ASL Aviation Group has acquired the airline operations of TNT Express, comprised of TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas (Spain). The two airlines are to be renamed ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain respectively and bring the total number of airlines in the Irish aviation group to nine.
ASL’s offer to acquire the two TNT Express airlines was announced on 5 February 2016 and was conditional on the intended acquisition of TNT Express by FedEx.
In conjunction with the transaction, ASL Aviation Group has entered a multi-year service agreement to operate flights for the new FedEx-TNT combination. ASL Aviation will continue to serve multiple airline customers, it noted.
A staff of 580 people from the two airlines have transferred to ASL as a part of the acquisition and the total number of global staff in the ASL group is now 2,500.
ASL said the existing TNT Airways facilities in Liège, Belgium and Madrid, Spain will be maintained as the corporate offices of ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain and also noted that TNT Express’ Liège hub (Eurohub) is not part of the airlines sale.
There will be no service interruption as ASL Aviation Group has immediately taken over the flights operated by TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas. In addition to continuity of service delivery this change of ownership and control of TNT’s airline operations ensures compliance with EU airline ownership and control rules.
The addition of the 35 aircraft in the two airlines brings the total ASL fleet to over 130 cargo and passenger aircraft. As part of the transaction, ASL Aviation Group expects that the airlines will maintain contracts with partner contractors, suppliers and airlines which currently operate an additional 20 aircraft daily for TNT Airways. This brings the operational fleet of ASL Aviation Group to over 150 aircraft from ATR42 turbo props to B747F aircraft.
Hugh Flynn, chief executive of ASL Aviation Group said: “This is a key strategic step in the continued growth of ASL Aviation Group and I am delighted to welcome the people of TNT Airways and Pan Air to ASL. They have made a huge contribution to their airlines and they have now become valued members of our global family of airlines operating on six continents.”
“ASL has been providing air services to both FedEx and TNT since the early 1990’s and it’s a tremendous privilege now for ASL Aviation Group as an air service provider to play a major role in what these two excellent companies, FedEx and TNT, have built up over many years,” Flynn continued.
“We operate in a highly competitive market and our continued growth is founded in our mission to be the preferred neutral service provider and to always exceed our customers’ expectations. We will continue to use our strength and stability to offer the most competitive and the best possible service to all of our customers,” Flynn concluded.