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Chapman Freeborn and Swiss WorldCargo announce new partnership agreement

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Swiss WorldCargo today announced that they have forged a new strategic partnership to further enhance their offerings in the cargo market.

As of July 1 2013, the global aircraft charter specialist is supporting Swiss WorldCargo with all third-party chartering requirements through its worldwide office network.

Already an acknowledged global leader for care-intensive cargo services, the agreement will allow Swiss WorldCargo to expand its specialised product portfolio and offer clients full or part charter solutions using the entire range of cargo aircraft worldwide.

Chapman Freeborn will benefit by working closely with one of the market’s leading airlines which has a network of some 120 destinations in over 80 countries – served by a fleet of 85 aircraft including Airbus A319, A320, A321, A330-300 and A340 types.

The agreement was signed in Zurich last week and follows the March launch of a strategic cooperation deal between Chapman Freeborn and Lufthansa Cargo, the partner airline of Swiss International Air Lines.

Russi Batliwala, CEO of Chapman Freeborn, said:

“We’re delighted to sign this partnership agreement with Swiss WorldCargo and we welcome the opportunity to offer our cargo charter services to their international client base.

“Both companies share a reputation for focussing on value-added services and operational excellence, and their expertise in belly cargo and worldwide network of destinations make it an ideal fit.”

“It is our strategic goal to strengthen and deepen customer relationships in our chosen markets and to offer a more complete solution set, and we’re convinced that in Chapman Freeborn we have found the perfect partner for charter and other related services,” comments Oliver Evans, Chief Cargo Officer of Swiss International Air Lines.

“Our two companies can forge a true partnership as we have distinct areas of expertise and experience while sharing a common dedication to and passion for   quality, customer service and just getting the job done according to our promises.”

Swiss WorldCargo

Swiss WorldCargo is the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. With a global network of about 120 destinations in over 80 countries and a wide range of services offered.

Swiss WorldCargo generates true added value for its customers and makes a substantial contribution to the financial results of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.

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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 was voted Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the World Air Cargo Awards for six consecutive years. Industry publication Air Cargo News also named Chapman Freeborn as its Cargo Charter Broker of the Year 2012 and 2013.

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.

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Note to Editors

For further information, pictures and interview requests please contact:

Silvia Cappelli
Swiss WorldCargo – Senior PR & Online Communication Executive 
Phone +41 44 564 55 02

Andy James
Chapman Freeborn – Group Marketing Manager  
Phone +44 1293 572839