Chris Leach, founder & chairman, 69, started this Surrey business in his basement in 1990. Now, 400 staff worldwide book cargo planes, jets and helicopters to move racehorses and rock bands around the globe. It also provides emergency relief charters for natural disasters and hostile political situations. Expansion in China and an increase in cargo bookings helped gross sales grow by 40% to £479.3m in 2018.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank29
CompanyAir Charter Service
ActivityAircraft charter broker
LocationSurbiton, Surrey
Sales £m479.3
Operating profit £m8.5
Main shareholdersManagement (66%), Alcuin Capital Partners (34%)
Staff413
Founded1990
Websitewww.aircharter.co.uk

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