Navtech coup enhances Airbus digital services

Airbus is to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of the $42m turnover Navtech flight operations group.

Navtech serves more than 400 aircraft operators and aviation services customers worldwide with a suite of flight ops products, including electronic flight bag (EFB) solutions, aeronautical charts, navigation data solutions, flight planning, aircraft performance, and crew planning solutions.

Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ president and chief executive officer said: “We are very pleased to welcome Navtech into our company, contributing its industry-leading portfolio of digital solutions and expert know-how.” He adds: “This acquisition is further affirmation of Airbus’ digitalisation and services growth strategies, and is a significant milestone to serve our existing and future customers.”

Andrew Snyder, chairman of Navtech and chief executive officer of Navtech’s largest shareholder, Cambridge Information Group, said: “Navtech is a uniquely innovative company with remarkable products created by remarkable people.” He added: “With its commitment to moving the international aviation industry forward, Airbus provides an ideal environment for Navtech to grow exponentially. We’re excited for this new future that awaits Navtech as part of the Airbus family.”

Laurent Martinez, Airbus’ senior vice president of services said: “Connecting Navtech’s experience with the ‘Services by Airbus’ network will enable us to be more innovative, diversifying our range of services and flight operations solutions, while providing our customers with greater flexibility.”

Mike Hulley, chief executive officer of Navtech said: “The signing of this agreement with Airbus is excellent news for the Navtech teams, who are joining a group with international standing, providing them with access to new markets leveraging on complementary aviation expertise. Our customers will benefit from game-changing innovations and enhanced customer experience of our digital flight operations services.”

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