ALTHOUGH his first business venture was importing cars in the early 1970s, Philip Meeson’s real love was always aviation. He gained his pilot’s licence in the RAF and became the five-time British Aerobatic Champion.
In 1983, he bought the Channel Express Group and transformed it by offering a complete distribution service for flowers and fresh produce. He also developed both the aviation and distribution side of the business. In 2001, Channel Express started flying passengers, sowing the seeds for the business that would become Jet2.com.