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S1:E212 | 1th April 2021

Chris is joined by Russi Batliwalla – Chairman of Chapman Freeborn group

Russi Batliwalla – Chairman of Chapman Freeborn group of companies.

Offices in Cologne – HKG – Los Angeles

Joined the company as a trainee back in 1987 – a great character of the industry – loves what he does.

• Became CEO in 2009
• Company has 47 years of experience – 9million air miles flown and 29,000 flights per year – Chris Chapman referenced
• Huge portfolio of services:
o Oil & Gas
o Humanitarian Aid and evacuation flights
o Heavy and outsize Cargo
o Dangerous Goods
o Automotive and Launches
o Aerospace
o Intradco – Equine
o A/C leasing
o Tour operators
o MICE – Conferences
o Govt
o Sport
o Music – tours
• Reference to MAGMA and Arcus AIR Logistics
• Leading the sale of Chapman Freeborn Group to ASG in 2019
• I suggested that a book was in the air — My Suggested Title – ‘From Twickenham to Tomorrow – All around the world!’



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Chris Notter started his career with H.M.Customs & Excise before moving into Freight Forwarding. He then entered the Airline side of the business, spending 29 years with German Carrier Lufthansa. Chris always references Lufthansa as being “the best possible training platform that anyone could have been given in their early career years.” Since leaving Lufthansa, Chris has held senior leading industry roles including -Head of Cargo with Etihad, both VP of Operations at the HUB and VP of Network with Qatar Airways. More recently and during some 5 years with Saudi Cargo, he has held the position of VP Network Operations as well as Chief Ground Handling Officer. Since early 2019, Chris has once again returned to Consultancy as well as hosting the EVA Podcast series.