ASL Aviation Group acquires TNT airline operations


ASL Aviation Group has acquired the airline operations of TNT Express N.V. (hereafter TNT Express), comprised of TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas (Spain). The two airlines are to be renamed ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain respectively.

ASL’s offer to acquire the two TNT Express airlines was announced on February 5th, 2016 and  was conditional on the intended acquisition of TNT Express by FedEx. On May 18th, 2016, the FedEx offer to acquire TNT was declared unconditional.

In conjunction with the transaction, ASL Aviation Group has entered a multi-year service agreement to operate flights for the new FedEx-TNT combination. ASL Aviation Group will continue to serve multiple airline customers.

TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas have become part of ASL Aviation Group, bringing the number of airlines in the Irish based aviation group to nine.

A staff of 580 people from the two airlines have transferred to ASL as a part of the acquisition and the total number of global staff in the ASL group is now 2,500 from 51 nationalities.

The employees’ current terms and conditions of employment will be respected and it is intended that theTNT  Airways  facilities in  Liège,  Belgium  and  Madrid,  Spain  will  be  maintained  as  the  corporate offices of ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain. TNT Express’ Liège hub (Eurohub) is not part of the airlines sale.

There  will  be  no  service  interruption  as ASL  Aviation  Group has  immediately  taken  over  the  flights operated by TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas. In addition to continuity of service delivery this change of ownership and control of TNT’s airline operations ensures compliance with EU airline ownership and control rules.

The  addition  of  the 35  aircraft  in  the  2 airlines  brings the  total  ASL  fleet  to over 130  cargo  and passenger  aircraft. As  part  of  the transaction, ASL Aviation  Group  expects  that  the  airlines  will maintain contracts  with  partner  contractors,  suppliers  and  airlines which currently  operate  an additional 20 aircraft daily for TNT Airways. This brings the operational fleet of ASL Aviation Group to over 150 aircraft from ATR42 turbo props to B747 jumbo jets.

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Hugh Flynn, Chief Executive of ASL Aviation Group said “This is a key strategic step in the continued growth of ASL Aviation Group and I am delighted to welcome the people of TNT Airways and Pan Air to ASL. They have made a huge contribution to their airlines and they have now become valued members of our global family of airlines operating on 6 continents.”

“ASL has been providing air services to both FedEx and TNT since the early 1990’s and it’s a tremendous privilege now for ASL Aviation Group as an air service provider to play a major role in what these two excellent companies, FedEx and TNT, have built up over many years,” Hugh Flynn continued.

“We operate in a highly competitive market and our continued growth is founded in our mission to be the preferred neutral service provider and to always exceed our customers’ expectations. We will continue to use our strength and stability to offer the most competitive and the best possible service to all of our customers,” Hugh Flynn concluded.

Tex Gunning, CEO of TNT, said “I wish to thank the employees of TNT Airways and Pan Air for their dedication to serving TNT and its customers. We’re looking forward to a successful cooperation.”


Dublin, Ireland, 24th May 2016


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