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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY 2016 • Page 17 Empresaria widens reach with Rishworth takeover EMPRESARIA Group, a listed international specialist staffing provider, has bought a majority holding in Rishworth Aviation and its sister companies. While Empresaria’s sector coverage ranges widely, it already handles a lot of aviation work. It is based in Crawley Down, West Sussex, UK, close to Gatwick Airport. Rishworth, whose head office is in Epsom, Auckland also operates globally. It provides pilots and other aviation personnel to an impressive portfolio of clients including Eva Air, Asiana, Vietnam Airlines, Norwegian, Korean Air, Jetstar, Air Japan, Lion Air, Beijing Capital, TransAsia Airways and RwandAir. ACS wins UK humanitarian aid contracts AIR Charter Service has picked up humanitarian supply contracts from the UK’s Department for International Development, covering cargo helicopter operations as well as cargo and passen- ger fixed-wing flights. The company has handled DFID tasks for several years but this takes the rela- tionship to a higher level. Founded in 1990 by pilot Chris Leach in the basement of his home in Kingston upon Thames, southwest London, ACS has expanded steadily to be a major global operator. A Sydney office was opened earlier this year, further boosting the group’s Asia Pacific presence be- yond offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and Beijing. The Australasian market had previous- ly been managed primarily from Hong Kong. Business development director Lloyd Robinson said the new DFID cargo contract got off to a quick start with two B777F flights from Kenya to Ethiopia carrying shelter kits and other supplies. Robinson pointed to ACS’s experience in mass evacuations, flying in emergency personnel and large helicopter opera- tions as well as freighters. The company also has provided helicopters for major natural disasters. ACS recently updated its corporate logo, replacing one which had been in use since 2004. On the web: www.aircharterservice. com Cargo helicopters on aid delivery work. Empresaria already had a presence in Australia and NZ as well as several Asian markets. It has now bought an 82.6 per cent stake in Rishworth. The balance is held by the senior management team and they will be able to offer their shares to Empresaria if wished following a minimum holding period of three to four years. Joost Kreulen, Empresaria’s ceo explained that the company was “focused on building a business that is diversified from both a sector and geographic perspective, has leading brands with sector expertise and improves our opera- tional mix and temporary/contract bias. “The investment in Rishworth directly fits this strategy, complements the group’s current operations and is expected to be earnings-enhancing in 2016.” On the web: www.rishworthaviation.com Brazil steps up airport security ahead of the Olympics Zika virus, a faltering economy, polit- ical turmoil, global terrorism and the Olympics have combined to produce long lines for travellers at Brazil’s main airports. Dozens of passengers have missed domestic flights after author- ities stepped up security, including increased cordons and added roadblocks. They said they plan to frisk more visitors in Rio de Janeiro for the August Olympic Games. Local authorities expect more than 500,000 foreign tourists in Rio for the Olympics.