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Priorities for the Private Jet Traveller

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Everyone has different needs and priorities when it comes to their travel. Families with young children travelling to Aspen will have very different needs than a business executive flying to New York for a conference. Before you decide which on-demand private jet charter service provider is right for you, be sure to have a very clear understanding of what YOUR unique needs and priorities are.
Most private jet travelers fall into at least two of the following three categories when it comes to their priorities; Safety, Convenience, and Value.

  • If Safety is your number one priority (and it should be!) than you need to be sure you are working with a company that has very stringent and transparent safety standards. At a minimum, the aircraft that you are flying should have an “ARGUS Gold” safety rating and the company should be able to communicate this to you with documentation.
  • If convenience is one of your top priorities than there are several minimums as it relates to service that you should look for. Number one, you should have one single point of contact that is available to you 24/7/365 day or night. Number two, you want to be sure that you are working with a company that has a stellar reputation in terms of consistency and reliability. Look for awards and recognition from the general community.
  • Last but not least is Value. Virtually everyone wants to know that they are getting a good deal relative to what the market is offering. Our definition of value is getting the best possible price available in the marketplace without sacrificing safety and quality in any way. But a lot of companies say this – How do you know that you are really getting a fair price? This comes down to one thing, TRUST. Finding a company and a flight specialist that you can trust and that can consistently and transparently communicate how and why they are creating value for you is key!

One thing you should do is write down your needs so you can convey these to the charter service. One of the advantages of using a charter service like evoJets is that it is 100% flexible and completely adaptable.

  1. Do you have specific concerns?
  2. Is space to conduct business highly important?
  3. Are the meals important?
  4. Are you bringing pets onboard?
  5. Do you have a baby or small child?
  6. Do you have unusually large and bulky luggage like skis and boots?
  7. Do you require a wheelchair friendly aircraft?
  8. Is having an enclosed lavatory a priority for you?
  9. Do you have an ideal departure and arrival time?

These are the kinds of questions that you will need to consider and that a good Charter Flight Coordinator will want to discuss with you. A charter service is like a hotel concierge – looking to make your stay on the flight as enjoyable as possible and catering to your needs. But if you have any specific requests, you should let these be known ahead of time so they are addressed and be sure that you communicate to your point of contact exactly what your Flight Priorities are and what exactly it is you are trying to accomplish.

Now that you have an overview of the important factors considered for private travel and if you wish to charter other private aircraft with evoJets, please call us on 877-970-5387 or Request a Quote for your preferred choice of private jet. For more information about evoJets, our founders and team, and private aviation topics, visit us on Twitter and Facebook !

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!

evoJets June Jetiquette Tip

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Though many passengers fail to realize it, the generally accepted gratuity etiquette of private jet travel is in line with that of most luxury services. As such, our June Jettiquette Tip is simply – remember to tip your pilot and crew.

When checking in at a hotel, it is customary to offer your valet and luggage attendant a tip, as you would a driver after arriving at your destination or a waiter after a meal. In this same refined acknowledgment of high-quality service, your pilot and his/her crew should be extended the same courtesy. While amount and nature of the tip is wholly personal, many private flyers simply do not think to offer any form of gratuity at all.

So, the next time you experience exceptional service on a charter flight, remember this evoJets Jettiquette Tip and make sure to take care of your pilot and crew.

Hot Spots for July 4th

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

July 4th weekend, a weekend that many can relate to being a well deserved vacation period to spend with their family and friends continues to be one of the busiest weeks for evoJets. Our clients, being more excited than ever have planned to visit some of the hottest spots in the world in celebration of the main patriotic holiday in the country.

Approximately 1.56 million Americans are likely to travel by air over the holiday weekend, that’s up 8.2 percent from last year alone ! Undoubtedly, evoJets has felt this incline in private jet travel more so than ever. Some of these spectacular places include both relaxing and luxurious towns such as Aspen, CO.

Aspen, celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Approximately 20,000 local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style. Festivities include a parade, U.S. Airforce jet flyby, concerts, a kid’s bicycle rodeo, and spectacular fireworks on Aspen Golf Course.

Our personal favorite over at evoJets would have to be none other than Nantucket ! Flying our clients out multiple times a year we have certainly heard multiple stories of the endless amenities this treasure of a town has to offer. There are lot of things happening on Nantucket; from family BBQ’s, day on island beaches, Town sponsored fireworks, and my personal favorite – The Norman Rockwellesc water fight on Main Street that includes dueling fire trucks, face painting, watermelon eating, kids bike parade and so much more.

If you’re looking for something on the warmer side Harbour Island is that place for you ! Harbour Island in the Bahamas has been voted online as the most tranquil and relaxed destination to get away to. Whether people will be flying in private or sailing up to the cost on their private yacht you can certainly expect July 4th weekend to be one of the busiest weeks on the Island.

We at evoJets want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July weekend, and would like to thank our clients for always helping us stay one step ahead on the best places to go. We look forward to hearing everyone’s unique stories coming back from vacation getaway! Now that evoJets has shared some of the most exciting experiences with you, it’s now your turn. We would love for everyone to share with us on how you guys spent your holiday weekend.

For information about booking a private jet charter flight with evoJets, please call us on 877-970-5387 or Request a Quote for your preferred choice of private jet. For more information about evoJets, our founders and team, and private aviation topics, visit us on Twitter and Facebook !

Summer Getaways by evoJets !

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Not sure where to go this summer? Or simply looking for an out-of-the-ordinary destination for your summer vacation? Well, evoJets has sent thousands of clients all around the world who have been more than happy to report back to us with some of their most exciting trips, and evoJets is here to share them with you!

As we enter our peak summer period for 2012, the demand for private jet charter has certainly stayed solidly on track. Looking a little closer into this summer’s demand for top destinations we can see that beach or resort destinations within Europe are dominating the top most popular destinations list. After all, Europe’s natural beauty and its mention are incomplete without its spectacular beaches. Ranking in at number one, by visitor’s choice, would certainly have to be the Biarritz Beach, located in France. The beach is very well-ordered giving you fine reasons to enjoy Biarritz. It has partitioned swimming and surfing areas, cafes, resorts, and bars. The famous Biarritz festival has been attracting people from all over the world for nearly forty years now.

If you consider yourself to be more of the party kind, then Ibiza is the place for you! A vacation in Ibiza, Spain is definitely one heck of a lifetime experience one will never ever forget. Ibiza is known for its all night party atmosphere, but it also offers white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Lots of young people visit Ibiza Island looking for its legendary nightlife and popular clubs and bars, which cater for the entertainment accordingly. There is also another side to Ibiza with 72 beaches, wonderful countryside and plenty of great restaurants to choose from making it a great all-purpose holiday destination.

In comparison with the US the trend tends to be seemingly different, with the top list being scattered between various destinations. Since many of these getaways are brief, major U.S. cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles and Honolulu typify the dream beach vacation for many U.S citizens. While some cities didn’t make the cut due to triple digit summer temperature (Phoenix), other cities managed to overcome the heat issues, perhaps because of their great summer cuisine. Kansas City, with plenty of summer street festivals complimented by a cool ocean breeze, landed within the top ten pick thanks partially to its summer-friendly barbeque.

There is no question that each country has something special to offer, and by picking any of these places you are bound to have a great time. It has definitely been a pleasure sharing these locations with all of our readers, and we certainly look forward to hearing all of your experiences. Happy traveling, from evoJets!

If you wish to charter a private jet, please call us on 877-970-5387 or Request a Quote for your preferred choice of private jet. For more information about evoJets, our founders and team, and private aviation topics, visit us on Twitter and Facebook!

TEN Exclusive Private Travel Destinations for 2012

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Where can you find the most exclusive travel activities, luxurious hotels, and gourmet restaurants in 2012 ? Book a private jet charter flight to Tokyo, Paris, Rome, or Las Vegas. See incredible sights in Athens, rent a private chalet near Geneva, or dine in the most elite restaurant in New York City. No matter how exclusive your destination, private jet travel can take you there.

1. Tokyo

The Ritz Carlton in Tokyo, Japan, is located in the top floors of the city’s tallest skyscraper, the 53-story Midtown Tower. Take in the dramatic view of the exciting Roppongi District from high above, then set out to enjoy the sights below. Rooms start at 43,000 Yen (JPY), which is $ 513 USD.

While exploring the city, you may be interested in fine dining at Aragawa, a small but renowned steakhouse in the Shinbashi district. But reservations are extremely hard to come by, making this highly refined restaurant both very expensive and superexclusive.

For an exciting private tour of Tokyo which is both unique and unforgettable, book a helicopter flight with Excel Air Tokyo. See the romantic city lights by night or marvel at the vastness that is Tokyo by day in this thrilling and classy tour ride.

2. Paris

The City of Light has been dazzling the most elite of travelers for centuries. There are many lavish, incredible accommodations to rest in, such as Le Meurice –one of the most iconic five-star locations in all of Paris. Located on the rue de Rivoli, this epitome of the perfect French palace hotel provides a fabulous view of the Tuileries Gardenand access to the heart of the city and multiple modes of transportation. Rooms start at EUR 530 or $ 706 USD.

Alain Ducasseau Plaza Athénée offers exquisite fine dining inside the Hotel Plaza Athénée. Indulge in sumptuous haute French cuisine at the place to see and be seen. Reservations are essential, as is the finest frock or dinner jacket you own.

During your visit, be sure to make the Louvre one of your destinations. Tours of the breathtaking, one-time royal Renaissance palace-turned-museum are available through Experience Paris. This American company offers a variety of tour packages to view such famous works of art as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory – including one package which combines your visit with lunch at the Eiffel Tower, a cruise on the Seine, or several other options.

3. Jaipur

In this Indian paradise, feel like a maharajah in the opulent Raj Palace. This hotel perpetuates the exotic appeal of days long past when the inconceivably luxurious Indian courts were inaccessible to foreigners. Rooms start here at $ 350 USD.

For getting around town, you may want to rent a luxury car such as the Mercedes-Benz Maybach, the most expensive and highest grade of luxury vehicle that India has to offer. This car is so exclusive that the owners in India number in single digits.

4. New York

Stay at the Plaza Hotel and revel in the old world luxury preserved in this timeless landmark. Its location offers superb access to Central Park and the many great destinations nearby. Rooms start at $ 695 USD.

Just down the street in the Time Warner Center is the classic Japanese restaurant Masa. The menu is based on the principles of shibui – simplicity devoid of unnecessary elements, and the honest presentation of materials; and umami – the basic essence or flavor inherent in each ingredient. The atmosphere and cuisine are sure to delight the senses with their pleasantly subdued décor and exquisite flavor.

Fly privately to New York and enjoy the luxury private charter flights bring with them.

5. Geneva

The city itself is lovely, filled with classic style poised delicately next to modern appeal. But for a luxurious, rustic vacation, rent a chalet just a bit to the north, near Lake Geneva. Choose from among a myriad of gorgeous chalets, both catered and self-catered, to enjoy a wonderful mountain vacation any time year-round. Ski in the winter, hike in the summer, and indulge in supreme splendor all year long.

6. Rome

The Westin Excelsior in Rome is a legend, located in the celebrated Via Veneto district. Its grand, elegant rooms have played host to celebrities, statesmen, and artists alike. Rooms start at EUR 415, which converts to $ 550 USD.

For fine dining in The Eternal City, try Alberto Ciarla, a seafood restaurant located in the Trastevere area. Your taste buds will dance and sing when you dine on the locale’s subtly embellished classic seafood dishes. Be sure to make reservations well ahead of time as this well-known restaurant can be booked solid for weeks.

7. Paradise Island

In the Bahamas, indulge like a tropical god at the Atlantis Luxury Resort and Casino. You can have an incredible vacation without ever leaving the resort with the many activities varying in persuasion from relaxing to thrilling, luxuriant, and fascinating. Rooms start at $ 440 USD.

But there are adventures beyond the hotel, such as the private yacht charters available through the International Yacht Charter Group. Board a private charter flight right from the marina at Atlantis to embark on a grand excursion on the high seas and fulfill your dream of an ideal tropical vacation.

8. Sardinia

The Hotel Cala di Volpe can be found on the enchanting Costa Smeralda of northeastern Sardinia. It is designed to resemble an old fishing village, filled with exotic mystery, but with all the glamour and charm of an upscale resort. Rooms at this little piece of Mediterranean paradise start at EUR 1,550 or $ 2,050 USD.

For a private tour of other Mediterranean islands, look into booking a small island hopper flight through Eccelsa Aviation, located at the Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport. Visit nearby Corsica, Sicily, Malta, or the Balearic Islands and make the most out of your Mediterranean vacation.

9. Las Vegas

In a city known for glamour and luxury, it can be hard to choose accommodations. The Palms Casino Resort is one of the top selections, with a myriad of fantastic entertainment options, from theatres, clubs, and lounges to dining, gaming, and swimming. Plan your reservations accordingly so you can take advantage of all the extravagant opportunities. Rooms start at $ 500 USD for a salon suite.

Book your exclusive and private jet charter to Las Vegas, NV and experience the luxury that private jet charters have to offer!

10. Athens

Stay at the Grand Resort Lagonissi for the ultimate resort experience any time of year. The incredible blue Aegean views will steal your breath away as you lounge amidst the stylish Greek décor. Rooms start at EUR 240 or $ 317 USD.

Book a tour package with Boutros Tours to see the sights of ancient Olympia by land and cruise to the Saronic Islands by sea. Visit the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, and the Parthenon, among many other famous historic sites on this fantastic eight-day package tour.

Don’t waste another moment – start making your travel plans today for the best and boldest exclusive private travel destinations in the new year. Book your private jet for international flights and enjoy the most luxurious travel the private jet industry has to offer.

If you wish to charter a private jet, please call us on 877-970-5387 or Request a Quote for your preferred choice of private jet. For more information about evoJets, our founders and team, and private aviation topics, visit us on Twitter and Facebook !

Cut Your Private Jet Travel Costs and How

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Summertime is a great time to travel ! Everything is green and lovely, the beach is inviting, and the urge to break away from your daily routine and take a vacation is stronger than ever. But private jet travel can be expensive ! – Especially in the summer when fuel prices are soaring and everyone else is looking to go on a trip as well. However, there are a few ways you can definitely cut costs and still enjoy your vacation this summer. Read on to find out how !

One of the best things you can do to save on aircraft charter travel is to be flexible with travel dates and times. The more flexible you are, the more options you have for taking advantage of empty-leg flights, discounted one-way pricing, and last minute deals. And prices for both flights and hotels may be lower on non-peak days like Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in contrast with the highest peak travel days – Fridays and Sundays.

Another idea which has gained a lot of popularity in recent months is to keep your travel local, or at least within the country. Take a form of satiation and fly to nearer destinations, and not only will your flight legs be shorter, but you will also use less fuel – and fuel is definitely expensive right now ! Private jet pricing is based on the number of hours in the air, so keep that down and you are bound to save. International fees can also be really high. Depending on your destination and the type of aircraft, fees for a single international flight can be anywhere from $ 1,500 to $ 4,500. So save your foreign trips for another time and instead explore some great American destinations this summer.

A final recommendation for saving money during your travels is to bring your own meals, at least on the flight. Catered food on board private jets is usually quite expensive and frankly, it’s not always very good! I have yet to find a catering company whose prices are actually justified by the quality of the food. A plate of finger sandwiches for six passengers can cost hundreds of dollars! Ridiculous, am I right ? I know of a client who ordered a turkey sandwich with chips and lemonade on a flight the other day – the cost was $ 83. In general, you are often better off ordering food from your favorite local restaurant and having it delivered to the aircraft, so that it’s on the plane and ready to go when you arrive. Or you might go to your local store and pick up a couple things for the flight. Quite a few of our clients will stop into Whole Foods on their way to the airport in order to avoid pricey catered meals.

If you wish to charter a private jet, please call us on 877-970-5387 or Request a Quote for your preferred choice of private jet. For more information about evoJets, our founders and team, and private aviation topics, visit us on Twitter and Facebook !

Did you find these suggestions helpful ? Please feel free to ask us questions, or share your own cost-cutting ideas for summer travel ! What other private travel topics are you interested in reading about in this blog?

Private Jet Charters on the Rise

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The economic downturn of the last few years hit hard everywhere, especially in the aviation industry. But now at last, the numbers are beginning to show what we all long to see the return of customers and rise of market trends that show growth once more. The private jet charter industry is at long last seeing an increase in the demand for private jets.

This summer the industry is beginning to recover, and demand is up, exceeding last year’s peak, although still below pre-downturn numbers. The on-demand charter segment is strong and prospects are looking good for the near future. Meanwhile, the demand for heavy jets is down, and travelers who normally would have chartered a heavy aircraft such as the Gulfstream G450 or G550 are opting to select a jet from the super-mid or mid category. Jets like the Cessna Citation X, the Gulfstream G200, and the Hawker 900XP are more popular with such customers this summer.

As a company which specializes in on-demand charter, evoJets Charter is seeing higher private charter demands as well and a brighter future ahead. The current market trends are reflected in our growing numbers each day. Despite the crush of the economic recession, evoJets has experienced consistent growth over the last four years and has had a record 1st quarter this year. With flights to popular cities all over the U.S. and around the world – including New York (JFK; LGA; TEB), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX; ONT; VNY), and Toronto (YYZ; YTZ) – evoJets is in the perfect position to help customers satisfy their growing need for on-demand jet charter flights.

America is on the road to recovery and, slowly but surely, so is the private jet charter industry. Barring another economic disaster, we should continue to see upward trends and the smiling faces of returning customers.

For information about booking a private jet charter flight with evoJets, please call us on 877-970-5387 or Request a Quote for your preferred choice of private jet. For more information about evoJets, our founders and team, and private aviation topics, visit us on Twitter and Facebook !