This company flew search-and-rescue teams to Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami last year. More generally, the firm provides specialised aircraft charter and leasing services to customers ranging from VIPs and tour operators to governments. The Gatwick-based group has offices in 25 countries including China and Australia, and also helps shift cargo, from humanitarian aid to oil and gas equipment. Chief executive Russi Batliwala led a management buyout in 2009, and international sales grew 26% a year from £209m in 2009 to £333.2m in 2011.
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