SkyLink Aviation has joined the agency partner network of ICAT Logistics, a U.S.-based firm that provides freight forwarding and other cargo services around the world through its work with more than 100 affiliate partners.
SkyLink President and CEO David Dacquino told ExecutiveBiz that the move improves SkyLink’s ability to continue to diversify and win work across the transport and aviation services industry, and draws attention to the depth of services the company offers.
“SkyLink is in the urgency business and this demonstrates and enhances our capability of delivering critical time-sensitive cargo of any size to remote locations around the world.”
Mark Thielmann, SkyLink’s chief operating officer, added “as the government procurement process shifts away from concentrated regions like Iraq and Afghanistan, it is critical that we have the flexibility to support our clients in diversified areas of operation throughout Africa, South America, and South East Asia.”
“ICAT provides that complementary relationship” and provides SkyLink with an “opportunity to increase our services, certifications and capabilities for our core clients,” including freight forwarding, Thielmann said.
The announcement said ICAT’s agency partner program works to give customers “complete control of handling their freight,” and that in addition to being one of the few freight-forwarding firms in the U.S., ICAT customizes the shipping and logistic solutions it provides each of its customers.
ICAT noted SkyLink’s addition brings new agency offices in Washington, D.C. Toronto, and Dubai, to its network and will “deepen its authority” in the government sector and expand its presence in the mid-Atlantic U.S. as its look build on the growth its generated so far this year.
SkyLink has served in more than 75 countries since it opened its doors in 1989 and ICAT singled it out for its “deep operating experience” in Africa, South America and South East Asia.
“We are thrilled to welcome SkyLink to the ICAT team,” said Rick Campbell, ICAT’s CEO who founded the agency-based company in Baltimore in 1993.
“Between their experience, drive and passion, we know we have found a partner that embodies our core values and our collaborative approach to customer satisfaction, our ‘One Call, Right Solution…DONE!’ commitment.”
In addition to passenger and cargo transport, SkyLink provides ‘first-mile’ and a variety of other aviation, logistics and infrastructure services, including humanitarian and disaster relief; dangerous goods handling; flight planning; over-flight permits; fuel; airfield management; freight forwarding; customs clearance; insurance arrangements; and other related services.
In a recent conversation with ExecutiveBiz, Rima Saleh, SkyLink’s executive vice president of business development, said she could best describe the company as following a “one-stop shop” model.
“Our customers come to us for airlift and we often end up providing full spectrum support. From Aviation to camp construction and life support,” Saleh said.