The road map out of the UK lockdown has commenced and now more than ever Smart Aviation clients are ready for the month of April to continue to be awesome.
With the holiday season fast approaching, Smart are ready to take care of your travel arrangements, providing a safer travel option.
When travelling by private jet, you can avoid many touch points in the private terminals and on the aircraft from the start to the end of your journey. But that’s not all. Here are a few reasons why you should choose to travel safely by private jet with a trusted charter broker.
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.
At Smart, we have access to many aircrafts flying across Europe and the rest of the world ready for you to use. We’re also making sure we keep up-to-date on the information regarding current restrictions, and we are monitoring these restrictions as the rules begin to change, to ensure you will be traveling safely. When you are ready to book, we will be ready to take you there.
Tuesday’s most spoken about European destination at Smart Aviation HQ was the beautiful city of Athens, and here is why. Amongst many of our football flights Smart had an aircraft prearranged for a football team and staff.
Smart Operations monitor our charter flights around the clock. On the routine pre-operation checks Smart discovered a notification that Athens airside and ATC will go on strike during the event of our return charter flight. During the course of the day our operation team liaised with the aircraft supplier to maintain the most up to date information regarding the pending strike. At around 15.00 GMT Head of Charter Flight Operations Daniel Parker received a call from the supplier to reconfirm that Athens were due to go on an ATC strike at midnight local time.
“Our flight was due to return after midnight local time, we needed to get our passengers back to their destination. We quickly began to monitor and take control of the situation for our client,” said Daniel.
Smart Aviation have 15 years’ experience in aviation, our teams are fully trained and knowledgeable. This ensures that we provide an exceptional service at all times.
Whilst Daniel was working through a solution for our football team with his operations department and aircraft supplier, Head of VIP Charter James Gregory was contacted by a client from the opposing team to locate a private jet for their player. This player needed to arrive at his next destination in time for an upcoming match which he wouldn’t have made due to the strikes in Athens. Faced with the same issues with the strike information, James swiftly contacted one of his trusted Private Jet operators who shed further light on the situation at Athens.
“Time is of the essence when working around restrictions. We have all built a tremendous rapport with clients, agents and operators. An ATC strike as well as a ground handling strike in Athens meant we needed to start working fast for a swift solution,” commented James.
Our priority is always to put our passengers and their safety first and Smart Aviation are available 24/7.
“My team worked tirelessly and both the football team and the player were back where they needed to be. With added complexity of an ATC and ground handing strike its vital we call upon our knowledge, experience and relationships to resolve the issue and come through with the right solution for the clients. We work as a team here at Smart Aviation HQ and are always here to assist our clients during such challenging times,” said Mark Hawkins Managing Director – Smart Aviation.
Our experienced team are available 24/7 and treat each request uniquely, providing the best bespoke solution. Contact Smart Aviation today.
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.
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.
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.