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MoD issues 225m air charter contracts

by Chris Graham

Sixty-eight contracts with a total value of nearly 400m were awarded to mainly British firms by the Ministry of Defence in August. The largest single contract, albeit shared by eight separate firms, was an MoD combined award issued by GB-Bristol for 225m for aircraft charter to move outsized and general cargo worldwide. These non-scheduled air transport services organised by Defence Supply Chain Operations & Movements (DSCOM) involve the whole charter of unscheduled civil cargo-carrying aircraft. The job is to transport general stores and loads that may be "dimensionally incompatible" with the capability of the existing military aircraft (ie too big). The movements are to be to and between main MoD operating locations worldwide and from other locations within mainland UK.

The eight successful firms are: Heavyweight Express (Derby), Chapman Freeborn Air Chartering Ltd (Crawley), Ruslan International Ltd (London Stansted), Skylink Aviation Inc (Toronto, Canada), DSV Air and Sea Ltd (Manchester), Diplomat Freight Service Ltd (London), Air Charter Service plc (Surbiton), and Air Partner plc (Crawley).

The largest MoD award to a single company, a 4-year contract for 40m, went to BOC Ltd of Manchester

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