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February Luncheon With Speaker Russi Batiwala

February 28 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Russi Batiwala, CEO of Chapman Freeborn

Topic: The Air Cargo Charter Market: Past, Present and Future

An overview from the start of air chartering as we know it to “The Berlin Airlift” to today and what’s next. There will also be a short film on air dropping in Africa.

Please note – we will not be able to take credit card payments at the door.


Russi Batiwala, CEO of Chapman FreebornGrowing up in an aviation family, it was clear from a young age that a regular nine-to-five office job was never on the cards for Russi, and he was naturally drawn to pursue the activity he loved.

Arriving in Germany at the age of 21, he began his career working for a number of commercial airlines before an intriguing job advertisement in a newspaper caught his attention with its headline ‘Aviation company needs a pair of hands to help’.

The year was 1987, and just a few days after spotting the ad Russi had joined Chapman Freeborn, paving the way for a successful career which has spanned three decades – and has taken him all the way from being a trainee charter broker to the head of a global aviation company.

In Russi’s early years with Chapman Freeborn, the charter business was focused on automotive cargo.

Recalling a transportation strike in Spain at the end of the 1980’s, he said: “This was the first challenging situation in my career. We stayed in the office 24 hours a day for several weeks arranging charter flights. My father was a pilot for a cargo airline appointed by Chapman Freeborn to operate a Boeing B-707 charter to Valencia.”

  • Members: $55.00
  • Non-members: $70.00
All attendees must register before February 22, 2019 at 7:00PM. Please note – we will not be able to take credit card payments at the door. 


February 28
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Hilton New York JFK Airport
144-02 135th Ave.
Jamaica,NY11436United States
(718) 659-0200


JFK Air Cargo Association
(516) 508-2534

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