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Air Partner Becomes First U.S. Private Aviation Company to Go Neutral.

Partners with The CarbonNeutral Company for Opt-in Program to Offset Carbon Emissions

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Air Partner, the world's largest corporate air charter broker today becomes the first private aviation company to tackle the impacts of climate change through a partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company, one of the world's leading climate change businesses. Through this program, Air Partner now offers its clients the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions when chartering private jets.

"At Air Partner we recognize the environmental cost associated with

air travel and we are pleased to be the first private aviation company to offer this type of program to our clients," said Philip Mathews, president of Air Partner USA. "The CarbonNeutral[R] program is a first step in our commitment to tackling the effects on climate change and a natural starting point for Air Partner to focus on a strategy to take responsibility for our environmental impact."

The CarbonNeutral program is opt in and enables Air Partner customers to neutralize their carbon emissions. By paying a small percentage on their travel costs, business jet travellers have the ability to support five climate-friendly energy and technology projects designed to fully offset the emissions from flying. Through the carbon offset projects every 1 kg of CO2 produced by aircraft emissions is 'neutralized' by saving 1 kg.

"Air Partner's CarbonNeutral program challenges the critical issue facing the planet - global warming - in a way which educates its customers and benefits local communities in the short term," said Jonathan Shopley, chief executive of The CarbonNeutral Company. "Air Partner's commitment is a significant step towards responsibility in the private aviation industry."

Air Partner is working with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM), science partner to The CarbonNeutral Company, to calculate the 'carbon footprint' generated per hour per jet. The calculations include the Radioactive Forcing Index, which accounts for all aircraft emissions including carbon dioxide, ozone, methane, water vapour and nitrogen oxides.

By some estimates, airline travel currently accounts for about 13 percent of U.S.-transportation-based emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. "This new program is a way for us to address the concerns towards climate change for our clients and vendors," said Mathews.

About Air Partner USA

Air Partner (www.airpartnerusa.com) was founded in 1961, and has 210 aviation professionals located in over 20 offices across 4 continents. A publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange, Air Partner arranges private air charter solutions for corporations, governments and individuals around the globe. In addition to being the exclusive air charter company for the British Royal Family, Air Partner's clients include the US and British government, Fortune 500 Corporations, celebrities and sports teams. With over 100 flights being dispatched on average every business day, the team is equally accomplished at organizing business jets to fly CEO's and celebrities around North America and Europe as it is co-coordinating 70 large passenger jets to move 10,000 delegates to a major product launch. The company's Emergency Planning Division operates the only integrated corporate air evacuation service available today. Clients have priority access to a wide range of aircraft suitable for rescuing corporate employees from the world's hotspots to points of safe haven, with procedures assured through intensive military-style pre-planning.

About The CarbonNeutral Company

The CarbonNeutral Company is the world's leading carbon offset and climate consulting business. We enable businesses and individuals to tackle their climate change impacts in a way which delivers value - commercial, environmental, personal.

The company works with over 200 B2B, B2C, NGO and government clients including BSkyB, Honda, Avis Europe, Barclays Bank, The World Conservation Union, Berkeley Homes, Ricoh and the Radio Taxis Group as well as celebrities and 50,000+ consumer clients.

CarbonNeutral[R], is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company (TCNC). It is the leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change. It means global warming emissions have been measured, reductions recommended, and the remaining emissions 'offset' in accordance with the CarbonNeutral protocol. This protocol assures quality of offset projects, and carbon footprint assessments. TCNC commissions an independent verification of CarbonNeutral programmes to further underpin their carbon promise.
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