Air Charter Service founder Chris Leach welcomed to TIACA’s Hall of Fame

Chris Leach, Founder and Chairman of Air Charter Service Ltd, will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at TIACA’s 2018 Air Cargo Forum next month

Miami, Florida, USA, Wednesday 19th September 2018 – Chris Leach, Founder and Chairman of global charter company Air Charter Service Ltd, has been welcomed into TIACA’s Hall of Fame, which celebrates leading air cargo professionals who have made a huge difference to the industry.

Chris, who has worked in the cargo aviation industry for over 40 years, will be formally inducted into TIACA’s Hall of Fame in a gala ceremony at the 2018 Air Cargo Forum, which takes place from October 16th to 18th in Toronto, Canada.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this accolade than Chris, who started Air Charter Service from humble beginnings almost 30 years ago, only to watch it develop into the impressive multinational company it is today,” said Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA Secretary General.

“We look forward to welcoming him to our Hall of Fame next month, where he will join a long list of air cargo dignitaries who have played a key role in the progress of the airfreight business globally.”

Chris’s history in aviation goes back to his childhood – he was born at London Stansted Airport, where his father worked as a pilot, before he himself moved into aviation in the 1970s at the start of his career, involved in charter flights for Saturn Airways.

He then went on to work for Transamerica Airlines, where he co-ordinated aircraft in the 1980s during the great famine in Sudan, transporting personnel and aid.

He founded Air Charter Service in 1990 in the basement of his home in Kingston, and soon landed a number of key contracts, including a deal with the United Nations following Somalia’s civil war that saw life-saving relief brought to the country.

Over the years, Air Charter Service has gone from strength-to-strength, and today operates 22 offices spanning the globe, providing all types of aircrafts for almost 15,000 full charters annually.

Much of Chris’s work has involved helping those less fortunate, including transporting aid to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, as well as the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan and 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

“Chris is truly a man of character, from his strong work ethic and passion for aviation, to his compassion for others, and he is a truly well-deserved winner,” said Sebastiaan Scholte, Chairman of TIACA.

Other past winners of the Hall of Fame have included James ‘Jim’ Jackson, a driving force behind the standardization of Aircraft Unit Load Devices (ULD), and Sir Peter Masefield, the former Managing Director of British European Airways and Chairman of the British Airports Authority and London Transport.

“It is a great privilege and honour to be inducted into TIACA’s Hall of Fame for my life’s work, and to join such cargo luminaries and friends as Ram Menen, Christopher Foyle and Chris Chapman,” said Chris Leach.

“I started ACS in 1990 in my basement to simply pay the bills and to support my young family, but here we are 28 years later.

“I’d like to thank the entire ACS family, which is now almost 500 people, for their hard work and belief in what we do. And I’d like to thank you, my peers and TIACA, very much for this recognition – I’ve just been doing my day job.”

For more information on attending TIACA’s 2018 ACF, where Chris will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, visit www.tiaca.org, call +1 (786) 265 7011, or contact Warren Jones, TIACA Executive Director, by emailing wjones@tiaca.org, or Kenneth Gibson, Accounts and Business Development Manager, by emailing kgibson@tiaca.org

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Chris Leach
Chris Leach, Founder and Chairman of global charter company Air Charter Service Ltd, and who has worked in the cargo aviation industry for over 40 years, will be formally inducted into TIACA’s Hall of Fame in a gala ceremony at the 2018 Air Cargo Forum, which takes place from October 16th to 18th in Toronto, Canada.

 

About TIACA

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) represents, supports, informs, and connects every element of the global air freight supply chain.

TIACA lobbies governments and regulators, provides valuable networking opportunities, organizes and hosts leading industry events, and gives guidance, advice, and specialist career development training for members.

We champion every size of business and help shape the policy which affects all our members, providing a unifying voice for the industry, working for global standards, and raising the profile of air cargo.

TIACA is a not-for-profit trade association representing aircraft manufacturers, airports, all-cargo airlines, combination carriers, consultants, Customs brokers, educational institutions, equipment manufacturers, general sales agents, ground handlers, freight forwarders, integrators, IT systems providers, logistics companies, road carriers, shippers and screening technology developers.

TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum is a biennial event bringing together thousands of airfreight decision makers and supply chain operators from across the globe.

The 2018 event will take place in Toronto, Canada from 16th to 18th October and is co-located with the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) 70th anniversary conference.

For more information on the 2018 Air Cargo Forum, contact Warren Jones, Executive Director, TIACA on +1 786 265 7011 or email at wjones@tiaca.org, or Kenneth Gibson, Accounts and Business Development Manager, by emailing kgibson@tiaca.org or visit tiaca.org

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