Chapman Freeborn, the global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, has appointed James Edwards as General Manager – UK.
Joining Chapman Freeborn with a wealth of aviation experience, James has successfully grown and worked with companies such as Airways Aviation Ltd, British Airways and American Airlines.
He brings expertise from a variety of sectors, including commercial flight training, airline revenue growth and MRO (maintenance, repairs and overhaul). Most recently he was based at London Stansted Airport at Inflite The Jet Centre Ltd.
The position of General Manager – UK is a brand new role at Chapman Freeborn and has been created to ensure the business is prepared for future expansion.
Reto Hunziker, President – Europe, explains, “The UK teams and people are very important for the success of the organisation and therefore need dedicated leadership and management. James will be key to supporting the growth plans for the UK across all products and verticals, as well as managing the teams and ensuring the right structure is in place.
“We are very happy to have him on board.”
James adds, “I am looking forward to drawing upon a blank canvas as I take on this new role. Whilst increasing our revenue year-on-year will always be a target, it is equally important to focus on recruitment and retainment.
“From my first day at Chapman Freeborn it became clear that I am working with the best talent in the industry, and that everyone has the shared goal of maintaining the company’s excellent reputation. I look forward to helping increase the company’s success further, and ensuring that we continue to attract the highest calibre of aviation professionals.”
James’ passion for aviation extends beyond his professional life; “I don’t see working in aviation as a job. It truly is a lifestyle and I love everything about it, from STEM programmes to flying.
“I particularly enjoy flying vintage jets to airshows, and my aim for 2023 is to begin my training in a Harvard T6 with the goal of flying solo in a Spitfire.”