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Chapman Freeborn announces sale of centralised load control specialist Air Dispatch CLC

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering is pleased to announce the sale of its specialist centralised load control subsidiary Air Dispatch CLC to dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers.

Founded in 2007, Air Dispatch has successfully grown into a global market leader for centralised load control (CLC) planning services, calculating the weight and balance conditions for aircraft prior to flight. Its other services include ULD (unit load device) asset tracking and the development of flight optimisation software.

The company currently has 200 employees at its operations centres in Prague and Warsaw. Its client portfolio includes Air Berlin, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, LOT, SAS, Qantas and Qatar Airways amongst others.

Russi Batliwala, CEO of Chapman Freeborn, said:

“Chapman Freeborn is extremely proud to have been associated with Air Dispatch CLC and grown it as a company. It is a great example of the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that our group prides itself on.

“We would like to thank its managing director Nick Yeadon and his colleagues in Prague and Warsaw for their contributions in turning this company into such a success story. We believe dnata is a great home for our business and our people.”

He added:

“As Air Dispatch continues to rapidly expand and acquire new airline clients, it became increasingly apparent that this highly niche aviation sector was stand-alone from the rest of our global businesses.

“The sale further strengthens our excellent financial standing and allows us to increase our management focus on growing Chapman Freeborn’s core products – both organically and through actively targetting new strategic acquisitions.”


Air Dispatch CLC was founded in 2007 and is the world’s leading provider of centralised load control services. It currently has 200 employees at its operations centres in Prague and Warsaw, as well as a small UK-based management team.

The company produces over 800,000 load-sheets a year – delivered across six continents. In 2013 Air Dispatch CLC became the first dedicated centralised load control provider in the world to receive IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification.

In addition to its core load control expertise, the company also provides airline clients with other value-added support services including flight data warehousing and ULD (unit load device) tracking.

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About Chapman Freeborn

UK-headquartered Chapman Freeborn Airchartering was established in 1973. The company specialises in the charter and lease of aircraft for a wide ranging client base including freight forwarders, multinational corporations, governments, humanitarian agencies and a host of industries around the globe.

In addition to air cargo charters and on board courier (OBC) services, 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.

Over the last decade, Chapman Freeborn has received more than 20 top aviation industry awards for service and innovation, including the recent Charter Provider of the Year title at the STAT Times Awards 2016, held in Mumbai.

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