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Chapman Freeborn and Lufthansa Cargo sign strategic cooperation agreement

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering is delighted to announce it has secured a new strategic cooperation agreement with Lufthansa Cargo – one of the world’s leading cargo carriers.

Effective April 1 2013, the global aircraft charter specialist will handle Lufthansa Cargo’s third-party chartering requirements – allowing the German airline to focus on marketing charter capacity on its own fleet of 18 McDonnell Douglas MD-11F aircraft.

The agreement will give Lufthansa Cargo’s international sales force and client base access to the full range of charter aircraft through Chapman Freeborn’s global network of 35 offices – from helicopters and light aircraft for time-critical freight, up to giant Antonov AN-225 aircraft for heavy and outsize cargo requirements.

Chapman Freeborn clients will benefit from the enhanced access to Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter fleet – but the company will maintain its position of neutrality in the marketplace and continue to work in partnership with cargo airline suppliers worldwide.

The agreement was signed by representatives of Lufthansa Cargo and Chapman Freeborn in Frankfurt this week.

“We will continue offering customers flexible and high-value charter solutions in the future,” emphasised Lufthansa Board Member Product and Sales Dr. Andreas Otto. “With the newly adapted structure, we are leaner and more focused, and can offer our own aircraft even easier and faster. Moreover, with Chapman Freeborn, the world’s leading aircraft charter specialist, we have gained a new and strong partner.”

Russi Batliwala, CEO of Chapman Freeborn, underlined: “We’re delighted to cooperate with Lufthansa Cargo as one of the world’s leading cargo carriers. Our joint customers will benefit from this cooperation and can be sure of finding the right charter solution, anytime.”

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering

Chapman Freeborn was established in the UK in 1973 and the group now comprises of 35 offices in 25 countries around the world.

The company specialises in the charter and lease of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft for a wide ranging client base including major international organisations, NGOs, multinational corporations, governments, and a host of industries around the globe.

Chapman Freeborn is dedicated to adding real value to clients and suppliers. The company has been voted Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the World Air Cargo Awards for the last six consecutive years. Industry publication Air Cargo News also named Chapman Freeborn as its Cargo Charter Broker of the Year 2012.

In addition to cargo charter and on board courier (OBC) operations, Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet and helicopter charters for executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel.

Chapman Freeborn has over 450 employees worldwide and is currently ranked 32nd in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 list of Britain’s biggest mid-market private companies.

Lufthansa Cargo AG

Lufthansa Cargo ranks among the world’s leading cargo carriers. In the 2012 business year, the airline transported around 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail and sold 8.7 billion revenue tonne-kilometres.

The company currently employs about 4,600 people, worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business.

The cargo carrier serves 300 destinations in around 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, and an extensive road feeder service network. The bulk of the cargo business is routed through Frankfurt Airport.

Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.