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ACS SEES BOOM IN MUSIC CHARTERS

1 July 2007

Air Charter Service has reported a particularly high demand for charters this year to move bands’ and artists’ equipment from show to show – whether it be for festivals or their concert tours.

The Summer festival season is now in full swing and artists find themselves very popular as they are often wanted to play at more than one festival in one weekend, or they need to juggle their Summer touring schedule with festival commitments.

Ben Dinsdale, Assistant Director of ACS’s London Cargo Department, commented: “Many American bands and artists combine festivals within their European tours which, whilst logical, often mean very tight schedules that simply cannot be kept unless charters are involved. We help move the valuable stage sets, with the band’s road crew often involved in the load planning of the aircraft to ensure a safe and swift transit as many artists have a performance in a different country less than 24 hours after they finish their previous set.”

Dinsdale continues: “The size of the aircraft we use is obviously heavily dependent on how big the artist is and how much stage equipment they need to take with them for particular shows. We’ve used everything from Metroliners up to B747s and AN-124s before now.

“And across our departments we can offer the complete solution for tour companies planning their artists’ movements with the executive jets team having been busy with flying many of the artists themselves and the commercial team having flown many of the entourage and crew.”

ACS arranges more than 5,000 full charter contracts every year consisting of tens of thousands of flights.

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