About Us

Aviation and Distribution - the origins of Dart Group PLC

Dart Group PLC has a long history in both aviation and distribution.

In 1971, Art Carpenter formed Carpenter's Air Services Ltd to fly flowers in contracted aircraft to the UK mainland from Guernsey. He also set up Carpenter's Transport Ltd to distribute the flowers on the UK mainland to wholesale markets. By 1980, these two companies had merged to become Express Air Services, which purchased its own Handley Page Dart Herald aircraft. Express Air Services flew and subsequently transported flowers, fresh produce and consumer goods between the Channel Islands and the UK via Bournemouth Airport. It also flew contracts for the Royal Mail to the Channel Islands from Bournemouth, Bristol and Liverpool.

Channel Express Aircraft

In 1983, Express Air Services was purchased by the Group's current Chief Executive, Philip Meeson, and changed its name to Channel Express Group Ltd, to identify with its regional route. Three companies functioned as separate operations in the Channel Express Group, for airfreighting, the maintenance of two Dart Herald Aircraft, and road distribution within the UK.

Channel Express Group Ltd floated on the UK's Unlisted Securities Market (USM). By 1991, the company changed to its current name Dart Group PLC and was floated on the London Stock Exchange, before moving to AIM in 2005.

Current Operations

Today, Dart Group PLC’s commitment to both aviation and distribution continues, with three major brands operating in two business segments

  • Leisure Travel – Jet2.com & Jet2holidays

    Jet2.com is the Group’s airline that provides scheduled leisure air services with Friendly low fares and charter flights. From Summer 2019 it will have an expanded fleet of 100 aircraft operating to its 70 plus beach, city and ski destinations across Europe and beyond.

    Jet2holidays is the Group’s ATOL bonded package holiday specialist providing Package holidays you can trust to more than 500 resorts across Europe, the Canaries and the Mediterranean.

  • Distribution & Logistics - Fowler Welch

    The Group’s distribution and logistics business handles fresh produce, and temperature-controlled and ambient products on behalf of retailers, growers, importers and manufacturers throughout the United Kingdom.

Structure and Governance

The Board of directors, who are responsible for the Group's strategy, manage the Leisure Travel and distribution interests of Dart Group PLC.

Our Board, remuneration committee, and audit committee ensure efficient corporate governance and good relations with our shareholders.

We take our corporate social responsibility very seriously and work hard to maximise fuel efficiency and minimise emissions.

We provide our colleagues with challenging and rewarding careers and involve them in the business through clear communication. We also ensure equal opportunities and a safe working environment at all times.