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West Atlantic welcomes new ATP pilots

Our new ATP pilots enjoyed a traditional Swedish barbecue (i.e  hotdogs whilst dodging occasional massive rain showers) as part of their welcome to West Atlantic.

Left to right, Douglas Hauxwell (captain), Sian Richards (F/O), Jordy Bogaard (F/O), Gianmassimo Marcato (captain).

Welcome aboard!

West Atlantic announces change of CEO

The Board of West Atlantic has decided, in unison with its CEO, to make a change to the top position of the company. Mr. Fredrik Groth will step down effective immediately from the position of CEO and be replaced by Mr. Lars Jordahn.

During the past three years, under the leadership of Fredrik Groth, the company has expanded significantly, increasing revenue by almost 50% while expanding into new fleets, including the B737-800 Next Generation Freighter. The achieved growth has come at the expense of high costs, adding to an already high indebtedness. The company is now entering a new phase where the focus will be on reduction of leverage and improved profitability. As part of this change, it has been decided to bring in a new CEO to lead this process.

Lars Jordahn comes from a long career in aviation from positions within airlines like Amapola, DHL Aviation and TNT Airways. Recently he has been involved in the Company as consultant and Board member.

Mr. Göran Berglund, Chairman of the Board, added: “The decision for a change of chief executive has been mutual and the board wishes to extend its gratitude to Mr. Groth for his valuable contribution to the Group during his three years in office.”  Mr. Groth will remain attached to the Company in an advisory role during the period of transition.

 

For further information, please contact:

Göran Berglund, Chairman of the Board

Telephone: +46 (0) 10 452 95 00

E-mail: goran.berglund@westatlantic.eu

 

Press Release

 

This information is information that West Atlantic AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 2019-01-29, 08:00 CET.

 

About West Atlantic

The West Atlantic Group is one of the market leading providers of dedicated airfreight services to European NMO’s and airfreight capacity to Global Integrators and Freight Forwarders. The Group has a well-established geographic network and operates a customised aircraft fleet, whereof a majority is wholly owned. West Atlantic was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Operations are performed all over Europe and 2017 West Atlantic had 459 employees. For 2017 West Atlantic reported revenues of MSEK 1,589 and EBITDA of MSEK 126.

 

 

 

West Atlantic AB (publ) Org. no: 556503-6083, Box 5433, SE-402 29 Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Investor Relations: investor.relations@westatlantic.eu  Webpage: www.westatlantic.eu

Newly Type Rated 767

Happy Halloween from our newly type rated 767 guys

 

 

 

Here’s Herman and Gysolt together with their instructor in the simulator and after their skill test.
Now ready to operate the 767.
Great job boys!

West Atlantic’s Second B737/800 NPTB Goes Into Service For FedEx

Inaugural Trip – NPTB B737/800 to Liege and Oslo

On Sunday 2 September 2018 West Atlantic’s second B737/800 NPTB went into service for FedEx.

NPTB looked very good on the ramp at EMA awaiting for its departure to Liege at 22:00. 

The crew and attendees for the first leg were:
Captain – Jason Harte
Senior Frist Officer – Vincent Toner
Ground Operations Manager – Rob Edson
Stephanie Fry – HR Director UK
David Jenkins – Flying Spanner (Joined in Liege)

 
The flight to Liege went smoothly with no issues and the crew were very informative to the visitors on board.

 NPTB arrived safely at Liege and Rob swiftly left to catch NPTA our first 800 which was due to commence our new route for FedEx to HEL/TKU.  We are now operating four routes for FedEx with the B737 fleet using two classics until the remaining two NG’s arrive.

 All others on board went to see the new crew room and office in the terminal.

                         

The crew room was finished and looking good with comfy recliner chairs, dining area and kitchen facilities.  Just a few finishing touches needed – more tea and coffee and some biscuits.  Directions to the facilities and some pictures, all of which are being sorted.  The Office was also looking efficient and ready for duty.  With work stations, printer, telephone in fact everything you need to operate professionally and effectively.  Well done to all involved in getting these facilities ready.

 

   

       

NPTB was ready for its first fully loaded trip to OSLO.  The crew had completed all the checks and paperwork, David had gone around TB and carried out all his checks, TB was fully fuelled and ready to go. Departure time, off blocks was 02:45, the crew safely achieved this at 02:50 (Phew well on time, great performance).

The flight to Oslo was seamless and smooth, fog had been forecast for landing but fortunately this did not appear.  NPTB touched down at 04:35 and its cargo was safely unloaded.

The crew and attendees left for the hotel and some well earned breakfast.