Airbus to Acquire Metron Aviation

Airbus has entered an agreement to acquire Metron Aviation, a provider of advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) products and services for the global aviation industry.
The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will help Airbus to accelerate and support ATM programs that will improve global air transportation capacity, efficiency and environmental sustainability.  It is expected to be completed later this year.
In early 2011, the subsidiary Airbus ProSky was launched to support the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) and other ATM modernisation programs.
Metron Aviation provides research, Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM), airspace design, energy and environmental solutions to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), airlines and airports.  It provides commercial ATFM solutions to optimise airspace and airport capacity for customers around the world, including Airservices Australia, ATNS in South Africa, Delta Air Lines and FedEx.
Dave Ellison, who will remain the company’s CEO after the acquisition says: “Airbus and Metron Aviation are both committed to the long term transformation of ATM to support air transportation growth and the introduction of new concepts that utilise current systems and aircraft capabilities to increase efficiency, lower fuel burn and cut emissions.”