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Chapman Freeborn to set new standards in flight support with launch of Wings 24 Ltd

The Chapman Freeborn Group has launched Wings 24 Ltd – a comprehensive resource for airlines seeking fast, reliable ACMI sub-charter and outsourced flight support, including permits and aircraft fuelling services.

The global aviation specialist has combined its 24-hour ACMI division and its former operations subsidiary, Paragon Global Flight Support, to form one new company which will assist with passenger and cargo flight operations worldwide.

he 13-strong Wings 24 team are all professional ACMI and operations experts drawn from a variety of airline and aviation backgrounds.

Darren Banham, a member of the Wings 24 management team, said:

“The message coming to us from airlines of all sizes was that they wanted a reliable, cost-effective one-stop shop for global flight support, so we set about forming Wings 24 as a specialist company that covered all the bases.

“The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with clients finding that a flexible approach with a single point of contact is proving both time effective and less stressful.”

Peter Walton has been appointed general manager of Wings 24 Ltd, with responsibility for day-to-day oversight and strategic development of the Gatwick-based business.

Peter, who joined the Chapman Freeborn Group in 1995, brings more than 30 years of aviation industry experience to the role. He has worked in a variety of managerial and operational positions and enjoyed successful spells at Air Dispatch International and, most recently, as general manager of Paragon Global Flight Support.

ACMI Sub-Charter

One of Wings 24’s core services is round the clock expertise on ACMI and last-minute sub-charter operations worldwide and the company was immediately called upon to demonstrate its skills.

Just four hours after the official launch of Wings 24 the team confirmed its first booking – a sub-charter operation from Dusseldorf (DUS), Germany, to Luanda (LAD) in Angola.

An MD-83 aircraft was quickly drafted in from Paris-based charter airline Blue Line to fly 70 exchange students to the Angolan capital after another airline’s aircraft experienced a longer than forecast maintenance check.

Wings 24 assists airlines in immediately finding a sub-charter aircraft to continue operating their flight programmes – helping to maintain punctuality and customer service levels.

Outsourced flight support

In addition to sub-charter services, Wings 24 provides complete flight support ranging from flight monitoring and ground handling to catering and accommodation arrangements.

Thanks to the team’s network of contacts at overseas embassies, local Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) and other related agencies, Wings 24 also submits, tracks and obtains both civilian and diplomatic permits for overflights and landings at airports around the world.

The company has a wealth of experience in the preparation of application requirements needed to meet the criteria of most countries and different types of flights.

Wings 24 also provides customers with access to competitive aviation fuel rates at airports worldwide. By monitoring fluctuating fuel prices around the clock, Wings 24 allows airlines to mitigate the impact of sudden rate changes.

Wings 24 and Chapman Freeborn Airchartering

As a subsidiary of Chapman Freeborn – the world’s leading aircraft charter and aviation support company – Wings 24 benefits from over 36 years of experience partnering with passenger and cargo airlines worldwide.

The group’s global coverage includes offices in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Far East.

The Wings 24 team is based at the Chapman Freeborn Group’s UK headquarters, located near London Gatwick Airport (LGW).