AIRTANKER Services, which provides RAF Brize Norton’s Voyager refuelling and transport planes, has appointed Tony Carder as its director of leasing.

Mr Carder, who joined AirTanker from charter firm Atlas Air, is responsible for leasing the five Voyagers that form the so-called ‘surge fleet’, which are not normally needed for military duties but can be ‘called up’ if needed by the RAF.

He said: “It’s a blank piece of paper. We’re completely open-minded about what shape the business takes. We can be as flexible as the market requires.”