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Travelling in serenity – A luxury worth for closer examination

Speed and comfort have always been the essence of travelling. Today the needs for business and leisure travel have changed. Here AirGO Private Airline presents the latest trends for private jet travel.

Private Jet Travel sort out a dilemma

Due to many airlines ceasing direct routes, it became more difficult to travel in particular for short business travels. Additionally, as more stops are needed to complete a journey, the more people you will meet. Also, the risk of missing a flight connection increases, and don’t forget the tremendously increased travel time.

You will need to do a much bigger effort to find the suitable connection, and you’ll arrive at your destination exhausted after a long traveling day. That’s very inconvenient for business as well as for a holiday trip.

Whilst travelling to one of the major airports where you can still find direct long-haul flights in Europe you don’t have the choice of First-Class seating and handling. The advantage of First-Class direct boarding and privacy on board is completely lost on the European legs.

“As a consequence, many people are trying to avoid travelling when after a while they recognise that this isn’t a solution either. Private jet travel sorts out that dilemma, and this is why we can see an increase of demand for private jets” states Daniela Flierl, CEO of AirGO Private Airline.

In business the fine grasp and relationship with staff as well as business partners and clients erode without personal meetings.

In our private life we are simply missing the valuable time with our friends and family and also missing the break from work that we all need to recharge our batteries has a negative influence on our mood, creativity and well-being.

Against this background the private jet represents a reasonable option to travel point-to-point or initially to the departure airport of your long-haul connecting flight with the advantage of a seamless transfer via the VIP-handling.

Private and business aviation spots a special type of passenger today – the conscious traveler

The conscious traveler chooses with care why he travels, where he travels and how he travels.
It is the person who might travel less to spend money more focused whilst in the past he would travel more spending the same budget.

When looking into private jet travel in the past many people thought that it wouldn’t be worth the money and also unacceptable regarding its environmental impact. While the value for money is a very personal subject the impact on CO2 footprint can be disproved very quickly by some facts.

Today, there is sustainable aviation fuel available. For an extra cost of about 330 € an hour you can fly with up to 6 people on an AirGO Avanti fleet aircraft with such CO2 neutral jet fuel. The sustainable aviation fuel is produced today mainly out of waste today and it can be bought when flying with AirGO Private Airline. Your CO2 footprint can be zero as of today when flying private. Alternatively, you can also choose a mid- or long-term offset of your travel at much lower cost as cheap as 10 €. Private flying does not necessarily have a bad impact on your CO2 footprint. It’s your choice.

The value for money of a private jet draws a more differentiated picture.

For some users it is important just because it is the only possibility at the time being to continue their business(es) successfully. Others use private jets for their health safety and yet others to simplify their daily life and travel the most comfortable and flexible way – or all of those reasons together.

Private Jet Travellers should pay regard to some important details

First of all, it is important to choose a serious and professional private jet operator.
What sounds like a black box, it is very easy to identify. Before asking a quote or at least booking a flight, please ask the operator for its AOC certificate. AOC stands for Aircraft Operator Certificate and is only provided to an aircraft operator by his national civil aviation authority. An operator holding an AOC undergoes regularly quality audits by the national civil aviation authority regarding its safe operation and the application of the European regulations issued by EASA (the European Aviation Safety Agency). Basically, the same regulations apply like for scheduled airlines.

You should understand the difference between a private jet broker and a private jet operator. 
While the broker is an agent who will search the market for different operators and types of aircraft located close to your requested flight itinerary the aircraft operator is the private airline conducting the flight. The operator is legally responsible for the flight operation and also the key to the desired services. If you book with a broker, you will be in contact with one middleman who choose the operator(s). If you book with an operator you choose the airlines yourself and you will have the direct contact to the sales and operations team of the operator.

In business aviation exist smaller and larger private airlines. Chosing your preferred size of operator it is a bit like choosing between a 5 Star Grand Hotel or a 5 Star Boutique Hotel. If you are looking for a personal style and the ability to adapt to your special wishes and personality its rather the boutique airline. If what you need is different types of aircrafts, then it’s rather the large operator or the broker.

Choose the private jet which fits you

There exists a good analogy by how you choose a car. All sizes and brands can bring you from A to B. But which one is the one you feel comfortable? Which one is the most stylish? The most modern concept? The most sustainable? The coolest? Or best value for money and efficiency? Certainly, the available number of seats must fit the size of the travelling party. The most comfort will be provided if you choose a stand-up cabin which provides approximately double the number of seats as people travelling. Then you can move around in the cabin and you will have the right feeling of space and lots of luggage tolerance.

For direct flights in Europe the AirGO Piaggio Avanti fleet is a perfect match. Aircrafts are based all over Europe, with focus on London, South France and Paris. The cabin is roomy like a midsize jet but the cost efficiency like a light jet. With up to 6 passengers, you can reach destinations non-stop, you fly same levels as airliners avoiding bad weather and you also will fly at jet speeds, which will bring you often faster to your destination compared to a scheduled flight. The cherry on the cake, you can go to much smaller airports and often closer to your final destination.

Private Jet Charter or Privat Jet Ownership

If you are not a frequent flyer or you nether used a private jet before you should go for charter. You’ll quickly learn how much easier your journey will be. As soon as you fall in love with the private jet flying and being a frequent flyer, you might start thinking about how it could be to own your private jet.

Again, the analogy with your car is obvious. Would you hire a limousine several days a week or rather buy a car and employ a driver? Do you prefer to sit in your own car that you handpicked according your taste? What is the more flexible way to move? What is the most efficient option? These are basically the same questions you should ask yourself regarding the ownership of an aircraft, too.

Of course, the ownership of your private jet involves a much higher investment and for the operation of an aircraft you will need professional support. There is a reasonable option to charter your aircraft to third-party and to lower ownership cost significantly. Often the operational cost of your own flight hours is entirely covered by the third-party income. On the other hand, not everybody wants to have other people travelling on his private jet and therefore accept a higher cost.

It’s only you who can answer the questions about your personal preferences. But it is AirGO who can support you with the numbers and strategic options.

AirGO Private Airline guides you to find the most suitable way of private jet flying  

AirGO is the only company dedicated to the sales, management and charter of mono fleets with the advantage of concentrating knowledge and experience on the most stylish, efficient and sustainable aircrafts in each class.

An enjoyable team that loves aviation and hospitality is important to AirGO. The team offers tailor-made experiences covering the full range from private jet charter to commercial management or private operation of your private jet. The AirGO professionals support the entire process of purchasing an aircraft, including equipment specifications, acceptance and flight checks, crew assessment, aircraft management, aircraft operation, maintenance organisation and charter sales.

Corona travel – Transition to a conscious way of travelling

AirGO is a boutique airline specialising in on-demand flights across Europe and offering Corona travel solutions. AirGO entered the field of private charter and aircraft management almost 20 years ago. The operator was the first one to operate the Piaggio Avanti aircraft in Europe, the first German operator with a European AOC certified under JAR OPS rules at that time and the first one flying with a certified paperless cockpit. Today AirGO has a mono fleet of multiple of these aircraft.

In the following interview, AirGO CEO Daniela Flierl explores the challenges of a post-Corona travel future.

What impact did the outbreak of Covid-19 have on the travel behaviour of passengers?

The effects of the crisis vary depending on the mode of travel, purpose of travel and geographic area. For air travel certainly, there was a huge drop in demand and consequently a decline in the supply of commercial flights. On the other side, the business aviation sector was not hit as hard by the Corona crisis. In terms of biosecurity, the private jet is one of the safest modes of transportation.

The industry is extremely agile and was able to quickly adapt to the new safety requirements and government regulations. Also, there was a notable change in customers groups. Due to the unsafe or simply not available commercial flight options, previous airline customers approached private jet operators for the first time. Additionally, key workers and medical staff ended up travelling by private jet. Some other regular customers refrained from flying or took significantly fewer flights than usual.

What effect did the crisis have on the image of private jet travel?

Between the beginning of 2020 and today, the connotation of flying private changed completely. The advantages of a private jet used to be comfort, exclusivity and flexibility. Now, the focus has shifted. For the most part, the private aircraft has become the only reliable option for passengers to get to their destination over the last year. Also, it was by far the most responsible mode of Corona travel as the risk of a Corona Virus infection was significantly lower. What used to be an extravagant way of travelling quickly became a reliable and responsible option to get to a destination.

What can we expect for the future of business travel?

The year 2020 has led to huge progress in digitalisation. Within weeks or months, it was possible to change organisational structures to keep operations running with employees in home office and without the possibility of physical meetings. After the crisis, we will have the digital tools and newly acquired skills on hand to be further used and implemented in organisations. 

At the same time travelling and flying has been and remains an important part of our corporate culture in a fast-paced globalised world. It is a key driver for growth and success which cannot be completely replaced.

Even during the crisis, we could observe that once travel bans were lifted the demand for travel increased. Safety was the number one priority for transportation choice. And this will continue to be the case. While overall the number of total trips per company might decline, it can be expected that top executives and C-level management will continue to travel. Also travel for private and personal purposes will remain important to people – while they might travel with more consciousness and with less frequency. Along with safety during Corona travel, timing and flexibility are key criteria for this group of travellers.

Here the private jet offers the best overall solution. For trips within Europe aircraft models like the Piaggio Avanti are ideal. The aircraft can fly up to 4 hours nonstop, it is certified for steep approach and can land on short runways like Cannes or Lugano. Overall passengers can fly between approximately 2000 airports non-stop. Flying privately allows to keep travel time at a minimum, waiting time at airport terminals reduced, and connections or overnight stays avoided. Also, the flight schedule is built around the requirements of the traveller and often can be adjusted flexibly.

The spacious, comfortable and quiet cabin presents a perfect room to relax between meetings or serves as office space over the clouds. Choosing a private aircraft, business travellers can make use best of their time and focus on the essential.

What is the outlook for leisure travel?

For private travel, we can expect that customers will be more conscious about their travel behaviour and will have a tendency towards responsible travel. The need for recreation is a basic human need. We will still be flying to nice places to re-charge our batteries or travel to visit friends and relatives.However, most likely there will be a shift away from taking many short trips over a season. Instead, travellers will take fewer trips, stay longer at their destination and be more conscious about the places they stay and the flight options they choose. Sustainable and environmentally friendly options will become more attractive.

Do passengers fly sustainably with the AirGO private jets?

At AirGO sustainability is a central value that we are embracing in multiple areas of our business. Apart from our efficient aircraft, we are incorporating sustainability in our entire operation intending to reduce our CO2emissions.We were the first ones in the business aviation sector to introduce our carbon offset program, allowing our customers to compensate for the CO2 emissions by choosing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In cooperation with Compensaid by Lufthansa AirGO is offering the unique opportunity to offset private flights with immediate effect by choosing sustainable aviation fuel or opt for long-term compensation through reforestation or a mix of both.Furthermore, it is important to be aware that flying with less emissions or even CO2 neutral does not necessarily mean compromising on price or product quality. In fact, choosing an efficient aircraft type results in reduced operational costs with lower emissions without compromising on comfort. 

The Piaggio Avanti operated by AirGO has a unique design both in interior and exterior. Its Italian design emerges in the sleek and stylish cabin layout. The distinct aerodynamic design of the fuselage contributes to the efficiency of the aircraft. The private plane burns only around two-thirds of the fuel that other similarly sized jets consume. At the same time, the aircraft has a larger cabin than other jets of the same price class.

About AirGO

AirGO Private Airline is seated in Germany. The primary area of operation is across Europe and around the Mediterranean. Especially France, UK, Switzerland, Spain and Italy are key business areas of the operator.

Behind the airline, there is a young, dynamic and international team representing over 15 nationalities. All the team members are united by their passion for aviation. The different cultural insights and language skills have continually proven to be an advantage for the flight crews, sales and customer service teams. Thanks to the AirGO online quotation tool it is possible to get an idea of the cost immediately at any time. Upon receipt of your request the sales team will verify and provide a precise offer.

Apart from private jet charter, the main business activity of AirGO is aircraft management.

AirGO offers aircraft ownership plans for private and corporate owners tailored to their specific requirements. This has many advantages for aircraft owners. Crucial tasks such as maintenance, safety management, crew training and flight planning are professionally executed and supervised by the airline. The owner has the aircraft available for private flights at any time. Additionally, there is the option to allow 3rd party charter while the aircraft is not in use. This creates tax advantages. Furthermore, the cost of the own aircraft operation can be significantly reduced by the income from 3rd party charter flights.

For any questions regarding aircraft management, charter or CO2 compensation please visit www.airgo.de or contact sales@airgo.de. For more information about biosecurity please visit our Corona Travel information.

AirGO.Compensaid Offset Program featured in Ultimate Jet Magazine

Ultimate Jet Magazine is online today presenting the AirGO.Compensaid Carbon Offset Program. AirGO private jet charter clients as well as aircraft owner can chose flying with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)… that is unique in the Business Aviation industry. SAF allows to fly carbon neutral with an immediate impact on CO2. It is produced from materials that will give off carbon anyway, like i.e. waste, or very soon also produced by extracting carbon from the air. Partnering in the Compensaid program powered by Lufthansa, AirGO is the first business aviation operator offering to its costumers the possibility to chose buying SAF or compensating the carbon footprint by investing in reforestation. The choice of the amount of compensation is completely flexible and up to the client. That is what makes the AirGO.Compensaid Carbon Offset Program so unique.

Read the full article on from page 54 on Ultimate Jet Magazine website and learn more about AirGO sustainability here

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