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Vista acquires charter operator Air Hamburg
Air Hamburg is joining the Vista group of companies. Its acquisition includes both charter and maintenance operations and should see Vista flight hours increase by around 30 per cent.
Vista founder and chairman Thomas Flohr.
Read this story in our April 2022 printed issue.

Vista Global Holding, parent company of VistaJet and XO, has entered into an agreement to acquire Air Hamburg’s operating platform and maintenance services.

Founded in 2006, Air Hamburg is a full-service private aviation company flying to over 1,000 destinations in Europe alone. It is the largest private jet operator by number of flights across Europe, organising more than 18,800 flights for its clients in 2021, and is second only to Vista in terms of hours flown, recording over 35,000 hours in 2021. As a result, Vista expects an increase of around 30 per cent in flight hours (on a combined basis) globally following the completion of the transaction.

Vista founder and chairman Thomas Flohr says: “Today's announcement brings a renowned institution of the European private aviation market into the Vista group and complements our growth and service offering across Europe and the Middle East. Air Hamburg is an impressive, well-established and profitable business with a long-standing track record in best-in-class client service; like Vista, it is known for its reliability and consistency throughout a scaling fleet and high utilisation.

“Vista}s leading flying solutions, with a business model based on a floating fleet, allow us to implement a quick, seamless integration. This is yet another demonstration of Vista}s unrivalled commitment to ensuring all our members have access to the best value flying solutions across the world at any given moment.

”It is incredibly exciting to welcome over 650 highly-skilled new colleagues to become part of the Vista family of experts at one of the most exciting times for our industry.”

The acquisition will augment Vista’s scale and fleet offering across key strategic regions and brings together two long-established reputable companies with the shared vision of delivering the most reliable and consistent flying solutions to members. Following strong global demand for private aviation services from new and existing clients, the move builds on Vista’s recent integrations of Apollo Jets, Talon Air and Red Wing Aviation.

In addition to a thriving charter business, Vista will integrate Air Hamburg’s EASA Part 145 maintenance hub at Baden Baden airpark, along with its executive handling division and VIP lounge at Hamburg airport, which will be available for Vista members to use.

Air Hamburg CEO and managing director Floris Helmers adds: “This is an incredible opportunity to remain at the top of the growing business aviation market. Over the last three years we have experienced strong growth, significantly increasing our market share across Europe and beyond. This cooperation between two of the largest operators means increasing our stability and securing further growth for our business, while allowing our team to showcase its strength and competencies to the most sophisticated clientele.”

Air Hamburg’s 44 contracted aircraft, including Lineage 1000E, Dassault Falcon 7X, and Embraer Legacy models, will be available to all Vista members.

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