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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.

Ibiza party

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:

  • Nearest airport
  • Departure times including late night / early morning departures
  • Catering
  • Wifi

Whilst also considering:

  • Tight schedules and short time frames
  • Multiple appearances at various locations
  • Last minute amends
  • Extra passengers
  • 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.

Email: sales@smart-aviation.co.uk

Call: +44(0)1293 551244

You can speak to James Gregory or any member of our team.

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

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

No such thing as a ‘Break’

International Squads fly Smart

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.

Clive Head, our experienced Sports charter specialist

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.

 

Summer Placement

Smart continue to help young talent

Smart Aviation are always keen to help the next generation gain that valuable first step on the ladder in aviation. We update our website regularly so please check our careers section for future opportunities.

This Summer we had the opportunity to welcome Joe Savage to the team,  Joe is the son of our Sales Director Matthew and has literally grown up hearing about the airline business.

Matthew said “Joe has always been keen to know more about my work as he has been hearing my stories of arranging aircraft charters around the world since he was a small boy!  He’s currently studying for a Business Logistics & Transport Management degree at the University of Greenwich and his Summer break coincided nicely with our need to bring someone in to supplement our marketing and telesales activity.”

Joe jumped at the chance to gain some first hand work experience in a dynamic environment, and has been able to secure some valuable new contacts for us, and generated several new enquiries for the business.  Its been a great learning experience for him, and we wish him well on the next two years of hard study!

You can read more about Joe’s Smart Summer on his Linkedin page.

 

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.

Private air travel to F1 GPs

From Australia to Abu Dhabi, F1 is unmissable.

We assist sponsors, corporate groups and individuals with private jet charters to Grand Prix race weekends.

Whether you are chartering a jet to fly VIP clients in for an entire weekend of hospitality or require a day return private jet charter on race day itself, our experienced charter team will source the best aircraft to suit your needs and budget. We can also organise helicopter transfers for onward travel direct to the circuit, for a seamless experience.

Monaco Grand Prix

It will come as no surprise that one of our most-chartered-to events in the European calendar is the iconic Monaco GP, taking place on Sunday 27 May in 2018. Private jet charters can fly into nearby Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport, with Monaco just a short helicopter flight away. We can fly you to the heart of the action, or to a nearby yacht charter or villa.

2018 F1 Race Calendar

Sun 25 Mar, Australian GP, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit

Sun 8 Apr, Bahrain GP, Bahrain International Circuit

Sun 15 Apr, Chinese GP, Shanghai International Circuit

Sun 29 Apr, Azurbaijan GP, Baku City Circuit

Sun 13 May, Spanish GP, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Sun 27 May, Monaco GP, Circuit de Monaco

Sun 10 Jun, Canadian GP, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Sun 24 Jun, French GP, Circuit Paul Ricard

Sun 1 Jul, Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring

Sun 8 Jul, British GP, Silverstone Circuit

Sun 22 Jul, German GP, Hockenheimring

Sun 29 Jul, Hungarian GP, Hungaroring

Sun 26 Aug, Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps

Sun 2 Sep, Italian GP, Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Sun 16 Sep, Singapore GP, Marina Bay Street Circuit

Sun 30 Sep, Russian GP, Sochi International Street Circuit

Sun 7 Oct, Japanese GP, Suzuka Circuit

Sun 21 Oct, United States GP, Circuit of the Americas

Sun 28 Oct, Mexican GP, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

Sun 11 Nov, Brazilian GP, Autódromo José Carlos Pace

Sun 25 Nov, Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina Circuit

Contact us for a personalised quote for your next private jet charter.

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