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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 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 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.

Awesome April

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.

Private jet

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.

Send us your requirements today and we will provide you with a no obligation quote.

 

COVID-19 private travel

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.

 

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Private Jets safe travel options following Covid-19 pandemic

Private Jet specialist Smart Aviation explain the benefits of travelling via private jet following Covid-19 pandemic.

Private Jet

New Beginnings

As Europe and other parts of the world are beginning to see a slow and steady reopening after the Covid-19 pandemic, Smart Aviation are here to offer you a bespoke service offering aircraft charters and particularly private jets to meet your every requirement. More and more countries are now lifting their travel restrictions and border controls and this is opening up the possibilities of travelling to these destinations. At Smart Aviation we are monitoring the reopening of travel and all the current legalities and are on hand to offer you the most up to date advice.

Private Jets

Private jet travel is an option which provides a safe way to travel in the current climate as there is limited interaction with other people without the need to visit busy terminals, and the ability to provide more in-depth protective measures on the ground and in the air. In addition to this, of course the aircraft will be sanitised and disinfected to a very high standard prior to every flight. We therefore are seeing a large demand for the private jet option leading to limited availability on certain aircraft types. As experts in this area for 15 years, here at Smart Aviation we can help with any needs or requirements you may have.

Why Smart?

  • We are an agile, flexible business with low overheads: we pass on these benefits to clients
  • We have unrivalled relationships with our suppliers: we always get the best price for you
  • 24 hour office-based coverage, 7 days a week: we are always here when you need us
  • One dedicated account manager: ensuring we understand your requirements
  • Industry experts: we use our knowledge to find the right aircraft for you

We work in a fully transparent manner and ensure we will always provide you, the client, with the very best solution for your needs – not always the one that is the most lucrative for us.

STAY SAFE, STAY SMART

Contact us for a non-obligatory quote or travel advice today

T: +44(0)1293 551244

E: sales@smart-aviation.co.uk

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.

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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

London Airports by Private Jet

London Airports by Private Jet

The best airports for your flight into or out of London

One of the many benefits of private jet charter is the variety of the departure and arrival airports available to you; flying by private jet opens up a world of better air travel options.

When flying out of or into London by private jet, there are many airports available to you. As European aircraft charter specialists, we are able to advise on the most suitable departure and arrival airport for your journey based on your requirements. We can also assist with your onward travel, by car or heli-shuttle.

Explore the airports available to you when flying out of or into London by private jet;

London City Airport’s Private Jet Centre is the only private jet centre situated within London itself and is just 3 miles from Canary Wharf and 5 miles from the City.

London Biggin Hill Airport is just 12 miles from Canary Wharf and 15 miles from Central London, providing quick and convenient access to London – just 6 minutes away by helicopter shuttle.

TAG Farnborough Airport is a dedicated business aviation hub, providing easy access to major road links. The Capital is also reachable by a 30 minute train journey or a 12 minute helicopter service to Battersea.

London Luton Airport is London’s fourth-largest airport and located 35 miles north of the city centre, providing easy access to the rest of the UK.

London Stansted Airport is located just 35 miles from Central London, 34 miles to Canary Wharf and 37 miles to the West End, with fast and convenient road and rail links to the whole of the UK.

London Oxford Airport is the Thames Valley area’s primary regional and business aviation airport – the only commercial airport between London Heathrow (LHR) and Birmingham (BHX).

You’re always assured of these benefits wherever you fly from:

  • Dedicated private terminal.
  • Short distances from the terminal to the private jet.
  • Secure and efficient security screening.
  • On-site immigration and border control.

To discuss your next private jet charter, please contact us.

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