About HAE Group

Multi-platform air cargo industry services provider

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The History of HAE Group

HAE was founded in 1997 at East Midlands Airport in the UK by a team passionate about offering competitive GSSA services that help our customers and airline partners grow. Since then we have expanded our activity, year on year, so that it now spans from the West Coast of the Americas, through Europe, the Middle East to Far East Asia.

During this time the HAE Group has been able to expand its portfolio of activity to a broad range of value related services, each one an extension of the other, never moving from our core focus of commercial development of those we are proud to represent.

What We Do

HAE Group

HAE is a multi-platform air cargo industry services provider, offering bespoke cost effective global solutions. With six dedicated divisions operating both independently and collectively, the company offers the flexibility and industry insight to deliver truly unique solutions.

At HAE, we have a solution-driven culture and our team is globally sourced for key attributes including experience, a “can do” attitude and most importantly, local market knowledge.

The HAE team is the cornerstone of our success. We are a group of passionate professionals – energetic, innovative and fast responding – all benefiting from the global network provided by the six HAE Divisions.



When working on behalf of an airline partner, we at HAE GSSA truly view ourselves as part of our principal’s business. We deploy local market experts who focus on sales.

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HAE Charter

Whatever your needs, be it full of part charter, the HAE Charter team has a solution for all of your time-sensitive or outsize cargo.

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HAE Solutions

Looking for a network solution? Is your routing complex or do you have cargo to a remote destination? Look no further than HAE Solutions.

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HAE Consultancy

Whatever your requirement, whether it be project management, project review, mentoring or short-term executive management, HAE Consultancy is here to help.

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HAE Training

Branded as TSA Logo Tiny within HAE Training and with a focus within the aviation sector, HAE Training can deliver operational, security and other compliance courses to airports and their suppliers, airlines, ground operators, in-flight caterers, cargo companies, etc

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HAE Aircraft and Cargo Handling

HAE Aircraft & Cargo Handling is a regional bespoke service provider, offering exceptional attention to detail across all areas of the ground handling industry.

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HAE Communications

HAE Communications was established to further assist our clients to grow their local or global market share. Brand identity has always instilled consumer confidence and subsequently led to increased awareness and sales, but never has it been more relevant to success than now.

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HAE Group Board Members

HAE’s leadership team is drawn from a number of key areas of the industry that we serve. Our Directors have had senior management experience in Airlines, Freight Forwarding, Military Logistics, UK Domestic Parcel Operations, Express Integrators and Supply Chain Management. Our Board Members all have business unit responsibilities as well as leading the group’s strategy for our airline partners and customers alike.


Martin Sweeney · Chairman of the Board of Directors

Martin Sweeney is the Chairman and Co-Founder of HAE. Prior to him establishing the company in 1997 he had a career in a number of key areas of the industry including military logistics and operations, domestic parcel operations and commercial airline activity. Today he manages the key strategic direction of the Group and Chairs the Board of Directors.

Neville Karai

Neville Karai · Director

Neville Karai joined HAE in 2007, having had Senior Management experience in a number of areas of the air cargo industry including Integrators, freight forwarding and airlines. He is now responsible for a number of Strategic Projects and Network Development in a number of key locations. Neville is based at our UK HQ in EMA.


Richard Thackeray · Senior Vice President, Americas

Richard Thackeray has been with HAE since the startup of the company in 1997. Prior to HAE he worked as Cargo Manager for a UK airline and held earlier roles in the management of a freight forwarding business. His current role encompasses commercial oversight of the historic EU offshore business and more recently, Network Operational management of the Americas. Richard is based in the USA HQ in Chicago.

Colin White

Colin White · Group Managing Director

Colin was trained and worked for KPMG for 7 years, spending 4 years working in London as a manager in KPMG’s Corporate Turnaround/Transaction Services team. He joined Reed Aviation Ltd, a specialist forwarder and aircraft ground handling company, in December 1994 as Financial Controller. He was made Finance Director in 1996 and sold Reed Aviation to Aviance in August 2001. He joined HAE Group in January 2002 as Financial Controller and became Finance Director in 2003 and was appointed Group Managing Director in January 2016.


Ian Hutchinson · President, Americas

Ian Hutchinson joined HAE in 2000 as MD of the group’s Irish operation, following a number of years with Chapman Freeborn. He graduated from University College Cork with a Master in Economics. 2004 saw his departure to join HAE US based in Chicago. Ian is currently based in Houston, from where he manages the Americas.


Peter Kerins · Vice President ME/GCC/AP

Peter Kerins joined HAE in 2004, basing himself in Chicago to form HAE Group Americas, having had Senior Management experience in a number of areas of the air cargo industry including Integrators, freight forwarding and airlines based in Ireland, UK, Bahrain, Dubai and The Americas. He is now responsible for HAE Group businesses in The Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. Peter is based in Dubai, UAE.