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The evolving benefits of private air travel in the current climate

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28th June 2021

Chapman Freeborn are experts in private jet travel, and during the pandemic are continuing to ensure that all their clients arrive at their destinations in a COVID-secure environment.

Private air travel has numerous benefits, and some of these are relatively new on our radars. Historically, it has been comfort, luxury and a premium service that attracted us to this way of travelling, but nowadays we have a new set of priorities. In the current climate, we are focused on the ability to have a much more precise degree of control over the sanitisation of our environment and the people we’re with.

However, the travel process begins long before the flight. Preliminarily, it is important to consider who you will be travelling with. We spoke to Ruth Edwards, Senior Consultant from Tiger Recruitment, who specialise in matching HNWI (High Net Worth Individuals) from prestigious households and offices with private staff, to find out more about how their clients travel with not just their family bubble, but with those that work for them too.

“It is not unusual for clients to require their permanent and/or temporary holiday staff to travel to their private summer residence or to join them on family vacations. This could include their nanny, butler and close protection staff, to perhaps a temporary private chef or even a yoga teacher for their yacht. Tiger Recruitment’s experienced consultants really understand the need for household staff to accompany their Principals and, where necessary, ensure both domestic and international travel is considered.”

Claudette Gharbi, Group VIP Charter Director at Chapman Freeborn, explained that depending on the group’s requirements, Chapman Freeborn can tailor a flight solution; “From the airport you wish to travel from to the ideal aircraft for your needs, our experts will create the perfect journey for you. If your group is up to 12 people, an Embraer Legacy 650 may be best suited to you, or for 19 people an Embraer Lineage 1000. For smaller groups of just 8 people, a Citation XLS might be suitable. By taking into account not just the size of the group, but also the luggage or maybe even the pets travelling alongside you, every element can be bespoke to you.”

But when it comes to COVID-19, travelling with a group of not just your family bubble, but also a team of staff, it can become a much bigger task prior, during and after the flight.

“This is where private jet travel comes into its own,” said Claudette, “because it enables a group to ensure they are physically apart from anyone who is not in their bubble – however many people that may consist of and whether that is their family, friends, staff or even the team crewing their aircraft”.

The benefits of private jet travel include:

  1. It enables you to avoid a busy terminal building, circumventing the need to mix with large crowds of strangers and reducing touchpoints whereby viruses and other germs could spread
  2. Aircraft are sanitised specifically for you prior to boarding, ensuring no cross-contamination from other passengers
  3. Medical screenings can be arranged for not just you and your group, but for the aircraft crew as well
  4. Hygiene kits can be made available to all passengers upon boarding, including items such as hand sanitiser, gloves and anti-bacterial wipes for your peace of mind.

The combination of your own team of staff and a private jet gives you the safest and most insular travel experience, negating the need for your group to risk contamination from airport to airport, keeping you as safe as possible.

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If you have any questions regarding private jet travel, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts by emailing [email protected] or calling +44 (0) 1293 831 983. They will be delighted to assist you with no-obligation advice, or with creating a tailored travel experience for you.

Tiger Recruitment can be contacted for staffing advice here.

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