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SkyVantage Consulting provides ground breaking strategic consulting services to airports, airlines, charter companies and other aviation companies and individuals. Our talented team employs a client-focused approach that will identify opportunity and enhance overall performance. The services listed below assist our clients to achieve desired results.

Airlines – SkyVantage Consulting specializes in services to small to medium and start-up airlines. We also offer these services to aircraft charter companies, Fixed Base Operators (FBO’s) and other aviation companies.

 

Route analysis – Our airline consulting team consists of experienced individuals that provide detailed analysis of either existing and/or future routes.

  • Operating and Net Margins
  • Yield and Unit Cost Development
  • Traffic Figures
  • Distribution of Operating Costs

Marketing and Distribution Services -Our airline marketing professionals have a proven track record when it comes to a positive impact in the bottom line. SkyVantage airline marketing and distribution consulting services can scale to your specific needs. Everything from an analysis of your current strategy to providing full planning an implementation services. SkyVantage is proud to offer a satisfaction guarantee that is unlike anything else in the industry.

 

Alliance analysis (Interline and Code share) – The firm’s extensive proprietary modeling and benchmarking capabilities provide realistic analysis in any geographical region or on a global scale. Other SkyVantage roles are to provide an independent outside opinion to help quantify alliance contributions and to assist in strengthening negotiating positions. Specific capabilities include:

  • Airline Alliance Marketing
  • Code Sharing Arrangements
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Equity Investment
  • Joint Frequent Flier Program Development
  • Airline Network Synchronizing
  • Synergy Assessment

Service Bureau – SkyVantage Consulting offers a unique and comprehensive solution for the aviation community through our service bureau offering, backed by a team of experienced subject matter experts who use the world-renowned suite of SkyVantage decision-support tools to help solve business problems and identify opportunities. This practical application of hands-on expertise and state-of-the-art technology enables your airline to obtain industry “best practices” benefits through a turnkey approach. We provide day-to-day tactical solutions by serving as your complete marketing, call center, dispatch, maintenance planning, scheduling, network planning, pricing and revenue management, or crew planning department. By using our consultants as an extension of existing staff, your airline has immediate access to trained personnel, ready to work on special projects.

Fleet planning/analysis – In order to generate significant revenue and reduce operating costs, an airline must continually decide which markets to serve and how often, when to fly and which type of aircraft to assign to a specific route. It also needs to evaluate the profitability of various scheduling alternatives and codeshare opportunities to stay ahead of the competition.

Turnaround Consulting and Coaching – If you are in need of turnaround consulting, please consider our firm. SkyVantage has available top-level industry executives and operations experts to offer this service. Our turnaround consulting services are cost-effective, and the value we deliver is tremendous. SkyVantage is open to engagements from airline management, bankers, venture capitalists, creditors and attorneys. SkyVantage can bring to the table objective analysis, detailed cash management, top-flight leadership, refinancing experience and restoration of the airline’s credibility. These skills are the most critical for the airline’s survival and recovery of your claim and investment. Restructuring Services that we offer are:

  • Viability Assessments
  • Corporate Financing
  • Executive Interim Management
  • Debt Restructuring
  • Bankruptcy Solutions

Start-up airlines – SkyVantage Consulting offers a full range of support services for start-up carriers, such as development of business plans and assistance with the certification process to receive formal government approval required to launch operations. We work with start-up clients to create effective organizational structures capable of getting off the ground and supporting future growth requirements. Based on industry reach, our staff can independently interview and assess personnel and provide recommendations for the key positions required for start-up certification. Our consultants can provide invaluable advice along the path to transition from concept to operation.

 

Business plan development – SkyVantage Consulting helps airlines develop investor-grade business plans to evolve towards a successful capital or strategic transaction. During the past six years SkyVantage has worked with entrepreneurs and executives in the aviation industry at nearly every stage of development. Our team has prepared business plans for clients seeking various levels of capital – ranging from seed investments to millions in debt and equity financing’s. SkyVantage also works with intermediaries and investors to provide professional-quality, partner-level business planning solutions to their clients and portfolio companies.

 

Financial plan development – Financial plan development involves much more than just entering numbers in a spreadsheet. Over the past five years, we have developed a robust methodology for the development of accurate financial plans that contain just the right amount of “stretch” to keep an airline striving for that next level of performance. One of the key deliverables of every financial plan we develop is a series of “vital signs” or measures that help the airline to monitor its performance on an ongoing basis. If your airline lacks quantifiable measures of performance and customer satisfaction, give us a call to discuss how SkyVantage can help you to increase your profits.

 

Mergers/Acquisitions Consulting – These transactions are highly-specialized and require many areas of expertise in order to maximize value and minimize adverse legal and tax ramifications. SkyVantage offers this expertise by providing direction in the following areas:

  • Business Valuation
  • Due Diligence
  • Buyer Qualification
  • Seller Documentation
  • Financial Analysis – Buyer and Seller
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Financing the Transaction
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Employment Agreements
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Lease Assignments
  • Non-Disclosures
  • Corporate Resolutions
  • Closing Requirements
  • Transition Planning
  • Succession Implementation

Complete Forecasting – SkyVantage employs a real-world approach to passenger forecasting. We understand the difference between the O&D data collected by the DOT and the real world. Our SkyVantage Proprietary Forecasting Tools allow us to create a virtual look into the future based on the current reality and trends. With a careful look at both the realities of the industry and trend lined data models, SkyVantage has proven itself as a forecasting leader.

 

Maintenance Consulting – Our skilled A&P mechanics with IA offer specialized services relating to airline maintenance issues. We strive to help our customers achieve their goals in obtaining a Safe, Quality Product that is On-Time, Reliable and Under Budget. Our specialties include:

  • Aircraft records verification
  • Aircraft Due Diligence
  • Valuation Opinions
  • Planning & Implementation
  • Operational Audits
  • Inspections
  • AD Research
  • Director of Maintenance consulting for small operators

Valuation/Opinion – SkyVantage can provide airline specific valuation services. Although engineers/appraisers can do extensive cost analysis, the modern investor needs consultants and business appraisers who can also understand specific business strategies, market research, and the investment oriented market and income approaches to value. This is especially needed when analyzing intangible assets such as business equity investments, goodwill, intellectual properties, or trademarks.

 

E-Commerce and Design – SkyVantage offers cutting edge e-commerce technology solutions and consulting specifically tailored for airlines.

Airports – SkyVantage Consulting has developed a pattern of success for airports in the small to medium range to follow. The approach begins with a detailed assessment of the true market for service. Additional consulting services can then be employed to match the correct service to the market to ensure long-term success. SkyVantage is the only consulting company offering a result-oriented guarantee (contact us for details).