Luxaviation Helicopters acquires Starspeed
Luxaviation Helicopters has bought management, charter and training company Starspeed – its first acquisition since its launch in February.
The private operator will assimilate Starspeed’s 23 helicopters into its own fleet, making a combined fleet of 42 helicopters.
Luxaviation Helicopters CEO Charlotte Pedersen (pictured) said: “We are very pleased to be announcing Starspeed as Luxaviation Helicopters’ first acquisition.
“After careful consideration of the market, it was clear to us that Starspeed is one of the best corporate and VIP helicopter management companies in the world, with an outstanding reputation and the highest safety standards available.”
Starspeed’s fleet comprises 19 helicopters under management and four available for training and charter. It is made up of Sikorsky S-92 and S-76s; Airbus Helicopters EC155, AS365, EC145, EC135 and AS350s; Leonardo AW169 and Bell 429 helicopters.
Starspeed will retain its leadership, identity and personnel but have access to the expanded portfolio and Luxaviation’s resources.
Simon Mitchell, director and accountable manager at Starspeed, said: “We are delighted to be joining Luxaviation Helicopters, a global brand that will help take Starspeed to the next level of helicopter management.
“There are clear indicators in the market which suggest that our top-end customers are looking for greater integration in the provision of aviation management services, and this includes the ability to place both fixed wing and rotary wing assets under the control of a single management organisation. This agreement allows our clients to benefit from just that.”