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How it started

Our History

The “Boston” name comes from Boston, Lincolnshire, the hometown of Sir Fred Parkes (the great grandfather of our MD, Mark Parkes). Sir Fred Parkes acquired a small fish merchant business in the 1910’s, and by 1924, had acquired The Boston Deep Sea Fishing and Ice Company which was founded in 1885.

This company ultimately became the largest privately owned fishing vessel operator in the world through acquisition and organic growth. The old Boston Company was reorganised in 1970’s due to succession in the family and the decline in fishing. The family sold the remainder of their fishing interests in the early 1980’s and Bostonair Ltd was formed in 1982 from one of the old fishing companies.

Bostonair started life as an air charter company which continued until 1997 when the company changed course to supply engineers and technicians to the aircraft industry. By 2009, Bostonair achieved it’s first Part 145 approval to provide line maintenance services, and also launched Bostonair Technical Training services.

Further diversification came in 2011/2012 when Boston Energy was launched and has since become a significant division in it’s own right supplying a range of recruitment services, service & maintenance, pre-assembly, statutory inspection, crane & repair and technical training services to the Wind Energy sector.

Boston Renewables was also launched to provide renewable energy developments and installation services for commercial businesses and the public sector.

Bostonair Group is never an organisation to stand still and in 2020 launched Boston Rail, in which we provide contingent labour and permanent recruitment services to the sector.

Take a step back in time and join us on our Bostonair journey.

Discover Our History

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1910
Sir Fred Parkes (great grandfather of current MD, Mark Parkes) acquires a small fish merchant business and became the largest privately owned fishing vessel operating in the world.
1970
Boston Company was reorganised due to succession in the family and the decline in fishing.
1981
Bostonair Ltd was formed
1990
Hangar purchased for JAR145 light aircraft maintenance.
1990
Continued as an Air Charter business until 1997.
1999
Signed a long-term agreement with Lufthansa Technik AG.
2000
Accredited with ISO9001:2008.
2003
Listed as 7th fastest growing privately owned business in the UK.
2004
3 year contract signed with KLM engineering.
2005
Record annual sales figures for year-end.
2006
Long term agreement signed with Brussels Airlines.
2007
Appointed as the primary supplier to Air Berlin Technik.
2007
Record annual sales figures for year-end.
2008
Bostonair Technical Training launched, initially to deliver training courses to engineers working for DHL/EAT.
2008
Contract awarded with European Air Transport in Leipzig.
2009
Bostonair Line Maintenance received approval.
2010
Online training courses are launched.
2010
B737-800 Part 145 approval obtained.
2010
Bostonair Technical Training launched its online course portfolio. This has grown substantially since launch and saw record sales years in 2019 and 2020.
2011
Contract signed with Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH.
2011
Bostonair GmbH was launched.
2011
B757-200 Part 145 approval obtained.
2012
Contract signed with Airbus Germany.
2012
Contract signed with Rolls Royce, Norway.
2012
Another two divisions of the Group were launched - Boston Energy and Boston Renewables.
2013
Line maintenance contract awarded with European Air Transport in Bucharest, Sofia and Bratislava.
2013
Obtained A320 series Part 145 line maintenance approval.
2013
Line maintenance contract awarded with WizzAir in Lubeck and Tuzla.
2013
Line maintenance contract awarded with European Air Transport in Linz and Ljubljana.
2014
Contract signed with Sabca Belgium.
2014
Line maintenance contract awarded with SunExpress in Nuremburg.
2016
Line maintenance contract awarded with FlyBe in Doncaster.
2016
Contract awarded with Austrian Airlines in Vienna.
2016
Line maintenance contract awarded with European Air Transport in Munich and Stuttgart.
2016
Achieved record annual sales for year-end.
2017
Contract awarded with German Aircraft Maintenance.
2018
Contract signed with TUI Fly Nordic.
2018
Record annual sales for year end achieved.
2019
Leipzig line station open for DHL and EAT.
2019
Bostonair Ireland launches.
2019
Contract signed with Regional Jet Centre.
2019
The opening of both the Bostonair Training Centre near Leipzig, Germany, and the Boston Energy Training Centre on the grounds of the UK office at Norwood House, Beverley, UK.
2019
Record annual sales for Bostonair Group, Bostonair Technical Training and Boston Energy.
2019
Launched Boston Energy Wind Power Services
2019
Signed a 5-year agreement with Siemens Gamesa
2020
Bostonair launched it’s first Permanent and Executive Search desk and within a few months of operation started supporting several new customers.
2020
Frankfurt line station opened to support Aerologic with line maintenance services on some of their B777 fleet.
2021
Boston Rail is launched.
2021
Boston Rail starts providing recruitment services to Siemens Mobility in the UK Rail sector.
2021
Bostonair starts providing auditors into the aviation sector to support customers.
2021
Obtained Part 145 & Part 147 approval through EASA, CAA and Turkish SHY (part 145 only).