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03 Mar 22

Alton Aviation Consultancy and Airlink join forces to support Ukraine

NEW YORK (MARCH 7, 2022) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation advisory firm, is today launching a fundraising campaign for Ukrainian refugees in conjunction with Airlink, the rapid-response humanitarian relief organization. Alton, a longstanding supporter of Airlink and platinum sponsor, is seeking contributions from individuals and corporations and will match donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $100,000. Airlink is currently working with more than 20 relief organizations for airlift and logistics needs, delivering critical aid and responders to those affected by the ongoing war. John Mowry, co-founder and Managing Director in Alton?s New York office, says: ?Social responsibility has been core to our business values since the founding of Alton, and we are proud to provide our support to Airlink. Following the recent invasion of Ukraine, the need has perhaps never been more acute, and we?re hopeful that other like-minded individuals and companies will join us and Airlink on this important mission.? Steve Smith, Airlink President and CEO adds: ?The tragic events that have unfolded in Ukraine have driven a massive requirement to deliver humanitarian aid across Europe. An estimated 3-5 million refugees are expected to leave the country, and we are looking to raise up to $1M for flights and operational costs. We are grateful for Alton?s continued support and are calling on the aviation community to dig deep and make a difference to the lives of all those affected.? To donate towards Airlink?s humanitarian mission in Ukraine, please visit: https://donorbox.org/alton-supports-airlink. ENDS For further press information, and...

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08 Feb 22

Alton Aviation Consultancy opens new office in the Middle East

DUBAI (FEBRUARY 8, 2022) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation advisory firm, is expanding its footprint with a new office in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The move will allow Alton to deepen its existing client relationships with airports, airlines, aviation authorities and other service providers in the Middle East, offering responsive in-region support to address their most pressing challenges ? strategic, operational, or financial. Spearheading the new office is Managing Director Raffi Kasparian, who brings more than 20 years of experience in international management consulting, transport, logistics and infrastructure to his role. Adam Cowburn, co-founder and Managing Director at Alton, says: ?We?re excited to be starting a new chapter in the Middle East, allowing us to deepen our extensive regional relationships with existing regional clients throughout the value chain, and broaden them as well. We are proud to welcome Raffi as a key member of Alton?s senior leadership team, building on the expertise of our global team as we support our clients to lead the way during the post-COVID recovery.? Throughout his career, Kasparian has managed numerous complex advisory engagements on behalf of several leading management consultancies for major airports, airline groups, and aviation investors. Prior to joining Alton, he also served as a technical and commercial advisor for Lufthansa Group?s consulting team. Kasparian?s route to aviation consulting began at Middle East Airlines where he was responsible for production planning and corporate development, driving network and fleet planning decisions as well as the rollout of market intelligence solutions....

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26 Jan 22

Alton well-positioned for continued growth in 2022

NEW YORK (JANUARY 26, 2022.) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the specialist global aviation advisory firm, is well-positioned for continued growth in 2022, building upon a highly successful 2021. In 2021, Alton continued to support its clients in navigating the Covid-19 pandemic amid prolonged uncertainty. Demand for Alton?s advisory services continued to grow across all segments of the aviation value chain that the firm consults in, including restructuring, fleet planning, aviation finance, business & general aviation, air cargo, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul. The firm successfully completed over 90 engagements during the year, many for repeat clients across both operating businesses and equity and debt investors. Selected highlights from 2021 include: Continued growth of its advisory team, onboarding 12 new team members Served as commercial due diligence advisor for global investment firm KKR in its US$4.8B acquisition of business and general aviation fixed base operator Atlantic Aviation from Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation Selected by U.S. Trade and Development Agency and MRO Aerojet Aviation as the lead advisor for a feasibility study supporting the development of a state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance operation in Ghana Served as aviation advisor to multiple secured lender groups in connection with the restructuring of a major aircraft operating lessor ?M&A Deal of the Year? award by Airfinance Journal received for Bain Capital?s acquisition and restructuring of Virgin Australia in the prior year, where Alton served as fleet due diligence and restructuring advisor Published a series of white papers on The Rise of Advanced Air Mobility, outlining the anticipated costs...

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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 clients.? Gupta will be based at Alton?s New York office and will oversee the consultancy?s support to airlines as they tackle their most challenging commercial, financial, and operational issues. In his most recent role as head of domestic revenue management at United Airlines, Gupta delivered industry-leading unit revenue growth during the most turbulent time in the industry, while also leading the launch of United?s acclaimed Premium Plus service. Previously at JetBlue, Gupta served as President of JetBlue Vacations where he developed the strategy to supercharge growth of JetBlue?s Vacations business and non-air travel products & partnerships, successfully quadrupling revenues. He also held senior roles in marketing and strategic planning and revenue analysis with the airline. ?Alton has built an enviable reputation as thought leaders with industry-wide expertise,? says Gupta. ?I am excited to be...

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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 prepared a commercial market overview and forecast of activity for North American aviation businesses. In addition, we conducted a technical assessment of the company operations to inform KKR?s investment thesis.? The transaction is expected to close in 2H 2021. To find out more about Alton?s advisory capabilities for business and general aviation please visit: https://altonaviation.com/bga/ ENDS For further press information, and interview requests: Chiara Lawrance / Ali Gibson 8020 Communications T: +44 (0)20 7664 6310 E: alton@8020comms.com About Alton Aviation Consultancy Alton Aviation Consultancy is a global advisory firm serving the aviation and aerospace industries. The firm was founded by veteran aviation industry executives, globally recognized for their thought leadership, quantitative analytics, and innovative solution development. The firm offers full value chain coverage with clients including airlines, manufacturers, MRO and aftermarket service providers, lessors...

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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 and insight that Adam brings to his advisory engagements. In addition, Adam?s commitment to developing the next generation of leaders at Alton will be critical to maintaining our deep bench of talent for years to come.? After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Guthorn joined the aviation consulting firm SH&E as an analyst in its Financial & Technical Services and Aerospace & MRO advisory group where he held positions of increasing responsibility before joining Alton in 2017 as a founding partner and Director. ENDS For further press information, and interview requests: Chiara Lawrance / Ali Gibson 8020 Communications T: +44 (0)20 7664 6310 E: alton@8020comms.com About Alton Aviation Consultancy Alton Aviation Consultancy is a global advisory firm serving the aviation and aerospace industries. The firm was...

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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 airline to restructure its financings and operating leases amidst the complex market conditions caused by Covid-19. The revised leasing and financing terms agreed were amongst the first significant set of permanent terms agreed globally between an airline and its leasing and financing counterparties post-pandemic. John Mowry, managing director with Alton Aviation Consultancy, adds: ?We?re pleased to have had the opportunity to support Bain Capital, and for Airfinance Journal to have recognized Bain Capital?s investment along with the work of Alton Aviation Consultancy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Korda Mentha and other professional advisors that contributed to the transaction.? The Deal of the Year Awards are held annually by Airfinance Journal and celebrate the most innovative transactions, teams, and individuals in aviation finance. Alton Aviation Consultancy and Herbert Smith Freehills, in conjunction with other advisers, advised Bain...

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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 and procurement divisions. Thereafter, he held senior roles at Bain and Company ? in Singapore, and subsequently in Dallas and London ? as a leader in its airline practice, prior to returning to the airline business in 2010. Sanjiv?s most recent airline management role was Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer of Vistara (Tata ? Singapore Airlines) from 2016 through the end of 2019, following his role as the Chief Operating Officer of SpiceJet, India?s #2 low cost carrier, during its turnaround in 2014-2015. About Alton Aviation Consultancy Alton Aviation Consultancy is a global advisory firm serving the aviation and aerospace industries. The firm was founded by veteran aviation industry executives, globally recognized for their thought leadership, quantitative analytics, and innovative solution development. The firm offers full value chain coverage with clients including airlines, manufacturers,...

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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 as the lead fleet planning and restructuring advisor for a major Asia-Pacific airline as it successfully emerged from administration Served as the lead airline industry advisor to the unsecured credit committee (UCC) for one of the largest airline bankruptcies in Latin America Served as lead strategic advisor to Monocle Acquisition Corporation on its business combination with AerSale Served as strategic advisor to a major industrial player on eVTOL product development and urban air mobility strategies Published numerous articles and white papers including ?Covid-19: Implications for the commercial aviation industry?, providing insight and a list of mitigating strategies to help the entire aviation value chain prioritize resources and manage risk Celebrated Alton engagement manager Jian Zhu, who became the first female in Asia to earn the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Certified Appraiser...

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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 to our business values since the founding of Alton. In 2017, we were the first aviation and aerospace company to join Pledge 1%, and today, despite these unprecedented times, it is important to us that we follow through on this commitment. ?We are delighted to see how our efforts support Airlink in its valuable work responding to crises worldwide.? Airlink has significantly supported COVID-19 relief efforts, and in April 2020 launched the Aviation C.A.R.E.S campaign (Co-ordinated Air Response for Emergency Supplies) to provide a sustainable pipeline of airlift for relief organizations working to help communities affected by the pandemic. Nearly 8,000,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment have been delivered to hospitals on the front lines of the virus response. The charity has also helped NGOs move more than 400,000 lbs of cargo, including sanitization...

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