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Smart’s Six Nations Comeback

Smart’s Six Nations Comeback

After a year’s break without fans being able to attend, the Six Nations tournament begins tomorrow, Saturday, 5 February, with Ireland v Wales and Scotland v England. Smart Aviation are once again celebrating being able to transport thousands of eager rugby fans to games in France, Italy and Scotland meaning once again, we have earned our reputation as the leading provider of charter flights for rugby.

Since the company was founded in 2005, Smart has earned a reputation for going above and beyond to accommodate the needs of our loyal rugby clients who will be travelling on our numerous charters this year.

As part of that service, Smart will have representatives in Paris, Rome, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin to ensure everything goes without a hitch. Follow our social channels for live updates as we report on the logistics of organising multiple charters for thousands of fans.

Mark Hawkins, Managing Director of Smart Aviation commented: “With over fifteen years’ experience in chartering rugby supporters to the Six Nations, we are pleased to be back transporting fans to the matches after a prolonged period of COVID enforced travel restrictions. We work with some of the largest specialist sports tour operators and look forward to another successful operation this tournament. The flights create a large volume of work for Smart and I am delighted that we have an experienced team who can ensure that we never compromise on service in order to look after our clients.”

Why choose Smart?

Our business revolves around you
– Exactly what you need
– You’re dealing with the experts. Our goal is excellence in service and execution – our extensive knowledge and expertise ensure we deliver.

Cost effective with no compromise
– Our unrivalled operator relationships and leverage in the European market ensures you get the most cost-effective solution, without compromising on quality.

We are always available
– Our operational support team is on-hand 24/7, 365 days a year, to deal with the unexpected and keep you flying – for total peace of mind.

Contact Smart Aviation today.

Smart Aviation lands one of the world’s renowned sports teams

Private jet over sunset

Smart Aviation, the leading global sports charter specialists, has chartered three European flights in November for one of the most prestigious international sports teams in the world.

The flights to the team’s away games in Rome, Dublin and Paris took months of preparation by Smart’s Clive Head, Senior Charter Broker Sports Division. His meticulous planning ensured a smooth passage for the team on every flight.

The complex travel itinerary included meeting with the team’s travel coordinator to walk through the departure, managing the precise handling of the team’s kit, liaising with ground agents to ensure swift departures, arranging the personalised check-in desks and the handling of specific catering requirements for the sport stars.

Clive Head said: “We are honoured to have chartered these flights for this internationally renowned sports team. It is my role to handle the sports charters and we fly established sports teams on a regular basis. The calibre of this team was particularly exciting, and we are delighted that everything was seamless. Meeting the team and seeing them off from Cardiff AIrport is definitely a career highlight for me.”

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.

Why choose Smart?

Our business revolves around you
– Exactly what you need
– You’re dealing with the experts. Our goal is excellence in service and execution – our extensive knowledge and expertise ensure we deliver.

Cost effective with no compromise
– Our unrivalled operator relationships and leverage in the European market ensures you get the most cost-effective solution, without compromising on quality.

We are always available
– Our operational support team is on-hand 24/7, 365 days a year, to deal with the unexpected and keep you flying – for total peace of mind.

Contact Smart Aviation today.

 

Founder Mark Hawkins looks back at 16 years of Smart.

Smart Aviation turns 16 this week. We sat down with Smart’s Founder and Managing Director Mark Hawkins to take a look back at the highlights and challenges of the last 16 years.

Why did you decide to set up Smart Aviation?

I have been working in the aviation industry for the last 28 years, starting out at Air 2000 in 1993. At Excel Airways/Aviation I was pivotal in their sports charter’s operation and during the Champions League final in 2005, I chartered over 30 aircraft for Liverpool fans to attend the final. After three years, I decided that it was time to branch out on my own. My goal was to become one of the world’s leading charter providers and over the last 16 years, I am proud to say we have achieved that.

What been the key to Smart’s success?

Our initial success was down to our immense sports charter operation; sport has always been at the core of what we do. We had overnight success with that part of the business and have overseen thousands of flights to key fixtures and tournaments. ACMI still continues to be a part key to our business and lots of large airlines come to us with their AOG issues long and short term.

What’s been the most challenging part of the last 16-years?

I would have to say Covid has been the most challenging obstacle we have faced as a business. The different, constantly changing travel restrictions was the most challenging part but I’m pleased to say we are continuing to navigate our way through the changes and feel confident that travel is finally returning and will continue to do so (fingers crossed).

What do you think has been Smart’s biggest achievement?

Building such a phenomenal and dedicated team is something I am immensely proud of. They have grown the business alongside me.  Chartering aircraft for some of the biggest sports names in the market and arranging a huge number of replacement aircraft during the Iceland ash cloud eruption in 2011, are also right up there.

What do you think has been the biggest change in the industry since Smart started?

The lack of charter airlines willing to operate during their peak season means adhoc flights have got less and less every year. We do work with several quality airlines who support us year-round, ensuring we can service our all-important clients.

How important is company culture to you and what measures do you take to maintain it?

Very important. Every new member of the team goes through induction training to ensure they deliver the highest level of communication and respect to all our partners. Every client must receive the ‘Smart Service’.

What are your long-term goals for Smart?

To continue to be right at the top of our game, grow the team and continue to be Smart.

Travel safe, travel smart

Travel safely with Smart Aviation.

Ongoing travel restrictions are changing daily. Scheduled airlines are having to cancel or postpone flights due to the COVID 19 pandemic. At Smart Aviation, safe travelling options for our clients is our priority. Here is the difference between flying with a commercial airline in comparison to a private jet.

Private jet travel is an appealing travel option and proving to be a safer option during COVID 19. The image below shows the difference of the limited amount of contact you can expect on a private jet. This is compared from the terminal to the aircraft and final destination when travelling commercially.

Travelling by commercial airline opens you to up to 977 total interactions. When compared to private jet travel there are up to 8 total interactions.

Travelling by private jet gives you full control of your travel arrangements. You can chose the most suitable airport to depart from or arrive into. Timings can also be arranged according to your schedule.

Contact us today for a non-obligation quote.

 

Travel safe infographic

 

2018 FIFA World Cup

Charter flights to fixtures

Excitement is building for the start of the 21st FIFA World Cup!

The tournament kicks off on Thursday 14 June when host nation Russia take on Group A opponents Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki  Stadium in Moscow.

Given the distances involved when travelling within Russia, aircraft charter presents the most viable and convenient option for travel to the World Cup fixtures and we are pleased to be providing charter flights for an international football federation and their supporters, as well as flights for one of FIFA’s corporate partners.

World Cup build-up

We started working on sourcing aircraft for the World Cup 2018 in 2017 and worked closely with trusted operators and airlines to ensure availability for key dates.

Our extensive experience in commercial jet charter for football clubs, national federations and sports tour operators means that we were best placed to advise on the most suitable aircraft solutions to meet the unique requirements of World Cup charter flights within Russia. During the World Cup Qualifying period, we chartered aircraft for European national teams and their supporters, on behalf of our specialist sports travel clients.

The tournament will be played in 12 stadiums across 11 cities, all of which are in or very close to European Russia. Our clients will be utilising these international airports for access to the stadia shown on the map below.

Russian International Airports

Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME)

Kazan International Airport (KZN)

Pulkovo International Airport (LED)

Kurumoch International Airport (KUF)

Sochi International Airport (AER)

Volgograd International Airport (VOG)

 

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