ASL Aviation Group (ASL) has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire the Farnair Group of companies. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the year, once all pending regulatory and customary approvals are received.
When completed, this transaction will combine the strengths of two successful aviation
groups and will provide industry-leading service performance to existing and prospective
future customers world-wide. The acquisition of FARNAIR offers ASL Aviation Group a
unique opportunity to considerably strengthen its position as the neutral provider of airline
services to the major express integrators on a global scale.
Based in Switzerland, the Farnair Group provides a wide range of aviation services across the
world that will complement the existing air services of the ASL Aviation Group. Consisting
of four airlines – FARNAIR Switzerland and FARNAIR Hungary, Quikjet India and the
established joint venture in South East Asia through K-Mile – the transaction will bring the
number of affiliate airlines in the ASL Aviation Group to 7, including Air Contractors in
Ireland, Europe Airpost in France and Safair in South Africa.
The Management team at Farnair Group will remain in place and the addition of the Farnair
aircraft will bring the total ASL Aviation Group fleet to over 100 owned and/or operated
aircraft. Employment numbers will grow to over 1.500 people globally.
ASL is a diversified aviation group that has grown in the past through acquisitions. This new
acquisition reinforces the successful, strategic development of the Group by external and
geographical growth. The integration of the Farnair Group into ASL will enhance the
company’s capabilities and is aimed at strengthening the ASL Group’s ability to offer the
highest quality professional aviation services, on a neutral provider basis, providing access to
additional products and a larger network to all current customers and prospective future
As the acquisition process is ongoing no further details on the commercial aspects will be
announced at this time. Further announcements will follow in due course.
ASL is a joint venture between CMB (51%) and 3P Air Freighters (49%) (a private equity
fund managed by Petercam)