ASL Aviation Holdings was formally established as ASL Aviation Group in June 2008 and its origins date back to 1970 in South Africa when Safmarine acquired Tropair (Pty) Ltd., changing its name to Safair Freighters (Pty) Ltd and to 1972 when Air Bridge Carriers (ABC) was formed in the United Kingdom.
Originally operating with four Armstrong Whitworth Argosy aircraft that flew fresh produce from the Channel Islands, Air Bridge Carriers service was soon supplemented by ad-hoc charter work specialising in ‘awkward loads’ including aircraft engines and heavy machinery for the developing North Sea oil fields.
In 1976, the company welcomed its first Vickers Merchantman aircraft. This heralded an introduction to new markets such as fresh fruit flights through the Gulf and the Middle East as well as overnight newspaper flights.
Our exciting journey did not stop there, read on and find out more…..