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Milestones

1948
The Baltic Exchange formed an Air Freight Advisory Committee.

1949
The Committee was reorganised as the Airbrokers Association, with 68 member companies.

1976
Renamed Baltic Air Charter Association with widened membership criteria and new rules.

1980s
Lunches held in the Queen’s Room (banqueting hall) at the Baltic Exchange.

1980s
An annual “commercial services” award is presented, alternately to a passenger or cargo airline.

1990
Jeremy Palmer appointed Chairman of BACA.

1992
Original Baltic Exchange building destroyed by IRA bomb.

1993
BACA lunches held at Trinity House, as the Baltic Exchange banqueting hall is destroyed.

1995
Baltic Exchange moved to new premises at 38 St Mary Axe, also becoming BACA’s new home.

1996
Lunches still held at Trinity House, as the new Baltic Exchange has no banqueting hall.

1997
Geraldine Malempre becoming BACA’s first female chairman.

1999
BACA successfully fights the requirement for all brokers to have ATOLs.

2000
BACA lunches move to The Ironmongers Hall, Barbican.

2000
BACA introduces a Mediation Service for its members.

2001
BACA members make a special visit to Martinair, Amsterdam.

2001
BACA has 98 member companies.

2002
All BACA members are granted access to the Baltic Exchange, its restaurant and bar.

2004
BACA members make a special visit to the Airbus factory at Toulouse.

2004
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (BACA Honorary Member) attends the October lunch.

2004
BACA has 120 member companies.

2006
BACA  introduces annual Excellence Awards with 5 industry categories.

2007
Awards Lunches outgrow the Ironmongers Hall, and move to the Plaisterers Hall.

2008
Air Partner recommends that BACA should create an Escrow facility for members.

2009
BACA starts to organise periodic industry training courses at the Baltic Exchange.

2009
BACA’s 60th Anniversary luncheon is held at Guildhall, London.

2010
BACA has 150 member companies.

2011
The BACA Escrow financial security service is launched for members.

2011
A special membership category is introduced for retired members.

2013
BACA has 200 member companies.

2014
BACA endorses the ARGUS Charter Broker Programme, the only broker accreditation scheme fully endorsed by BACA.

2015
BACA takes on its first employee.

2017
BACA incorporates the Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee, “BACA – The Air Charter Association Ltd”

2017
BACA takes on part time CEO to grow accommodate Association growth.