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The latest stories from across the Chapman Freeborn group

Cargo Air Charter


Our German team successfully coordinated a charter project using the Antonov AN-225 - the world’s largest fixed wing cargo aircraft.

Working with Fiege Logistics Switzerland AG our German team successfully completed the high-profile project of transporting outsize oil and gas equipment totalling 232 tons from Germany to the United Arab Emirates.

The giant Antonov AN-225 freighter and an additional Boeing B747-400F were required to deliver the time-critical cargo from Leipzig Halle Airport (LEJ) and Frankfurt–Hahn Airport (HHN) to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in May of this year.

Chapman Freeborn project manager, Christian Becker oversaw the AN-225 operation from Leipzig Halle, managing the meticulous 16-hour loading process to manoeuvre the 153 ton of cargo. The largest of the six pieces handled was a compressor weighing 79 tons and over 14 metres in length.

Following the successful loading of the outsize cargo, the AN-225 departed for Abu Dhabi, via Cairo for refuelling.

The B747-400F operation at Frankfurt–Hahn Airport was administered by our highly skilled team, with a cargo consignment of nearly 80 tons successfully loaded and dispatched to Abu Dhabi.

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    The mammoth AN-225 charter project required in-depth planning and precise preparation – including coordination meetings, site visits and pre-flight assessments of the cargo to advise on the loadability of the freight.

    The design of the unique AN-225 is based on its smaller sibling the AN-124 – an aircraft type regularly used by Chapman Freeborn to transport heavy and outsize air cargo around the world, in addition to a variety of western-built freighters.


Intradco operated a charter to the Epsom Derby for winning colt “Harzand”.

Intradco Global’s reputation for the safe, secure transportation of horses means it is the first choice transport provider for many leading racehorse owners and trainers around the world.

The team recently had the honour of flying Harzand on his way to winning the 2016 Epsom Derby. The owners of the Irish Thoroughbred racehorse required him to be flown to the event, having decided against gambling on a lengthy journey by road.

Intradco arranged for Harzand to be flown from Dublin to Biggin Hill on the morning of the race using a chartered Antonov AN-74 aircraft.

In addition to supplying specialised stalls and a custom designed loading ramp for the aircraft, a team of four grooms accompanied the horse throughout the flight to ensure his well-being.

Arriving at the course in top condition, Harzand raced to glory in the Derby, holding off a late challenge from the favourite US Army Ranger. With a purse of £1,545,000, the 2016 Derby was the richest race ever run in the UK, according to the organisers.

Harzand completed a famous double with a win at the Irish Derby at the Curragh Racecourse a few weeks later and he is now set to run in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October.

Sara Havers from Intradco, who managed the flight, said:

“Intradco is proud to have played a small part in Harzand’s success this summer. The welfare of the animal is always at the centre of what we do, and flying racehorses of this calibre means every detail of the charter operation must be managed with the utmost precision and professionalism for our clients.”


Chapman Freeborn USA has seen its cargo charter and OBC services in high-demand over the summer months – particularly from global automotive manufacturers.

In the last few weeks our Fort Lauderdale team has coordinated a number of urgent charters to help keep assembly lines running. Reflecting the global nature of the automotive business, charters have included routes such as Nuremburg, Germany to Greenville, SC; Birmingham, UK to San Francisco, CA, and numerous movements to and from Mexico.

Another movement saw a Gulfstream GIV passenger jet utilised to fly an urgent consignment of auto parts from Detroit, MI to Zaragoza, Spain. The US team worked closely with colleagues in our European offices to ensure the entire operation was turned around ‘door to door’ the same day.

In addition to increased charter demand, our on board courier (OBC) offering in the USA is also going from strength to strength with the addition Roberto Tamez who has joined as an OBC Sales Executive.

Clients in the automotive industry rely on us to deliver their time-critical parts

Gavin Deeks, President of Chapman Freeborn USA, said:

“The expertise of our US team is well suited to assisting the automotive industry which is a fast moving business. Many manufacturers work on a ‘just-in-time’ basis which means our time-critical charters and hand-carry services can play a key part in keeping plants running. Speed and reliability are often the most important thing to the end client.”


We are delighted to announce the promotion of Radoslaw “Radek” Puchalski to lead the Poland team.

We opened our Warsaw office in 1993 and last year furthered investment in Poland with the launch of a new branch in Katowice to meet the increased demand for our specialist services. We believe Radek will be best-placed at the head of our Polish operations.

Having held the role of charter sales manager at Chapman Freeborn since 2012, Radek will oversee the strategic growth of the company’s aircraft chartering and on board courier (OBC) services in Poland, as well as the expansion of activities in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.

With a strong background in the air cargo sector, and previous experience working for Poland’s Civil Aviation Authority, Radek brings a wealth of experience to the new role.

Russi Batliwala, Chapman Freeborn CEO, said:

“Radek has built up a strong reputation in the charter industry and I’m delighted to be handing him the reins. He has already proven himself capable of driving growth and I am confident he will build on the excellent performance of our Poland team.”

Radek added:

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue Chapman Freeborn’s development in this region. We have had an established business in the country for over 20 years but I still see opportunities to reach new clients and expand our activities.”

Private Jet Charter


In recent years China has taken off in terms of private jet demand. Our new partnership with Luxury Kingdom is providing clients with the ultimate VIP experience.

Chapman Freeborn’s Beijing team has recently launched an exclusive partnership with Luxury Kingdom Co., Ltd, the leading ultra-luxury limousine service in China.

Luxury Kingdom’s clients now have access to private jet charter at their fingertips via the Luxury Kingdom app, while Chapman Freeborn’s clients enjoy airport transfer and limousine services courtesy of Luxury Kingdom.

Diana Kang who heads our team in Beijing spoke about the partnership signing ceremony with Luxury Kingdom:

“Our two companies share a similar ethos in pursuit of only the highest standards for our esteemed customers. This collaboration will benefit our mutual client base of VIPs and we look forward to working with Luxury Kingdom’s fantastic team.”

KeLong Wang, CEO of Luxury Kingdom said:

“We chose to announce this strategic partnership between Luxury Kingdom and Chapman Freeborn on May 18th, because number 18 has a special meaning in Chinese culture signifying fortune. We believe that this cooperation will create more opportunity in the high-end service industry and we hope that this special partnership will prosper in the years to come.”

For more information about Luxury Kingdom, please visit www.la-feng.com



This summer we have seen a significant increase in transatlantic flights for the entertainment industry, particularly for touring bands.

On tour, or during festival season, artists and bands often need to make quick connections between cities and sometimes charter is the only option. With quick turnarounds, and large numbers of passengers to fly, including the crew and kit (of all shapes and sizes) chartering offers flexibility and the ability to organise multiple, different sized aircraft to suit the individual needs of our clients.

Our VIP and PAX teams usually organise a small jet for the artist or band and an ultra-long range heavy jet for the crew and gear. To get a glimpse into the world of entertainment we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular aircraft choices among touring bands, and large groups:


Challenger 850s and Legacy 650s

Both the Challenger 850 and Legacy 650’s defining qualities are their long range, width and boot space – the interior cabin widths helps make the aircrafts feel open and spacious.

The aircrafts both have an enormous hold and as a result are among the most popular for touring planes on the market.

Citation X

One of the fastest civilian aircraft in the world.

Boeing 737

The aircraft has 44 seats in total. With VIP/Business configuration, the cabin consists of 16 VIP business class seats and 28 regular business class seats.

This aircraft type is also popular with companies that want to keep a level of equality among passengers such as sports teams.



Our OBC team plans to build on success within emerging markets, by stepping up the focus on India as it becomes an increasingly key market for OBC cargo shipments.

With economic growth of around 7.6 percent, coupled with the Indian government’s recently launched initiative ‘Make in India’, the initiative which promotes the local manufacturing of goods has seen the country’s manufacturing industry go from strength to strength. Additionally, we are seeing a growing demand across a number of industries for hand-carry services including electrical components, automotive cargo, and other time-critical equipment.

To support our renewed focus within the market, we have further strengthened our business development team in India, with recent appointments Franklin Henry and Paraq Joshi who bring a wealth of experience to the company, having previously held management and sales positions serving leading cargo airlines.

The team has a diverse and comprehensive understanding of India’s complex import and export regulations, and are well-versed in the intricacies and time-critical challenges of on board courier services.


Chapman Freeborn OBC today announced a series of new appointments as the business continues to expand its global hand-carry services.

The company has gained several experts from the aviation and express logistics industry in order to satisfy the increased demand from the market.

The Cologne-headquartered on board courier (OBC) specialist has promoted Pasquale Bellarosa to the position of director of sales and operations. Bellarosa – who has been with Chapman Freeborn OBC since 2011, will oversee the operational management and account management for existing clients.

Tobias Riener, recently joined the OBC team as director of business development to introduce hand-carry services to new markets. Riener brings with him over a decade of aviation industry experience having previously worked in a senior position with a competitor.

In response to increased demand, the 24-hour operations division has also been strengthened by a further five broker appointments since the start of the year including; Torsten Meller, Stefan Hirche, Andre Dornbusch and brothers Patrik and René Weyrich.

Together bringing a variety of experiences from across the aviation and express logistics industry and a wealth of operational expertise to the company.

Full story on the new OBC appointments.

The Cologne-based team works closely with the firm’s additional hand-carry hubs in Hong Kong and the USA – as well as the full Chapman Freeborn network of over 30 locations worldwide – in order to provide the client with optimised transport solutions for their shipment requirements. The news of the appointments in Cologne follows the recent announcement of two further sales professionals hired in India, as the business continues to go from strength to strength in new markets globally.

Nikolai Bergmann, managing director at Chapman Freeborn OBC, said:

“Over the past 10 years we have established ourselves as a leading provider of OBC services and now is the right time to take our capabilities to the next level. We have enriched our team with a wide range of experienced and excellent professionals who continuously develop and diversify our services – enabling us to further grow.”

Across the Group


Chapman Freeborn’s global flight support subsidiary Wings 24 is often associated with assisting projects involving some of the largest aircraft types in the business – whether it’s the giant Antonov AN-124 for outsize cargo movements, or Boeing B747 aircraft used for moving hundreds of passengers.

However, the Wings 24 team also regularly provides support services to operators at the smallest end of the spectrum – including a recent challenging project involving a Diamond DA-42 Twin Star aircraft.

The client was using the DA-42 aircraft to transport 12kg of hazardous aerospace equipment from the UK to the Middle East, where the parts could be fitted to commercial aircraft operating in the region.

The highly-sensitive nature of the consignment meant it was not permitted to be transported on conventional passenger flights, so the manufacturer arranged for the special delivery and Wings 24 was called in again for operational support.

Transporting the time-critical Dangerous Goods (DG) cargo over 2,000 miles involved obtaining 11 separate overflight permissions from the relevant authorities, as well as securing ground handling support.

With each permit only valid for a specified time, the operation required meticulous planning to ensure the schedule could be met.

Lee Goodeve, General Manager says:

“Wings 24 is often contacted in situations like this because obtaining overflight permits can prove to be complicated – whether it’s for a wide-body jet or a small propeller aircraft.  This is particularly true when transporting cargo which is classified as being highly hazardous and requires clearance from multiple authorities. This is where our specialist operations team adds real value and helps to expedite urgent cargo shipments for clients.”

For more information on Wings 24’s full range of services visit: www.wings24.com

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