Air Partner appoints Richard Jackson to its Board as Independent Non-Executive Director

– UK, London – Air Partner plc (LSE:AIR), the global aviation services group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Jackson as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

Richard left the Civil Aviation Authority earlier this year after 16 years as Group Director of Consumer Protection. During his time at the CAA Richard was instrumental in making significant improvements, including the introduction of new ATOL regulations and the replacement of bonding with the ATOL Protection Contribution. He also successfully oversaw the restructuring of a number of major tour operators.

Richard began his career with the Ministry of Defence in 1974, before joining the financial services sector working for financial institutions including Hill Samuel & Co Ltd and Daiwa Europe Limited.

Since leaving the CAA, Richard has acted as a consultant to a number of aviation and travel related clients.

On his appointment to Air Partner’s Board, Richard will also join the Audit and Risk Committee.

Richard Everitt, Chairman of Air Partner, commented: “I am delighted that Richard has joined the Air Partner Board. Richard’s deep understanding of the aviation industry and his regulatory and consulting expertise will be highly beneficial to the Air Partner group.

Over the last 12 months we have proactively strengthened our Board with three new non-executive directors, further aligning our industry and operational experience to the needs of the Group’s future direction and strategy.”

Richard Jackson is the third non-executive director to join the Air Partner Board this year. Amanda Wills CBE, a non-executive director of eDreams ODIGEO S.A. and former CEO of Virgin Holidays Travel Group was appointed to the Board in April. Shaun Smith, Group Finance Director of Norcros plc and former Group Finance Director of Aga Rangemaster Group plc joined the Board in May.

About Air Partner:

Founded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group that provides worldwide solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals. The Group has two divisions‎: (a) Broking division, comprising air charter broking and remarketing through the Air Partner and Cabot brands respectively; and (b) Training & Consulting division, via the aviation safety consultancy Baines Simmons. For reporting purposes, the Group is structured into four divisions: Commercial Jets, Private Jets, Freight (Broking) and Baines Simmons (Training & Consultancy). The Commercial Jet division charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Cabot Aviation, which is formed within the Commercial Jet division, provides comprehensive remarketing programmes for all types of commercial and corporate aircraft to a wide range of international clients. Private Jets offers the company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter. Air Partner Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Baines Simmons is a world leader in Aviation Safety Consulting which specialises in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management. Air Partner is headquartered alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is also ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide.

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