Chapman Freeborn

This business provides air-charter and aircraft-leasing services. Customers include large corporations, VIPs, relief organisations and governments. The Crawley company recently sent equipment and technical teams to New Orleans to help with the BP oil spill. Chapman Freeborn has 32 offices in 22 countries, and chief executive Russi Batliwala led a management buyout for an undisclosed sum last year. Sales increased by 33% to £294m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank73
CompanyChapman Freeborn
ActivityAir charter broker
LocationGatwick
Sales £m294
Operating profit £m8.4
Main shareholdersRussi Batliwala (40%), Shahe Ouzounian (23%), C Chapman (22%), C Norman (8%), P Joarder (7%)
Staff329
Founded1973
Websitewww.chapman-freeborn.com

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