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Aviado Partners wins mandate to assist SATA International to determine its future fleet mix based on an evaluation of a long term network optimization.

18 Oct 2013, Frankfurt, Germany


Aviado Partners Consulting GmbH, a leading international airline consulting firm, has won a highly contested tender to provide commercial airline consulting services in the area of network optimization and long term fleet planning for one of the world's oldest airlines. SATA Internacional comprises of the airline's wide-body and narrow-body fleets service the Portuguese mainland, Europe, Madeira, Canada and the United States. The airline's network stretches from California to Scandinavia.


Having refreshed the regional fleet operated by SATA Açores, SATA Internacional engaged Aviado Partners to conduct a comprehensive "blue-ocean" review of it's international network in order to determine the optimal fleet requirement.


This engagement requires Aviado Partners to

  • Evaluate the performance of the current network

  • Identify opportunities for optimization in the short term

  • Forecast traffic growth potential for the future

  • Identify future aircraft requirement & gap to current fleet

  • Evaluate the network impact of various fleet mix scenarios

As a result of the study, Aviado Partners has evaluated a wide range of wide-body and narrow-body aircraft options and has been assisting the airline with detailed commercial performance discussions with the leading aircraft manufacturers - Boeing and Airbus. Aircraft considered includes the latest models of re-engined narrow-body Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737MAX families.


Aviado Partners provided SATA with a team of world-class experts with extensive experience across network strategy, network design, fleet evaluation and commercial management best practice. The team provided over 80 years of experience both as consultants and as senior management within leading full service, leisure and low cost airlines around the world.

About Aviado-Partners Consulting GmbH

Aviado-Partners Consulting GmbH is a specialist management consulting firm providing objective, independent and evidence-based analysis, advice and implementation support to airlines, airports, rail operators, hotels and other transportation related companies around the world. The firm advises management, boards, investors, governments, leasing companies and other stakeholders across all the key commercial and strategy issues. Aviado Partners' team members and associates have worked with leading international full service and low cost airlines, global consulting firms, financial institutions and manufacturers both as members of senior management as well as an airline consultant. The Partners and Associates have led or had significant involvement in numerous merger, acquisition, restructuring, start-up, aircraft selection and performance improvement assignments in Asia, the United States, Canada, South America, Russia & the CIS, Africa and the Middle East.


​About the Client


SATA is an airline based in Ponta Delgada, Azores an autonomous administrative region of Portugal. The airline serves a large network across Portugal, Europe, Canada and the United States of America. For more information, please refer to SATA's website


Further details about this case remain confidential due to the competitive nature of this assignment. For more information, please contact us at

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