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.
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.
Private Jets chartered to the party capital of the world
A record number of private jets are off to the party capital of the world, Ibiza.
2019 will be a year to remember as Ibiza welcomes back chart-topping DJ Calvin Harris for the first time in 5 years. He will be playing only 11 dates in Ushuaia and Pacha. One of the most popular private jet destinations is about to see a record number of jets due to this music sensation.
This is one of the busiest times of the year for Music Specialist Charter Broker, James Gregory. His knowledge of this industry means he is the go-to person at Smart Aviation providing a fully bespoke private jet service.
“This is an extremely fast paced industry bringing challenges which I welcome. We work closely with tour managers to make travel arrangements according to their specified schedule. After this, we make it our role to work everything out. Smart bring together over 200 years of aviation and travel knowledge and we work with the industry’s most reputable carriers. This gives us the advantage to always provide our clients with the very best competitive price and ideal aircraft,” said James
James’s check list will include:
Departure times including late night / early morning departures
Whilst also considering:
Tight schedules and short time frames
Multiple appearances at various locations
Last minute amends
Branding if required
The White Isle is one of our most chartered to European destinations every summer for DJs / Artists as well as clients attending the summer fun. The Balearic Island of Ibiza is famously recognised as the party capital of the world. However, Ibiza also offers opportunities for a relaxing holiday with its picturesque villages and spectacular beaches.
It’s still not late to travel to the Balearic Islands this summer. Contact us for a non-obligatory quote today.
Call: +44(0)1293 551244
You can speak to James Gregory or any member of our team.
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.
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.
It’s another one of those weekends, as Football leagues around the world take a break for international fixtures, but for Smart Aviation – it’s definitely not a break.
International Squads need to travel for away football fixtures. This weekend it’s a combination of fixtures in the Nations League as well as an opportunity for Countries to play international friendlies.
As always, Smart are at the centre of the action.
Across the weekend from 16-19 November, Smart will be flying five separate international squads across Europe to reach their away fixtures. Smart have been a leader in sports travel since we started in 2005.
Our most experienced broker, Clive Head has been busy using his years of experience to ensure everything goes without a hitch for our 5 international clients.
This weekend you’ll find Clive at Stansted Airport where he will be overseeing the loading of almost four tonnes of sporting equipment plus of course our VIP Sports team onto their private charter flight from the Inflite VIP terminal.
Clive will personally travel on the aircraft to ensure everything runs smoothly when we reach our destination.
Before that Clive is busy checking to ensure the two teams flying today have everything prepared, the aircraft are ready and waiting, and every last detail has been taken care of.
It’s all in a day’s work, but we never forget how important the planning of these flights are, and we pride ourselves in our years of experience and our operational knowledge, to ensure our five international teams arrive on time, fresh and prepared for their next fixture.
And as for Clive, he will be looking forward to his own well-earned break, when this ‘break’ is over.