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Busy broker.

Air London, soon to be Air Partner, prospers by finding lift in a hurry

When U.S. President Bill Clinton made his official tour of China, the White House awarded the charter contract for the press plane to a British aviation broker based near London Gatwick Airport. Air London, using Cathay Pacific, arranged a Boeing 747-400 for transpacific flights and a 777-300 for mainland China, with a company analyst accompanying the media throughout the 2-week trip.

It was a prestigious but not untypical business coup for this U.K. company that on Jan. 1 will change its somewhat parochial name to Air Partner as an indication of its increasing global aspirations, and its desire to work closely alongside its customers.

Air London traces its history back to 1961, when its founder, the late Tony Mack Sr., invested [pounds]100 to set up his own company, Airways Training. Mack had plenty of aviation experience, having served in the R.A.F. during the Berlin airlift and then, after demobilization, with Skyways Ltd., a worldwide charter operator, and Air Safaris Ltd. …

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