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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.

catwalk

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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Smart Aviation kicks-off 15th year with impressive Six Nations charter operation

Smart Aviation, the global air charter specialists, celebrates 15 years of operation in 2020 and 15 years of successfully transporting rugby fans from around the world to the annual Six Nations tournament in chartered aircrafts.

Smart Aviation 15 yearsSmart Aviation was founded in 2005 by Managing Director Mark Hawkins, an established sports charter specialist with over 25 years’ experience in senior operational roles within the travel and aviation industry. Previously Hawkins managed sports charters at Excel Airways, which included flying over 4,000 fans to a football final.

Over the last 15 years, Mark has dedicated much of his time to sports clients, overseeing thousands of charters to high profile fixtures and tournaments and positioning Smart Aviation as industry leaders in sport chartering.

Hawkins said: “Sport is definitely at the core of what we do as a company and I have drawn on my many years of experience to develop a highly skilled team that offers a truly personal service to all our clients. The key to our success is flexibility, as each clients’ requirements vary considerably, and our goal is to exceed expectations every time.”

Following a record-breaking 2019, when over 6,000 fans were chartered to Six Nations matches on 38 separately chartered flights, 2020 is set to be another impressive year. When the tournament ‘kick-offs’ on 1 February 2020, Smart Aviation will be involved in chartering flights to Paris, Dublin, Cardiff, Rome, Edinburgh and London, through some of the largest sport specialist tour operators in Europe.

With a reputation for offering the highest level of service in aircraft chartering, each of the flights will be seen off by a Smart Aviation representative on departure.

Smart Aviation’s comprehensive charter service frequently provides air travel for global sports teams to key sporting fixtures including Champions League and Premier League football matches, as well as to ice-hockey, boxing, basketball, golf, motorsport and cricket tournaments.

Hawkins added: “We are excited to be entering our 15th year with not only a fantastic Six Nations charter operation but also a substantial Pilgrim charter program, where Smart Aviation will operate 150 flights to the Holy City of Lourdes between February and October. As well as running our established private jet service, 2020 will be a very active year for the team.”

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.

Christmas Charter Flights – the perfect celebration

Christmas 2019 – Where are you partying?

Get the party started with a dedicated aircraft charter flight for your team.

Amsterdam Christmas market

Smart Aviation fly corporate groups and top level sports clubs to their end of year Christmas celebrations on dedicated charter flights.

On your own private aircraft you can get the party started (and the champagne flowing) from the moment you board. This is a perfect way to ensure your group have the best possible experience before they’ve even reached their destination.

Our most popular December destinations this year include Amsterdam and Dublin – both less than 2 hours flight time from London. For destinations closer to home, why not consider a VIP helicopter charter?

The benefits of private charter.

There are many benefits to travelling on your own aircraft.

Time

  • You can buy time; travel to your exact schedule
  • You dictate when the plane departs and where from

Comfort

  • Luxurious cabins that far exceed those offered by commercial airlines
  • Bespoke menus and refreshments

Convenience

  • Chartering opens up a whole other world of smaller airports to fly to, getting you nearer your chosen destination.
  • Most private charters fly from private terminals so no waiting
  • No long airport queues or security hold ups
  • No baggage limits

We have a wide choice of aircraft available for group travel; from a turboprop aircraft like a Fokker 50 to a regional jet like the Embraer 135 or 145.

For those seeking the ultimate way to travel, we’ve VIP configured airliners that will seat up to 50 passengers in complete comfort.

Contact us to check aircraft availability for December and a no-obligation quote.
Tel: +44(0)1293 551244

Getting you closer to where you need to be – worldwide

Smart Aviation recently received a challenging brief for some complex charters in the USA. We knew the perfect person to handle it. Step forward Smart Aviation Managing Director Mark Hawkins.

Mark founded the company in 2005 and takes pride in the industry knowledge and expertise he has gained during his career. Each request gets unique treatment at Smart Aviation. This operation was a challenge – we had an itinerary that wouldn’t work on schedule airlines. Our client was a major European corporation who wanted to take 100 of its team across the USA over several days.

Mark Hawkins Managing Director

The arrangements took a few months of preparation here in the UK. One key aspect of the schedule was to be able to try and secure an arrival at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. We worked together with our partners for this trip, US based Carrier Swift Air. This partnership meant we could arrange with the US military to allow our passengers to land. This mean our clients were much closer to their final destination.

The charter started in Chicago. First stop on the itinerary was Twin Falls Idaho, before continuing on to New Mexico. After their site visits were complete, it was back to Chicago, where our clients connected with their scheduled flights back to Europe.

All preparations were made from our office in the UK. Although we are UK based, our reach is global and our duty of care didn’t end as soon as the first flight took off. Our operations team were on hand 24/7. We use industry leading systems to watch the progress of all our charters. Swift Air took excellent care of our clients and the client has given us great feedback.

“The benefits of having a close-knit team means channels of communication aren’t restricted. My team help and support one another and so all operations are handled proactively. I was working on this project around the clock for a few months, due to the time zone differences. This is an example of the Smart flexibility we provide,” said Mark Hawkins.

With over 200 years’ team experience in aviation, we have the knowledge and contacts to solve even the most challenging requests. This means not only do we get you the right aircraft, but also, to the right location.

Next time let Smart take you to where you really need to go.

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

 

Time is of the essence for International footballer

One of our international football team clients was playing a Euro 2020 qualifier last week, but one of their star players was imminently awaiting the birth of his baby. With his wife’s due date fast approaching, the father-to-be needed to be back home straight after the match.

Private jet Citation CJ2

Our client asked us to locate a jet that could transport the footballer as soon as the match was over, as there were no options for him to fly home on a scheduled flight at that time of night.

Smart Aviation had a few hours to find a solution and located a Citation CJ2 operated by our friends in Germany, Excellent Air. Within an hour, everything was in place.

As planned, following the match our footballer left his team mates and headed straight for the local airport. He was whisked through the Signature private terminal, and we flew him straight home to be with his family.

Sales Director Matthew Savage ensured no detail was missed.

“At Smart, we’re used to last minute requests. We always love the challenge of being against the clock, and this operation was very rewarding knowing we were able to reunite our footballer with his family immediately after his international duty. We’re delighted it all went to plan,” he commented.

Smart wish the young family all the very best.

If your plans change at the last minute, you need to work with a broker who can be flexible to accommodate your needs.

Contact us 24/7 to discuss how we can help.

 

Private Jet Charter Destinations for Autumn Getaways

Private Jet Charter Destinations, ideal for Autumn Getaways

With the crowds of the peak summer period subsiding, it makes sense to holiday in Europe in September and October. The climate is still favourable throughout most of southern Europe, so it’s a great time to take advantage of the blue skies and warm waters of the Mediterranean.

Reach any of these destinations by private jet charter for the ultimate last-minute Autumn Getaway.

Cote D’Azur, France

The French Riviera is popular with our private jet charter clients throughout the summer months and remains so in September. There are many options for flying into the area; our clients find Nice the most convenient for onward travel to the rest of the region, including Monaco and Antibes.

French Riviera

Fly from London to Nice (NCE) on a return private jet charter starting from €2,225 per person.
Price based on 6 passengers travelling on a Citation CJ2.
Onward travel by helicopter charter available on request.

Tuscany, Italy

September is considered by many to be one of the most pleasant months of the year to be in Tuscany. The vineyards of the area’s rolling green hills are harvesting grapes and it’s a popular time to travel to the region for weddings and festivals.

Tuscany

Fly from London to Pisa (PSA) on a return private jet charter starting from €2,100 per person.
Price based on 6 passengers travelling on a Citation CJ2.

Sicily

Italy’s enchanting island benefits from the warm winds which blow from Africa, so the largest island in the Mediterranean is often hot well into the autumn months. Explore the island’s rich history, dramatic landscape (dominated by Mount Etna) and stunning beaches.

Sicily

Fly from London to Palmero (PMO) on a return private jet charter starting from €3,700 per person.
Price based on 7 passengers travelling on a Citation II.

Puglia, Italy

Italy’s ‘heel’ is renowned for its stunning beaches, architecture and some of the best Italian food on offer – all the more enjoyable under the warm Apulian sun in late summer. The temperate waters of the Ionian and Adriatic Seas are best enjoyed on a boat charter to take in the region’s beautiful coastline.

Puglia

 

Fly from London to Lecce Airport (LCC) on a return private jet charter starting from €2,800 per person.
Price based on 6 passengers travelling on a Citation CJ2.

Marrakech, Morocco

OK, it’s not Europe. But September is the perfect time for an unforgettable trip to Morocco. Soak up the romance of Marrakech in autumn, with warm, dry days and cooler nights – ideal for exploring all the city has to offer.

Marrakech

Fly from London to Rabat Airport (Morocco) on a return private jet charter starting from €3,000 per person.
Price based on 7 passengers travelling on a Hawker 400XP.

For villa accommodation in The French Riviera, Tuscany, Sicily, Puglia and Marrakech, visit www.qualityvillas.com

*All prices and options are subject to availability

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.

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