Sugar Land, Texas-headquartered PrimeFlight Aviation Services has acquired Washington-based air cargo and ground handling company Majestic Terminal Services in a move that will broaden PrimeFlight’s geographical footprint and ground handling product coverage
Majestic operates at a total of 11 US airports, providing a range of aviation services including ground handling, cargo and mail handling, truckyard, charter, shuttle, aircraft cleaning and ground support equipment maintenance services.
According to a statement from PrimeFlight, Majestic Terminal Services will continue to operate under its own brand as a wholly owned subsidiary.
“The acquisition of Majestic Terminal Services expands our ground handling footprint as well as adding new service offerings to our network, including air cargo and charter support services,” comments Dan Bucaro, CEO of PrimeFlight Aviation Services, which provides major airlines and airports with ground handling services, aircraft services, into-plane fuelling, de-icing, and terminal services, as well as general aviation aircraft cleaning and support services across the US.
“In addition to the expansion of services, we are excited to serve six new airports and increase our presence at five existing markets,” Bucaro adds.
“This is an exciting and historic day for the Majestic Terminal Services family,” enthuses Majestic’s president, Brian Cella. “We are so proud of our team, their hard work and their unwavering commitment to serve our customers over the last 22 years.
“As a result of this acquisition, we will have a foothold into many new markets and the ability to scale. In joining the PrimeFlight family, we anticipate tremendous growth opportunities and are poised to take on the market with a renewed vigour.”
PrimeFlight branches out
PrimeFlight is a full-service commercial aviation service provider. Part of the Carlyle Group, it is active at 71 commercial airports and 47 general aviation airports.
In terms of ground handling, just one aspect of its service portfolio, it has most recently (in the last few months) added Baltimore Washington International and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as stations where it serves JetBlue Airways.
According to Amanda Hoffman, director of marketing & communications for PrimeFlight, the company was attracted to Majestic as a possible acquisition because it is “a well-respected service provider that has been rapidly growing.
“They both expand us into new markets and expand our service offerings into cargo handling and related services. We are excited to work with them to support their continued growth,” she adds.
As far as that further growth is concerned, Hoffman confirms: “We are continuously looking at acquisitions targets that help us better support our customers, either through expanded footprint or expanded service offerings. “
Moreover: “We are currently focused on expanding our into-plane fuelling, de-icing and ground handling footprint, and will begin offering an into-plane fuelling service at Kansas City International Airport in August. This will be our fifth fuelling location. We currently offer de-icing services in four markets.”
She concludes: “We acquired Ultimate Aircraft Deicing in February of 2018, and we are completing our integration during the de-icing off-season. They will begin operating as PrimeFlight Aviation Services ahead of the next de-icing season.”
PrimeFlight completes Ultimate rebranding
In other news from PrimeFlight, the company confirmed that it has completed the rebranding of Ultimate Aircraft Deicing. PrimeFlight acquired the business and assets of Ultimate Aircraft Deicing Corp I February 2018 and July say the completion of the process if integrating its de-icing operations within the PrimeFlight service network.
“While we are changing the brand, the day-to-day management of the operations has and will remain under the same core leadership team, providing the same level of excellent service our customers have come to expect,” says Dan Bucaro, CEO of PrimeFlight.