World-leading airline training provider, CTC Aviation, has soared up the rankings in the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list of British companies. Having been a new entry and ranked 32 in 2012, the company’s international growth during 2012 sees CTC Aviation moving up to 14th place, ahead of internationally renowned British brands such as Hunter Boot, Wiggle and Regatta.
The fourth annual International Track 200 awards dinner held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London on Tuesday 17 September recognised Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing overseas sales. The league table ranks companies according to growth in international sales over the last two years of available data. Despite the weak domestic economy, the 200 companies on the league table grew their international sales over the last two years by an average of 44% a year to a total of £8.2bn. They employ more than
130,000 staff, having added more than 31,000 jobs during this time - some as a result of acquisitions. * Over the same period, CTC Aviation’s international revenue saw significant growth from £622,000 in 2010 to over £4m in 2012. The company’s staff levels increased by 75% and a significant number of international airlines joined the client list.
The 210 guests at the awards ceremony were welcomed by Dan Howlett head of corporate banking in the UK at HSBC, who said these awards had “genuine purpose and intrinsic merit” as they championed Britain’s private companies that are capitalising on growing international markets, such as Brazil, Russia, India and China.*
After the awards ceremony, Rob Clarke, Group CEO for CTC Aviation Group Limited reflected on CTC Aviation’s achievement “We were very proud to be recognised in the top 200 in 2012 and I am absolutely delighted to see that the Company has been recognised again and that we have soared up the ranks. During the awards ceremony it was also announced that CTC Aviation was one of three companies shortlisted for the ‘Excellence in emerging markets’ award. The aviation industry predicts a need for a further 460,000 new pilots over the next 20 years, so these are exciting times for us! We value the long term partnerships we build with our client airlines. Our philosophy is to focus on understanding the culture of each airline we work with and deliver a tailored programme designed specifically to meet their needs. We return to our core values in all we do – innovation, quality, expertise and flexibility – and our people are key. These achievements are just recognition for their hard work.”
Keeping to the British theme, CTC Aviation was selected in 2011 to manage the British Airways Future Pilot Programme which annually recruits and trains in the region of 80-100 new pilots. CTC Aviation works closely with a number of UK airlines such as easyJet, Monarch Airlines and flybe and the company’s international airline client list includes the Jetstar Group, flydubai, IndiGo, Dragonair, Royal Brunei and Qatar Airways.
CTC Aviation trains in the region of 2,000 airline pilots each year for approximately 50 client airlines around the world. The company delivers a comprehensive portfolio covering aircrew selection and supply, cadet pilot training and a full range of advanced courses for experienced pilots. Additionally, CTC Private Jet, the company’s private jet division manages and operates executive jets on behalf of private clients.
In June 2012 Inflexion Private Equity completed a management buyout of CTC Aviation Group which saw the firm work with the existing management team to accelerate CTC’s international growth.
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