In an industry first, boutique airline AirGO, which specialises in the sales, management and charter of mono fleets, and award-winning charter broker, Victor, have announced a partnership which will see the introduction of ‘opt-out’ Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) into the standard pricing structure.
A new quotation format will promote the use of (SAF) and invert the approach of existing schemes by asking buyers if they want to ‘opt-out’ of the programme, rather than requiring them to ‘opt-in’ at the end of the transaction. The AirGO-Victor initiative will apply to all AirGO flights booked via Victor’s transparent marketplace and will mean the cost of SAF is incorporated into the total price of the charter. The project uses AirGO’s SAF Book & Claim model, developed in partnership with CO2 offsetting specialist Compensaid and powered by Lufthansa. If customers do not wish to contribute to the use of CO2-neutral synthetic aviation fuel, they are able to actively opt-out of the programme.
The project, which went live in early 2022, aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of a journey at the point of quotation and facilitate flyers in reducing their emissions. This follows research by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that reveals the uptake for opt-in emissions compensation schemes is as low as 1% for commercial flights. AirGO and Victor’s initiative will make it easier for consumers to take responsibility for their carbon footprint, whilst raising the profile and demand for SAF within the business aviation industry.
Daniela Flierl, managing director at AirGO, said: “By partnering with Victor, we are acknowledging the role we businesses must play to secure the sustainable future of both our industry and our planet, and we are seeking to prompt individuals to make more environmentally conscious choices. The most common carbon offsetting schemes available today promote afforestation and renewable energy programmes which ‘cancel out’ or minimise the damage caused by carbon emissions. The issue with these approaches is that they have a delayed impact – and we all know that’s not enough. By comparison, the use of SAF results in an immediate reduction in carbon emissions. While of course the industry has a long way to go, this project is a first step towards normalising the need to make sustainable choices when travelling.”
Toby Edwards, Co-CEO at Victor, comments: “At Victor, we believe in a better way to fly, and part of this mission is to make it easier for our clients to reduce their carbon emissions when they choose to charter an aircraft. This innovative new partnership with AirGO, a company I’ve worked with for nearly a decade, is perfectly aligned with our vision. Just like Victor, AirGO is passionate about transparency, particularly around disclosing the carbon emissions of each flight. Allowing Victor clients to easily compare the fuel-efficient Piaggio Avanti with SAF included side-by-side with other more carbon intensive options, should drive better decision-making. This is just a part of a much bigger initiative to support the adoption of advanced fuels and we’re excited to see the uptake from our customers and the wider broker community.”
The AirGO mono fleet is comprised of the Piaggio Avanti EVO, the most fuel-efficient aircraft on the market. According to the B&CA 2020 Purchasing Planning Handbook, similar sized aircraft produce up to 100% more carbon emissions per flight than the Avanti EVO. With the price of fossil fuels trending upwards, the difference in cost between Avanti EVO flights fuelled by SAF and fossil fuel flights is set to decrease over the coming years.
Since 2018, Victor has been on a long-term journey to lead the private aviation industry through the next phase of innovation to a more environmentally responsible future. Every Victor flight is 200% carbon offset as standard, as part of the company’s award-winning approach to climate action. True to the company’s core value of transparency, Victor publishes its CO2 emissions and reduction measures annually, and every Victor charter quote is labelled with its carbon impact, including fuel burn, CO2 emissions, and mitigation, allowing customers to make informed decisions to reduce their carbon footprint.
Now that the warm season is over it’s time to say goodbye to our favourite European beach clubs and coastal restaurant for a while. Instead, we created this edition of the AirGO food guide to introduce the best steak houses in Europe serving top-notch options for meat lovers.
Find dining options unique to the destination with appetizing local and high-quality dishes created by award-winning chefs or insider tips for truly good food and experience the charming ambience of the location.
Italy, Florence, Via del Trebbio 1r
Another excellent Italian steak restaurant is Buca Lapi. The restaurant is hidden, but once you found it behind the giant old vaults you will be welcomed to the homey atmosphere of the oldest running restaurant in Florence. The kitchen is visible and guests are invited to see the preparation of their meals. The menu features traditional Tuscany dishes. First-time visitors should not miss out on the Bistecca Alla Fiorentina.
Bricco e Bacco
Italy, Sicily, Monreale PA, Via B. d’Acquisto, 13
Bricco e Bacco is heaven for steak fans. Located in a small hilly suburb, the restaurant has a typical rustic Italian atmosphere. Bricco e Bacco provides a real Sicilian experience using selected local ingredients and serving typical dishes but refined with influences from around the world. The hospitality of the owner and waiting staff really make the restaurant stand out.
Shanahan’s on the Green
Ireland, Dublin, St Stephen’s Green 119
Shanahan’s on the Green is not a typical steak house, situated in a Georgian townhouse is the finest steak restaurant in Dublin. Stunning chandeliers and fine tableware complete the elegant setting. The dishes on the menu certainly own up to the elevated style of the restaurant. Shanahan’s on the Green is famous for its selection of high-quality meat and excellent steak preparation. The staff will give you a recommendation for a steak like a sommelier would recommend a good wine. Leave some room for dessert, the menu offers some excellent cakes to complete a remarkable meal.
Shanahan’s on the Green will surprise you with an all-around fine dining experience.
Ireland, Dublin, Anne St S, Dublin, Centenary House
After dinner at Shanahan’s on the Green, head down Grafton street for 5 minutes to end the evening with a cocktail at Zozimus. The atmosphere of the trendy bar is great, there is always good music playing and the vintage look reminds of the Great Gatsby era. Zozimus is best known for its variety of signature cocktails, but its selection of sparkling wines and whiskeys also will not disappoint you.
UK, London, 3 Locations Mayfair/City/Canary Wharf
Goodman steakhouse is originally from New York before the brand expanded to its three locations in London. The London branches are designed in a similar classic chic way to the New York restaurant: dark wood, leather seating and dimmed light create a cosy atmosphere to stay a whole evening enjoying the 3-course menu. The Michelin restaurant has a great selection of beef and wine, the rib eye is a must-try.
When it comes to travelling, food plays a big role. Regardless if you are travelling for business, seeking recreation at the beach or if you want to explore a city, the restaurants you visit will have a part in making the trip remarkable.
We created the AirGO food guide for you with carefully selected eateries across Europe that inspires also AirGO catering.Find dining options unique to the destination with appetizing local and high-quality dishes created by award-winning chefs or insider tips for true good food and experience the charming ambience of the location.
France, Paris, 9 Carrfour de l’Odéon
Le Comptoir is the restaurant along the Art Deco Hotel le Relais St Germain. The Michelin Star restaurant is run by the famous chef Yves Camdeborde. The dishes are prepared with the highest quality of ingredients and the central part of Yves Camdeborde’s philosophy is the ensemble of textures and the variety of seasonings. The restaurant is small and therefore lively and frequently booked out.
France, Paris, 38 Rue de Saintonge
This is a hip mini restaurant with an open show kitchen in the Parisian quarter Upper Marais. Mr. T is a Franco-Japanese restaurant – European ingredients cooked in Asian style. Dining here is an all-around experience. The dishes are always surprising, full of appealing aromas and presented artistically. You can’t go wrong with ordering grilled fish or a steak as main.
The ambience of the restaurant is also exceptional: the background music and combination of dark colors and gold for the interior create a surprisingly young atmosphere.
Spain Illes Balears, Formentera, Camino de Can Toni Blai
The location of this beach club restaurant is so breathtaking, you simply don’t want to leave. The food is a fresh mixture of traditional Mediterranean cuisine with Asian influences. Particularly the setting directly at one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, the breeze of the sea and the music make 10.7 a special secret find. Arrive during sunset and enjoy a drink with an unforgettable view on the roof terrace.
Portugal, Algarve, Porches, R. Anneliese Pohl
The fine Michelin **Star restaurant is the flagship of the 5-star resort Vila Vita Parc located in the Algarve region serving a modern interpretation of classic Portuguese cuisine with ingredients that are local, fresh and directly from the sea. Seafood is the restaurant’s speciality, but the vegetarian options are exquisite as well. The restaurant manager and sommelier can recommend a wine from the over more than 24,000 bottles collection to be paired with your menu choice.
Ocean simply embodies elegance from the premium food to seamless service and unique views on the Atlantic Ocean from the dining room.
UK, London, Soho and City
Is a Michelin Star restaurant at two locations in the London city center serving fine Chinese cuisine. The restaurants have an elevated modern interior with dimmed lights and big aquariums with colorful fishes.
The menu offers a large variety of different dim sum, traditionally small Chinese dishes, with a contemporary twist. But also, other main dishes created with high-quality ingredients like caviar, lobster or truffles can be found. When dining in a group ordering, sharing and trying a few different dim sums can be recommended. Along with the food, go for one of their signature cocktails or a traditional tea and don’t forget to leave some room for dessert. Yauatcha’s in house patisserie will perfectly round up the meal!
When it comes to travelling, food plays a big role. Regardless if you are travelling for business, seeking recreation at the beach, or if you want to explore a city, the restaurants you visit will have a part in making the trip remarkable.
Now that after a long lockdown-caused closure restaurant are starting to welcome guest again, we created the AirGO food guide for you with carefully selected eateries across Europe which also inspire our famous AirGO catering choices. Find dining options unique to the destination with appetizing local and high-quality dishes created by award-winning chefs or insider tips for quality food and experience the charming ambience of the location.
La Petite Maison
France, Nice, 11 Rue Saint-François de Paule
An extraordinary dining experience for decades and the “cantina” of our AirGO founders in Nice. Located in a former 19th-century grocery store in the lively city center of Nice. The restaurant has a casual and vibrant atmosphere and is well known for celebrating whatever is worth to be celebrated. All dishes are typical for the region, original Niçoise food with local and high-quality ingredients. Excellent fresh fish (we love the sole and the “Loup comme on aime”), meat and vegetables with a fun twist. La Petite Maison… the original… don’t expect what you expect from a restaurant… but always simply quality food in a unique atmosphere.
Hotel Costes and Société Coste
France, Paris, 239 Rue St. Honoré / 4 Place Saint-Germain des Prés
Coste belonging to the Costes Family is a group of fine Parisian restaurants in very mythic settings. The restaurant in Hotel Costes is chic and exclusive with an awe-inspiring ambiance decoration and this is also underlined by its clientele. The menu, created by Jean-Louis Costes, offers traditional French gastronomy combined with a contemporary gourmet approach with an emphasis on organic and seasonal ingredients. The differently styled rooms are located around a patio which takes you to a romantic Italian pizzeria even though you are just some steps away from the famous Place Vendôme. Along with the restaurant the Hotel Costes also has a glamorous bar serving iconic drinks with live music.
On the Left Bank of the Seine river, you will find the sister restaurant Société in the heart of the 6th Arrondissement on Place St. Germain. In summer you may sit right in front of the Eglise St. Germain, sipping your cocktail, enjoying your healthy lunch or dinner and watching people strolling around St. Germain.
Greece, Antiparos, Antiparos 840 07
Soros Beach is a wonderful beach restaurant. Sea breeze, a stunning view and an easy-going relaxed atmosphere can be found at Soros Beach Restaurant. It’s about the location! The menu offers a variety of Mediterranean dishes. The freshest local seafood paired with exquisite wine is a must-try and you will spend the whole afternoon sipping and tasting and forgetting the rest of the world. if you would like a quick swim, you can enjoy the undisturbed crystal-clear water of the nearby creeks and coastline.
Hosteria da Franz
Italy, Venice, Salizada San Antonin 3499
Hosteria da Franz is a gem of a traditional Italian family-run trattoria that offers a unique opportunity to experience the Venetian culture. Especially, the antipasti at Hosteria da Franz are outstanding. The dishes are prepared with fresh products from Venetian markets, and traditional cuisine is refined by the chefs. The extraordinary food, incredibly motivated staff, and very cosy atmosphere make the experience at Hosteria da Franz unique. It’s the archetype of the Italian restaurant you have always been dreaming about. No need for a menu… just listen and follow the suggestions of the maître.
United Kingdom, London, multiple locations
Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-born British chef who is known for his restaurants, deli-cafes, and gourmet cookbooks. The cuisine is Middle-Eastern influenced and dishes are full of surprising flavours and vibrant colours. Ottolenghli has something delicious for everyone; the variety of small dishes is perfect for sharing. Vegans and vegetarians will also make an excellent find. On flights from London airports, AirGO frequently sources catering from Ottolenghli’s delis, and our passengers are continuously impressed. Try one of the excellent Ottolenghi to bring home that extraordinary taste!
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We are halfway through the summer season and we all desperately seek positive vibes. Travelers are looking to fly to wonderful places and to recharge their batteries. But this year travel destinations will change, and many of us are looking for something different.