They are all trying to develop this space... On the back of good performance from airlines, all the consulting firms that closed down their aviation group are trying to jump on this big time.
All they want is people bringing contacts and business into practices that are mainly virtual.
A word of caution... if you approach them make sure you ask:
- how many dedicated aviation consultants have they got?
- list of clients and type of work (RECENT)?
- what capabilities/or product portfolio they have got specifically in aviation
For example, PA would claim that BA is one of their customers... true ... but what they do not tell you is that they only do IT work through a Design Partner Framework agreement. And believe you me this has got nothing to do with aviation - hence you will never be able to get on a project because the only thing BA requires is IT skills from a company that they only see in the IT space.
And the same is valid for a number of the other big SI or 2nd tier.
In my 7 years as an aviation consultant I have never come against Bearingpoint... maybe they do some work (?) in Germany... but what type of work?
To cut the long story short, If I cannot persuade you to stay away from MC I would rank them like that:
1) MBBB first chioce (they do aviation but if you end up doind something else it doesn't matter)
2) LEK, RB, OC&C, Mercer
3) SH&E or some other boutique such as SDG
4) PWC, EY, ATK
5) anybody else including ACN & Deloitte
6) stay away from PA, Capgemini