Air Charter Service celebrates 25th anniversary
Sep 24, 2015: Air Charter Service is celebrating 25 years since chairman Chris Leach and his wife Tina founded the company in south west London, UK.
Chris Leach said, “I actually started the business to pay the mortgage, rather than looking to start a global company. Times were tough at first, so we rented a room in our house to a local student. Coincidentally, he was an aviation enthusiast and spent hours at a time memorising the registration of every aircraft in the world. That student was Justin Bowman, now Group CEO of ACS." “The current size of our operation is remarkable and something Tina and I are very proud of. Despite our size now, we still strive to retain the family values and personal service on which the business was originally built 25 years ago. Over the course of the past two and a half decades our aims have naturally shifted somewhat and our ultimate aim now is to become the largest charter brokerage house in the world across all three sectors in the next five to ten years.” “Looking forward, earlier this year we announced that we will be investing £10 million in new charter technology over the next five years, including the roll out of our new websites over the past few months. Last year we arranged just over 9,000 charter contracts across our 18 offices, so this year we hope to complete more than 10,000. We opened our Geneva operation in May and will be opening two new offices in the next six months, which will further increase our market share.”