TNT Express N.V. has announced the company has signed an agreement to sell its airline operations TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas to ASL Aviation Group, conditional on the completion of FedEx’s intended acquisition of TNT, which is expected in the first half of 2016.
As part of the agreement, ASL Aviation Group is expected to take over the flights operated by TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas from the moment the sale is completed. ASL Aviation Group expects the airlines will maintain contracts with partner airlines, contractors and suppliers. In conjunction with the transaction, ASL Aviation Group has entered a multi-year service agreement with TNT to operate flights for the intended FedEx-TNT combination. ASL Aviation Group will continue to serve multiple airline customers.
Tex Gunning, Chief Executive Officer of TNT, said, “I am really happy to report that great progress is being made in planning the integration of FedEx and TNT. In anticipation for closing, we had to find a new owner for TNT’s airlines to comply with aviation regulations. With ASL Aviation Group, we have found an experienced aviation group that can meet the high service standards that we have implemented at TNT over the last two years. I wish to thank all the employees of TNT Airways and Pan Air for their dedication and hard work over the years.”
Hugh Flynn, Group Chief Executive of ASL Aviation Group, said, “We are delighted to agree on this key strategic step in our growth and it underlines our commitment to be the preferred neutral aviation services provider to the intended FedEx-TNT combination once the transaction closes. We look forward to welcoming the teams at TNT Airways and Pan Air to ASL Aviation and having them become a valued part of our group. As a global aviation services provider with operations on 6 continents and a post transaction fleet of more than 130 aircraft, we will continue to use our strength and stability to offer the best possible service to all of our customers.”
Upon completion of the airline sale, employees of TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas are expected to become part of ASL Aviation Group. ASL Aviation Group has also announced it attends to respect the employees’ current terms and conditions of employment and intends to maintain the TNT Airways headquarters in Liège.
TNT’s Liège hub is not part of the airlines sale. It is expected to be maintained as a significant operation for the intended FedEx-TNT combination going forward.
ASL Aviation Group is an aviation group headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, providing aviation services globally with seven Air Operators Certificates in Europe, Africa and Asia, two support services companies and various leasing entities. It currently owns and operates a fleet of 100 aircraft for freight and passenger transport. ASL Aviation Group had revenues of €382m in 2015.
Details of the transaction will not be disclosed.
Source: TNT Express