Global aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn, part of the Avia Solutions Group has appointed long-serving Russi Batliwala as its new Chairman.

The company has also welcomed back Eric Erbacher to replace him as CEO.

Russi, one of the most well-known faces in the aircraft charter industry, began his career with the company as a trainee aviation broker 33 years ago and has overseen a period of growth and expansion since becoming CEO in 2009.

Eric Erbacher, who arrives from Cargolux Airlines where he was Director Charter Services & ACMI, previously spent three years working for Chapman Freeborn as Regional Director Asia; he returns with a remit to continue the company’s growth strategy.