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When Abu Dhabi’s royal family wanted to transport 18 racehorses from Paraguay to the Gulf, they called Chapman Freeborn. The Crawley company, one of the world’s leading aviation support companies, arranged transport for the horses,
five grooms and royal staff on an Ilyushin IL-76. It has more than 50 offices in 20 countries, and undertakes assignments from transporting aid workers to flying rock bands, including U2 and the Rolling Stones, during their world tours. Owned by founder Christopher Chapman and headed by managing director Carol Norman, the company had sales of £219m in 2004.

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Company details
CompanyChapman Freeborn
ActivityAir charter broker
Sales £m219
Operating profit £m1.8
Main shareholdersChristopher Chapman (70%), Carol Norman (25%)

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