Effective immediately, the contract was won following a six month competitive tendering process.
Mark Briffa, Air Partner’s Chief Executive, said: “We fought long and hard to win this coveted contract and are extremely excited to have emerged victorious in the face of stiff competition. This positive result reflects the high levels of expertise and service we provide.”
Air Partner is now the sole provider of logistical support to DFID’s global aid assignments. In times of crisis, its responsibilities will include organising emergency flights for any civilian deployments of response teams and the evacuation of British nationals.
The Company’s dedicated team will utilise Air Partner’s 50 years of experience, strong supplier relationships and global network to source the most suitable aircraft for any given task, at the best price, ensuring a seamless high quality and cost-effective operation.
Air Partner is a valued supplier to many national and international organisations and has flown governments worldwide, including 6 of the G8, as well as international and UK Royalty. It is the only company in the aviation industry to hold a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen as the Supplier of Aircraft Charter.
Commenting further, Mark Briffa said, “This is an extremely important contract win for Air Partner – and one we have tendered for in the past and not won - so I am delighted DFID has chosen us to be its provider of air charter services for the next four years. This win is a huge credit to our freight team’s experience and high levels of service. Air Partner’s excellent relationships with suppliers worldwide and its global network of in-house aviation experts have enabled us to increase our market share within the air freight charter sector. The Air Partner team takes the responsibility given to them by DFID very seriously and I have no doubt we will provide excellent support to its operations.”
Graham Davey, Government and Military Business Manager at Air Partner, said: “The Air Partner freight and commercial aircraft passenger teams have a great deal of experience working on a range of complicated international operations. We have formed a dedicated team of highly qualified staff to directly support DFID’s operations and to ensure success of their global objectives.”
DFID works to rid the world of extreme poverty by managing Britain’s aid to poor countries. It works with governments of developing countries as well as charities, businesses and international bodies including the World Bank, UN agencies and the European Commission. DFID has offices in 40 developing countries as well as in London and Scotland and provides aid to around 90 countries. It is working to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the international targets agreed by the United Nations (UN), to halve world poverty by 2015. In 2008/09 the department provided £5.5 billion of aid to poorer countries and aims to increase this to £7.8 billion in 2010/11. By 2013, the equivalent of 0.7% of the UK’s gross national income will be dedicated to development assistance, from 0.36% in 2007/08.
For more information on DFID, visit http://www.dfid.gov.uk
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About Air Partner
Air Partner plc is a world-class provider of aviation services to industry, commerce, governments and individuals worldwide. Its three main divisions, supported by a host of support teams, comprise Air Partner Freight, Air Partner Private Jets and Air Partner Commercial Jets. Air Partner Private Jets offers ad-hoc charter and the company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme. Air Partner Freight provides a cargo aircraft charter service that allows cargo to be delivered anywhere at any time, utilising aircraft of every size. The Commercial Jets division charters large airliners with 20 to 500 seats for groups of every size. With its headquarters in the UK, Air Partner has offices spanning Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America and operates a 24/7 year-round Flight Support centre from its London Gatwick base. The Group was formed in 1961 and is fully listed on the London Stock Exchange.