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  February 28th, 2022 | Written by

Global aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has appointed NAQEL Express as its exclusive partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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NAQEL Express, as well as Chapman Freeborn, are both well-respected companies in the aviation industry. This partnership will enable clients to receive a complete end-to-end solution, delivering an entire range of logistics covering all industries. The collaboration will strengthen both partners’ presence and coverage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as support the Kingdom across multiple industry verticals.

Neil Dursley, Chapman Freeborn Chief Commercial Officer Cargo comments:

“We believe that this new strategic partnership will allow us to grow and develop our offering to our global clients and suppliers. Chapman Freeborn has almost five decades of experience within the air charter industry globally, this new partnership with NAQEL will allow us to service our clients’ needs far more effectively and efficiently, now more than ever.

The combined strength of Chapman Freeborn, its parent company Avia Solutions Group, and NAQEL Express will give existing and new potential clients in the Kingdom a fantastic service offering. Capabilities include access to our family members’ fleets of both passenger and freighter assets globally and in the region.

Chapman Freeborn has decades of experience in the Middle East Region and neighbouring countries and has supported missions in many challenging environments for many years and continues today with innovative solutions to support our clients.”

Michael Harradine, NAQEL Express Director, Global Freight Forwarding Division says:

“NAQEL enables the world to do business in Saudi Arabia with simplicity and transparency. The new partnership with Chapman Freeborn enhances our offerings.

This strategic partnership gives our clients within Saudi Arabia a direct access to the vast cargo air charter, passenger charter, and on-board courier capabilities of Chapman Freeborn.

Now there will be direct control with transparency for the fulfilment of air charter needs of global and local firms in Saudi Arabia.

NAQEL Express is one of a select group of firms operating as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) for Saudi Customs.

We are also the leading and largest overland express carrier with the largest reach among any express carriers in KSA.

NAQEL is a key player in building transparent connectivity between KSA and its global economic partners, as part of Saudi Arabia’s VISION 2030.

NAQEL is also a committed leader in developing its people by enhancing leadership (Future Leaders Program) and business management skills”.


About Chapman Freeborn:

The Chapman Freeborn group was established in the UK in 1973. The company has offices worldwide including North America, Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia, and Australia. In the cargo market, Chapman Freeborn Airchartering specialises in the charter and lease of aircraft for a wide-ranging customer base, including freight forwarders, multinational corporations, governments, humanitarian agencies, and a host of industries around the globe.

In addition to freight services, Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet charters for executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel. As well as on-board courier services. Chapman Freeborn is a family member of Avia Solutions Group, a leading global aerospace services group with almost 100 offices and production stations providing aviation services and solutions worldwide.

Avia Solutions Group unites a team of more than 7,000 professionals, providing state-of-the-art solutions to the aviation industry and beyond.

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About NAQEL Express

NAQEL Express’s journey started as Hala Express in 1993 with 150 vehicles. In 2005, NAQEL Express was born as a joint venture between Saudi Post and Hala Express.

NAQEL Express is providing seamless end-to-end logistics solutions for most industrial sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Being the largest logistics network in the Kingdom, with 5000+ employees and 4000+ vehicles, they serve the remotest locations and deliver to both businesses and individuals.

They offer door-to-door air and sea freight services from the rest of the world into Saudi Arabia and Middle Eastern countries.

Their freight service desk based out of the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, China, India, and Egypt ensures that you have a smooth and hassle-free experience in importing your goods from around the world.

NAQEL Express clears your shipments based on their multi-modal presence at the key airports, land ports, and seaports. They have own facilities at all the three key airports – Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.

They are the first logistics company in the Kingdom that received a customs clearance license. They clear your shipments as well as deliver them to your doorstep.

NAQEL Express has now expanded their operations to 16 countries – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, UK, Turkey, China & Hong Kong, USA, Germany, India, Russia, and Qatar. This presence helps their vision of uniting across borders and horizons a reality.

They are further expanding in line with their mission of giving you access to new markets and removing distance as a constraint for your business operations.

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