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Global aircraft charter specialist reopens in Italy

The world’s leading charter broker Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has announced the official reopening of its operations in Italy.

The global aircraft charter specialist has established a new office in Turin in response to growing demand for its award-winning services.

The new team will work closely with Chapman Freeborn’s international offices to further strengthen the company’s cargo and passenger charter presence in Italy and across Southern Europe.

Pierre Van Der Stichele, a member of the Chapman Freeborn Airchartering (Italia) S.r.l. management team, said:

“While Chapman Freeborn has maintained a presence in Italy for a number of years, it was felt that we needed to properly consolidate our position in the market and respond to the growing demand for our charter services.

“We are excited about the opportunities that this new office presents, and I’m confident that we have assembled the perfect team to move forward in all areas of our business - cargo, passenger and VIP air charter.”

Located at the heart of a major industrial region, Turin was considered the ideal location to situate Chapman Freeborn’s newest hub. The city is home to major Italian automotive and aerospace manufacturers, in addition to many other industries with cargo and passenger aircraft charter requirements.

Joining Pierre in the management of the new company is Enrico Fantini, 51, a well-respected figure with over 25 years experience in the Italian freight forwarding and aviation industry.

The cargo charter team is further strengthened with the addition of Matteo Forapani, 42, and Giuseppe D’Anna, 41, both with extensive forwarding and aviation backgrounds.

Chapman Freeborn - recently named Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year for the third consecutive year - will focus on expanding its client base of freight forwarders and logistics providers in Italy. The country has a significant manufacturing sector and still has a strong export industry - particularly in the project cargo sector.

Passenger charter operations will be overseen by Anna Pizzagalli, 37, who has been with Chapman Freeborn for over five years. In this time, Anna has worked with a diverse client base ranging from multinational corporations to Serie A football teams.

Worldwide music tours and major events such as Milan Fashion Week will also ensure a high level of demand for the company’s VIP charter services in Italy.

Chapman Freeborn has 32 offices in 22 countries across five continents and coordinated more than 5,000 aircraft charters last year.

Contacts

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering (Italia) S.r.l

Strada de Francese 97/2E

10156 TORINO

ITALY

Tel: +39 (011) 450 0858

Fax: +39 (011) 451 9918

Email: italia@chapman-freeborn.com

15th June 2009