January 18 - NEO Air Charter - the recently-launched cargo charter broker which has famously pledged only to deal with freight forwarders - has further strengthened its team with the appointment of Stefan Kohlmann as joint managing partner.

Kohlmann (pictured below) now jointly heads the company alongside Adnan Duran, who launched NEO in October 2011.

Kohlmann has spent over 20 years in airfreight, initially working for MSAS (now DHL), then working his way up through broker Chapman Freeborn - where he was most recently managing director of the company's vitally-important German operations.

At NEO, Kohlmann will assume specific responsibility for expanding the company's network, both through the establishment of sales representatives in European markets, and the appointment of network partners worldwide.

Says Kohlmann: "The immediate and very positive response to NEO, and the feedback from freight forwarders and airlines, have been overwhelming. NEO has enjoyed an extremely successful start, receiving many requests for quotations, and - more importantly - already fixing a number of charters.

"It is very clear that the market was ready for an alternative, and our promise only to deal with freight forwarders has set us apart as unique and totally trustworthy."

NEO has already received charter enquiries from forwarders all over the world, handling many different types of cargo; it has gone on to arrange charters using aircraft ranging in size from Metroliners right up to B747Fs.

Concludes Kohlmann: "I feel deeply privileged to have this opportunity to join my very experienced and professional friends and colleagues in helping to make NEO a new force in cargo charter. I am also very grateful for the daily support and confidence which customers and carriers are showing us."