DC Aviation Continues to Expand

Business jet operator DC Aviation, based in Stuttgart, Germany, has announced the acquisition of the Swiss boutique jet provider Jet-Link, located in Zurich.


Stuttgart, 26th March 2013: Business jet operator DC Aviation, based in Stuttgart, Germany, has announced the acquisition of the Swiss boutique jet provider Jet-Link, located in Zurich. In addition to expanding its market position, this measure is designed primarily to systematically expand the company’s performance and service portfolio.
An additional goal of the acquisition is to make optimal use of joint potential and resources – such as special know-how, many years of experience, highly qualified employees, and extensive knowledge in all areas of business aviation. The key factors involved are aircraft management, airplane charters, aircraft maintenance, and consulting services.

This combined market presence lays the groundwork for an expanded service portfolio and supports the dynamic growth strategy of DC Aviation in both Western and Eastern Europe as well as in the Near East. This is the best way to prepare the company for current and future developments on the world market.

 “We look forward to working closely with the Jet-Link team in the future. Jet-Link has been very successful in holding its own on the Swiss market for over two decades now, and has earned an outstanding reputation with both charter customers and aircraft owners. This expansion venture is in perfect harmony with the growth objectives of DC Aviation as well as the desire of the company to react to market requirements with the greatest possible flexibility", states Michael Kuhn, CEO of DC Aviation.

Marc Ambrosius, CFO of DC Aviation and member of the Supervisory Board of Jet-Link Holding since 2012, highlights in particular the broad international base of the DC Aviation brand. “In addition to its joint venture in Dubai, this acquisition has enabled DC Aviation to also establish itself in the important Zurich financial center, and the company is now in a position to offer its international customers the additional option of a Swiss home base.“

“With quality standards of the highest level, the two companies complement each other perfectly. Of course, a solid corporate strategy must also include a focus on further development. Together with DC Aviation, we can reach the goals we have set and perfectly project our core values of “Made in Germany” and “Swiss Precision” on our target markets”, adds Hanspeter Candrian, founder and CEO of Jet-Link.

About DC Aviation

DC Aviation GmbH, based in Stuttgart and employing a staff of more than 330 employees, is the largest provider of business jets in Germany and one of the leading operators in Europe. DC Aviation was emerged in 2007 out of the previous DaimlerChrysler Aviation, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG. Today, DC Aviation offers a complete portfolio, from aircraft management and airplane charters to repair and maintenance of business jets. The young fleet ranges from the modern short-haul Learjet 40 jet, to medium-haul and long-haul jets such as the Gulfstream G450/G550, to the VVIP Airbus 319 CJ. With four VVIP/VIP Airbus A319 CJ airplanes, the company is among the largest operators of this aircraft type in the world. The company was the first German provider of private jets to receive the international “IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)” certificate in July of 2007. It was subsequently re-certified in May of 2009 and May of 2011. The IOSA certificate is considered the gold standard of air safety in worldwide aviation and is awarded by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in conjunction with an audit.
DC Aviation is wholly owned by ATON GmbH, a holding company that along with various other companies deals in raw materials, services, and related technologies.

About Jet-Link

Jet-Link AG is a private Swiss airline company located close to the Zurich airport. The company was founded in 1990 by Swissair pilot Hanspeter Candrian and his wife Helen. It started up initial operations under the name of Heli-Link AG and provided helicopter flights for the rapidly growing business aviation market. In 1997, the increased demand for an expanded range of offerings ultimately led to the formation of Jet-Link AG, which services the market for jet business flights. The company places great value on uncompromising safety.

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