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News Archives - 2011


Music Industry catch ups - November 2011

We have been catching up with all things music these last couple of months, visiting several live music conferences across the globe. The recession is having a knock on effect within the live music touring industry with reduction in ticket sales reported across most states.

MTV Europe Music Awards, Belfast - Autumn 2011

The MTV Europe Music Awards are being held this year at the Odssey Arena in Belfast on the 6th of November 2011. Every year we charter aircraft for a selection of artists involved in the MTV Awards. Following are some example prices from London into Belfast (1 hour flight time):-
  • 4 seat Citation Mustang from £4,000 one way, or from £5,500 for an overnight return
  • 4-7 seat Citation Bravo or CJ2 from £5,000 one way, or from £6,500 for an overnight return.

Private Jet Summer Season - July-August 2011

July sees the start of the holiday season with many clients booking their jet travel for a summer break, operators across Europe have responded by positioning some of their fleet for the summer in the more popular destinations such as Nice, Palma and Ibiza. Escape the cold North and fly down to Ibiza for around £8,000 on a small 6 seat jet.

The music tour season is still in full swing, with 5 tours out at the same time on various large jets, the Legacy being the most popular choice of many of our music artist clients. Side trips for these artists often pop up whilst on tour necessitating the quick charter of the odd helicopter and small jet here and there at the last minute. The quickest mobilisation to charter from phone call through to departure this summer was 1h30mins.

The Live Music Touring Season starts - May 2011

May, June and July are the busiest months for the live music tours that Premier Aviation specialize in. Staff will be despatched to the more difficult airports to oversee the transfers through terminals to waiting vehicles; ensuring they are as smooth and secure as possible. The larger executive jets such as the Embraer Legacy and the Challenger 850 are popular choices this year, with many new obscure destinations on the itineraries, this makes for interesting airport preparations!

A Selection of Winter/Spring 2011 Charter News

When the manager of a well known music artist, (who had recently purchased a private executive jet, called us to say that they had some operational and maintenance issues with the aircraft ; at very short notice Premier were able to provide various executive aircraft for a number of flights within Europe. This was carried out without disruption to the tour despite the wintery conditions prevailing at many airports.

Recently an International Charity with headquarters in Japan asked Premier for their assistance with travel arrangements in order to visit their European contacts. The group flew by scheduled flight from Tokyo to Paris Charles De Gaulle, Premier then arranged a transfer to the Business airport at Le Bourget where a large cabin jet was on hand to fly the group to Lisbon. A few days later the same aircraft flew the group back to Paris to connect with the schedule back to Tokyo.

In early January a delegation from a large UK manufacturing organisation needed to make a flying visit to their West African Operations in Cameroon, Gabon, and Nigeria. They flew into Douala by Commercial service where Premier were able to source a reliable locally based large cabin jet. Working with the Operator Premier arranged all operating permits, passenger handling, VIP catering and over the three days closely monitored the aircraft performance. The company were highly delighted with the overall operation including the security that the private flights afforded.

On Christmas morning whilst most people were having a lie in or opening their presents, Premier were busy managing the on time departure of aircraft from Palma to Abu Dhabi and a second aircraft from Prague to Trinidad and Tobago. All passengers were from Eastern European families anxious to fly to warmer climates.




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