ACE Aviation Holdings
|Industry||Airline (NAICS 481000)|
|Headquarters||1155 Rene-Levesque West, 40th floor, |
|Robert Milton Chairman, President & CEO|
|Products||Passenger Air & Cargo Travel|
Number of employees
ACE Aviation Holdings was created as Air Canada emerged from bankruptcy in 2004; By the end of 2005, ACE completed restructuring and achieved reduced costs through outsourcing, automation and process simplification. One of the more significant changes was the merging of its six small airlines into Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz. ACE was not only a solution to Air Canada's bankruptcy, but also a strategic move by Robert Milton to create a portfolio of independent air transportation services companies out of what was Air Canada.
Among the companies in addition to Air Canada which was taken public after formation of ACE was the frequent flyer program Aeroplan. Aeroplan's initial public offering valued the company at US$2 billion, which was several times the valuation of the airline itself.
In 2005, ACE contributed US$75 million in equity investment to the merger of America West Holdings and US Airways Group, which resulted in US Airways emerging from its second bankruptcy.
In 2008, ACE completed its divestment of Aeroplan and Air Canada's regional airline affiliate, Jazz. After these divestments, ACE retained a 75% stake in Air Canada and a 23% stake in Air Canada Technical Services.
The company planned a wind up and distribute its assets back to its shareholders by no earlier than mid-2013. While most of the core aviation assets have been disposed of the corporate website continues to operate until all assets are fully disposed of. The company no longer has a board and executive with all liquidation being managed by outside party Ernst and Young and ACE Holdings maintains a head office at Tour CIBC in downtown Montreal. As of 2018[update], the corporate website states that ACE holdings consisted of only cash and short-term instruments amounting to a total of US$132 million in August 2013.
Former operating divisions
- Aeroplan – former in-house rewards program sold off and was owned by Aimia, later acquired by Air Canada.
- Air Canada – airline sold off
- Air Canada Cargo – transferred to control under Air Canada
- Air Canada Ground Handling Services – transferred to Air Canada
- Jazz Aviation LP – sold off and now owned by Chorus Aviation and operates as contractor for Air Canada
- Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. - formerly as Air Canada Technical Services before being renamed in 2008, acquired Air Canada Mechanics in 2011 and ceased operations in 2012 with remaining assets (equipment and Montreal facility) now acquired by Lockheed Martin Canada and AJW Technique.
- Air Canada Vacations – transferred to Air Canada
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The firm was restructured into ACE Aviation Holdings, starting as of April 1st 2003 after 18 months under CCAA creditor protection....
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Canada's largest airline, Air Canada, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2003. .... After 18 months, Air Canada emerged from bankruptcy protection, under the new ownership of ACE Aviation Holdings.
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