May 20 - Air charter broker, Air Partner, has revealed that Mark Middleton has joined the group as director of business development for freight - Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Middleton was previously commercial director at Chapman Freeborn.

Stuart Smith has also joined Air Partner as business development manager for freight - MENA and CIS, based in Istanbul.

Middleton has over 31 years' experience in the aviation industry, in both the UK and Singapore. During this time, Mark has spent 15 years working for aircraft operators, and over 15 years working in the air charter broking industry.

Stuart Smith has seven years' experience in the aviation industry, including five years in the charter broking sector as a cargo director with Air Charter Service in New York and Dubai, plus two years with Qatar Airways as manager for freighter sales and marketing and regional cargo manager CIS/North Africa.

Richard Smith, Air Partner's product director for freight, commented, "We are pleased to welcome Mark and Stuart to Air Partner Freight. Between them, they have a very broad range of experience, which will add to the skills and knowledge already within the Freight team. After a few years of tough trading conditions across the freight sector, we feel the time is right to strengthen our offering. Improving economic conditions will mean a return to strong demand for charters and Air Partner will have an excellent team to support our clients' needs going forwards."