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From the runway to the catwalk, fly Smart to global Fashion Weeks

The 2020 fashion season takes-off this February with New York Fashion Week (6-12 February), London Fashion Week (14-18 February) and Milan Fashion Week (18-24 February), all easily accessible by Smart Aviation’s global private jet charter service.

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Celebrating 15 years in 2020, Smart Aviation provides a fully bespoke operation, accommodating all personal touches on the most desired executive jets. Taking all the stress out of travel, including baggage allowances, branded cabins, in-flight dining and luxury airport transfers, fashionistas can travel to these must-attend fashion events in style.

New York Fashion week

The Big Apple is the first to take to the catwalk unveiling the first of the autumn/winter 2020 collections and gives the ultimate preview at the in-vogue trends for the season ahead. The schedule is packed full of runway shows from influential designers, many focusing on body positivity and racial diversity. Shows not to be missed include Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Vera Wang.

London Fashion week

Credited last year for strong political messages concerning Brexit and for embracing London’s eclectic street style, London Fashion week is considered one of the most highly anticipated and progressive shows of the year. With presentations from key brands including Underage, Osman, Aspinal of London and Paul Costelloe, as well as a show by the ‘Queen-V’ of British fashion, Victoria Beckham, celebrities will flock to London to observe and celebrate the launch of the latest collections.

Milan Fashion week

With an established fashion history based on the high-level of Italian quality and designs, Milan is considered one of the most important global fashion capitals. Prada, Peter Pilotti, Gucci, N21, Jil Sander, Max Mara Bottega Veneta, Marni and Versace will all hosts shows at Milan Fashion Week this year.

Smart Aviation Managing Director Mark Hawkins said: “We have been transporting high-profile clients to fashion events around the world for the last 15-years. These shows are an annual highlight for many of our clients, both for personal and business travel. We pride ourselves on offering an efficient, seamless and comfortable service whilst managing even the most complex travel itineraries”.

Smart Aviation welcome Adam Wilson to our growing charter team

Smart Aviation welcomes Adam Wilson to our growing charter team.

 

Adam brings 8 years of previous aviation and travel experience. Adam has strong background in sales and a great understanding of client relationships and the aviation industry.

‘I enjoy a challenge and looking forward to stepping into a rewarding role, providing clients the best service and the added value of trusting the Smart team.’

Contact the Smart team today for a non-obligatory quote.

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60 seconds with Managing Director Mark Hawkins

What does a typical day look like for you?

I like to start my day nice and early and often the first one up. I check my emails to begin with and answer anything urgent. Then I get myself up and ready in preparation for the day ahead. Twice a week I take some time out for myself to attend boxing and fitness classes. A couple of times a week I take my daughter to school before heading into the office. I arrive into the office, catch up with my colleagues and start my working day. I still remain very active in the sales at Smart Aviation, working with both new and existing clients. Speaking to clients and following up quotes form a big part of my day.

Managing Director

What do you love about working in Aviation?

I have worked in aviation for over 25 years. The thrill of working in this industry is like no other. I still love fixing a flight and winning a deal, the buzz of beating a competitor is great. No two days are the same. One day I could be dealing with a very high profile football team charter and the next, chartering a Mustang from London to Paris.

 

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Lack of available aircraft during peak months is always a challenge. Yet we always come up with an option to serve all our clients. The current market conditions and airlines failing is also challenging.

 

What one item do you rely on most to do your job?

Charlotte, my trusted Office Manager and longest employee.

 

What do you do when you are not working?

I visit Liverpool on a regular basis to watch my team play. I often take my children or friends. Some lucky clients have also been invited in the past. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing, listening to music and going to the gym.

 

Where would you be working if you hadn’t chosen aviation?

My very first work experience was at the Fire Station and I was blown away. I believe the fire service are one of the most under rated professions. The work they do, risking their lives on a daily basis is remarkable.

Ibiza 2019 with Music Specialist Broker James Gregory

The European party season comes to an end this weekend for Ibiza 2019 and what a jet set summer it has been for Smart private jet charters.

Smart Aviation private jet requests have been record breaking this year. We transported DJ’s, celebrities and party goers to the Balearic Island of Ibiza.

Citation XLS

Our most popular private jet for this route has been the Citation XLS. This mid-sized jet provides a stunning interior with a full washroom facility, gallery area and generous luggage capacity.

At Smart we go the extra mile for all of our clients. James Gregory has personally arranged and where possible represented at the UK private terminals. Existing and new clients have been pleased with the smart service. James has helped assist a number of special occasions this summer, including some ‘big’ birthdays and anniversaries.

“Ibiza is our most-chartered-to summer destination. I ensure my clients are taken care of, and offer them a smart service. If there are any additional requirements, I am happy to assist with these too. Our most popular request is a spread of sandwiches and chilled champagne, however if the client wants sushi we can make this happen too.” said James.

Following the great success of Ibiza 2019, Smart are thoroughly looking forward to Ibiza 2020, Meanwhile, James is going to have a quick lie down.

Ibiza 2019 with music specialist broker James Gregory

 

Private Jets and last minute schedule changes

Last minute change? No problem

We asked Sales Director Matthew Savage to share one benefit of travelling privately.

One of the main benefits of flying privately is the ability to set, and then amend your schedule if needed. Something much harder to do when flying scheduled.

“One of our regular clients had booked a charter with us to return from France to the UK. However, due to a last-minute change of plan he requested if it would be possible to bring the flight forward, so he could be in London by the evening. You’d imagine this would be a logistical challenge, but thanks to our great working relationship with our friends at the Operator, with whom we had the original flight booked, we were quickly able to reschedule his itinerary. We also reconfirmed back all the flight details within 30 minutes of the original request. This enabled him to rearrange his day and ensured he met his last-minute appointment back in London,” said Matthew.

 

If your plans change, you should be working with a company that can change with you. Smart are here 24 hours a day to assist with your private travel itineraries worldwide.

60 seconds with Charter Broker Clive Head

Clive has over 40 years aviation industry knowledge and is a real asset to the Smart team.

Clive is an approachable colleague and the ‘go to’ person in the office for his industry experience.

Clive Head - Charter Broker

What does a typical day look like for you?

Working in the commercial jet side of the business means I take full responsibility of high-profile sports men and women. Detail is key in my role. Collating relevant information and researching ahead of contacting clients shows professionalism and helps build trust from the very first conversation. I catch up on world and industry news as the aviation world can change at the blink of an eye.

What do you love about working in Aviation?

I’ve been interested in aviation since the age of 8. My father used to work for British United Engineering, at Southend Airport back in the 1950’s (Now I’m really showing my age!). My work in aviation began as an Air Traffic Control Assistant at Southend Airport and I have been in aviation since. Every day is different in my role. Its an extremely enjoyable industry to be a part of.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Gaining the trust of new clients is always a challenge but once they have experienced the Smart journey, they are loyal customers. My industry knowledge allows me to deal with any unforeseen circumstances swiftly. Knowing who to contact and how to rectify an issue comes with years of rapport building.

What one item do you rely on most to do your job?

My experience in the aviation industry is the one thing I will forever be able to rely on for my job. I have become the ‘go to’ person in the office for my aviation knowledge, which I am happy to share with my team.

What do you do when you are not working?

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and am no stranger to concerts. I’m not one to sit around, there’s too many amazing places to explore in the world.

Where would you be working if you hadn’t chosen aviation?

I have been in aviation all of my working life, so I’ve never really given this much thought. I enjoy my sports, playing when I was younger and now watching and supporting various sports. I also enjoy painting and decorating. It’s an extremely therapeutic task which requires much patience.

60 seconds with Charter Broker James Gregory

James Gregory, from our full charter team, has 8 years worth of aviation knowledge specialising in private jet charter.

After kick starting his career with a major charter broker, James talks about how working for Smart makes him no less knowledgeable as a broker.

James Gregory Charter Broker

 

What does a typical day look like for you?

To begin my day, I like to update myself on world events and aviation news. Aviation changes overnight so I ensure I am up to speed to react accordingly. I deal with new enquiries personally by responding and keep clients / suppliers up to date with their requests from the very beginning. I believe in keeping an open and honest relationship with clients. Using industry leading flight watching software I monitor live flights and share these updates. Its important to maintain an ongoing relationship with both clients and suppliers, so I ensure regular contact is made either by email, phone or even a face to face catch up.

What do you love about working in Aviation?

No two days are the same when working in aviation. One minute I could be working on my daily tasks and the next assisting on a last-minute request. I enjoy the variation in this field. I get to speak to and visit people in various time zones, cultures and nationalities. My most enjoyable trip has been visiting clients and operators in LA but equally I got to visit this phenomenal destination. My interest for aviation goes back to seeing my grandad selling aircraft spares out of the Beehive at London Gatwick Airport.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

There can be instant diversions in aviation. It could be caused by natural disaster, technical issues, unexpected disruption, slot delays or even lack of parking slots at top destinations in Europe. Each situation has its own protocol which again reiterates the importance of an open and honest relationship with all clients and suppliers.

What one item do you rely on most to do your job?

I have worked in aviation for 8 years and my knowledge of this industry is something I will always be able to rely on. I am always available for my clients and suppliers 24/7. Smart Aviation may be smaller than our competitors but no less knowledgeable. The trust we build with our clients to provide a specialist service guarantees repeat business.

What do you do when you are not working?

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and catching up on sporting activities. There’s often a competitive atmosphere in the office as we all support different football teams. My holidays are generally pretty active too. I enjoy skiing and water sports.

Where would you be working if you hadn’t chosen aviation?

I most definitely would have been doing something related to cars. I’m a big petrol head and love all things cars. I’m an extremely active person and like to keep busy. To teach others an energetic sport like skiing would be extremely rewarding.

Contact James with your private jet request on: sales@smart-aviation.co.uk or call: +44(0)1293 551244

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Smart Aviation Charters National Football teams

Smart transports national football teams to the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

 

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Leaders in sport travel since 2005, Smart Aviation, have had a busy weekend transporting national teams for the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Clive Head, our experienced Charter Broker for sports charter is our ‘go-to’ person for arranging flights for sports teams and fans.

Clive has a long-standing relationship with his clients who always turn to his expertise when booking some of the highest profile and well-known sporting names. This weekend Smart Aviation chartered 7 flights, transporting national football teams to their destinations ahead of the fixtures. Our operations team were monitoring flights using industry leading flight watching systems, ensuring all flights had departed and arrived on schedule.

At Smart we pride ourselves in our aviation industry experience. We’ve earned a reputation for a specialist charter broker who can provide cost effective and quality aircraft charters with no compromise on service.

Contact Clive Head for your upcoming charter requirements.

sales@smart-aviation.co.uk

+44 (0)1293 551 244

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