In June, leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, booked more than 1,000 charter contracts in a month for the first time in its history, making it the company’s best month on record.
Group COO, Ruan Courtney, commented: “It is a great achievement to have organised 1,056 charters in a month – many of these consisting of more than one sector. That is an average of one contract signed every 41 minutes. Considering ten years ago we had only just passed the 1,000-charters-per-year mark, it is a testament to our significant growth in recent years.
“Despite the deterioration of the Russian market, which has hurt numbers in both our Moscow and St Petersburg offices, all our other European offices were up considerably year on year, as well as our North American operations, more than making up for the shortfall.
“Particular highlights include the performance of our private jet departments in the UK and the US, these have fuelled a large part of the growth in terms of numbers. Also our operations in Hong Kong and Beijing which, while less significant in terms of overall numbers, saw a 60% increase.”
Courtney continues: “In fact, it is not just June that has been exceptional; three out of the last four months have set new record months for us, first March, then May and now June. So far this year charter numbers are up more than 20% on last year, a trend which looks set to continue – it is a great way to celebrate our 25th anniversary.”