Archive for September, 2012

evoJets Luxury Spotlight – Houston

Friday, September 28th, 2012

They say everything’s bigger in Texas and in Houston, the burgeoning luxury scene is no exception. Charter a private jet to Houston and discover how this modern bastion of classic southern charm is making a push into the elite travel arena.

Luxury Shopping

According to Travel & Leisure’s 2011 America’s Favorite Cities survey, Houston ranks #4 in the Luxury Shopping category, behind only New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. That’s pretty good company.

Check out boutiques like 310 Rosemont in the River Oaks shopping center for designer jeans and swanky cocktail dresses, and the Chloe Dao Boutique (formerly Lot 8 boutique), signature retail location for Project Runway 2 winner and Houston native, Chloe Dao. These and other chic Houston shops exude Texas charm, flash the hottest fashions and do it without the LA and New York price tags.

Do you have any idea how many pairs of shoes you can pack into a Learjet 35?

Vibrant Cultural Scene

With a continued emphasis on art and culture, Houston has positioned itself among the nation’s leaders in refined leisure. That’s right – they don’t just dish out BBQ and lasso steer, although they still do both of those things very well, ya’ll.

Seating close to 1,300 in its live performance venues, Houston’s downtown theatre district ranks second in this regard only to New York City. It is one of only five cities that serve as a permanent home to professional ballet (Houston Ballet), opera (Houston Grand Opera) and music (Houston Symphony Orchestra) companies. Similarly impressive, the Houston museum district houses several notable establishments, attracting millions of patrons every year.

Lavish Accommodations

Let’s face it, if you’re going to charter a jet to Houston you’re going to need a quick rundown of the nicest hotels in the city. Fear not – we’ve got it covered.

Try the St Regis or the Hotel Granduca in the exclusive River Oaks area. Tucked away from the bustle of the city’s major metro area, these high-end hotels are located close to some of Houston’s best shopping and tourist attractions. However, if you’re looking to experience the heart of the city, consider the classically elegant Four Seasons, located in Houston’s energetic downtown area.

Getting There

Charter a plane to Houston and see it all for yourself. Choose from a number of local airports like Ellington Airport (EFG), Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR) and William P. Hobby (HOU), located at different points across the city.

Wheels Up!

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Private Jet Travel – Black in the Corporate Balance Sheet

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Companies have many responsibilities. They have to stay competitive within their respective markets, provide steady pay for their employees, create incentive programs to retain hard workers, cover their liabilities, and produce excess revenue. It is a complex balancing act that is constantly scrutinized.

Since the bailouts of 2009, company spending has never before been under such close observation. With news reports vilifying the extravagance of company events, bonuses, and other incentives that dwarf average American expectations, public outrage is inevitable. Public outrage leads to bad publicity, and bad publicity leads to lower profit margins.

As with all corporate spending, private jet charters fell under the public microscope. Inquiries into executive travel via charter flight versus commercial business class began to surface. Viewed by many as an unnecessary luxury, companies had to explain the benefits of spending in private air travel. Speed and convenience – the obvious answers – were not softening critics to the issue.

Of those cited, one of the most important advantages of private flights over commercial travel for businesses became privacy.

Private travelers spend less time passing through security checks and can board their aircraft directly, allowing them to focus more time and energy on work. While in flight, the quieter atmosphere provides an opportunity to conduct business without interruption. The entire equation leads to increased productivity.

Perhaps most importantly, private flyers can reach their destination undetected by the prying eyes of others. News can greatly affect financial markets and the overall value companies hold in those markets. On January 17th, 2011 it was reported that Steve Jobs was going to take a leave of absence due to falling ill. Forbes reported that Apple stock dropped 8-10% in value overnight. Information about company leaders in particular is highly sensitive and can have direct financial consequences.

The privacy offered by chartered aircraft can prevent this type information from reaching the media at inopportune times. A merger or acquisition, for example, should transpire with the utmost confidentiality to prevent changes in the involved companies’ valuations. Many business meetings, events, and incentive programs require such privacy to keep companies stable until news can be disseminated to the public at the appropriate time, through preferred channels.

To help further illustrate the financial importance of business travel, the U.S. Travel Association put together a U.S. Travel Answer Sheet detailing statistics and facts about the impact the travel industry has on the US economy. Highlighted in this answer sheet is a study conducted by Oxford Economics USA, which reported that:

“For every dollar invested in business travel, companies realize $12.50 in incremental revenue and $3.80 in new profits. Curbing business travel can also reduce a company’s profits for years.”(USTravel.org)

According to this study, business travel – private travel being no exception – can lead to greater long-term profits.

Though often under scrutiny, executive travel is an essential aspect of business operations. Private travel in the corporate sector may lead to public inquiry, but companies maintain that its unrivaled privacy and lasting economic boon will always be worth the upfront cost.

Three Clever Ways to Convince Your Spouse to Fly Private

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Let’s face it – we love our significant others, but sometimes we need to employ harmless, mental tactics to groove them toward mutual relationship happiness. These measures are always in their best interest, of course, as well as ours. Such are the building blocks of love!

To that end, the next time your spouse says something horrifying like, ‘Maybe we should just fly commercial this time…’ apply these three simple methods and get yourself back in the charter club without a messy debate:

Well, There’s Always Next Year…

Never underestimate the power of missed opportunity. Get online and research an event or two occurring around the day you’re planning on flying to your destination. Find a concert, gallery opening, sporting event, wine tasting – whatever – that would happen to take place right before your arrival, should you have to fly commercial. ‘Too bad…’, you’ll say. ‘I guess we’re going to miss the car show that weekend.’ If you strum the right chord, they’ll crack.

It’s All About You, Honey!

It’s not that you don’t want every trip together to be a special event, but let’s be honest – sometimes a little deftly-placed extra romance can go a long way. Tell her that you want this trip to be all about the two of you, without extra hassle. Point out how flying private will allot you some much needed alone time. Just make sure to pack her favorite champagne and edibles, and you’re off. Instant intimacy at 15,000ft!

Reverse Psychology

Agree that maybe this time you should just take a commercial airline, and that it certainly is a sensible approach. However, if you aren’t flying private, you’ll need to of course begin visualizing your limited wardrobe in order to avoid annoying bag checks.  You should also book immediately and keep an eye out for discrete seat changes down the road so you don’t end up sitting apart, flanked by screaming babies. It’s all true, just make sure to mention it early and often, then when the time is right, casually suggest chartering you own flight. Fish in a barrel!

Enjoy your flight!

US Open Tennis

Friday, September 7th, 2012

New York City becomes the center of the tennis world this weekend with the conclusion of the US Open in Flushing Meadows Park.

Though the sport bid a tearful goodbye to one of its greatest American players in Andy Roddick this past week, the action will play on starting at 11am on Saturday, featuring back-to-back semi-final games. Olympic champion Andy Murray squares off with Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych in the first semi, immediately followed by reigning champion Novak Djokovic against number four seed David Ferrer.

Flushing Meadows Park is located mere minutes away from both major NYC airports, LaGuardia International (LGA) and JFK (JFK).