Avia Solutions to take over Chapman Freeborn

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Avia Solutions Group has agreed to acquire 100% of the shareholding in Chapman Freeborn Group, in a deal signed in London on 14 June.

The addition of Chapman Freeborn’s business will bolster Avia Solutions Group’s portfolio, a global holding company with 42 subsidiaries engaged in aircraft maintenance, pilot training, ground handling and fuelling, aviation IT solutions and business aviation.

Following the acquisition, Chapman Freeborn will maintain its existing product portfolio and continue to operate under the group’s existing brands including subsidiaries Chapman Freeborn Airchartering, Chapman Freeborn OBC, Intradco Cargo Services, Logik Logistics, Magma Aviation and Wings 24.

The consolidated revenues of the two entities were €800 million in 2018 and are forecasted to exceed €1 billion in 2019.

After the acquisition is completed, subject to customary approvals, Avia Solutions Group will own 66 companies in 26 countries worldwide with 3,300 professionals.

Gediminas Ziemelis, chairman of the board at Avia Solutions Group says: “This acquisition is part of our strategic plan to expand our presence in key sectors, and significantly strengthens the capabilities of our group. Chapman Freeborn’s client portfolio and its outstanding level of expertise will greatly support our ambition to be the world’s leading aviation services provider.”

Russi Batliwala, CEO of Chapman Freeborn says: “This is an important moment for Chapman Freeborn as we continue to expand the strength of our group around the world. Joining forces with Avia Solutions Group will provide us with a greater level of business scale, resources and expertise to accelerate growth and deliver our services to an even wider client base – all while preserving our unique company culture and ongoing commitment to charter market innovation.”