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South Sudan passenger charter a first for Chapman Freeborn

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has successfully completed its first commercial passenger charter to South Sudan - the world’s newest country.

The global aircraft charter specialist’s UK team chartered an Air Bucharest B737 aircraft to fly 78 oil workers from Chisinau in Moldova to Juba on behalf of a Sudanese oil firm and Moldovan drilling company. Three tons of cargo including technical equipment was also transported on the flight.

Chapman Freeborn was able to secure a North Sudan overflight clearance and South Sudan landing clearance directly from the civil aviation authorities within 24 hours of applying.

In January, a South Sudanese referendum for independence from the North was overwhelmingly approved in favour of dividing Africa's largest country in half.

South Sudan celebrated its official independence on July 9th with thousands convening in the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the birth of a nation.

Chapman Freeborn provides over 6,000 passenger and cargo aircraft charters a year, including operations across Africa.

The UK-headquartered company was the first international air charter firm to establish a presence in Africa - opening an office in Entebbe, Uganda in 2009, followed by the development of a further sales team located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

26th October 2011