Oxford, UK-based aviation-detailing company Up and Away Aviation has announced the acquisition of Farnborough, UK-based aircraft valet company Avialogistics from Gama Aviation. Stefan Murphy, Managing Director of Up and Away Aviation, and Kevin Godley, CFO Gama Aviation, ratified the deal on 1st June 2015. Under the terms of the agreement all Avialogistics assets will be rebranded Up and Away, and all employees will move across to work as part of the Up and Away Aviation team. The deal has more than doubled the size of Up and Away Aviation which, having launched in 2008, has until now grown organically.
Following the deal, Up and Away Aviation will continue to grow its UK footprint by moving its head office to TAG Farnborough Airport, maintaining its base at London Oxford Airport and strengthening its presence at London Stansted and London Luton airports. “We already have a good fixed and mobile network but plan to increase our manpower with the aim of being able to work from a growing number of locations,” adds Murphy.
Up and Away currently serves the UK market providing high quality detailing and valet services to a predominantly Business Aviation client base. With an expanded team Up and Away Aviation will now extend its offering into Europe providing dedicated, bespoke valet services to the full spectrum of business aviation aircraft. Murphy sees an opportunity to support exhibitors at the major aviation events by working closely with them to provide a consistent, reliable and efficient cleaning service that showcases the valuable assets at their best.
The purchase is the first in what Up and Away Aviation’s Murphy hopes will be a series of acquisitions that will support the company’s expansion into new markets. “We are a well established brand with a core client base and now is the time for us to develop opportunities and explore horizons further afield,” he adds explaining the rationale behind the deal.
As the business grows Murphy is also developing the concept of becoming a single source provider of a wide range of aviation services including inflight catering, laundry, cabin crew training and provisioning services either directly through acquisition, or via third party providers. “We work very closely with crew and understand that a single source providing all of these services is often much more useful than having to make any number of calls.” He plans to offer these extra products through long-term, bespoke packages. With 24.7 availability, competitive pricing and a tailored service he anticipates a great take up of the offering. Up and Away also plans to develop relationships with MRO, FBO and completion companies.
About Up and Away
Up & Away Aviation Detailing serves the UK’s private aircraft industry by offering a full range of interior and exterior valeting services of fixed wing and rotary machines. The company was founded in 2008 and today employs 15 leading aircraft detailers offering interior, exterior cleaning and bright work polishing. All detailers are fully trained to a high standard and security cleared to work at any UK airport. Teams operate from self – sufficient vehicles fully equipped to deal with all aircraft from small business to commercial sized jets. www.upandawayaviation.com
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