Smart in Spear’s 500

Mark Hawkins features in the Spear’s 500 Travel Guide 2017

We are delighted that our Founder and Managing Director, Mark Hawkins, is featured in the Private Aviation Brokers category.

The Spear’s 500 Travel Guide 2017, published as a supplement with the Jan/Feb issue of Spear’s magazine, includes the very best and most essential travel services, including private aviation brokers and yacht brokers, HNW insurance providers, and luxury property rental companies, along with the most exotic car rental agencies.

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“Independent aircraft charter broker Smart Aviation has been in business since 2005, specialising in commercial and private jet charter, aircraft leasing and so-called Acmi contracts (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance).

Based close to Gatwick Airport, the company has serviced clients around the world including royalty and government officials, national sports teams and stars of music and entertainment, as well as corporate groups and families.

Founded by Mark Hawkins, who spent the previous decade in senior operational roles within the travel and aviation industry including at First Choice Holidays, Smart Aviation can provide long-term aircraft leasing, chartering of private jets, helicopters and commercial jets, as well as rapid access to short-term leases.

Hawkins continues to take a hands-on approach to running the business and still works closely with Smart Aviation’s long-standing clients.

He is supported by sales director Matthew Savage, who manages the entire aircraft charter team and boasts more than 25 years in aviation, including commercial roles at major airlines and a large charter broker.”

Read the full write up here.

To find out more about our private aviation services, please contact Matthew Savage on +44 (0)1293 551244 or email