ACS – steady growth in 2016-17

Air charter specialist, Air Charter Service (ACS) has reported that it has seen charter numbers increase year on year as it released its half year report.

Justin Bowman, ACS Group’s CEO, commented: “Numbers are up 9% compared to the same time last year at more than 5,800 contracts to the end of July. We’re very pleased with this continued growth, as last year was our best year by quite some way, exceeding our expectations.

The ACS CEO continued, “This year so far we have not had any ‘special events’, such as the West Coast Port Strike last year, for which we were doing up to three Boeing B747 charters a day for three weeks. The largest project that we have undertaken in 2016 was the 48-leg Iron Maiden world tour between February and July using the B747 nicknamed ‘Ed Force One’, but that only counts as one charter contract.

“Away from full charters, our revamped Onboard Courier division is doing very well indeed, with an increase of 94%, having said that, last year was its inaugural one following our new investment in it. They are on track to hit 1,000 jobs this year, which will be a remarkable achievement.”

ACS was formed in 1990 and now employs more than 350 staff worldwide in 20 offices on five different continents. The company offers private jet, commercial airliner and cargo aircraft charters. It claims to have revenues ‘in excess of’ $500 million annually through arranging more than 10,000 charters a year around the world.

Voted Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the ACW World Cargo Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, voted Charter Broker of the Year at the Payload Asia Awards 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as being awarded Charter Broker of the Year by Air Cargo News in 2014, 2015 and 2016

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