The Mountfitchet Group companies: A history of aviation.

Air Charter Service

As the son of a pilot, Chris Leach had aviation in his blood, and in 1990 from the basement of his home in Kingston Upon Thames he looked at the aircraft charter market and saw an opportunity. He believed that if you went that extra mile for your customers then they would always come back and with that blueprint he would build a business, thus Air Charter Service (ACS) was born.

Decades later, with a network of offices spanning North America, South America, Europe, Africa, CIS, Middle East and Asia, ACS is the proud supplier to thousands of clients worldwide, in fact we arrange 23,000 charter flights every year.

Voluxis

Voluxis started trading as Berrard Aviation, before changing its name to Interflight Air Charter and then to Voluxis when Interflight Technical Services was formed and the divisions split. Today, Voluxis has offices in both London Biggin Hill and Farnborough with a fleet of high performing aircraft, and offers a range of services including private charter, aircraft management and sales & marketing.

  • 1990

    Air Charter Service was launched from the basement of Chris Leach’s house in Kingston-Upon-Thames in the UK.

  • EARLY 1990'S

    ACS works on relief operations with Chris Leach on the ground in war-torn Mogadishu and arranges the charter of several AN-124’s to Rwanda to deliver aid.

  • 1995

    ACS expands and opens its first overseas offices in Moscow, Russia and an operations base for its new managed fleet in Ostend, Belgium.

  • 1998

    Interflight (Air Charter)’s aircraft operations and base moves to London Biggin Hill Airport, close to the heart of London.

  • 1999

    On behalf of the Red Cross, ACS creates an air bridge in Kosovo.

  • 2001

    ACS rushes aid to Bangladesh following monsoon floods. An 8 seater Citation II was added to the fleet, giving capability to operate in and out of London City.

  • 2004

    ACS expands into the USA with the opening of the New York office.

  • 2005

    ACS enters the Middle Eastern market by opening an office in Dubai. Following the Indian Ocean tsunami, ACS also gets heavily involved in completing relief charters and positioning helicopters on long-term lease.

  • 2006

    In response to the Pakistan earthquake, ACS arranges helicopters for the British Government, as well as many other charters for relief agencies.

  • 2007

    ACS expands its European presence, opening offices in Spain and France.

  • 2008

    ACS establishes a foothold in the Asian market with an operation in Hong Kong.

  • 2009

    ACS continues its continental expansion, opening an office in South Africa.

  • 2010

    ACS opens four new offices in Germany, Canada, Brazil and a second one for Russia in St Petersburg. ACS also arranges 100 cargo and passenger charters to deliver aid and key personnel to Haiti following the devastating earthquake, and following the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland hundreds of aircraft are chartered after European airspace reopens.

  • 2011

    ACS expands its coverage in the USA, with the opening of the Los Angeles office. This year ACS also arranges charters to evacuate over 15,000 people from Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

  • 2012

    ACS turnover exceeds £250m for the first time, as a turnover of £272.7m is announced.

  • 2012

    ACS launches their jet card division and subsequent products as well as opening offices in India, China and Kazakhstan. ACS also arranges regular civilian passenger flights between the UK and the Falkland Islands, coordinating regular rotations throughout the year.

  • 2013

    Chris Leach is given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cargo Airline of the Year Awards for his life’s work in aviation, while ACS wins the ACW Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year Award and the PA Charter Broker of the Year Award.

  • 2013

    Interflight Technical Services formed to support the fleet of Hawkers operated by Interflight Air Charter. Work starts on the hanger to convert from a parking hanger to an EASA approved 145 maintenance facility.

  • 2014

    ACS expands within North America, opening an office in Houston, Texas. The New York office celebrates its 10th Anniversary and ACS also retains the ACW and PA awards and picks up the CAN Charter Broker of the Year Award.

  • 2015

    This year marks ACS’s 25th anniversary, and they open two new offices, one in Miami, USA and one in Geneva, Switzerland. They also announce a major investment in the onboard courier/hand-carry division and retain the ACW, ACN and PA Charter Broker of the Year Awards.

  • 2016

    ACS expands into a sixth continent, opening a new office in Sydney, Australia. ACS also helps coordinate a 48 sector, six continent world tour for heavy metal band Iron Maiden and win the ACW, ACN and PA awards.

  • 2016

    Interflight becomes part of the Mountfitchet Group.

  • 2016

    Interflight welcomes the newly refurbished Hawker 800XP to the fleet. Interflight also introduced a contemporary new brand identity, derived from the original IFT call sign.

  • 2017

    ACS wins the S Times, ACW and PA awards and Chris Leach picks up the S Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • 2017

    Interflight moves to new offices and an upgraded hangar. Interflight Technical Services obtains authorisation for the Hawker 1000 type, Beechjet400a, Hawker400XP and Nextant 400XTI.

  • 2018

    ACS opens offices in Manhattan and San Francisco, as well as collecting the ACW award and the Asian Business Aviation Association’s ‘Best Charter Broker’ award.

  • 2018

    Interflight rebrands it’s aircraft charter and aircraft management divisions to VOLUXIS.

  • 2019

    Mountfitchet Group turnover exceeds £500m for the first time, as a turnover of £513m is announced.

  • 2019

    ACS opens new offices in Atlanta and Shanghai, and wins the S Times and ACN awards. This year they also arranged flights for 500 tons of aid, and almost 100 doctors for aid agencies and governments during the Mozambique cyclone.

  • 2020

    ACS opens offices in Singapore and Chicago amidst a global pandemic as well as arranging repatriations for over 25,000 people and transporting 30,000 tonnes of cargo around the globe.

  • 2021

    The Mountfitchet Group announces a turnover of £891m.