services crew is now catering for the airline for nine different destinations.

Passengers will be served a blend of Ugandan and international food provided by Newrest’s chefs and aligned to its quality standards. A full bar service, as well as premium quality blankets and amenity kits will be also part of the on-board service. Newrest will adapt its offer to passenger feedback.

Newrest UIS will operate the catering for 210 economy, 24 premium economy, 20 business class and 13 cabin crew per flight.

John Horsfall has acquired Orvec

John Horsfall acquires Orvec

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John Horsfall has acquired Orvec

John Horsfall has acquired fellow Hull-based designer, Orvec, a supplier and manufacture of woven and non-woven products to the airline.

The acquisition will allow John Horsfall to further diversify its product range.

Peter Horsfall Benson commented: “This is a fantastically positive acquisition for our business, with many synergies in terms of product area and customer base. John Horsfall will retain Orvec’s UK & China production facilities; with all sales enquiries, order processing and account management coming in-house at John Horsfall’s Huddersfield HQ.”

In addition to its Hull headquarters, Orvec has manufacturing facilities in Xiamen, China and Charlotte, North Carolina, US, from which it serves airline customers including Aer Lingus, Delta, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

FlightAware to join Collins family

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Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

Collins Aerospace is to acquire privately held aviation company FlightAware.

Following closing, Houston-based FlightAware, which provides global flight tracking solutions, predictive technology, analytics and decision-making tools, will join Collins’ Information Management Services portfolio within the company’s Avionics strategic business unit.

“Global connectivity now shapes and impacts every segment of aviation. FlightAware is the recognized leader in data collection, analytics and customer experience, which will help Collins unlock the full power of the connected ecosystem for our customers,” said Dave Nieuwsma, Collins Aerospace’s head of Avionics. “FlightAware’s flight tracking and data platform, the largest in the world, has the potential to deliver new capabilities and innovations across our entire business.”

“The world’s aerospace companies and aircraft operators are looking to digital aviation to provide the next revolution in aviation efficiency and reliability,” said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, “and we are excited to join Collins Aerospace and Raytheon Technologies at this pivotal time to continue to lead that revolution at an even broader scale.”

Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

ContentArmor acquisition opens way into IFE for Synamedia

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Independent video software provider Synamedia has acquired ContentArmor, a privately held developer of forensic watermarking solutions for the media and entertainment industry.

The acquisition extends Synamedia’s reach into new markets including in-flight entertainment (IFE) boosting Synamedia’s anti-piracy capabilities for movie studios and sports rightsholders, across both OTT and direct-to-consumer (D2C) services.

ContentArmor has been working alongside long-term partner, castLabs, on a custom IFE  integration as part of their partnership to fight against video piracy.

By combining Video Toolkit  and server-side watermarking, castLabs and ContentArmor have developed a session-based forensic watermarking solution that works directly on the encrypted content without breaking the secure data path. Studios increasingly require enhanced content security measures and this solution allows to identify theft sources down to the user account level. Watermarking adds another significant layer of protection for digital media by embedding unique invisible information into streams which cannot be removed, regardless of distortions or alterations being made to content.

For this specific integration, the watermark is applied on the fly when the player requests segments of content. It does not require any additional storage capacity to distribute 4K movies on integrated aircrafts’ private screens with limited capacity.

In addition, by adding ContentArmor’s technology, patents and expertise to its broad portfolio of security offerings, including its Synamedia EverGuard anti-piracy services, Synamedia is now uniquely placed to meet video service providers’ edge and 5G security demands.

Edge watermarking is the most effective, secure and scalable approach for detecting and disrupting content leaks, and Synamedia anticipates a substantial market opportunity for it, particularly to stream premium content over 5G. ContentArmor’s innovative edge watermarking technology reduces storage and CDN bandwidth requirements by eliminating the need to duplicate video streams. It improves cache performance and speeds the process of embedding the watermarks, while reducing risk by performing security-critical operations in the network rather than in the client.

ContentArmor’s forensic watermarking complies with the MovieLabs Enhanced Content Protection specification for premium VOD and UHD/4K and is already in use protecting studios’ movies by identifying the source of any unauthorised content distribution.

Alain Durand, ContentArmor CEO, commented: “While head-end watermarking is now at the heart of any studio or service provider’s security requirements, we are primed for the future with our edge watermarking solution. By combining our high-performance technology with Synamedia’s unparalleled intelligence-led security offerings, service providers can future-proof their revenues from the menace of piracy.”

Paul Segre, Synamedia CEO, added: “ContentArmor’s expertise and investment in R&D has resulted in more than 30% growth year-on-year since its inception, along with an impressive patent portfolio. This acquisition further accelerates our industry-leading security business, with edge watermarking fuelling new opportunities in the D2C streaming space and for 5G. In the security domain, our clear objective is to meet the needs of all video service providers that care about anti-piracy. The acquisition of ContentArmor strengthens that proposition.”

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Complete Aircraft Group enters bizav market with Aerocare Aviation Services acquisition

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Complete Aircraft Group (CAG), a UK independent specialist provider of quality aviation solutions, has acquired established business aviation MRO Part 145 provider Aerocare Aviation Services Limited (AASL).

The acquisition pushes CAG into the corporate aviation arena, less than 10 months since its founding.

The purchase of AASL marks a strategic investment for CAG, which recently bolstered its senior management with the addition of Alan Barnes as Head of Operations: “The acquisition of Aerocare is an important and significant milestone in the continued journey of CAG and their wider group portfolio. I’m delighted to be helping steer this expansion. Aerocare is a world renowned, trusted business with an unsurpassed pedigree currently centred on the Hawker platform. We are looking forward to working with Aerocare General Manager, Jason Davies and his team, to maximise resources and building up capability,” commented Barnes.

Complete Aircraft Group CEO Warren Crook added: “The complementary addition of Aerocare is a great fit to our diverse aviation group, enabling us to better serve our respective markets and customer base. Moving into business aviation, which has shown incredible resilience throughout the pandemic, and opens an exciting and new chapter for CAG. Valuable portfolio additions include Mobile Repair Team Ltd, aircraft acquisition and tear down, plus complete management and oversight.”

Passenger using a PED

Intelsat drops Gogo name as integration complete

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Passenger using a PED

Gogo Commercial Aviation has officially been renamed Intelsat, following its acquisition last December.

“Intelsat’s unparalleled global reach, depth of capacity and vertical integration provides commercial airlines with unmatched optionality and flexibility, delivering the frictionless IFEC experience essential to commercial airlines,” said Intelsat Chief Executive Officer Stephen Spengler. “With Intelsat’s powerful, integrated offering, airlines no longer need to trade speed, reliability or availability for coverage — even when flying at full capacity in and out of the busiest airports.”

“Our company is known for its flexibility and commitment to exceptional customer service, and we’re always innovating new models aimed at helping airlines identify the right distribution strategy to meet their unique needs,” said John Wade, President of Intelsat’s Commercial Aviation Business division. “We do more than talk a good game; Intelsat’s superior customer experience is backed by meaningful and easy-to-understand SLAs that commercial airlines can trust to meet their passenger experience needs today, tomorrow and for decades to come,“ said Wade.

“This name change is happening while Intelsat is leveraging its unparalleled global orbital and spectrum rights, scale and partnerships to build the world’s first global 5G satellite-based software-defined network of networks,” added Spengler. “The Intelsat network will be capable of supporting virtually any access technology, enabling the next generation of global mobility, IoT and 5G services with never-before-seen combined simplicity, coverage, economics and performance.”

The US$400 million acquisition further propels Intelsat into vertically integrated managed mobility services, and deeper into the growing inflight connectivity market. Broadband connectivity for nine of the top 20 global airlines and an installed base of more than 3,000 commercial aircraft are now part of Intelsat’s portfolio of services.