Avia Solutions Group acquires UK airline Synergy Aviation
Synergy Aviation has Air Operator Certificate and Type B Operating Licence from UK CAA
Avia Solutions Group, one of the world’s largest ACMI providers, has acquired U.K.-based airline operator Synergy Aviation, later to be rebranded to Ascend Airways.
"The newly purchased business, which has an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Type B Operating Licence from the UK CAA, will enable the group to strengthen its position in the UK aviation market," says an official release from Avia.
Jonas Janukenas, CEO, Avia Solutions Group says: “We have been present in the U.K. aviation market for over 10 years, managing MRO and charter brokerage businesses. Having a U.K. AOC will create new opportunities for the group in the U.K, and will enable us to expand the geographic reach of our ACMI and charter services.”
Establishing a local AOC will benefit U.K. airlines, charter customers and consumers, says Alastair Willson, who will take over the company’s management and development of Avia’s charter and ACMI business in the U.K.
“Our immediate focus is on working with the U.K. CAA to obtain a Type A Operating License, which shall enable us to offer ACMI and Charter services with 180 to 200-seat capacity aircraft by the end of the year," says Willson. "Our aim is then to offer U.K. customers locally based aircraft and crews to provide a more flexible and reliable service, minimising operational disruptions."
Avia Solutions Group with a fleet of 180 aircraft is the parent company of SmartLynx Airlines, Avion Express, Bluebird Nordic, KlasJet, and Magma Aviation. The Group holds 10 AOCs and has ambitious plans for further expansion in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Australia. The company plans to obtain an AOC in Indonesia during July 2023, expanding its current presence to 68 countries, the release added.