Sonas Aviation becomes ACASS Ireland

ACASS Press Release | June 11, 2020

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ACASS recently announced the continued expansion of its global footprint with the formation of ACASS Ireland. The operation combines the resources of Montreal-based ACASS and Irish private aviation operator Sonas Aviation to form one of the EU’s most capable and experienced private and commercial aviation solution providers.

With offices at Shannon Airport and Farnborough in the U.K., ACASS Ireland offers charter and private and commercial aircraft management solutions in the U.K. and throughout Europe. As an Irish AOC holder, it can provide free circulation and unfettered traffic rights throughout Europe and the 44 countries covered by EU bilateral agreements, including the U.S.A. and Canada.

“We recognize this is a challenging time for our industry and most of the world,” said ACASS Ireland president Graham Williamson. “But now more than ever, private aviation users need options and support they can depend on. ACASS Ireland can deliver the comprehensive bespoke solutions and the same highly experienced team Sonas was known for with the peace of mind and resources of a global leader like ACASS.”

ACASS Ireland’s EASA Type A Airline Operator Certificate (AOC) and operating licence were issued by the Irish Aviation Authority and the Irish Commission for Aviation Regulation.

“Having your aircraft registered or operated by an Irish AOC holder offers significant advantages,” added Williamson. “Among them are efficient importation of private and corporate aircraft into the EU, unrestricted access and free circulation for aircraft through Europe, a simple tax environment, a respected and secure jurisdiction for financiers, and the familiarity and transparency of an English language legal system that will remain stable after the U.K. leaves the EU.”

The formation of ACASS Ireland marks the culmination of nearly two years’ worth of planning, building, and formalizing, according to ACASS chief executive officer Andre Khury.

“ACASS Ireland is a major milestone for us in several ways,” said Khury. “First, it builds on our already strong physical presence in Europe. Second, it exponentially expands our charter capabilities. And, finally, it allows us to offer our clients very flexible management options in a post-Brexit world.”

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