AIRHAWKE takes flight as acquisition of Berletex Aero Design completes


AIRHAWKE takes flight as acquisition of Berletex Aero Design completes

Montreal, QC/ 5 June 2023 – AIRHAWKE, the Montreal, Quebec-headquartered business, has completed the acquisition of fellow Canadian business Berletex Aero Design. AIRHAWKE, which specializes in delivering the engineering necessary to convert, complete or modify executive, special mission or cargo aircraft, now wholly owns Berletex.

The acquisition, which began just over a year ago, has seen AIRHAWKE Chief Executive Officer David Vanderzwaag embrace the twenty-five-year legacy of Berletex and add new customers, services, and workforce to deliver an enriched portfolio of options. David is working alongside Berletex founder and Vice-President of Customer Relations, Ross Bellingham, who remains with AIRHAWKE, to ensure customers receive engineering services with the same excellence and reliability that Berletex is famed for.  AIRHAWKE has already added more than 10 new team members to the business, increasing the workforce to 25.

“We have admired Berletex for a number of years and appreciated the incredible depth and breadth of the knowledge within the company,” says Vanderzwaag. “It was the company’s strong reputation, the talented workforce, and an impressive client portfolio that initially caught our eye. Now that we have worked with the team for over a year, we have discovered even more potential than we originally anticipated and are excited to continue providing high-quality services to our valued existing customers, as well as new ones. AIRHAWKE customers expect excellence, and we plan to meet and exceed these expectations.”  

Integration of new technology has already begun with state-of-the-art solutions and certification services being incorporated into design projects to expand offerings and improve communications while reducing time and optimizing budgets. AIRHAWKE has also introduced the concept of an internationally distributed workforce which leverages collaborative tools to support customer projects with employees located close to or at customer facilities onsite across the globe.

AIRHAWKE is marking the transition by unifying the Berletex and AIRHAWKE brand under the single AIRHAWKE name. Aligning the companies is aimed at streamlining processes, service provision and will simplify customer support. Leading the brand transition and marketing strategy is Rachel Vanderzwaag, VP Marketing.

A new website reflects the AIRHAWKE brand and approach.

Photo – L to R David Vanderzwaag CEO and Ross Bellingham, VP Customer Relations, as the acquisition completion of the AIRHAWKE brand takes flight. 

About us

Based in Montreal, Canada, AIRHAWKE provides comprehensive engineering, design and approvals to conversion and completion centres, as well as OEMs and MROs worldwide, enabling them to convert or complete an aircraft for VIP, special mission or cargo roles. AIRHAWKE leads the way in conceiving innovative engineering solutions and providing all the design and engineering definitions to allow manufacturing and installation teams to execute aircraft modifications. Stress and electrical analyses and reports, and supplemental type certifications (STCs) generation are also supported. Founded in 1998 as Berletex Aero Design, the company was acquired by AIRHAWKE in 2022.

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