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Chapman Freeborn evacuates 20,000 from countries in crisis

The world’s largest aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn has been extensively involved in high-profile evacuation operations - flying over 20,000 passengers to safety in recent weeks.

The company has completed urgent flights on behalf of multinational corporations, governments and international aid agency clients.

• Over 100 evacuation flights completed

• More than 20,000 people flown to safety

• Rapid response to crisis situations in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain and Japan.

Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa:

In response to the crisis in Libya corporate groups and oil and gas industry workers were swiftly evacuated from Tripoli to airports in Turkey and Malta. Chapman Freeborn teams in the US, Turkey and the UAE utilised aircraft types including B737s and Fokker 100s for evacuation flights as street protests escalated.

With the situation in the country deteriorating the company was also called in to assist agencies responding to the deepening humanitarian crisis. Chapman Freeborn offices in Germany, Turkey, UK, and UAE are involved in evacuating thousands of civilians caught up in the unrest.

Large groups of economic migrants who passed across the Libyan border into Tunisia have been flown from Djerba to locations such as Cairo, Accra and Bamako on chartered A320, A321, B737-800 and MD-83 aircraft.

Hundreds of tons of humanitarian cargo including temporary shelter, nets and vehicles was also delivered to the region on IL-76, A300 and B747-400 freighters arranged by Chapman Freeborn’s cargo team.

The Libya crisis came amid the wide wave of protest in the Middle East and North Africa - including the uprising in Egypt which also saw thousands of foreign nationals evacuated on chartered aircraft.

Chapman Freeborn flew corporate groups and foreign nationals from Cairo to airports including London Gatwick, Istanbul, Dubai, and Barcelona on chartered B757, B737 and ATR 72 aircraft, as well as executive jets called in from the Middle East.

Support for all evacuation flights was provided by specialist flight support subsidiary Wings 24 Ltd which oversaw the provision of flight permits, aircraft fuelling and ground handling at airports.

Elsewhere, the operations team closely monitored events in Bahrain and Yemen around the clock with aircraft placed on standby for possible evacuation operations.

Japan earthquake and tsunami:

In addition to evacuation flights in the Middle East and North Africa, Chapman Freeborn was also involved in the effort to fly search and rescue teams to Japan in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

In the hours following the disaster Chapman Freeborn flew a German search and rescue team together with dogs and 13 tons of technical equipment from Frankfurt-Hahn to Tokyo on a B767 charter. The 49-strong team was among the first to reach Japan and joined the international effort to search for survivors.

Chapman Freeborn also worked on evacuation flights for foreign nationals and corporate groups looking to fly their personnel home in the wake of the disaster.

One evacuation flight coordinated by Chapman Freeborn’s Singapore team saw a group of university students flown from Tokyo to Hong Kong on an Airbus A300 charter.

Elsewhere, Chapman Freeborn Canada delivered a large consignment of aid cargo comprising of blankets and temporary shelter on a B747-400 freighter.

About Chapman Freeborn:

Chapman Freeborn provides charter solutions in unplanned circumstances, such as emergency evacuation and repatriation flights. The company has over 35 years of experience of such operations.

Chapman Freeborn has 32 offices in 22 countries worldwide and arranges over 6,000 cargo and passenger aircraft charters a year.

Specialist flight support subsidiary Wings 24 Ltd provides ACMI sub-charters, permits, aircraft fuelling and ground handling arrangements. http://www.wings24.com

28th March 2011