ACG-UK has over 15 years of experience of working with international clients in both the developed and developing worlds. It is a specialist in issues relating to airlines, airports, aerospace, aircraft finance and regulation. It has built up considerable experience on topics such as market research, forecasting, business planning, fleet planning and more recently on the increasingly important subject of environmental issues and how these affect aviation. Some assignments are relatively small and require less than a week of consultancy. Others are on-going and have resulted in a relationships extending over several years.
The list of satisfied and repeat clients includes passenger and cargo airlines, large and small airports, government regulatory agencies, aircraft manufacturers, financial institutions, investors, and suppliers to the aviation industry.
In the field of airline planning, ACG-UK has carried out studies for start-up airlines in Africa, Asia and Western Europe, made a diagnostic review of a major airline based in Latin America, assisted with long-term planning for an important European long-haul airline. Set up an independent faculty on airline fleet planning for a major aircraft manufacturer, studied low fare airlines for the Swedish CAA. It has also worked on network optimization and on performance improvement programs for established carriers. It has studied – and made recommendations – about the regulatory frameworks necessary to ensure that the benefits of air transport services are extended to remote communities.
ACG-UK has a long track record of carrying out market research and conducting evaluation studies associated with the search for new business opportunities in aviation. While some of these have involved ideas for new passenger airlines, others have focused on opportunities within the cargo industry, including airlines, freight forwarding, storage, ground handling and trucking. ACG-UK has reviewed the market for maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as niche markets for business jets and specialist charters.
As part of its work on the environment, in March 2008 it presented a seminar for the board of a major airline on the background to — and the implications of — the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. This was followed by consultancy advice on the design and implementation of an environmental strategy for the airline. It continues to provide on-going advice on the monitoring, reporting and verification process associated with preparing for the introduction of the ETS in 2012.
ACG-UK carries out the majority of the consultancy assignments directly for the client. Others have been completed in conjunction with Cranfield University UK, IOS Partners USA, Stephen Shaw and Associates, and Professor Rigas Doganis and Associates.