Air Partner plc (Air Partner), the global aviation services group, is seeing momentum build in its Safety & Security Division, with both Baines Simmons and Redline continuing to secure new business wins. Aviation safety and fatigue risk management consultancy company, Baines Simmons has been awarded a contract by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), the UK's largest ferry operator, in terms of ships and destinations served, to implement a ‘Just Culture’ program, to build on its excellent safety record, ensuring open and honest safety reporting and increased staff engagement. ‘Just Culture’ diagnostic, workshop and bespoke training The consultancy work is contracted to be delivered over a 12-month period and follows on from Baines Simmons’ previous appointment by CalMac, in 2019, to deliver a ‘Just Culture’ diagnostic, workshop and bespoke training. Meanwhile, Redline, a global provider of global security solutions, has won a new contract with London Gatwick Airport and agreed a 12-month contract extension with Manchester Airports Group, for the provision of a quality assurance covert testing programme. Increased demand for Baines Simmons and Redline services Redline is seeing good demand from airports, as they continue to ramp up activity, having already secured business wins with Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Teesside International Airport, in the current financial year. The work with CalMac highlights the demand for Baines Simmons’ expertise, beyond the aviation industry" Mark Briffa, the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Partner plc, said “The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted our Safety & Security activities and we are delighted that the division is now experiencing continued recovery, and growing momentum, as evidenced by these new business wins, for both - Baines Simmons and Redline.” Mark Briffa adds, “The work with CalMac highlights the demand for Baines Simmons’ expertise, beyond the aviation industry, demonstrating the reach of our offering.” High quality of product offerings Paul Mason, the Managing Director of Air Partner's Safety & Security Division, stated “We are very pleased to see that Baines Simmons and Redline’s services are increasingly in demand. It is an indication of the quality of our offering and customer service that we have been able to secure a contract with the UK’s largest ferry operator, as well as a significant number of international airports.” Paul Mason adds, “We are confident this demand will continue to grow and we look forward to working with our new and existing customers, to support their safety, and security requirements.”
Redline, an Air Partner company and a provider of global security solutions, continues to win business with airport customers as they scale up operations in anticipation of increased international travel. Doncaster Sheffield Airport has signed a new three-year contract for a digital Security Management System (SeMS), while Liverpool John Lennon Airport has renewed its SeMS contract for an additional three years following the success of the tool over the past two years. Redline's SeMS focuses on all aspects of security activity, supporting management at all levels within an organization. New operating environment All security tasks, such as quality assurance activity, training performance, and audits, are fed into the system, instantly highlighting any exposed vulnerabilities. This allows managers to effectively assess and manage risk in an ever-changing threat environment. These contracts add to Redline's already impressive track record this year, which also includes business wins with Edinburgh Airport and Teesside International Airport. This allows managers to effectively assess and manage risk in an ever-changing threat environment Mark Briffa, CEO of Air Partner, said: "It is a busy and important period for airports as they prepare for increasing passenger numbers, and we are very pleased to be supporting them as they scale up and bolster their security operations. Our ever-growing number of airport customers is testament to our industry-leading product offering and we look forward to helping them all adapt to the new operating environment.” Security management system Paul Mason, Managing Director of Air Partner's Safety & Security division, added: "We are continuing to see a good level of demand for Redline’s services and products, particularly our best-in-class digital Security Management System. Our team looks forward to working closely with Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool John Lennon airports to optimize their security processes.” In a demonstration of its commitment to maintaining the delivery of key aviation security training in the COVID-19 environment, Redline also hosted the first Virtual International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Crisis Management Workshop last week (7-11 June) for 13 state-sponsored delegates from across the ICAO European and North Atlantic Region. This milestone was achieved through close cooperation between Redline and ICAO’s Implementation Support and Development Section (Security) to convert the classroom workshop to a virtual format.
With increasing numbers of professionals now working entirely from home or as part of a blended workplace solution, the requirement for e-Learning and virtual training options has sharply increased. Having expanded its virtual and e-learning course offerings, the Safety & Security Division at Air Partner plc, comprising aviation safety and security training, research and consulting services from Baines Simmons and Redline Assured Security, has revealed its most popular training courses in 2020. Baines Simmons has seen the most interest, across both virtual and in-person deliveries, in ‘EASA Part 145 - Understanding Requirements for Maintenance’, ‘Practical Skills for Investigations’ and ‘Human Factors Refresher - Improving Human Performance’ among others. Management and compliance The ‘EASA Part 145’ course was one of the first to be virtualized by Baines Simmons, in March at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has remained the most popular year on year, attended by engineers, technicians, management and compliance staff alike. The popularity of the ‘Human Factors Refresher’ course, on the other hand, has continued to rise significantly, since its content refresh by the Subject Matter Experts at the end of 2019. The security experts have been offering instructor-led, virtual training on a case-by-case basis for delegates The most popular courses held by Redline Assured Security in 2020 (excluding e-learning courses) include ‘Cargo Aviation Security Training’, ‘Non-aviation Security Searching and Screening Bespoke Training’, as well as the ‘Aviation Threat Assessor Course’. Redline has also seen increased interest in their e-learning courses. Additionally, the security experts have been offering instructor-led, virtual training on a case-by-case basis for delegates who are unable to travel. Stringent social distancing Face to face course deliveries such as ‘Aviation Security for Managers - Initial and Recurrent’, continue to be offered at either the client’s location or at Redline’s NSTC training center, operating under stringent social distancing and hygiene measures. The Safety & Security division has now trained over 10,000 delegates since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and over 70% of surveyed Baines Simmons clients expressed an interest in virtual training solutions as part of a long-term blended solution, post-pandemic as well. “With the ongoing pandemic having wide-reaching and continued effects across the aviation and security sectors, including personnel either being furloughed or unable to work and train in their normal environment, skill fade is a real concern,” says Paul Mason, Air Partner’s Safety & Security Division Managing Director. Aviation security Even in a virtual setting, they are delivered in an engaging, interactive and dynamic way" “These are industries where skills have to be kept sharp and regulatory standards kept in pace with - for some, the application of training expiry alleviations on the aviation security side ended 30th June, for example. These are all factors that have contributed to people becoming non-compliant in their training and needing to complete a full initial course again. In these cases, we are here to help at short notice." "Being able to increasingly provide our clients with flexible, remote and blended training solutions has been something we are very proud to have achieved.” Implicit requirements of regulation “Several of our top-performing courses at Baines Simmons are implicit requirements of regulation, but many others, like the ‘Investigations’ courses, in particular, stand out because of the industry knowledge and experience of our facilitators. Even in a virtual setting, they are delivered in an engaging, interactive and dynamic way,” Paul continues. “We regularly receive positive feedback from these courses mentioning how immersive they are. Participants feel that they are much more than just a lesson in practical skills and reflect the real challenges experienced in the field.”
Redline Assured Security, a renowned provider of government-standard training and security solutions, has received continued endorsement as an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aviation Security Training Center (ASTC). This marks the ninth year that Redline’s training center, the UK’s ASTC, located at Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been endorsed by ICAO since being officially recognized in 2011. Redline is part of the Safety & Security division of Air Partner Plc, a global aviation services group providing aircraft charter and aviation safety & security solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals, across civil and military organizations. ASTC Doncaster is one of only 35 ASTC’s worldwide, supporting ICAO’s efforts to deliver comprehensive Aviation Security Training Packages and Workshops to its member states. Aviation security capacity building The evaluation noted the Center’s active contribution to aviation security capacity building, through vigorous efforts in the provision of security courses, particularly through the European and North Atlantic region, and commended Redline on an outstanding evaluation result. “We take a great deal of pride and satisfaction from our association with and membership of the ICAO ASTC network, fulfilling our responsibilities as an ASTC by providing Certified Instructors to assist with capacity building projects and the development of Training Packages,” said Craig Harrison, Managing Director of Redline. Ensure aviation security Endorsement by ICAO is a confirmation of our hard work in our mission to help ensure aviation security" “We’re an active training center here in the UK and internationally, last year alone we trained more than 4,750 delegates via Instructor led tuition and 37,000 via e-learning. We are proud to continue to provide industry-leading training and consistent support to our partners in the aviation industry during the COVID-19 recovery period.” Paul Mason, Managing Director of Air Partner's Safety & Security division, added: "The continued endorsement by ICAO is a confirmation of our commitment and hard work in our mission to help ensure aviation security. We have been supplying security solutions to the aviation sector for 14 years now, and we conduct auditing and quality assurance on behalf of both public and private sector organizations, as well as various government agencies." Adopting gold standards "This unrivalled expertise has made it possible for us to extend and apply best practices from aviation security in other sectors too, such as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), rail, major events and corporate establishments, which are adopting these gold standards as security challenges around the world are becoming ever more complex.”
Redline, an Air Partner company and a renowned provider of global security solutions, announced that it has won a long-term contract with the CAA, and is now also providing consultancy services to private aviation company Jet Edge. The CAA has awarded Redline a seven-year contract to be the UK’s sole certifier and quality assurer of free running explosive detection dogs (FREDDs). The certification and quality assurance process is set by the Department for Transport (DfT) and overseen by the CAA, which is responsible for ensuring that it operates effectively. In addition, private aviation company Jet Edge has engaged Redline to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) across its entire operations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, from aircraft decontamination to in-flight operations. International facilities management Redline has curated this service to support operators through this difficult time after it successfully developed and implemented a series of COVID-19 SOPs to operate aircraft and security screen passengers for its repatriation of UK and Irish nationals from Japan on behalf of the UK government. Jet Edge called on Redline in order to give its clients comfort that all necessary precautions have been taken to mitigate the risk of exposure to the virus when traveling with the company. These business wins follow the recent announcements that Redline has also secured two long-term quality assurance contracts with Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur and the international facilities management company OCS Group UK, as well as a contract to provide security consultancy support on a HS2 project. Demonstrating clear value CAA contract adds to our forward long-term contract portfolio, further increasing recurring revenues" Mark Briffa, CEO of Air Partner, said: “Despite the difficult circumstances posed by COVID-19, Redline has already secured a number of prestigious contracts in the financial year to date, thereby demonstrating the clear value of its offering. The CAA contract adds to our forward long-term contract portfolio, further increasing visible and recurring revenues for the Group, as per our stated strategy." "I am extremely pleased with the company’s performance since acquisition, in both the aviation and non-aviation sectors, and look forward to seeing what the rest of the year has in store for this exciting part of our business.” Explosive detection dogs Paul Mason, Managing Director of Air Partner's Safety & Security division, added: "Redline has been a trusted supplier of security solutions to the aviation sector for 14 years now, and these two business wins demonstrate the breadth of the services we offer in this area. In recent years, we have established ourselves as leaders in explosive trace detection, and we are proud to now be certifying and quality assuring free running explosive detection dogs on behalf of the UK government." "In addition, we are delighted to be helping Jet Edge to navigate the challenging COVID-19 operating environment and safeguard their clients, drawing on our expertise from the extensive and successful evacuation work we carried out earlier this year.”
Redline, an Air Partner company and a renowned provider of global security solutions, announces it has secured a four-year contract to provide Align JV ("Align") with security consultancy support on the delivery of a key section of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line between London and Birmingham, known as the C1 package. Align, a joint venture of three international and privately-owned infrastructure companies, was awarded the C1 package of HS2, worth £1.6bn, in July 2017. C1 consists of 21.6km of high-speed rail infrastructure in a rural environment, including a 3.37km viaduct across the Colne Valley, a 16.04km twin-bored tunnel beneath the Chiltern Hills, and five vent shafts. Facilities management company Align engaged Redline in 2017 to support on this project and a dedicated Security Consultant has worked in-house with the Align team ever since as it has progressed the design and started important pre-construction activities. A Notice to Proceed was issued in April 2020 and Align has extended its contract with Redline for a further four years to ensure security measures are fully considered in the next phase of the rail infrastructure project. Redline will increase its consultancy support, with a Security Manager now joining the Security Consultant already in place. This contract extension follows on from the recent announcement that Redline has also won long-term quality assurance contracts with Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur and the international facilities management company OCS Group UK. Improve quality and visibility The acquisition of Redline was the highlight of our last financial year and we are very pleased with its performance" In addition to the aviation sector, Redline has a well-established footprint within Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and locations of special importance, as well as government buildings. Mark Briffa, CEO of Air Partner, said: "The acquisition of Redline was the highlight of our last financial year and we are very pleased with its performance since joining Air Partner. One of the reasons we acquired the business was its long-term contracted revenues with global blue-chip customers, which in turn will serve to improve the quality and visibility of the Group's overall earnings." Security consultancy services "This contract extension is a fantastic example of this, and we look forward to continuing to play an important role in this high-profile project." Paul Mason, Managing Director of Air Partner's Safety & Security division, added: "We are delighted to be continuing our work with Align as it embarks upon this next exciting stage of the C1 route. Redline has been working closely with the rail and CNI sectors for over nine years now and will continue to draw on this extensive experience and expertise to provide Align with the highest standard security consultancy services."