Halfway through the first quarter of 2018, it is a good time to provide a quick summary of Global Aviation Infrastructure’s highlights from last year. The company is a leading aviation management company which specializes in Fixed Base Operation (FBO), Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Aircraft Charter and Management (ACM), and aviation infrastructure management for aviation asset owners, corporations, airports, private equity firms, family offices and financial institutions.
2017 saw a continued focus in core areas—aviation management and advisory services. On behalf of institutional investors, Global Aviation Infrastructure provided aviation advisory and consulting services for seven transactions, primarily in the FBO and ACM segments. The company also provided operational management and consulting services. While the geographically distributed nature of airports has always presented fragmentation among on-airport aviation service providers, consolidation trends continue at varying rates across different segments. There was also an increased activity in airport infrastructure privatization, and the current regulatory and investment climate is likely to further propel this trend forward. While most engagements remain confidential, clients varied in size and scope and included global financial institutions, publicly traded infrastructure companies, multiple private equity firms and family offices and private aviation companies. While most of these assignments took place in U.S. markets, there were two significant international projects.
As we move forward further into 2018, the demand for professional management of aviation assets has never been greater. Many, if not most, industry metrics were positive for 2017 with this trend seen to be continuing into 2018. There are many potential tailwinds on the immediate horizon—a more favorable regulatory environment, tax reform which benefits aircraft owners, stable oil prices and improving macro economics are all favorable signs for the aviation industry. There are also challenges, however, to profitably scaling and managing large aviation enterprises; the deep experience and capabilities of Global Aviation Infrastructure are here as a resource. Please call us today for a free consultation and learn how our bespoke service can to assist you in maximizing the value of your aviation holdings.