Chapman Freeborn strengthens crisis response operations

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Global air charter specialist Chapman Freeborn has strengthened its crisis response provision by establishing an ‘Aviation Emergency Services’ (AES) business unit.

AES introduces a range of solutions, including crisis management; assisting organisations in effectively preparing for unexpected emergency situations, and security and risk management; enabling organisations to proactively detect and mitigate potential threats related to security, terrorism, and natural disasters.

Chapman Freeborn has been part of the humanitarian efforts for major global crisis events over the past 50 years, providing charter solutions for airlifts, airdropping, search and rescue flights, evacuations and repatriations.

AES is an advancement of this existing offering, created in recognition of the need for robust planning and preparation in the face of increasing global threats.

David McCown, president – Americas at Chapman Freeborn, said: “The Chapman Freeborn name is widely recognised for constructing reliable global crisis air logistics solutions serving a wide range of clients including industry, national and multilateral governmental institutions and NGOs. 

“Our extensive global office network of team members and partners makes Chapman Freeborn second to none in crafting and delivering timely solutions to the most challenging situations.”

Chapman Freeborn’s group chief commercial officer, Neil Dursley, commented: “For five decades, Chapman Freeborn has aided countries, governments, and NGOs during crises. Just in the last few years, we repatriated pandemic-stranded crew members, relocated Afghan citizens post-ISAF withdrawal, and supplied PPE and COVID-19 vaccines globally.”

He added: “We aided Pakistan’s flood victims, helped tackle Greece’s wildfires, and chartered many flights to assist after the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, partnering with operators, governments and aid agencies. No challenge is too great, and no location is too difficult for our expert Air Emergency Services team.”

The company’s humanitarian efforts over the years have included cargo and passenger charters during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina in 2006, Cyclone Nargis in 2008, earthquakes in Pakistan, Haiti, Nepal, Turkey and Syria, as well as supporting ongoing and post-conflict crises in Yemen, Darfur, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]