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Flying with your pets

Travel is better with friends. Charter a private jet with us and we’ll make sure your furry ones are taken care of.

Arranging a flight with pets on-board is something that happens as a matter of course for us these days. As long as your pet’s documents and vaccinations are up to date, we can arrange everything for you. Putting your mind at rest and your pet’s welfare and comfort top of our agenda.

Each country has their own rules and regulations for entering with an animal, all of which can be managed by us. Contact us for your quote to charter a private jet with your pets.

Pets and private jets

FAQs – travelling on a private aircraft with your pet(s).

Can my dog or cat travel alone?

Yes. If you’re not travelling with your animal(s) we can arrange for a suitable flight attendant to travel with them – most operators insist on this.

Can my pet travel in the cabin?

Yes, absolutely. Your pet’s comfort will be attended to just like a human passenger.

Do I need extra time to check in for my flight with my pet?

No. A benefit of chartering a private jet is that the check-in time, with or without pets, is minimal. It’s generally 15 – 20 minutes before departure time.

Do I need to put my pet in a pet carrier or crate for the journey?

This is usually at the discretion of the private jet operator – something else we will assist you with when chartering a private jet. We’ll work with you to find an operator that best meets the requirements of you and your pet.

Contact us today for your personalised quote to travel with (or without) your pet.

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”.

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

Empty Legs

What is an empty leg?

Those in the know use ’empty legs’ to reduce the cost of regular private jet charter. If you have a bit of flexibility in your schedule then choosing an empty leg could well be for you.

Put simply, they are empty flights – due to operate without any passengers, one way, as the aircraft and crew need to reposition back to base or elsewhere for the next flight.

It makes good business sense to have someone on-board sharing some of the cost of the flight. These empty sectors are offered at a reduced price; a win-win situation and the perfect solution to that last minute business flight or personal trip.

Charter a private jet empty leg through us

You’ll receive the same standard and benefits of private jet travel, both on the ground and in the air, with the added advantage of a more cost effective way to travel.

Please contact our dedicated charter specialists 24/7 with your empty leg request.

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 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.

Smart to the rescue for A list celebrity

Charter request to get A list Hollywood celebrity to red carpet event on time.

Smart received the initial request at 11.00 on Friday 14th June, to take our A list celebrity client to her destination in time for her red-carpet event that same evening. The well-known Hollywood celebrity was due to be attending a high-end event with royalty and many other celebrity friends. Less than 3 hours after the first phone call, our VIP guests were airborne and on their way to the French Riviera.

Citation XL

Sales Director, Matthew Savage managed this request from start to finish.

‘I understood the criteria for this booking instantly. It was highly urgent and we needed to act fast. Our operations team are continuously monitoring and tracking global aircraft and I had just the solution for my client ready and waiting,’ said Matthew.

Once all the formalities were taken care of, Matthew represented Smart Aviation at the private airport terminal to guarantee the client was taken care of. All requests were arranged by our representative, Matthew, at the private terminal and the jet took off on time enabling our client to arrive at her star-studded event.

Matthew Savage has over 30 years’ experience in aviation and still enjoys the buzz of a last-minute challenge.

Our experienced Account Managers are available 24/7 and treat each request uniquely, providing the best bespoke solution.

Contact us with your next charter request.

Email: sales@smart-aviation.co.uk

Call: +44(0)1293 551244

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

Connect with James Gregory on LinkedIn

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