Ground Handling: dnata Acquires Air Dispatch

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Air services provider dnata has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Air Dispatch (which is part of the Chapman Freeborn Group). Air Dispatch was founded in 2007 and provides Centralised Load Control planning (CLC) services, calculating the weight and balance conditions for aircraft prior to flight. Its other services include ULD asset tracking and the development of flight optimisation software. The company currently has 200 employees at its operations centres in Prague and Warsaw, as well as a small head office team in the UK. Its client portfolio includes Air Berlin, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, LOT, SAS, Qantas and Qatar Airways amongst others.
Nick Yeadon, CEO of Air Dispatch CLC and his management team will continue to lead the business. He commented, “We are excited to be entering the next phase of Air Dispatch CLC’s development. dnata is an excellent home for our growing business.”
The acquisition of Air Dispatch follows other recent high-profile transactions by dnata, including the acquisition of Ground Services International in the US, RM Ground Services in Brazil, and investment in ground handling operations in Milan and cargo facilities at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.