Dubai's dnata inks deal to acquire UK air services firm

Subsidiary of Emirates Group says it has reached agreement to buy majority stake in Air Dispatch
Dubai's dnata inks deal to acquire UK air services firm
By Staff writer
Fri 15 Jul 2016 12:30 AM

Dubai-based air services provider dnata has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in UK-based Air Dispatch, part of the Chapman Freeborn Group, the latest in a series of acquisitions over the past year.

Air Dispatch was founded in 2007 and provides centralised load control planning services, calculating the weight and balance conditions for aircraft prior to flight.

The company has 200 employees at its operations centres in Prague and Warsaw, as well as a small head office team in the UK. Its client portfolio includes Air Berlin, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, LOT, SAS, Qantas and Qatar Airways, dnata said in a statement.

“Air Dispatch is the global market leader in Centralised Load Services to the airline community. This latest acquisition will allow us to further broaden our portfolio to our airline customers and strengthen our position as a leading global air services provider”, said Stewart Angus, dnata’s divisional senior vice president of International Airport Operations.

“Air Dispatch is a company with a strong track record and valuable expertise and we are confident that they will be a beneficial addition to the dnata family.”

Nick Yeadon, CEO of Air Dispatch, and his management team will continue to lead the business. He added: “We are excited to be entering the next phase of Air Dispatch CLC’s development. dnata is an excellent home for our growing business.”

The acquisition of Air Dispatch follows other recent high-profile transactions by dnata, including the acquisition of Ground Services International in the US, RM Ground Services in Brazil, and investment in ground handling operations in Milan and cargo facilities at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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