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Chapman Freeborn delighted at Wings 24's spreading success

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has reported a hugely successful first year of business for its 24-hour ACMI division.

Turnover from passenger aircraft leasing activities has increased over 40 per cent since the introduction of the Wings 24 team at the company's London Gatwick headquarters in October 2008.

Wings 24 provides airlines with precise, real time aircraft availability and faster and more reliable ACMI and leasing solutions worldwide.

Darren Banham, director commercial passenger charters and leasing, said:

"Wings 24 offers airlines the reassurance that office based staff are on hand at any time, both in regional time zones and in our UK head office, to deal with unexpected problems or last minute issues.

"The team has made a huge difference in getting airlines moving again - and this is reflected in the increasing amount of ACMI business we have done in the last 12 months."

In the past year Chapman Freeborn has supplied a wide range of aircraft for last minute ACMI operations - including A310, B737, B747, B757 and B767 types.

Notable assignments have included providing cover for Transavia after severe storms at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) prompted the low-cost carrier to perform precautionary safety checks on some of its fleet.

The Wings 24 team supplied seven aircraft to replace the Netherlands-based airline's B737-700 and B737-800 aircraft, to ensure services to airports across Europe were unaffected.

Elsewhere, Wings 24 supplied replacement aircraft to assist Royal Air Maroc during industrial strike action, as well as supporting numerous other airlines experiencing technical problems or a shortfall in capacity due to routine maintenance checks.

The department has also seen an increase in longer term lease requirements spanning the globe, including the dry lease of two aircraft to Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea.

Chapman Freeborn sourced a B757-200 and a B767-300ER from Reykjavik-based Icelandair, the flag carrier of Iceland - bringing together two airlines almost 9,000 miles apart on opposite sides of the world.

Both aircraft are now utilised for long haul routes from Papua New Guinea to Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and other destinations in the Pacific Rim.

Chapman Freeborn has 32 offices in 22 countries - including locations in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

3rd November 2009