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A Smart look back at Euro 2020

What a brilliant Euro 2020 tournament! England did us all proud and congratulations to Italy for winning what was a very tough competition.

As the leaders in global sports aircraft chartering, having just finished our fifth consecutive European Championship football operation, the Euros certainly kept us all busy here at Smart Aviation HQ. In the absence of flying British fans to matches, we successfully chartered aircrafts for government officials, media, VIP guests and fans from different countries to one of the many host countries.

During Covid, we’ve seen that our clients are relying on our 16-years of expertise more than ever and we were delighted to be involved in such a huge, global tournament again.

Founded in 2005 by sports charter specialist, Managing Director Mark Hawkins, Smart Aviation has overseen key sporting fixtures around the world including Champions League and Premier League football matches, as well as to ice-hockey, boxing, basketball, golf, motorsport and cricket tournaments.

Mark Hawkins said: “We’ve had great success with our charter flights for the Euros over the last few weeks and as global sport charter specialists, we are very easily able to charter flights for travellers from different countries. We have a reputation for offering the highest level of service in aircraft chartering and that’s why a lot of sports teams and official supporter groups rely on our expertise to ensure both players and fans get to where they need to be promptly, comfortably, and safely. This is our strength and we played to it”.

Why chose Smart Aviation:

Travel Safe

Social distancing measures will be maintained

Deep cleaning, hygiene and sanitisation at private terminals and on private aircrafts

Fewer touch points when travelling privately

Time

You really can buy time; travel to your exact schedule

You dictate when the plane departs and where from

We can handle complex itineraries and multiple stops with ease

Comfort

Luxurious cabins

Space and privacy

Bespoke menus and refreshments

Convenience

Get nearer to your final destination; chartering opens up a whole other world of smaller airports to fly to

No waiting, most private charters fly from private terminals

Avoid long airport queues or security hold ups

No baggage limits

Flexibility

The flexibility to change flight times or airports

Cost

A cost-effective option, taking into account all the benefits and cost of first-class travel with some commercial airlines

Contact Smart Aviation today for a quote.

 

Smart arrange last minute long-haul rescue flight

Our assistance was called upon for a last-minute long-haul evacuation fight following recent events.

Smart Aviation are renowned for our ability to arrange last minute charters across the globe, whether for Airlines, private clients or tour operators.

Aircraft charter for last minute flight

At the end of last week, we received a call from our client, one of Europe’s largest travel companies, who needed a last-minute charter to repatriate clients from Sri Lanka following recent events.

Smart Aviation’s James Gregory was our Duty Manager. He quickly identified there was an Airbus A340 widebody airliner available and ready to depart at short notice. Agreements with the client were made swiftly leaving James to work on the remainder of the flight preparation.

James worked tirelessly all weekend to ensure no detail was missed in this challenging yet sensitive circumstance. “I continued liaising with the agencies to ensure all flight permits were in place, helped make arrangements for additional security whilst the crew were on the ground and kept all parties informed with the flight progress. Everything was taken care of,” he said.

Late last night our charter safely returned to Europe with almost 300 guests of our travel client on board. We are delighted that even in challenging and sensitive situations, our client trusted Smart Aviation to ensure their passengers could return home safely.

Contact our team today for all your charter requirements.

Summer Placement

Smart continue to help young talent

Smart Aviation are always keen to help the next generation gain that valuable first step on the ladder in aviation. We update our website regularly so please check our careers section for future opportunities.

This Summer we had the opportunity to welcome Joe Savage to the team,  Joe is the son of our Sales Director Matthew and has literally grown up hearing about the airline business.

Matthew said “Joe has always been keen to know more about my work as he has been hearing my stories of arranging aircraft charters around the world since he was a small boy!  He’s currently studying for a Business Logistics & Transport Management degree at the University of Greenwich and his Summer break coincided nicely with our need to bring someone in to supplement our marketing and telesales activity.”

Joe jumped at the chance to gain some first hand work experience in a dynamic environment, and has been able to secure some valuable new contacts for us, and generated several new enquiries for the business.  Its been a great learning experience for him, and we wish him well on the next two years of hard study!

You can read more about Joe’s Smart Summer on his Linkedin page.

 

Ibiza 2018

Private jet charter to Ibiza

Our most-chartered-to summer destination

We charter private jets to Ibiza for big name DJs and music artists every year – they travel smart, often spending just a couple of hours at an event before flying on to their next gig on the same night.

But they’re missing out; the White Isle has so much to offer that it’s one of our most chartered to European destinations every summer. Stay a while and this pretty, sun-drenched island will have you hooked and coming back year after year – just ask our Managing Director, Mark!

Flying to the White Isle

If you’re Ibiza bound this summer, we’ll make sure your private jet charter is as exceptional as this Balearic beauty. Our quick, discreet private jet charter service is fully bespoke and will ensure you receive the most convenient and comfortable travel experience. We’ll listen carefully to your requirements to source the perfect private jet charter for your trip to Ibiza, accommodating all those personal touches that are so important.

Whether you’re travelling to Ibiza with family, friends or both, we have access to private jets of all sizes – including the most desired jets available for charter – so can source the very best aircraft for your party.

Ibiza’s international airport (IBZ) (Catalan: Aeroport d’Eivissa or Spanish: Aeropuerto de Ibiza) has a dedicated private jet terminal, away from the main terminal building. Upon arrival, we can organise an onward helicopter transfer to your villa, yacht or event, if required.

Contact us for a private jet charter quote

A sensational month of sport

What a month we’ve had so far!

Ahead of the Champions League Final this weekend, we’re reflecting on what will be our busiest month of sports charters this year.

There’s no doubt about it – the Champions League Final is a logistically challenging event to source aircraft and secure slots for, but the experience and knowledge of our team has ensured that our sports travel clients are fully prepared and able to deliver their tour packages to customers.

Mark, our Founder and MD and Matthew, our Sales Director, with over 45 years’ experience in aviation between them, have committed time and expertise to ensure that everything is in place.

Our team’s decades of experience, unrivalled relationships with operators and leverage in the European market ensure that we deliver the most cost-effective solution for our clients, without compromising on quality, every time. We’re proud that our clients rely on us year-after-year because, when it comes to unmissable sports fixtures, there’s no room for mistakes.

Here’s a roundup of all our sports charters in May:

Champions Cup Final, Bilbao, 12th May

Racing 92 v Leinster Rugby

Our day return charters carried over 2,500 Leinster rugby supporters from Dublin International Airport (DUB) to Bilbao Airport (BIO) to see their team play in the final – and win.

Europa League Final, Lyon, 16th May

Marseille v Atlético Madrid

We had several aircraft charters for Atlético Madrid supporters from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) to see their team beat Marseille 3 – 0 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Champions League Final, Kiev, 26th May

Real Madrid v Liverpool

Our direct charter flights will ensure that over 2,500 Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters will be in Kiev to see the Champions League Final.

Team Travel

As well as supporter travel, we’ve chartered aircraft on behalf of European football clubs for their team travel to Premiership, Championship, La Liga and Austrian Bundesliga fixtures. And with the summer break, we’ve assisted professional football players with private jet charters to holiday destinations across the world too.

Follow our #smartlovessport hashtag on Instagram for all our sport related news.

Winter Olympics 2018

A VIP aircraft charter for Team Canada

On 8 February 2018, the Canadian men’s ice hockey team flew into Yangyang International Airport for the Winter Olympics, which take place at PyeongChang resort in South Korea.

We were delighted and proud to charter the aircraft on their behalf, with European business aviation company Klasjet.

The unique Boeing 737-500, a narrow-body business aircraft, was selected for its unique VIP configured cabin. With 56 business class seats, the aircraft was designed with the requirements of sports teams in mind and provided a supremely comfortable flight for the team, considered to be one of the strongest men’s ice hockey teams in the world.

Our Sales Director, Matthew Savage, oversaw the flight from Latvia to South Korea. “Most other athletes travelling to the Winter Olympics have to fly to Seoul and travel overland. Our VIP charter for Team Canada meant that they were able to fly directly to Yangyang, the closest international airport to PyeongChang – just one of the many benefits of a private aircraft charter for team travel.’ said Matthew.

Our experience and expertise in aircraft charter for professional sports teams meant that we were able to provide the best solution for the requirements of the group with this unique aircraft. With such a prestigious event ahead of them, it was imperative that the team received a seamless travel experience.

‘Our service has already been used by several well-known football and basketball teams. We are proud that the Canadian national hockey team, which will defend the champions’ title at the Olympics, chose our company. It is a significant assessment and achievement for us. Of course, this is a great responsibility due to working with the customers of such level. Every detail is extremely important and everything must be done perfectly,’ said Dovydas Jurgelevicius, CEO of KlasJet.

We wish the Canadian ice hockey team the best of luck in the Winter Olympics 2018. Go Team Canada!

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