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12 Oct 21

Alton Aviation Consultancy appoints global Airline Practice Lead

NEW YORK (OCTOBER 12, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to announce the appointment of Umang Gupta as global airline practice lead. Gupta brings 20 years’ experience in airline strategy and revenue growth, having held leadership positions at United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, US Airways, and Sabre. His expertise extends across revenue management and pricing, planning, sales and distribution, marketing, brand management, advertising, non-airline partnerships, ancillary products, alliances and joint ventures, customer service, experience and loyalty. John Mowry, managing director, says: “Umang’s track record in driving strategic growth and performance improvement across a wide range of carriers speaks for itself. We are delighted to welcome him to the team as an invaluable asset to our airline...


03 Aug 21

Alton Aviation Consultancy advises KKR on Atlantic Aviation acquisition

NEW YORK (AUGUST 3, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to have acted as the lead commercial due diligence advisor for KKR, a leading global investment firm, on its acquisition of Atlantic Aviation from Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC). Atlantic Aviation operates one of the largest networks of fixed base operations (FBOs) in the United States, providing a full suite of services to the private aviation sector. A definitive agreement for MIC to sell Atlantic Aviation to KKR for US$4.475 billion was agreed in June 2021. Adam Cowburn, managing director with Alton Aviation Consultancy, says: “We are proud to support KKR in this investment. In our role as lead commercial due diligence advisor for KKR, Alton...


08 Jul 21

Alton Aviation Consultancy Promotes Adam Guthorn to Managing Director

NEW YORK (JULY 8, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to announce a further expansion of its senior ranks with Adam Guthorn’s promotion to Managing Director. Based in Alton’s New York City office, Guthorn’s areas of subject matter expertise extend across multiple domains of the aviation and aerospace value chain including MRO and aftermarket, aerospace supply chain, aviation finance, and business and general aviation. Guthorn’s functional expertise includes quantitative analysis and modelling of market demand, financial and operational performance benchmarking, asset valuations, and M&A transaction support. Managing Director John Mowry says: “Adam’s contributions to the continued growth and success of the firm have been vast and immeasurable. Alton’s clients clearly recognize and value the expertise...


06 Jul 21

Alton Aviation Consultancy Recognized by Airfinance Journal for Commercial Aviation 2020 M&A Deal of the Year

NEW YORK (JULY 5, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation advisory firm, is pleased to have contributed to Bain Capital’s successful acquisition of Virgin Australia, recognized as the ‘2020 M&A Deal of the Year’ by Airfinance Journal. The $A3.5bn deal (as reported in Australian media) was completed in an expedited timeframe, with the airline emerging from administration in just seven months. Leah Ryan, managing director with Alton Aviation Consultancy noted: “Virgin Australia was one of the Asia-Pacific region’s first high-profile casualties following the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the corporate rescue of the airline was one of the most high-profile and complex deals of the last decade.” Virgin Australia was the first major...


11 Feb 21

India Outlook 2021 -- An Executive Spotlight with Sanjiv Kapoor

NEW YORK (February 11, 2021) -- Based in New Delhi, India, Alton Aviation Consultancy senior advisor Sanjiv Kapoor discusses airline recovery strategies, the market outlook for India, and the year ahead. Download Executive Spotlight With over 20 years’ experience in the airline industry, Sanjiv has worked with carriers in Asia, Europe, and the US as part of management, as a management consultant, and as an investment advisor in the aviation space. A native of Kolkata (Calcutta), India, Sanjiv received his BA from Dartmouth College, majoring in Computer Science and Government, and his MBA from Wharton (University of Pennsylvania). Sanjiv started his aviation career in the US at Northwest Airlines in 1997, working within the finance, planning...


19 Jan 21

Alton enters 2021 well-positioned for continued growth

NEW YORK (JANUARY 19, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation advisory firm, is entering 2021 with strong momentum despite the challenging business environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Amidst the market dislocation, clients have increasingly sought out the expertise of Alton’s professionals who bring decades of experience across multiple industry up- and down-cycles. Alton saw accelerated demand for strategic, operational, and financial advisory support from the world’s leading airlines, aircraft lessors and lenders, MRO and aftermarket providers – and investors in all these businesses. The firm completed more than 100 engagements over the past twelve months. Selected highlights from 2020 include: Alton continued to grow its advisory team, on-boarding seven new team members Engaged...


01 Dec 20

Alton reaffirms commitment to Pledge 1% this Giving Tuesday

NEW YORK (DECEMBER 1, 2020) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy is proud to continue its support of Pledge 1% on this Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. Pledge 1% is a global philanthropic movement that encourages companies and individuals to give 1% of equity, product or employee time for their communities. Alton’s largest charity beneficiary is Airlink, the rapid-response humanitarian relief organization. In 2020, Alton’s donations to Airlink have directly supported non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to transport 487,490 lbs of cargo and 522 aid workers and volunteers to 19 different emergencies worldwide, including the Beirut explosion and Hurricanes Eta, Laura, and Sally. John Mowry managing director in Alton’s New York office, says: “Social responsibility has been core...


02 Jun 20

Aviation must face up to prospect of long ‘COVID overhang’, says Alton Aviation Consultancy report

NEW YORK - June 2, 2020: The ‘New Normal’ for the aviation industry is 18-24 months away and key players must prepare for an extended ‘Covid overhang’ period and a long, turbulent journey to recovery, according to Alton Aviation Consultancy. The global aviation advisory firm today released its independent report ‘Covid-19: Implications for the commercial aviation industry’, offering detailed insight into the ongoing crisis for the whole aviation industry. The comprehensive paper sets out a list of mitigating strategies and actions for airlines, aircraft lessors, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) providers, aerospace manufacturers, and airports to prioritize resources and manage risk. Adam Cowburn, report author and managing director in Alton’s Hong Kong office, says: “The surest...


20 May 20

Alton Aviation Consultancy’s Jian Zhu accredited as Certified Appraiser by ISTAT; the first woman in Asia to earn such qualification

HONG KONG - May 20, 2020: Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to announce that engagement manager Jian Zhu has earned her credentials as an International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Certified Appraiser. Based in Alton’s Hong Kong office, Ms. Zhu adds to Alton’s roster of certified appraisers and becomes Asia’s first female ISTAT Certified Appraiser. Laetitia Achille, managing director in Alton’s New York office, says: “ISTAT accreditation is the gold standard for valuing aviation-related assets and this achievement demonstrates Jian’s commitment to aviation and the industry best practices we adhere to at Alton. Jian has clearly set a precedent for diversity in the industry and we hope to see her example followed by many more.”...


30 Mar 20

Alton Aviation Consultancy announces appointment of Leah Ryan as a Managing Director

DUBLIN, IRELAND - March 30, 2020: Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to announce that Leah Ryan has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Based in Alton’s Dublin, Ireland office, Leah will enhance Alton’s advisory offerings in aircraft leasing and aviation finance, risk analysis and restructuring, due diligence and investment strategy, business planning, transaction support, and valuation. Leah is a seasoned aviation financial services leader, bringing two decades of experience in global risk management and aviation finance to her new role. Prior to joining Alton, Leah spent a decade with GECAS across its operating lease and lending (PK AirFinance) businesses, providing oversight on structuring and comprehensive underwriting of aviation leasing and debt opportunities. Earlier in her...


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