Baines Simmons acquired by Air Partner plc
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Baines Simmons is now a wholly owned subsidiary of
Air Partner plc

On Wednesday 19th August, Baines Simmons became part of the Air Partner group of companies following the 100% acquisition of shares from directors Keven Baines, Bob Simmons and Andrew Parker. The move to acquire the world’s leading aviation safety improvement consultancy is part of Air Partner’s group diversification programme and complements their world-leading aviation aircraft chartering activities.

Air PartnerBaines Simmons will continue to operate as an autonomous brand within Air Partner’s growing portfolio of companies and the directors will continue to lead and develop the company’s growth and success. Baines Simmons will continue to operate out of its Fairoaks office in Surrey, UK and there are no changes to the current employment contracts for the 80+ consultants and head office staff who work for the company.

Founded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group that provides worldwide solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals. The Group is structured into four reporting divisions: Commercial Jets, Private Jets, Freight and Baines Simmons. The Commercial Jet division charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Private Jets offers the company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter. Air Partner Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Cabot Aviation, which is formed within the Commercial Jet division, provides comprehensive remarketing programmes for all types of commercial and corporate aircraft to a wide range of international clients. Baines Simmons is a world leader in Aviation Safety Consulting which specialises in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management. Air Partner is headquartered alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is also ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide.

Commenting on the acquisition, Managing Director Andrew Parker, said: “After spending extensive formal and informal time with the Air Partner leadership team, Keven, Bob and I are in complete agreement that this exciting opportunity is well-timed for the business. We believe that the synergy between our two businesses alongside considerable market opportunities for diversification will enable Baines Simmons to continue its successful and ambitious growth strategy, securing our long term future and fulfilling our desire to leave a sustained legacy in aviation.

“Of equal importance is the recognition by Air Partner of the value of our people, our culture and our world-class brand – and the contribution that these three values – which are so important to us personally – have made to our success so far.”

Mark Briffa, Chief Executive of Air Partner plc, said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome Baines Simmons to Air Partner. Baines Simmons has built an outstanding reputation working with many of the world’s leading aviation organisations in the areas of aviation regulation, compliance and safety management performance, and in the design of aircraft registries.

“As the new owners, we hope to bring our Group strengths to help facilitate further opportunities and success for Baines Simmons and for the individuals who everyday work to make it a success. We are confident the Baines Simmons team will add strengths to the Air Partner organisation.”


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Andrew Parker, Managing Director: +44 (0)1276 855412

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