Our History

Founded in 1961, we have an established heritage in aviation. We were originally founded as a school for military pilots converting to civilian flying and since then, over the past 60 years, we have evolved into the world-leading global aviation services group we are today, providing aircraft charter and aviation safety & security solutions to a diverse customer base.

Acquired by Wheels Up in April 2022, Air Partner continues to operate with the same values and customer-first principles that have set us apart for over 6 decades.

We've come a long way since 1961

Our timeline

1961-1980:
Founded by Tony Mack Senior as Airways Training
Air Training School - converting military pilots to civilian aircraft.
1980-1990:
Launched new concept in charter broking. Air London floated on the London Stock Market.
1990-2000:
Paris office opens. Cologne and Fort Lauderdale offices open. Group re-branded as Air Partner.
2000-2010:
24/7 Operations department opens in LGW. Air Partner involved in Military movement as part of the Gulf War. JetCard product launched.
2010-2020:
Mark Briffa takes over as CEO. Istanbul offices open. Acquisition of Cabot Aviation & Baines Simmons. Acquisition of Clockwork Research. Acquisition of SafeSkys. Acquisition of Redline.
2021:
Asset purchase of CHS Engineering Ltd
Acquisition of Kenyon International Emergency Services Inc.
2022:
Air Partner acquired by Wheels Up