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Chapman Freeborn and Drukair launch new partnership to bring private jet services to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering is delighted to announce a new strategic private jet partnership with Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

The global aircraft charter specialist’s exclusive agreement with Drukair means that the remote Kingdom of Bhutan will now be more widely accessible to international private jet travellers.

Nestled in the steep mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, Paro International Airport is considered to be one of the most challenging locations for take-offs and landings in the world and all flights require a specialist Drukair certified navigator to accompany as a guide.

Through the unique partnership with Drukair, Chapman Freeborn can now provide this service for private jet aircraft and obtain the necessary permits to operate charters to Bhutan.

Global sales and marketing director Alex Berry says the partnership will provide private jet travellers with totally unique access to the Kingdom of Bhutan as a travel destination, setting Chapman Freeborn apart from all its competitors.

He said:

“We’re honoured to be working in partnership with Drukair in this venture. Chapman Freeborn is forever linked with opening up new private jet markets, and as one of the most exclusive and sought-after travel destinations in the world we’re excited to be launching this service.”

Shailendra Seth, director of Chapman Freeborn India, added:

“Drukair and Chapman Freeborn are both niche organisations and this synergy between the two will enhance opportunities to boost luxury travel to the Kingdom of Bhutan.”

Welcoming the partnership Mr Tshering Penjore, general manager of Drukair, said:

“Drukair has been providing reliable and safe transportation for the last 30 years and as the only airline that links Bhutan to the outside world, the challenge to fulfil diverse air transportation needs has become critical.

“The partnership with Chapman Freeborn will enable us to use the wide and global resources and portfolio of aircraft for private charters. Further we expect to build a strong and readily available access to improve search and rescue and emergency air operations within Bhutan.”

About Chapman Freeborn

Established in the UK in 1973, Chapman Freeborn is the world’s leading aircraft charter broker, with 40 years of experience providing air charter solutions. The company has 35 offices in 25 countries and offers unrivalled global coverage.

Each office has a team of professional multilingual charter experts who are contactable 24/7/365 and dedicated to providing clients with the perfect aircraft for their requirements.

Chapman Freeborn’s is currently ranked 32nd in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 list of Britain’s biggest mid-market private companies.

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About Drukair

Founded in 1981, Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines is the national airline of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The airline has a fleet of Airbus A319 and ATR 42 aircrafts and operates a short-haul scheduled flight network across the South Asian region – serving key destinations such as Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Bangkok and Singapore.

At over 7,000 feet above sea level, Drukair’s base at Paro airport is only accessible using Visual Flight Rules for approach. The capital city Thimphu is a 60 minute drive away.

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