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Hunt & Palmer acquires Aircraft Chartering Services

Mark Hugo's ACS joins Premier Aviation in Hunt & Palmer's music air-charter portfolio, relocating to H&P's Crawley offices

By IQ on 19 Apr 2018

Hunt & Palmer's offices in Crawley

'The Tower', H&P's offices in Crawley

image © Hassocks5489/Wikimedia Commons

Premier Aviation parent Hunt & Palmer has acquired Aircraft Chartering Services (ACS), a UK-based company specialising in air-charter services for classical music clients, on the retirement of its founder, Mark Hugo.

Hugo founded ACS in May 1986 – a few weeks before the formation of Hunt & Palmer (H&P) – and has since established a diversified client base comprising world-renowned orchestras, government departments, niche tour operators and corporate clients.

As part of the acquisition, all of ACS’s staff will relocate from Epsom in Surrey to H&P’s offices (‘the Tower’) in Crawley, West Sussex.

Hugo comments: “My decision to invite H&P to acquire ACS Ltd was simple, because
I knew Peter [Hunt] and Jeremy [Palmer] had built a business that shares my professional values and responsibilities to my clients, staff and suppliers.”

“The ACS business very neatly complements H&P’s existing lines of commercial aviation, business jets, cargo charters and music tours”

“Peter and I have known Mark for over 40 years and always enjoyed great mutual respect,” adds Hunt. “We consider it a privilege to be entrusted with Mark’s life’s work and look forward to further developing the ACS Ltd business, as it very neatly complements H&P’s existing lines of commercial aviation, business jets, cargo charters and music tours.

“The ACS Ltd purchase mirrors our earlier acquisition of the music tour specialist Premier Aviation (UK) Ltd, which has consistently produced a significant contribution to the H&P Group.”

Premier Aviation this year celebrates the 24th anniversary of its founding. Read IQ’s 2017 interview with director Adrian Whitmarsh and broking manager Lizzy Templer here.


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