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Luxaviation Helicopters Acquires Starspeed, Citing Demand for Combined Fixed- and Rotary-Wing Services

By S.L. Fuller | September 12, 2017

Starspeed fleet

Photo courtesy of Luxaviation

Luxaviation Group’s Luxaviation Helicopters business has acquired Starspeed. According to Luxaviation, this move “responds to demand for consolidated jet and helicopter aviation services.” This is Luxaviation Helicopters’ first acquisition since its launch in February.

England-based Starspeed’s fleet of 23 helicopters would expand Luxaviation Helicopters’ fleet to 42. Luxaviation claims this makes its helicopter business “the world’s largest VIP and VVIP helicopter operator.”

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“There are clear indicators in the market that suggest that our top-end customers are looking for greater integration in the provision of aviation management services, and this includes the ability to place both fixed wing and rotary wing assets under the control of a single management organization,” said Simon Mitchell, director and accountable manager at Starspeed. “As operations become increasingly complex, there is a need to provide a greater scope of support services.”

Starspeed is set to retain its brand, leadership and personnel. According to Luxaviation, Starspeed’s fleet is made of 19 helicopters under management, plus four more available for training and charter. Aircraft include the Sikorsky S-92 and S-76; Airbus Helicopters EC155, AS365, EC145, EC135 and AS350; Leonardo AW169; and Bell Helicopter 429.

Luxaviation, based in Luxembourg, has 25 FBO facilities, 15 maintenance centers and a global fleet of more than 250 aircraft.

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