Aircraft disassembly company Air Salvage International (ASI) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
ASI was formed in 1997 by CEO Mark Gregory and is based at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire, UK.
The company has become one of the world’s largest privately owned disassembly and recovery companies and was the first in Europe to offer this service.
Gregory said that ASI had enabled owners of retired commercial aircraft “to make a positive step forward in responding to pressure to reduce their global footprint. This alternative to using their own in-house manpower also enabled them to fulfil the rapidly growing demand for quality recycled aircraft parts, maximising the value of their assets.”
The ASI team have worked on more than 900 disassembly and recovery projects over the last 25 years, including in locations such as Togo, Sudan, Ecuador, Libya and Costa Rica.
The company also has the capacity to dismantle, move and rebuild aircraft. It’s carried out this task on over 30 commercial and military aircraft to date. In 2004, British Airways awarded ASI a contract to dismantle and then reassemble two Concorde aircraft at their destination UK museums.
“It is difficult to pat yourself on the back, but I have certainly fulfilled my dream of forming a successful and sustainable aviation business,” said Gregory. “I also believe that we have been and are currently part of a driving force behind delivering sustainable and environmentally responsible services in the global aircraft disassembly sector which makes me very proud.”
ASI was one of the founding members of the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) in 2006.
Company affiliates GC Aviation Maintenance (GCAM) and Skyline Aero are also based at the same Cotswold site. “The three businesses complement each other, providing component suppliers, lessors, insurers, airlines, and banks with a unique ‘one-stop-shop’ facility to store aircraft whilst evaluating asset optimisation,” commented Gregory.