Chapman Freeborn wins Air Charter Provider of the Year in Africa
The world's largest aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn has landed the prestigious Air Charter Provider of the Year accolade at the Air Cargo Africa 2011 awards in Nairobi, Kenya.
The STAT Times award, presented at a ceremony on the second day of the conference, was nominated by freight forwarders and airlines and recognised the company for its excellence in air cargo across a continent spanning 53 countries.
Iain Clark, Regional Manager for Chapman Freeborn Africa, was present to collect the award on behalf of the company. He said: “The whole team is very proud that Chapman Freeborn has been awarded this accolade for our charter services in Africa. Our commitment to customer service is at the core of our business and we are honoured that has been recognised.”
Above: Iain Clark
With offices in Entebbe, Uganda, and Johannesburg, South Africa, Chapman Freeborn now has a well established presence in the African market.
In early 2009 Chapman Freeborn identified Entebbe as the location for its first African office and a headquarters for aircraft charter and leasing operations across the continent.
Above: Chapman Freeborn Africa completes a B747 charter, Entebbe airport (Oil equpment 14m 15 ton pieces).
One factor was its proximity to areas like Somalia and Darfur for human relief operations, another was the opportunity to transit equipment involved in mining, telecoms, and the energy industry, all of which are expanding sectors in the region.
Above: Using an unpaved remote airstrip.
Ten months after launching the Entebbe operation Chapman Freeborn further expanded its reach by establishing and additional team in Johannesburg, South Africa - also providing the full range of cargo and passenger aircraft charter services.
This latest honour compliments the Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year award, which has been won by Chapman Freeborn at the World Air Cargo Awards for the last four years running.
In 2010 Chris Chapman, founder and chairman of the company, was also inducted into The International Air Cargo Association's (TIACA) 'Hall of Fame' in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development and growth of the global air charter market.
Chapman Freeborn has 32 offices in 22 countries worldwide and arranges over 6,000 cargo and passenger aircraft charters a year.